I downloaded the game, but not any patches.. so that is probably the culprit. Since the website for this game has long been defunct, any idea as to where I would find them?
Anyway, this is what happens. I make a family, move them in, and then all the loading begins (such as townies) because I am starting a new game. Then once I get to the lot, I click through all the start up messages and accept the help hints. Then I realize I am stuck in build mode, no ability to go into live and that my sim family is not there. I exit and go to saved sims, to find all sims I created completely vanished.
I try again and it loads everything up like townies, the start pop-ups, and help screen all over again as though I had never played before. The same issue as before, stuck in build mode and sims vanished.
Then I try a premade family and it seems to be working fine, only for me to get a glitch upon trying to save the game.... "There was an error encountered trying to save this house."
I am using Windows 10.
Please help, because it will make playing this a bit frustrating.