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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
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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Comments (87)

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Nadia says...
I'm just wondering. Since there's so many windows 8 desktop and laptop selling. I wonder if sims 3 can still be played in windows 8. Can it? Thanks.
25th April 2013 11:55am
Cassie says...
Yes it still can be played in window 8. I haven't had any problems with my Sims 3 and I have windows 8.
2nd May 2013 10:02pm
IhasBrainFreeze says...
Yes, you can im currently using windows 8 =3 hope it helped
Thanks to both of you who confirmed it runs fine on Windows 8.
22nd December 2013 6:30pm
Brittanie says...
hi, i was just wondering if you can own pets in this game like you can in the sims 2 pets game.. or not. i really wanna get this game it looks cool, but i just wanted to know if you can own animals and if you can actually see where ur sim is going to work or school and such. could someboy possibly know the answer? Thanks!
25th April 2013 5:30pm
Emma says...
Yes and No. You can own pets in The Sims 3 game but you have to have the Pets expansion pack to do so. Like Sims 2 basically! Hope that helps!
2nd May 2013 9:07pm
Emma says...
Oh and for your other question- for work- most places are rabbit holes UNLESS you add the Ambitions expansion pack which is where your Sims can work out of home or in a building where you can see what they are doing.
for School- you can not see the sims at school since that is also a rabbit hole. However if you order and download Sims 3 University expansion pack- which works almost exactly like Sims 2 College Life. Hope this also helps!!
2nd May 2013 9:10pm
Potato says...
Yes, you can own pets, but you must buy the Pets expansion pack. You can see where your Sim is, but you cannot go into the work or school location. I'm sure you can discover more things about the Sims when you get into it, so my advice is to definitely buy the game and start playing!
3rd May 2013 2:01am
Abii says...
Hi Brittanie,

Yes you can have pets (dogs, cats, horses, unicorns fully playable and others that just look pretty like birds and turtles etc), but you need the Pets expansion pack. So if this is what you're interested in, you'll need to buy the Sims 3 base game AND the Pets expansion. You should definitely get it. Sims is the best :)

3rd May 2013 1:07pm
Orbit says...
If you have the Sims 3 Pets expansion you can.
3rd May 2013 8:58pm
Leroy says...
Yes you can, it's an expansion pack. Look it up :) (The Sims3 Pets)
29th June 2013 6:19pm
Potato says...
Is Union Cove available on the Sims 3 Exchange? I don't know how to download custom content and I just download stuff off the Exchange. If anyone could tell me that would be great!! :)
3rd May 2013 1:58am
Carl says...
UC is not available on the Exchange. At one point, another person uploaded it without permission and it had to be taken down. Now even we can't upload it. The process is as simple as downloading the file and opening it, the launcher takes care of the rest.
4th June 2013 10:04pm
Bethany says...
Hi, I was looking at the "Seasoned Traveler" walkthrough and thought of something useful to post about it, but I don't see anywhere to post on that page. Am I missing something, or should I just post here?
4th May 2013 2:47pm
Carl says...
Allowing LTW tip sharing is a good idea, and I couldn't tell ya why I didn't include that when installing the comments system. You can now comment on LTW walkthroughs. Head to the Seasoned Traveler Lifetime Wish page and share your tip if you like.
4th June 2013 10:20pm
Lucy says...
in sims 3 i held shift and right clicked on a guest in my house now i switched to his household and idk how to get back to mine can anyone help me
25th May 2013 3:20pm
Kiara says...
How much is Sims 3 and it's expansion packs and stuff pack?
This depends on where you go to get it and what country you live in.   There are times when you can get the Sims 3 games on sale for really good prices.  I know Target in the US had them all on sale recently as did Origin.   They recently came out with a starter pack that is the base game, Late Night and High End Loft stuff for $30 USD.   Most of the older packs are around $20 USD right now with the newer ones running closer to $30 and up.
5th June 2013 3:05am
katelynncorzine says...
I love the game but it always over powers my laptop I spent 5 hours on it making my house I loved that house so much but it sucked because it turned off so fast. Can u help me get that thing where u get all those really cute close for you're sims.
I'm not entirely certain what you're asking me to help you with.  As for the house making, I always recommend saving often and I would also recommend powering down the game and restarting every couple of hours to avoid crashes.
5th June 2013 5:54pm
cw says...
Mi sims work good on mi pc now I kan only play for a while then it crash wi now
21st June 2013 1:07am
tips says...
i ca't wait for island paradise and when its out could you give me a website or page for down load.and i love your site its the guide i use to find out certain things i love it its so useful i hear there is mermaids with island paradise
You can order it right now for download from Origin and Amazon.
21st June 2013 3:53am
tips says...
i have got it now thanks and i could not work out how to get the mermadic kelp of a mermaid but thanks to your guide i have but one thing you should know you cant get the kelp of a mermaid that's in your household.
2nd July 2013 6:50pm
SomeDude says...
How do I download the worlds? I really have no idea.
You download a world the same way you download something from the store.  Worlds that come with expansion packs are automatically installed when you install the EP.

Store Worlds: These worlds get downloaded straight to your launcher and can be installed using the install button. 

Custom Worlds: Some worlds come in zip files or .rar files and they have to be extracted but then they should be just a normal .sims3pack to go into the downloads folder. There you can install with the launcher and should be able to play if there are no issues or EP conflicts.
27th June 2013 2:30am
Cathy says...
Have you encountered any problems with your sims using a resort in island paradise? Our game locks every time we go to one. Haven't attempted to run one yet.
Are your Sims self-employed?
30th June 2013 9:42pm
Cathy says...
Yes both are. If they were not would this work? Are there known issues with running a resort? If one was not self employed in a couple and that was the one checking in would that solve the problem? Do you forsee a fix for this?
There are known issues with self-employed Sims trying to check in right now. I don't know if it would work if only one was doing the checking in but it's something to try. A fix for it will hopefully be coming soon but there is no way to know when that is.
30th June 2013 11:18pm
Kelley says...
I can't get my resort to 5 stars I keep getting 5 star reviews they have everything they need and or want, yet I only have 4-1/2 stars. I keep checking here hoping someone has made a guide on the resorts,but no such luck. Wanted to add the tip that if your sim is another Supe they can't become a mermaid, when the eat the kelp they become very ill and vomit several times.
2nd July 2013 2:55am
LittleMinnie says...
Hello, its not really the place to say this, but my ip has been blocked apparently because I'm a spammer. But I have never spammed in my life, and it has happened a few times that I cannot post because someone had the same ip address as me. Is there anything that can be done?
It should be handled now.  If you need more help, let me know but if you can get on the forum and need more help - This is Ricalynn.
2nd July 2013 5:28am
Leane says...
I think there might be a bug with the athletic skill in this expansion. I started snorkeling and when I went home my athletic skill kept gaining. I reached level four by just sleeping on my house boat. So maybe that is why some players report gaining athletic skill constantly while they snorkel.
This is an old bug made more common with the expansion. If you reset your Sim, they will stop gaining the skill.
4th July 2013 1:22pm
Jeff says...
I played TS3 base game Sunset Valley on my cousin's laptop while she was on vacation. When she returned, I decided that I loved the game so much so I purchased the Starter Pack. I exported my family and house and installed the .sims3pack to my personal laptop. [NOTE: One of my sims had married a premade SV sim (Jamie Jolina). While I played on my cousin's laptop, I changed her name to Claire and turned her into a brunette.]

Because my sim had married a premade SV character, when I installed my family into a new save file in SV world, there are now two Jamie Jolinas that my sim is married too. The renamed Claire was imported and shows on my sims relationship panel as wife, but he also has the premade Jamie of that world in his panel as his wife even though he hasn't talked to anyone in town yet. His family tree shows the blonde Jamie, not his brunette Claire.
I've never heard of this happening before. If you'd like to - there is a free world to download from the Sims 3 store that is just as good as Sunset Valley called Riverview and maybe it wouldn't make a mess of the family tree.
4th July 2013 2:55pm
Jeff says...
Will this be fixed if I delete the premade Jamie? If so, how would I do that? Should I just import my family to another world instead, like Riverview? I have LN, but I don't want them in the city. OR should I just transfer the whole save file to my laptop? Idk how to do that though and my cousin's TS3 was unpatched. I'm patched all the way to the most recent one already.

Thank you in advance. This website has been very useful for me.

P.s. any TS3 official worlds you recommend? Or CC worlds too that need only LN?
4th July 2013 3:00pm
Collector says...
Have you noticed that smelting ores now provides a much higher return than 175%

I smelted a 4000 simolean supernovium ore to an ingot of 37000 simolean
11th July 2013 5:50am
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Buy The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion PackI've put together a guide to the New Features in The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion. Additionally, the following guides are finished:

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