Time Machine
Object time machine animated
Game The Sims 3: Ambitions
Buyable Limited
Type Crafting
Size 2x5

The Time Machine is an object in The Sims 3: Ambitions. It is created with the Inventing skill.

The exterior look of the time machine is most likely based on the one seen in Blackadder: Back and Forth. The Time Machine is a Rabbit Hole similar to the Mausoleum. A Sim can return with various items including a caveman gnome, much as the original Mysterious Mr. Gnome is discovered in the Mausoleum.

It's possible for Sims to meet their previous selves and/or previous companions, and tell them to stop fighting and focus on love and family. If this happens, a Sim may suddenly have a child, but the child will only have one parent. When a Sim travels to the past, he or she can accidentally knock over a job board. If that happens, when the Sim returns, one of his or her housemates will have switched careers. Occasionally, traveling to the past will result in a message about the Sim using the machine having saved a child in front of his or her past self. This results in a new child being added to the household. The time machine also makes a quick reference to Mass Effect when it says that the Sim was passing a crowd, listening about a shepherd (Commander Shepard, the main protagonist), saving the Galaxy from an ancient god threat.

Effects of time travel

Traveling to the past can have huge consequences for a Sim's household (new job, new friends, new Sim in the household), while traveling to the future seems to be more harmless, though the Sim sometimes comes back with an object or moodlet. It is also possible for a Sim to return from a time travel trip with a new outfit related to the time period he or she traveled to. There are 4 unique outfits for each gender.


  • Positive or negative 'Traveled in Time' moodlet. (Bigger chance of getting positive moodlet if your sim has Adventurous and/or Brave traits)
  • Random other moodlet.
  • Cash. Between §81-§2487.
  • New clothing (including a rusty set of armor and a futuristic suit).


  • New career for random member in household.
  • 3 new friends of the entire household.
  • A new Sim joins the household as child of the time traveller, though the infobox will say ancestor. (Edit: sometimes they are adopted so they'll be son/daughter with a single parent.)
  • New outfits: Prehistoric rags and Medieval attire
  • If sim is ghost, may come back to life
  • Slight possibility of the Time Machine getting hit by a huge meteorite. (Need confirmation only happened once so far)
  • Items:
    • Caveman Mysterious Mr. Gnome.
    • The Four Courners of the Earth, non-skill book, sellable for §1,945.
    • To Hunt or Gather?, non-skill book, sellable for §1,239.
    • War and More War , non-skill book, sellable for §1,663.
    • Fire: Terrifying but Essential, non-skill book, sellable for §676
    • 1000 Ways to Stew Brontosaurus, non-skill book, sellable for §1,484.
    • The Fall of Atlantis, non-skill book, sellable for §2,068.
    • Lady Veronica Farfleton and the Magical Harpsichord, non-skill book, sellable for §1,577.
    • Sonaflux Guitar.
    • Firefighter of the Year wall trophy (§0).
    • Life Fruit
    • Omni Plant seed
    • Flame Fruit
    • Mood Light Candle
    • Artsy Easel
    • Fuzzy Logic Picnic Basket


  • A new Sim joins the household as child of the time traveller, though that child can be any age from child to elder.
  • Items:
    • Birthday Inferno Birthday Cake.
    • SimCity 7940 Tips and Tricks non-skill book, sellable for §1707.
    • Mars Real Estate Dos and Don'ts non-skill book, sellable for §497.
    • Gone with the Solar Wind non-skill book, sellable for §967.
    • Don't Tread on Me: A Robot Manifesto for Freedom non-skill book, sellable for §1,470.
    • Blips and Bloops: A Thesis on Mechanics non-skill book, sellable for §799.
    • Remembering the Internet; How the World was Changed non-skill book, sellable for §2,754.
    • So Hot In Binary non-skill book, sellable for §1,266.
    • Signs You're A Clone non-skill book, sellable for §2,493.
    • Thoggus, a new sculpture.
    • Dancing Bunny painting (§100).
    • Audio Lite by LoFi Audio.
    • XS 4258p Laptop from Landgraab Industries.
    • Death Seed
    • World's Brew Bubble Bath
    • Prince of Pickleburp (painting)
    • Ducksworth of Bathington

Try for baby

  • Couple may get a visit from their new child, but he/she might be anything from a child to an elder.

There are no reported events from woohoo'ing in the Time Machine.


Image Moodlet Name Mood Effect Time Period Game Dialog/Description Notes
Timetravel Traveled in Time +20 Mood 4 Hours Adventures in time are not for the faint of heart, cowardly, or historically inappropriate. Positive moodlet after using the Time Machine
Moodlet bad time travel machine Traveled in Time -25 Mood 4 Hours Adventures in time are not for the faint of heart, cowardly, or historically inappropriate. Negative moodlet after using the Time Machine



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