My families are doing well, but when I opened them today all the males are disembodied!
I have all these heads floating around. The bodies reappear once in a while, but then disappear again. Anyone know what's going on?

Reply

To Susan:

I have never heard of such a thing, but I sure would love to see a screenshot! :)

Reply

Thank you soooooo much:) It has been 4 days of not-so-good things!!!!!!

Reply

My first family is late in its 6th generation, the parents are in their 60s and by tonight I will probably be in the 7th generation. 89 trophies!

Has anyone been able to make a perfect match yet?

Reply

You know, when one of my old folks die, before I hand over to the next generation I make the poor grieving remaining family make sure that all weeds are picked, all stuff is cleaned up, and that a meal is made and left on the table before I switch to the next generation. I am soooo mean. :-)

For those of you who are trying the mods, which ones are your favorites?

Reply

Just a comment, I am running three families at once, thanks for the info on how to do that. Two of my families had twins all three have six children each and some of them are still home, now I have a tough choice to who I need to leave the house to. I am starting to like this game. Have fun all.

Vicky

Reply
Missy918 May 25, 2009 8:35 PM

FYI: You can also give your dieing one a piece of candy or fruit as their ghost is waving :)

Reply

I am on my third generation family and I have the pool, the hammock, opened the shed, fixed the bird bath, fish tank, watered the plants, fixed the hose, etc. Now I am just trying to figure out how to raise enough money to purchase the patio chairs and the treadmill. I keep selling collectibles online and putting my mom and dad to work, but I have to buy them food, so I can never save enough! Guess my little virtual family is just like my real family....living paycheck to paycheck! LOL Also, my second generation had 6 kids...the triplets came on the 4th (and last) attempt at kids. Even after the oldest kids went to college, they wouldn't have anymore kids. Too bad!

Reply

To Amanda:

It just takes time. Remember, this game can go on nearly forever. I'm in my 6th generation in a couple of families and have just recently bought the treadmill.

Reply

Hello. What happens if your people never have kids? When they pass away what happens? Do I have to start a new family line?

Thank you!

Reply
LainyLvsJJ48 May 25, 2009 9:42 PM

How can we tell when it is a new day? It seems like one long day to me....

Reply

To Gina:

If there are no children to take over the house, the game is over and you have to start again.

To Lainy:

Every day is a new day. The game is played in real time. If you aren't playing at night, then you're not seeing nighttime in the game. But every day is a day. I hope that makes sense. :)

Reply

When I pause my family and close the game, then open the game and click on the store and hit r, it refreshes the store. It works for me everytime. Thank you for that information.

Reply

Pam: Thank you....I was afraid of that. :-)

Reply

Has anyone gotten the lottery ticket trophy one. I have 3 different families playing and I have not seen it in the store. The only thing that I see that would look like it is the towellet. Please let me know. Thanks.

Vicky

Reply

Just something that people with sick villagers should note...
sometimes when the people say that they're 'a bit sick' and you cure the symptom, does not mean that they're completely well! My dude had a stomach ache or something and I cured that, but I noticed that his health was really low for just a stomach ache so I gave him a doctor's visit and found out that he had an infection and needed penicillin! Just something to watch out for.

Oh, and one of my families just had another set of twins, right after the first set! And all four of them look exactly alike except for their outfits. It's soooo cute when they all play train together!

[Edit: Please post your comment only once. If you don't have a Casual Gameplay account, your comment goes to moderation and has to be approved before it's posted. Thanks! -Pam]

Reply
LainyLvsJJ48 May 25, 2009 10:31 PM

Ugh, Pam, thanks, I wished they had a fast button on this thing. I was never good at leaving my villagers unattended. I got school and 3 kids in diapers and I forget about the game....lol.

Reply
LainyLvsJJ48 May 25, 2009 10:34 PM

Ugh, it says the dad is "a bit sick" but won't specify what his illness is, can someone please help?

Reply
LainyLvsJJ48 May 25, 2009 10:51 PM

Ah, he finally told me what was wrong. n/m...lol

Reply
treciamac May 25, 2009 11:03 PM

What can you do about all the money that is taken for taxes? The money figure can get really big.
Thanks.

Reply

To Vicky:

The lottery ticket trophy comes from a random house event. You are given the choice to purchase a lottery ticket. If you buy it, you can win or lose. If you win, you get the trophy.

Reply

To Treciamac:

There's nothing you can do about the taxes. Sometimes you have to pay and sometimes you get a refund. It's 10% of the money you have in the bank.

Reply
treciamac May 25, 2009 11:50 PM

Thanks Pam, appreciate your help...wish there was a tax lawyer listing...:)

Reply
grakiao May 26, 2009 12:18 AM

My sister was playing the other day and she found a little red ball and she doesent know how could you please tell me how to to get it?

Reply

Grakiao -

The little red ball:

You can pull it out of the trees in the far upper left corner of the screen.

Reply

Grinnyp,

I like the radio mod and the black sofa.. ;p

can't find guideline on how to put screenshot in here.. can anyone help.. thx a lot!!

Reply

Brown -

You can post a link to the screenshot.

Which Radio mod? I have a cool red & silver 50's retro type radio mod, but I know there's several more out there.

Reply

Hi..just sharing..

I adopted Felia and Pasha because of both's hair.. their hair are just too cute..

Felia with colorful hair and Pasha with blue stripes hair..

I'm trying to adopt one with colorful hair but it was so difficult to find one huhu it was so random and I have to click and click and keep on clicking.

Here are the screenshots..hope it works..

Felia

Pasha

Reply

grinnyp,

yes, I got my peep that retro radio.. ;p

thanks for the screenshot!

Reply

Brown -

I'm so jealous! None of my peeps has such fabulous hair! :-)

Reply

Oh! I had a mother with the blue and black hair like Pasha! Her husband had black hair and I thought they would have awesome kids. Wrong! They had the ugliest brown haired devil children ever!!

Reply

LOL grinnyp.. ;p there's one with purple hair also..

Pam, you are so rite.. Felia'son has no hair at all.. huhu and Pasha's son is blonde.. ;p

looking forward to have few kids more and we'll see the outcome..

Reply

Pam thank you for the tip about the lottery.

Reply
Anonymous May 26, 2009 10:11 AM

My oven is on fire, wat do i do!! :L

Reply

Oven on fire

You already opened the shed? Then place an adult or older kid (for me a 15 years old boy did it) on the fire extinguishers in the shed. He will grab it and extinguish the fire. (and don't forget to praise the one to get the trophy for it)

Greetings, Kayleigh

Reply

my favorite mod is the one that make collectiable, socks, weeds,and wrappers glow. It makes it so easy to find them when your scanning.

Ihad a mom in one of my first generations that has rainbow hair b, blue red green and purple I think they were dred locks Never seen it since It was so cool

Reply
~Shauna~ May 26, 2009 12:24 PM

oh my mom looked just like your brown (didn't look at the screen shot before I posted)

I still don't understand how to post a screen shot can someone give me details on how. I know you post a link to the screen shot but how do I make a link?

Reply

I just started the game and I have 2 families! On one, pushing R worked on the store! The other didn't - what do i do?

Reply

brown can you help me? if you cant anyone?

Reply

how can i get rid of the ants that my people keep stomping on? they are in the bathroom and the kitchen

Reply

makayla - workingplaces

Where your adults do work depends of their job. They can work either in the kitchen, office or the workroom.
Please also have a look at the top of the comments - there you will find screenshots of the diffrent locations and a lot of other helpful informations

Greetings, Kayleigh

Reply

Makayla -

Pushing the r key is just a reset if your store is not refreshing on the regular schedule. Has your store refreshed at all?

Louise -

Stomping ants is just a random behavior. There's no getting rid of them, really. However, if you do find a small white package on your doorstep, proceed with caution.

It can be ants for a neighbor's ant farm.

Reply

Thanks but i didn't ask for that, I was talking about how to refresh the store!

Reply

Well you could say that I pushed R on my second family and i got the water proof tape and a few other things i didn't have before!

Reply

Shauna -

Do you know html coding?

Reply

How do i fix the wall on the workshop when the store doesn't have the wall repair and how do i fix the hose when the store doesn't have the waterproof tape?

Reply

And how do I fix the floors when the store doesn't have the floor repair?

Reply

Makayla -

The store refreshes its stock every 4 hours or so, and eventually the tape, floor repair kits, and wall compound will show up. You just have to be patient. In my first family, I didn't get all those repairs done until the second generation had taken over the house.

Reply

It took me almost my full 65 years of life to get my workshop career mastered on the first family and my office dad was only on like the 5th or 6th level. Seemed as if only the workshop career path actually cares about advancing.

Now on my second generation I have both an office and a kitchen career for my two parents. They are in their 40's and only halfway though the 3rd level. How can I get these two career paths or even the workshop one to advance faster?

Reply

eazy - Have you upgraded any of your rooms? Upgrading the appropriate work space will allow for faster career advancement.

Reply

Thanks so much you really helped me!

Reply

I just read the comments about the different colored hair and thought I would share my family with you all.

The parents both have orange hair so I thought I would be getting kids with orange hair as well... you would think ;)

Check this out:
http://images.jayisgames.com/hs_pam_virtualfamilies_angela_familytree.jpg

I don't know if you can see the colors very well in my screenshot but my first kid has green hair, second one is a dark red/maroon hair and the third one is dark purple! I'm trying really hard to have more kids with this family just to see what other colors i can get.

Reply

When do you know when it's a different generation?

Reply

Makayla -

You go into the second generation when one of your original people dies (usually of old age). At that time the family screen will come up with instructions on how to switch to the next generation. One of the kids will inherit the house and the cycle will start over again. My oldest family is currently on the 7th generation.

Reply

About refreshing the store -

Pressing the R key while on the store screen is a one time fix if your store is not refreshing at all. It doesn't refresh your store on demand. It merely fixes the problem so that it resets on schedule every four hours.

Reply

To Shauna:

To post a screenshot, you need to follow these instructions:

  1. Capture and save the image on your computer.

  2. Upload the image to a photo hosting service, such as Flickr or Photobucket.

  3. Copy and paste the URL for the image into your comment. It will automatically create a link to the image.

  4. Click the Preview button to make sure it looks like you want it to before clicking the Submit button.

Reply

Eileen Yes I have all at Level 3. They still want to walk away less than halfway though their working every time I put them on it.

Pam I have v 1.5 and I can refresh the store every hour using R. So you are ripping yourself off of 18 refreshes a day.

Reply
fibrocat May 26, 2009 6:33 PM

I read that I could upgrade to 1.00.05, which I tried, but it did not work, it gave me 1 free hour of seeing how it works, which was great, but when the hour was over it went back to the 1.00.01. I also tried the pause, r thing to refresh my store, but that did not work either. I am up to 56 trophies in one of my families, and I love playing this game as I am house bound for the most part, and this makes time fly by. My cat was so sad when his owner died that when I added the new generation he follows her everywhere. I find the cats to be much like real cats, and they do some funny things, one was going around in circles in the sandbox, and another one was in the kitchen so fast when I gave my people the groceries with fish in them.

I would appreciate any help. I did write to the hp wild tangent about my problem, and they said they are looking into it??

Enjoying the comments
Fibrocat

Reply

Eazy -

Are you praising them when they work on their careers? If you praise them they will work on them more often.

Reply

Hi! I'm at 7th generation and I adopted one of my grand grand.. child, but she has gotten no mail for marriage. She is 38 now and still isn't married. Also I don't get any updates since my 4th generation. Is there a bug or something? What should I do? Can I fix it by not disturbing the game? I don't want to waste my game. :(

Reply

To Eazy:

That's probably a fluke that you are able to do that. Mine won't refresh at all if I use the R key because it wasn't broke. Also, the developers intended the fix to be a one time only thing. Consider yourself very lucky to be able to refresh at will! :)

To Fibrocat:

When downloading version 1.00.05, did you use your original activation key? It sounds like you somehow downloaded a demo instead the full version that you purchased. Maybe try it again and see if it works.

Reply

why does it takeso long for a newborn to turn two?is there a way to make it faster?

Reply
~Shauna~ May 26, 2009 7:44 PM

Pam-
I'm sorry pressing the r button does not work to refresh your store. (I wonder why?)

I did some expermenting to find out the length of time needed to pass before you can refresh the store using the r button again I have found out that I am able to refresh my store every hour. This works for all 5 of my families. I've been using this method for 3 days now.

Also thank you for the instructions on making a screenshot. I didn't even think about using photobucket, and I use it all the time when posting pictures on myspace.

You make this a really great site Pam!!

[Edit: Thank you! I really appreciate your comments. -Pam]

Reply

Makayla -

It takes about 4 hours real-time for an infant to progress to the age of two, there is no speeding it up.

Reply

nil -

Even if your person is unmarried they can sometimes get an offer to adopt a child, which is a random event. And as they get older, the marriage proposals come less frequently.

If you are talking about the store not refreshing, you can go into the store and hit the "r" key on your keyboard, that will usually work.

Reply

how do you put water in the wall repairer

Reply
Melissa May 26, 2009 8:44 PM

For the energy levels and people that won't stay in bed...

there is a drink in the store that you can buy (random of course) It's in a green can and I think the chamomile drink? If you give this to your person they will stay in bed until they are rested and no longer exausted!

Reply

To Makayla:

Please check the walkthrough section located at the top of this page. We have answers about the repairs, general help, and an FAQ section that will help answer your questions. If you don't find what you need, then post your question and we'll be glad to help. :)

Reply
fibrocat May 26, 2009 8:59 PM

Pam
I am not good with computers, what do you mean by the activation key?

Should I have my game on or off when I try it again? Also should I be getting it from LDW website?

Thank you
Fibrocat

Reply
Christina May 26, 2009 9:37 PM

Has anyone else found the butterflies on the screen where it says Virtual Families? If you move the hand over to the fence, the butterflies will follow the hand around the screen.

Also, there is a sound in the game like the giant clam from one of the Virtual Villagers games. Does anyone know what it is? I can never find anyone doing anything that would make that sound when I hear it.

Reply

nevermind that what age does a child go to collage?

Reply

pam do you know?

Reply

shauna,

Pam has answered you on the screenshot. Post some screenshots later ;p

Agree with you on the glowing collectibles. Easy to locate them during night.

Angela,

You've got kids with colorful hair. Mine is vice versa. Felia ended up with 2 ugly blonde kids. Ughh.

http://images.jayisgames.com/hs_pam_virtualfamilies_brown_familytree.jpg

Reply

Can anyone put up a screen shot where you find ANY red balls...I haven't been able to locate any...thanks

Reply

Becky,

The red ball can be found just like in the screenshot below..

http://images.jayisgames.com/hs_pam_virtualfamilies_balllocation.jpg

Reply

What do you mean by red balls? How do you get them/where are they?

Reply

Makayla -

The kids go to college around age 18-19.

Shauna & Brown -

I agree, the halo around the collectibles is my favorite, it helped me fill in the collection for my first family.

Reply

Is there a way to stop saying you are going to bake for the bake sale or actually bake?

Reply

Makayla -

The red ball can be found in the upper left corner of the screen, see Brown's lovely screenshot for the exact location. You can position your hand/mouse pointer there, click, and pull, and you might be able to get the ball. The ball itself is an "easter egg", it has no real function in the game other than to find it and play with it.

As for the bake sale, it is a random event that just happens. Like all random events there is no stopping it.

Reply

Oh now this is funny. An orphan showed up at the door of one of my families and I adopted him (as usual). Then I got a good look at him. Little orphan boy is barefoot! :-)

http://images.jayisgames.com/hs_pam_virtualfamilies_grinnyp_orphanboy.jpg

Reply

grinnyp,

LOL..soo cute!! I wanna check my peeps feet now, in case one of them is barefoot like yours.. ;p

Reply

Hi everyone!

If you'd like to share the max salaries of your little people, we'll add it to our spreadsheet and post a link here on the site in the walkthrough section. It's easy to get the beginning salaries (just scroll through the adoptees), but not so easy to get the ending salaries! Just be sure it's the maxed out level 8 Master salary and post it here in this thread.

Thanks!! :D

Reply

Good idea Pam!!

I believed Angela and Grinnyp has posted max salary for few jobs before.. I'll try to add the list later..;)

Reply

To Fibrocat:

Where did you originally purchase and download the game? I'll try to help you. :)

Reply

Has anyone else had a couple that both want kids never have any? I've got a couple that both "Definitely" wanted kids and no matter how many times I sent them off to try and make a baby together, they've never had kids, there's never been the chance for them to adopt and now they're both in their 50s.

I've given each of them a "Baby Boost" shot over the years too and they've never successfully had kids! I'll be disappointed to see this game end - I've managed quite a number of house upgrades and repairs over time and I'd like to pass the house onto a second generation but sadly it seems not! :(

Reply

This is really sad, I lost the wife and husband for my first family today, he dying of grief after losing her.

On one of my other families, the remote control is gone, and no one can find it, just like in real life.

Reply

Resha -

I've had couples in their mid-50s adopt, so there may be hope for your family yet.

Reply
Platinum_Lady May 27, 2009 7:36 AM

My lady is 57 and she is the fourth generation. She is a master dental tool maker and makes 420 for her salary. I have all the home improvements and have done all the repairs. I have over 20,000 in the bank and receive over 2000 in interest payments. Once you purchase everything I guess there is not much left and the game will get very repetitive.

Reply
~Shauna~ May 27, 2009 9:11 AM

I wanted to post brown a screen shot but I had a little trouble, how do I capture the screen. I thought I could right click and save background but you can not right click it . I need just a little more help
Thanks

Reply

omg omg omg.i left my famley running all night and i have more money than i'd ever expected in the first genoration!

Reply

Is there a certain generation untill you can get red balls because I looked in every corner of the game and I find just trees! Help please!

Reply

Help, My peeps are 'extremely weak'
How do I make them better???

Reply

Shauna -

To take a screen shot just use the "print screen" (or PrtScr) button on your keyboard (if using Windows. You can then paste the screen shot into paint or any other picture manipulation program. If you just want to capture the active window, use alt+PrtScr. If you are running Windows Vista there should also be a utility called "Snipping Tool" in Accessories. You can use that as well.

Reply

Emz -

Check their detail and see if the health status bar is low. If you can afford it, buy the Doctor Consultation in the Store and use it on the weak peep to make sure they are not suffering from a serious infection. If they are, follow the directions to treat. If they are not, all you can do is give them multi-vitamins if they are available in the store, make sure they are well fed, give them fruit treats (like the mango or the bananas) from the store, and just wait. Time will take care of it. Exercise also helps if you have the treadmill.

Reply

Makayla -

There is no utility that I am aware of that can pull the red ball out, you just have to find it.

Reply
Gramma Becky May 27, 2009 1:41 PM

When your kids grow up and go to college, when do they come home and start families?
How old are they when they come home from college?

Can you have more than one house on a name?

Reply

What Treadmill?

Reply

Gramma Becky -

When one (or both) of the parents die, then you choose one of the kids to inherit and they will come home and start a family. How old they are when they come back is variable. I've seen as young as 23 and as old as 27.

You only have one house per name, but the game allows for five names so you can run five houses (and families) at a time.

Reply

Ooops, stupid question about the treadmill, sorry.

Reply

Platinum Lady -

Not necessarily. If you have bought all 15 house upgrades and upgraded your kitchen, workshop, and office to level 3, there's still lots you can do. You can spend the money on clothes and dress them up like dolls. You can work on completing all the collections if you haven't already. You can become an obsessive-compulsive nut like me and try to win all 100 trophies (91 and counting!). If you're brave, you can even go find some mods and redecorate your house. I'm still having fun with the game after all this time.

Reply