Singles 2: The Complete Installation Guide
“Ooh, it’s like The Sims except really naughty! It’s got sex and boobies and everything!”
~ Random bystander who just so happens to be on a list.
So let us assume you’ve bought Singles 2 (perhaps from a second hand shop like CEX, looking very sheepish as you show it to the man behind the counter), deciding your life could do with a bit of Sims-esque booty. So you get home, you install it, you load up the game, and you see for yourself…
“What!? This game isn’t naughty at all! Sure there’s a couple of innuendos in there, but there’s no sex and nudity whatsoever, it’s all censored!”
~ You after losing your boner.
Oh ho! How wrong you are friend. For you see, you haven’t finished installing it yet…
Singles 2 is the sequel to the somewhat notorious Singles: Flirt up your Life, a game that prided itself on being an adult version of The Sims. It’s the perfect concept really; most people who buy The Sims get nude mods and sex mods anyway, so why not capitalise on that? Now, Singles wasn’t a bad game by any means, but it certainly wasn’t The Sims. It had more in common with Maxis’ own spinoff series, The Sims Stories; you had a limited group of pre-made characters, a basic storyline with written dialogue to play through, and limited functionality in terms of decorating. It also wasn’t a pornographic game, having really only a bit of adult language and full-frontal nudity. The game’s main focus was on being a dating sim with a bit of life simulation thrown in there. Also, give credit where credit is due; it allowed for same-sex relationships. This was long before Dragon Age or Mass Effect, two games that popularised the idea of gay characters within computer games.
Now, Singles wasn’t a massive hit by any means, but it was popular enough to warrant a sequel. The sequel is a major improvement, featuring more characters, more customisation, and a much more interesting storyline (oh, and everyone’s bisexual, so you’re not restricted to “token flamboyant gay” and “token butch lesbian”). It also contains a lot more sex and nudity. So what happened to it?
Well you see, both games were made in Germany, a country which on the whole considers scenes with sex or nudity to be much less offensive than scenes which contain over-the-top violence (which, you know, actually makes sense, but try telling God of War that). When it comes to sex and nudity, you can get away with a lot more in Germany, hence why the German version of the game contains everything. Everywhere else? Censored.
But not all is lost, for you see, all of the content is still there. It’s just hidden behind a barrage of mosaic blurs and bedsheets. In order to get the game that the creators intended for us to play, we have to finish installing it.
The Installation Guide
Step 1: Run the installer.
I don’t think I really need to tell you this, but just in case you haven’t done this yet, yeah, you need to do your typical install. You can install it wherever you want, it’ll still work.
Step 2: Patch it.
The game you just installed is version 1.0. The latest version available is 1.4, and believe me, it makes a difference. However, there are two things to keep in mind, the first being that you have to install every update in the appropriate order (you can’t just skip to the most recent one). These versions are:
Version 1.1: Adds the all important “Extensions” folder, essentially adding modding support.
Version 1.2: General bug fixes.
Version 1.4: Removes the broken copy protection, allowing you to play the game without the disk.
That’s right people, none of those “no CD” cracks needed. Oh, and there is a 1.3 update, but it doesn’t work, so don’t bother trying to download it.
Now, the second thing to keep in mind? You can’t get these off the official website. You can try, but you’ll fail. The official website has been left alone for a good few years now, and all of the official links to the patches don’t work any more. Thankfully, it’s easy to find these patches with Google, but to make it easier for you:
Singles 2 1.1 Patch: http://www.gamershell.com/download_9653.shtml
Singles 2 1.2 Patch: http://www.gamershell.com/download_10027.shtml
Singles 2 1.4 Patch: http://www.gamershell.com/download_18607.shtml
Just install those three patches, and then try loading the game. It should load with no problems, and should display the number 1.4 in the bottom right hand corner on the main menu.
But I still get the copy-protection message!
Don’t worry, so did I, quite a few times. To fix this, start the 1.4 patch again. When it asks you if you want to remove it, say yes. After that, delete your Singles2.exe file in the main Singles 2 directory (back it up first!). Then run the 1.2 patch again. When it warns you that you already have the 1.2 patch installed, and asks if you want to install it again, say yes. It should create a new Singles2.exe file. Now install the 1.4 patch again. Hopefully, the game should load now with no problems.
Step 3: Remove the mosaic blur.
This is actually really easy, so easy it’s criminal. In your Singles 2 directory, there is a folder called “loca”. Go into there, and then go into the “English” folder. You’ll see a file in there called “scmt4.dll”. Copy and paste this into the main Singles 2 directory (where your Singles2.exe is kept). Load up the game and command someone to get undressed, and there should be no mosaic blur whatsoever. Be sure to check with both a male and a female character, some people have reported seeing uncensored women and censored men in the same game.
Step 4: Unlock teh sex.
This final step will unlock all of the sexual options (such as masturbation and oral), remove any tangible censorship (swimming shorts in the shower, bedsheets, etc), while also giving you access to other hidden functions (stripteases, the ability to make someone fart on command…not kidding with that last one). For this, we will need the Singles 2 Booster, available from here: http://singles2.steffi1964.de/
Don’t let the fact that it’s a German website put you off, it’s very easy to navigate (it also helps that a lot of German words are similar enough to their English counterparts to be recognisable). On the left hand side, you’ll see a menu. Click “Booster”, and then “Download”. Download the latest version (at the time of writing, this is version 2.6) by clicking on the logo above “Singles 2 Booster 2.6″. It’s a .7z file, so you’ll need a program like, surprisingly enough, 7z to extract it (honestly, 7z is the best tool out there for this kind of thing…it handles zips, rars, any type of archive, all for free). Once you extract it, you should find yourself with a folder called “Singles2 – Booster” with a whole bunch of other folders in it. Copy the “Singles2 – Booster” folder into your Singles 2 “Extensions” folder (Program Files/Singles2/Extensions).
Now, once you’ve done that, go into the “Singles2 – Booster” folder, and find the folder called “_Replace this file”. Inside that folder you will find a folder called “GameLogic”, and in that a file called “characterDescription.acd”. Copy that file, go back to the main Singles 2 directory (where Singles2.exe is located), go into the real “GameLogic” folder, and replace the real “characterDescription.acd” with the one you just copied from the booster (back it up first!).
Now, if you did all that correctly, it shouldn’t cause your computer to grow arms and start choking you, but I can’t make any promises. Instead, the game should load up perfectly fine. Your first sign that it’s worked will be the logo on the main menu; if the booster installed correctly, the logo will now feature the word “Booster” and a naked girl laying casually with her landing strip in clear view. Get into your game, go into Buy Mode (it’s the little house icon in the bottom left hand corner), click on “Domestics and Appliances” (represented by a washing machine and a clock), and then click on “Decoration and Candles” (represented by a goldfish bowl). There, you should now see a Buddha with the word “Booster” over it at the end of the list. You must sort the list by “Decoration and Candles” to see it, it will not appear under “all items”.
So what does the booster do? Well, it does a lot of things, all of which can be turned on or off from the little booster Buddha. This includes:
- Removing the bedsheets, allowing you to clearly see what’s going on underneath them (same with the shower steam).
- Locking and unlocking extra outfits, namely the nude outfits (flacid penis, erect penis, normal vagina, shaven vagina, and naked barbie)
- Locking and unlocking various sexual interactions, such as anal sex on the floor, and masturbating on the coffee table (so that’s what they’re for!).
- Choosing whether characters wrap up in a towel after showering or remain naked instead.
- The ability for the sofa to be treat like a bed (allowing people to sleep and masturbate on it).
- The ability to choose what other non-playable characters are wearing (by clicking on them and either changing their outfits instantly or getting them to strip down/dress up)
- The ability to play as another character by clicking on them (allowing you to play as non-playable characters that aren’t part of your household).
- Various naked interactions, such as sleeping naked, using a hottub naked, and performing stripteases.
- The ability to make someone fart on command (“…upps”).
Yeah, it’s quite interesting. Every single important options (unlocking sexual interactions and removing tangible censorship) are all already unlocked for you, so you really only need the Buddha if you want to tone down on some of the features, or just to make sure you aren’t missing anything.
Update Friday, July 13, 2012: If you’ve followed the instructions correctly and the booster still doesn’t work, reader Cho suggests installing version 2.4 of the booster first. If v2.4 works, try installing v2.5 over it, and then finally v2.6. Your mileage may vary.
Now, if all you want is to play Singles 2 as the creators originally intended it, this is all you need to do. However, if you want to extend your fun a bit, there is one last step you can do…
Step 5: INSTALL MORE EXTENSIONS!
Although not as popular as The Sims, Singles 2 has a surprising amount of custom content available. Here are two sites you’ll need to get yourself acquainted with if you want more furniture and costumes:
Singles 2 Extensions: http://singles2.steffi1964.de/
Additions – Triple Trouble: http://singles.over-blog.com/categorie-532771.html
One particular mod I recommend, which can be found on the fifth page of the second link, is the Bonsai Of Life (listed as “Bonzaï”). To install it, all you need to do is place the “AvVBonsaiOfLife.sx2″ file in the Singles 2 “Extensions” folder. It’ll add a new item in the same place you’ll find the Booster Buddah, and gives you access to various cheat functions (extra cash, extra skill points, increase friendship, unlock debug menus), which is perfect if all you want to do is get to the good stuff.
There’s even a tool available at the first link that allows you to replace the locations within the game with completely different custom made locations (some of them really wacky, such as Wonderland and a sci-fi setting), but I have yet to get this to work without crashing my game so i’ll have to get back to you on that one.
Step 6: Enjoy!
Hopefully your copy of Singles 2: Triple Trouble should now be fully patched with all the naughtiness unlocked for your enjoyment. I hope this guide has proven to be useful, and I apologise for the lack of updates on this site (life has been pretty hectic). If this guide helped you, or if you have any additional questions/problems, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.