About The Sims Freeplay

The Sims Freeplay can be obtained through Google Play Store (Most Android devices), Amazon's App Store (Kindle), Apple's App Store or search for "Sims Freeplay" in iTunes (iOS/Apple devices), and other non-official locations (not recommended).
Quick URL for all platforms: http://smarturl.it/SFP_FBMAIN

New as of 8 September 2013: Blackberry 10 is added: http://www.smarturl.it/SFP_BB10

The game consists of two parts, the Base Game which you installed from the app store, and the data part which gets placed on your storage (internal or microSD, OTG is not supported yet). On Android the base game storage also holds your saved game in the device's "/data", which means that you can't back it up directly without having rooted your device. The only off-device 'backup' possibility is using the cloud storage, which requires a Facebook account.

While it's published in the various app stores through EA, the game and its contents are created and maintained by Firemonkeys. This means that when Firemonkeys ships out an update, it can take a while before showing up at the EA servers. Base Game updates (for the app you installed) come through the app stores, which varies greatly in availability if the app store is neither Google, nor Apple. I highly recommend to make a backup (in the cloud) before installing a base update.

Android Base Game (2.4.10) size: approx. 30 Mb
Android Data (OTA Only!): 365MB Phones, 668Mb Tablets. You need approximately double the space for a data processing, although since the latest data update you'll be asked to delete the old data first now. I have not monitored my free space, since I had enough.
Facebook allows you 1 cloud backup.

Apple Base Game (4.0.0) size: 434MB (Mystery Island Edition)
Game Center allows you 1 cloud backup, using Facebook in combination with Game Center will cause the game to save to the Facebook cloud. Friends who have you only on Game Center might not be able to see the latest changes to your town while visiting. The only solution is to use one account at a time and logging out before logging into the other.

Moving saved games between Android and iOS devices can be done only with a Facebook account.

In short, the Sims Freeplay is a sandbox God game. It differs from all other Sims™ games so far. Mostly noticeable in the absence of 'Free Will' (your sims wait for you when finishing their task now), they won't even go to the bathroom if they need to! The game is played with Real Time, when it's 8am in our world, it's that in the Sims Town too.  Growing seeds or Baking takes however an unreal approach, potatoes grow in only two hours (if only!). While the game allows you to play in quick bursts, it takes months to reach level 52. It can be played for free entirely, if you don't wish to spend any real money on it. You only require 'some' patience.
LPs can be gathered through fulfilling tasks/challenges and doing hobbies, as well as hoping for your pet(s) to dig one or two up which is rather time consuming.

For support issues you can use:
EA Knowledge Base
Firemonkeys forum for The Sims Freeplay (Down)
Firemonkeys' Support Site

Some general information can be found here:

Farming sims
I play the game with different tactics currently on two devices, a Google Nexus 7 and an HTC Sensation XE, both Android devices. 
I also have access to an iPod Touch for some Apple experience.

A word of warning about time-cheats: once you start to use time-cheats you will have problems arising later on. I strongly advice against using any cheat!

Important: Cheated games will receive no support from Firemonkeys/EA when found out.

The official word on the effects of time-cheating (source):
"We have found that the following issues are connected to changing the date settings on your device, then playing The Sims FreePlay: 
  • Buildings taking significantly longer times to complete.
  • Sims and babies taking significantly longer times to arrive.
  • Sims no longer attempting to attend work.
  • No longer receiving your daily mailbox reward.
  • Daily Party Boat gifts taking significantly longer to arrive.
  • No longer having access to timed events or special limited edition awards, including that of future updates.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that if you change your phone’s date settings, you may experience these issues as a side effect. 

We have also found that having incorrect time and date settings will prevent you from being able to access any online features such as: 

  • Connecting to the Cloud.
  • Connecting to the Online Store.
  • Connecting to the Party Boat, accessing your leaderboard and gifts."
You have been warned!