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Here is a Guide to Gameplay Features in The Sims 4, which will get updated as we learn more about the upcoming game. I have also written my observations on The Sims 4 Create-a-Sim Playable Demo. I will say here that I do intend to write a Strategy Guide for the Sims 4 upon release. This site has been successful and has an active community, and I'll make sure that lives on. Thankfully, I have Pam and Tom to aid me in Guide development and will quickly begin releasing articles once the game releases. Until then, you can contribute to The Sims 4 site development and design by making a Donation or linking to our site. You can also aid us by visiting here and using one of our links to shop through EA Origin, Amazon, Gamestop, or Walmart.com - we'll earn a small commission on something you would have bought anyway. I appreciate any help in this, as players are slowly losing interest in The Sims 3 and any donations will offset server and development costs.

The Sims 3 Roaring Heights Guide

We now have a Guide to Roaring Heights with Maps to Collectibles along with information on the Premium Content that comes with this new Town. There is a Boardwalk with Rollercoaster parts to allow you to build your own, along with new clothing and a fixer-upper car that Sims can use to fix up a vehicle to drive around town or sell for a huge profit. Check the Guide to learn more and see if this town is right for you!

The Sims 3 Into the Future

The Sims 3 Into the Future Expansion Pack Guides

The Into the Future Guide coverage is nearly complete, although many pages throughout the site need updated to cover this and other Expansions. I'm working to update pages to a finalized version and will list them along with ItF coverage here:

Lifetime Rewards for ItF - New
    Future Sim
    Maintenance Master
    Portal Immunity
    Time Remote Control
    Trait Chip Bundle
Utopian and Dystopian Future Timelines - New
More than a Machine Lifetime Wish - New
Legacy Statue Requirements and Tips - New
Descendants System: Family Size and Wealth
Bot Arena Career: Arena Mechanic or Plumbot Arena Official
Astronomy Career: Space Explorer or Astrophysicist
Into the Future Expansion Pack Features - New
Nanite List, Rare Nanites, and Maps for Finding Them
Advanced Technology Skill Guide
Bot Making Skill Guide
Laser Rhythm-a-con Instrument Guide - New
Trait Chips
Plumbots
The Time Traveler, Entering Oasis Landing and Research Opportunities

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack Guides

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Resorts

Buy The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion PackIsland Paradise Guide Coverage
IP Expansion Pack Guide coverage has completed. I have the following guides available:

Island Paradise Expansion Pack Features
Resort Management
Mermaid Guide
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Skill Guide
Scuba Levels and Skill Challenges
Scuba Diving Spots, Treasure Chests, and Caves
Collectible Sea Shells and Sea Life
Finding Uncharted Islands
Finding Map Fragments
Lifeguard
Lifetime Rewards for IP
    Friend of the Kraken
    Hotel Mogul
    Lungs of Steel
    Mermadic Kelp
    Permanent Mermaid
    Strong Stomach
    Uncharted Island Map


The Sims 3 Dragon Valley World Guide

Dragon Valley Guide

The Sims 3 Dragon Valley WorldRicalynn has written a Guide to the Sims 3 Dragon Valley World. It is fully featured and covers places in the town itself, Baby Dragons that are included with the World, a list of residents, and collectibles maps that will help you find all the rare things you need like Palladium, Pink Diamonds, and Alley Catfish to catch Angel Fish and reel in those Death Fish after midnight. This is the first in a series, with the next coverage featuring Aurora Skies. Rica has accepted to cover all the Worlds in this style, and that has me enthused about the quality of information I will happily host here. It appears we'll have the most comprehensive information on worlds all in one place here, but it'll take some time.

The Sims 3 University Life Expansion Strategy Guides

The Sims 3 University Life Expansion PackMost of University Life is covered. There are a few things to do throughout the Guide that will wait for Island Paradise.

University Life Expansion Pack Guide
PlantSims & Forbidden Fruit
Jock Social Group
Nerd Social Group
Rebel Social Group
Science Skill
Social Networking Skill
Street Art Skill
Art Appraiser (Rebel Career)
Sports Agent (Jock Career)
Video Game Developer (Nerd Career)
Majors, Class Schedules, Performance Metrics and Graduation
Enrolling in University, Scholarships, and the Aptitude Test Mechanics

Other Helpful Sims 3 Base Game & Expansion Pack Information

The Sims 3 Seasons ExpansionThe Sims 3 Seasons
The Sims 3 Seasons' ultimate addition is the new weather system. Seasons change and the weather can turn cold or hot, while brining on the rain, thunder, hail and even beautiful snow that coats the land. The new life state is the Alien.


The Sims 3 Supernatural ExpansionThe Sims 3 Supernatural
Supernatural features a whopping five new life states for Sims. Sims can be either a fairy, werewolf, witch, vampire, or be turned into a Zombie. This EP adds lunar phases to the game, and complements Seasons well.


The Sims 3 Showtime ExpansionThe Sims 3 Showtime
Showtime lets your Sims perform as Acrobats, Singers, or Magicians. They gain levels in these new career options, allow them to earn more money and please the crowds. Showtime's unique life state is the new Genie.


The Sims 3 Pets ExpansionThe Sims 3 Pets
The Sims 3 Pets lets your Sims adopt or breed cats, dogs, and horses. Each of these pets has their own traits, and Sims can scold or praise them to improve their behavior. This EP also brings Unicorns, which are ridable just like horses though featuring some unique magical abilities.


The Sims 3 Generations ExpansionThe Sims 3 Generations
Learn about the new activities offered to the various age groups in this Sims expansion pack. You'll find in-depth information on the new imaginary friends and chemistry logic activity.


The Sims 3 Late Night ExpansionThe Sims 3 Late Night
This guide will teach you all about making the most of this expansion. Learn about vampires, and how you can get your Sim into the hottest clubs.


The Sims 3 Ambitions ExpansionThe Sims 3 Ambitions
A Guide to The Sims 3 Ambitions expansion. Offers a summary of what's new, along with links to other articles about the new features you get with the Add-on. Read up on Inventing, Sculpting, and the new Professions.


The Sims 3 World Adventures ExpansionThe Sims 3 World Adventures
A Guide to World Adventures. This expansion focuses heavily on travel to France, China, and Egypt. However, it also adds new skills that players who dislike travel can employ. The info you find here may help you decide whether or not you'd want to buy this expansion.

Sims 3 Cheats for Xbox 360 and PS3
Owners of The Sims 3 on Console, either PS3 or XBOX don't need my cheat articles to get infinite money, or unlock karma powers. Instead head to my Xbox 360 and PS3 info page.

Sim
Learn all about Sims and their characteristics in The Sims 3. This will teach you about the motives Sims need to fill in order to be happy, the Lifetime Wishes you can pursue and the Wishes that can be fulfilled by meeting game goals. This Guide ties together many of the others on our Sims site and will help players new to the game.

Careers
A strategy guide to the Careers in The Sims 3, along with Ambitions Professions such as firefighter. You'll find wages for each job level, information on what traits will help Sims to excel to the top of a career track, and other ways Sims can make money.

Skills
We've got every skill covered in The Sims 3, from the base game skills like Cooking, Fishing, and Gardening guides that vanilla players on PC or the PS3 and Xbox 360 console version can enjoy. Expansion owners will love your guides to more exotic skills like martial arts, or the consignment shop.

Lifetime Wishes
A list of all the Lifetime Wishes in The Sims 3, Late Night, and World Adventures. You'll learn what traits inspire the wishes, happiness point rewards for finishing them, and get help for completing in the form of walkthroughs.

Lifetime Rewards
Get help spending those Lifetime Happiness points with our Lifetime Rewards guide. Sims can get perks like never having to use the restroom again, making friends faster, boosting skill gains, and even get a collection helper to help them find gems and metals.

How to Play the Sims 3
I wrote this guide to help people who are completely new to The Sims 3. Here you'll learn some basic game concepts, and get ideas on how to play your first Sim.

Home Building & Design Ideas
Get help designing beginner homes and ideas to design better, more intricate homes, in this strategy guide written by forum moderator TommyT.

Traits
A full strategy guide to what every trait does in The Sims 3, World Adventures, Ambitions, and Late Night. Learn what wishes they inspire, and how you can employ them to help your Sims.

The Sims 3 Cheats
A full list of cheats for The Sims 3 and its Expansion Packs. Look to this list for everything from Money cheats to the powerful testing cheats that can keep Sims' moods maxed and even make friends for them.

Sims 3 Information
Any article we've written that didn't fit neatly into another category of the guide is listed here. You'll find help with regular Sims 3, Ambitions, World Adventures, and Late Night.

The Sims 3 Review
Want to know what I think about The Sims 3? Read my Review.

About Carl's Sims 3 Site

The Sims 3 Base GameBorn July 16, 2009, this Strategy Guide seeks to help Simmers from all over the world with detailed and informative articles, hints, and tips for The Sims 3 and its expansions. We largely favor a powergamer mindset, and shoot for making the most money, finding how it works, or doing things better and more efficiently. You'll find step-by-step instructions, and screenshots to help you accomplish things in the Sims 3. Collectively, we've written over 200 pages of content for the game. If you'd like to see a listing of every article we offer, have a look at our Sitemap. There you'll find a full list of articles, along with a search tool that will help you to track down the info you need.

We have a staff of 3, with Pam Marsden and Tom Schlueter helping Carl with guide writing and the forum. If you explore the guide you'll see we've had lots of help from our growing forum community. We have numerous volunteer moderators. To learn a little about our staff, visit the Staff section of our Sims 3 Forum. Many of our moderators have supplied walkthroughs or in-depth articles for the Guide.

If you don't yet have an account, sign up at our forum to provide tips and tricks, suggestions, and corrections to the guide. You'll be helping me to improve something that has helped over 100,000 Simmers from around the world. The Sims 3 is far more complex than meets the eye, and without readers like you this guide wouldn't be nearly as accurate and helpful as it is today.

Players are able to contribute information through the comments system. This allows the site to function somewhat as a Wiki, for players can enter additional information and discuss game mechanics to help other Simmers. Questions about the game and specific features can be asked on those pages, although I (Carl) cannot answer them all. Do not expect answers to be swift unless you use our Forum. Many bits of helpful information can be found using the site's search function, which goes through about 20,000 pages of content to help you find an answer to your questions.






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Rebecca says...
I wonder how to get bathilda the skeleton maid because I can't find her and I already downloaded the sims 3 night life
22nd April 2014 10:03am
mikki says...
I didn't even know you could get skeleton maids. do you do something to get her or do you just hire a maid and wait?
10th June 2014 6:18am
Stephanie says...
It comes with Supernatural.
Buy>Alarms>Tomb thing>Live mode>click on it>option let bonehilda out and you got her!!
17th July 2014 7:53pm
Kayla says...
I didn't get Bonehilda until I installed the sims 3 Supernatural.
10th June 2014 11:17am
Stormy says...
Bonehilda is part of Supernatural, you can find her under Build/Buy Mode>Entertainment>Misc Entertainment. It kind of looks like an Outhouse.
14th June 2014 5:13pm
Simmylala says...
You can't get Bonehilda in the Late Night Expansion Pack, you can get her in Supernatural.

To get Bondehilda, click on alarms under kitchen and Bonehilda's Coffin is there. When you buy it, click on "Awaken Bonehilda". If something needs to be cleaned, she will come out of the coffin and clean up your Sim's house. When her job is done, she will go to bed, back in the coffin and come back out when something needs cleaning.

I really like Bonehilda, she made my pet dog learn tricks (all of them)!!!!!
15th July 2014 6:08am
Ciara says...
How do I get skins on my sims? why can't I download sims to my game? I can only download households... when I try to download a skin, I get a open download manager and I don't know what to do after that. I read all the websites on how to do it and im lost. please help me.
24th February 2014 3:34pm
Katherine says...
I don't know if this is the right place to be saying this (please move my comment to the correct place if it's wrong!) but has anyone encountered an error when loading the Sims 3 game? Once you've selected/made a new world on the main screen of the Sims 3 an error called Error Code 16. It usually occurs when I let my computer go to sleep throughout the night (especially if Origin is still running, because most of the time I don't close it down once I've finished playing the Sims 3). The green loading bar, when loading the world, jumps to full completely and a the screen goes black and a blue message box pops up. It says "Error: Error code 16. It is recommended you restart the application." It happen agan when I try a second time. The only way to fix it is to close down Origin and the Sims 3, and shut everything down. I'm curious, has anyone else experienced this problem?
Regards,
Katherine
21st April 2014 7:25am
mikki says...
I haven't experienced it yet but I have been only playin sims 3 for about 2 months now.
3rd June 2014 6:06am
Anna says...
Not the same error, but I also had problems with the game on startup. My suggestion is that you reinstall Origin, (and the Sims 3 if the problem persists), though in my experience, Origin takes so long to install that it'd be better if you did everything in one go. That's what I did and it fixed my problem. BUT FIRST, do a virus check (because my friend had a problem with the game and it turns out a virus was responsible). Hope this helps!
~A
9th July 2014 1:43am
Vitalia says...
Hey, I have a supernatural couple, the man is a witch, the woman a fairy. But I can't seem to get them past the love interest level. No matter how high their relationship is(at the top) it just won't let them propose girlfriend/boyfriend. Is this a bug/glitch??
7th June 2014 9:41pm
Lana says...
That shouldn't happen try to get a hopless romantic trait on one of them and maybe it will appear.
21st June 2014 11:56am
Anna says...
Do you have mods? Specifically any Story Progression mods. I had the same problem with my werewolf and mermaid couple. I reset the settings of the Progression mod for the entire town and that fixed it. If that's not it, try placing them in another town. Don't MOVE them in-game, they have to come from the Households library, otherwise they'll just bring the settings with them into the new town. Hope this helps!
~A
9th July 2014 1:49am
Simmylala says...
It must be some sort of glitch. What happened before your Sim mysteriously turned into a ghost? Resetting the Sim with the cheat stops what they're doing, it doesn't resurrect the Sim. Unfortunately, I don't know anything to turn a Sim ghost back to a normal Sim. Sorry :(
15th July 2014 6:13am
Emily says...
Is this blog and forum still going to continue once Sims 4 comes out?
31st January 2014 12:02pm
Carl says...
Yes! We're going to move to a new domain and continue coverage of The Sims. There will be a Sims 4 Guide and Forum
26th May 2014 12:05am
mikki says...
When do you think Sims 5 will come out and how long will you take to complete it? Also, how long have you been playing sims 3 and do you think you know everything about it?
3rd June 2014 6:04am
Carl says...
Sims 5 would not be until 2019 or 2020 based on previous release timetables.

It will take me about a year to write the Sims 4 Guide, then cover Expansions as they come. It is unlikely I'll be done with the base game by the time the first Expansion is out.

I do not know everything about the game - players utilize all kinds of different combinations from the Expansions and come up with interesting ways to use the game's mechanics. I focus on each EP as it comes, so am sometimes surprised at the tricks they discover and share with us. I've been playing off and on since release, but my play time has been cut off the past year since I've been working on Civilization 5. After nearly five years on one game, I'm definitely ready for a new one :)
3rd June 2014 6:54pm
mikki says...
do you try to read every comment? or just the first few? I love reading your guides!
5th June 2014 6:11pm
Ella says...
Hi! For those of you with sims UVL, the new laptop that comes with it is better than the most expensive laptop! It has the same ratings but the bonus of a +2 environment- and it looks really cool. I don't remember what it's called but it costs only 1800, so I always get it for new sim families.
23rd February 2014 12:46pm
Nikki says...
Hello i don't know if there's a forum anywhere for this, but can you make a page on patches and fixing updates? My game seems to be getting stuck a lot, and if I click update, it won't let me update my game. it just kind of... sits there. Thanks!
13th July 2014 7:42am
Someone says...
I have a wild horse in my house and it does not want to go away, is there a cheat for this problem?
22nd July 2014 5:36am
Eugene says...
Hello there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group? There's a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Thank you
Admin:
Of course.
26th April 2014 5:15am
Poppy says...
ok so I was about to save my game when it says the grim reaper has come to take a member of my household both my sims looked fine but when they talked one of my sims portraits was a ghost and at the main menu one of them IS a ghost I tried resetsim but it didn't work,help please
13th February 2014 8:21pm
darla says...
take the gravestone to inventory and try to force "oh my ghost" opportunity (using master controller)for the remaining sim.
15th July 2014 9:07am
Christian says...
Is there any possible way for me to download this website for offline reference?
9th March 2014 6:14pm
Johnny Chaos says...
I've been playing Sims 3 for a while. Can I introduce an expansion pack at my current progress point, or would I have to begin a new game to use the pack?
1st March 2014 3:47am
Christian says...
How can I download this website for offline viewing?
9th March 2014 10:45pm
Krystal says...
Hello,

Need some help, i have brought Monte Vista and it wont install at all! it makes me chose a language and then gets me to read terms and conditions. but it does NOT come up for me to put the code in and then it tells me its Installed and it hasnt. I have read up on Google that it happens alot, and then i went to EB games and swapped the disk around.

Any idea how i can fix this?
27th March 2014 9:18pm
Heather says...
Hi, can anyone tell me if downloading more expansion packs reduces the performance of the games please? I have 3 ep's on my computer & I'm having trouble with the game freezing.
19th February 2014 3:05pm
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Into the Future Features
Legacy Statues
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