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The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack

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The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack
Scuba DivingResortsMermaidsDiscovering IslandsMap Fragments & BottlesLifeguard

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The Sims 3 Island Paradise Limited Edition - Buy to get the Island Survival Pack
Buy The Sims 3 Island Paradise Limited Edition to get the Island Survival Pack

The Sims 3 Island Paradise arrives June 25, and I will of course be covering the new features of the Expansion Pack. This time, I'm summarizing information from press releases to describe the biggest gameplay features of the new EP to inform visitors who'd like to know what to expect when they buy it. I'll link new articles to this page as they come. I cannot start until I've got a copy in my hands, and I don't get it any earlier than any other Sims player. As stated, I compiled this from press releases. The page combines information and screenshots that EA has released over the months since announcing the IP Expansion.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - Isla Paradiso wide view
A Broad View of the New Island World - Isla Paradiso

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - Isla Paradiso Sunset
Sunset in Isla Paradiso

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - Water Skiing
Sims can Waterski in Island Paradise

Isla Paradiso
Island Paradise's new town is called Isla Paradiso. This new tropical world has vast seas with islands to explore and make your home. The setting provides for many new activities for Sims that involve the water, like snorkeling, house boats, lifeguards, mermaids, resorts, and beach parties. The World features Uncharted Islands that Sims can unlock to find treasure chests and collectibles, and maybe even meet Mermaids. Sims will be able to use poolside bars, sleep in bungalows and walk across hot coals at beach parties. The setting is there, and this is yet another Sims 3 World that will look great with the Seasons Expansion Pack. EA didn't disappoint in making a beautiful island setting for us, and players who preorder the limited edition through Origin will get loads of extra content, such as the Island Survival pack that lets you dress your Sims as though they're surviving a shipwreck on a desert island. Beach activities have been expanded with more ways to have fun and relax in the sunshine, like building sandcastles with the kids, sunbathing on beach towels, splashing in the ocean water, and riding in paddleboats.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - sailboat
A Sailboat cruises Isla Paradiso's Waves

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - exploring uncharted island
Sailing to an Uncharted Island, Treasure Perhaps?

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - speedboat
A Sleek Speedboat Piloted by a Sim

Island Hopping: Getting Around
The island setting of IP means boats were a necessity. All the major kinds of boats you'd expect to see are here: row boats, paddleboats, sailboats, and speedboats are all available to own and operate. Judging by the looks of the island there will be more of these going around than there are cars. Sims on House Boats may even find the pizza delivery guy pulling up on a jet ski to bring their meal. Set sail on the ocean and search for secret coves and uncharted islands with buried treasure. You may even find a new and beautiful location to set up a new Resort.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - fishing spot
Isla Paradiso's Main Island Has Beautiful Fishing Spots

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - houseboat
A Houseboat Out to Sea

New Build Options: Water Building and House Boats
With patch 1.55, The Sims 3 has been updated to allow all players to build on the water, much as Seasons' patch brought Sims the ability to swim in the ocean. Now, beautiful docks, resorts and house boats may be built out into the water. House Boats come in a variety of sizes and shapes, but allow your Sim to live on the water just as they would in a home on land. The largest available house boat size wil be 20x15.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - The Kraken Attacks
The Kraken Gets Very Angry

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - Shark attacking a Sim
Sharks are Dangerous to a Sim Scuba Diving

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - Diving for Treasure
Sims Can Dive for Pearls, Seashells and Sunken Treasure in Island Paradise

Diving Skill: Snorkeling and Scuba
Sims can now explore beneath the water with the new Snorkeling and Scuba skills. This means that EA has included a variety of sea life that Sims can interact with, sea shells and bottom-dwelling fish. including Be wary as Sharks may want to eat your Sim for lunch. As Sims explore new dive spots, they will level the skill and it will allow them to find sunken treasure. Down below, Sims can dive for pearls and sell seashells. Sims who wish can explore underwater caves to search for treasures, but all must be wary of the Kraken that lives in its cave beneath the ocean depths. Sims can drown, running out of air, and will not be able to dive constantly, as a moodlet will block them -- but we all know testing cheats will probably take care of that. The new Steel Lungs Lifetime Reward should help with this as well.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - a Sim lifeguard watches over the swimmers
Sims Can Play the Role of Lifeguard to Save Swimmers

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - Mermaid
Mermaid is the New Occult in the Expansion

Mermaids are the new life state available to Sims, and your scuba diver may encounter one beneath the ocean. Naturally, Mermaids' tails will change to legs when they want to walk on dry land. They have a hydration motive instead of hygiene, meaning they need to encounter water once in a while to be healthy. Mermaids will make the best divers because of their natural ability to breathe underwater and that they swim faster than normal Sims. Evil Mermaids can summon a school of Sharks to attack Sims in the water. It would appear that Sims can use a Lifetime Reward to become a Mermaid.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - Building a Resort
Building a Resort with the New Patch's Build Mode Features

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - a beautiful hotel
A Luxurious Resort on the Island

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - a luxury resort
Another Beautiful Resort

Sims can visit Resorts in Isla Paradiso and enjoy the amenities they offer. Managing a Resort is one of the new money-making options available to players with Island Paradise. You will meet your customers' needs, set prices and design new additions to your resort to expand the business. You'll also be able to hire staff to tend to your guests and keep the place clean. Staff uniforms can be customized through CAS, which lets you set the look from casual to formal. Your Resort will gain in star rating to show its success, and your goal will be to attract visitors and rake in the Simoleons. High ranked Resorts may want to set up VIP areas for rich Sims visiting their hotel. Just don't let the place get too dirty or you'll find it infested with cockroaches. It sounds like a fun management simulation packed into the game, which reminds me of Sims 2 Open for Business.

Follow the link to see our massive nine-page guide to managing Resorts in Island Paradise.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - manage your own resort
Managing a Huge Resort is Going to be a Fun New Money-Making Option

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - the island's statue in the distance
A Huge Houseboat with the Island's Statue in the Distance

Uncharted Islands
Isla Paradiso features 8 Uncharted Islands that have to be unlocked. One can be accessed simply by sailing up to it, but others require you to complete an objective of some sort. There is an opportunity chain you can get from resort desk clerks by asking for an adventure, making a five-star resort of your own, or finding a message in a bottle that unlocks an island instantly. Divers get great access to these, being able to unlock two Islands easily - one for them by going through a cave, and another through befriending a mermaid.

The Expansion Pack's new Profession is the Lifeguard. You'll be paid to rescue Sims from the sea and give them CPR if necessary. While the Profession isn't a big money-maker, it is required for completionists because 35 rescues unlocks and Uncharted Island.

In Closing
That's obviously not all that Island Paradise will offer, but I won't go beyond the information I've seen with my own eyes in creating this summary. You can expect us to have all the information on Island Paradise published within 2 weeks of release, with new information added to the guide as it comes. If you like what you see in this Expansion, you can buy it from EA Origin to support the Guide. Comments for this page will be opened on the day the EP launches.

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Comments (119)

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Brent says...
SO I have a question regarding sims 3 island paradise. Can you still drive cars on the islands?
26th March 2014 3:11pm
Jade says...
Yes! And if you sims do not own a car, a taxi will come just like normal! What really cool, is if they dont have a boat, a water taxi comes!
27th March 2014 10:57pm
SimoneForbo says...
Your sim just needs a higher skill. Then you'll get a notification saying that you can go to a dive spot. Only in a world with dive spots of course.
19th February 2014 11:25pm
Tony H says...
any new cheats yet for ip? cant seem to build on a port or figure out how to build a port so i just copied one.
There is a tutorial on the forums by SimGuruGraham. You can find the links and part of the tutorial on our IP board here at Carl and Pam's Forum. 

One new cheat is to reveal all hidden islands:  discoverAllUnchartedIslands.
26th June 2013 1:16pm
VictoriaR says...
you can build a port using the buydebug cheat. Type that in then go to buy mode. There will be a question mark box above all other categories. Click on that. I think all the stuff you need to build a port is in the miscellaneous tab. If you sort it down to IP its a lot faster. Just add what you need on your dock. To build a dock go into build mode and click on foundations.
2nd July 2013 10:05pm
Jade says...
Can you do something teaching us how to make our own dive areas. I can't figure it out. It would be very helpful! Also, how to make the stilted foundations at different levels over the water. Thank you, you have no idea how much this site has saved my simming butt. Haha! :)
27th June 2013 10:07pm
Alex says...
I am trying to unlock all the islands, and apparently I can unlock one of them by reaching lvl 10 of the lifeguard profession.
But I have achieved this and nothing was unlocked!
I have befriended lots of mermaids too, and its taking a while for one of them to take me to an uncharted island.
Ive decided to go back to my last save to see whether I can try getting to lvl 10 again, but please help!
It's not level 10. You have to save 35 people as per code.
28th June 2013 8:22am
Meowie says...
How can I purchase an island? And how can I build my own resort? Do I have to put down a lot in the town editor first?
You can't purchase an island, except with LTR. The hidden islands are meant to be unlocked but as soon as you unlock them they become your own personal property.

You can build your own resort by converting any private lot to a resort. Just remember to use one of the resort towers given by the game. 

If you don't like the options for private lots, then you can place a lot if you so choose.
28th June 2013 12:33pm
Jo'Dee says...
My sim has just reached scuba diving level two and is able to scuba dive. However, when I go to scuba dive my sim just sits on top of the water.. also, when I click to "catch" something, it will just go away and my sim won't do anything. My sim also for some reason won't change into a scuba diving outfit, just sits on top of the water.
Do you use mods or CC? Have you tried without them? When was the last time you cleared your cache files?
28th June 2013 2:02pm
Jo'Dee says...
I dont use mods and I rarely use CC. I havent in a while. I don't think I've ever cleared my cache files, I'm not sure I even know how to do that.
There is a thread on our forums that talks about it. You can find it in the technical help section. If the problem persists, I would actually recommend posting there so you can get help from several people as well as myself.
29th June 2013 10:08am
Nicole says...
My sim wants to upgrade a resort tower, how do I do that?
If you own a resort then it most likely has a resort tower, depending on which one you have all you do is click on the rabbit hole tower for that style of resort and it should have the "Upgrade' option. If the resort tower already has spa features then it's upgraded to the max. You could buy a second one if you really wanted.
28th June 2013 4:47pm
Carolyn says...
I don't think you can upgrade Bungalos though. If you can, I've never figured out how. I just bought the most expensive buildings and upgraded those
2nd July 2013 12:56am
Jen says...
How do you build a new resort? I want a bigger lot than the one that they start you with
Buy a private lot and then conver it to a resort. You'll have to start from scratch but it will be the size you want.
28th June 2013 8:26pm
Martini says...
I build a resort, but i can't open it because it is not a hotelroom. I build 8! Roms! What do I do?
Did you place a resort tower? All resorts must have a resort tower.
28th June 2013 9:55pm
Martini says...
I only find on tower, but that is HUUUUGE!
Is it that one that cost 3000 sim?

(Sorry, my bad english!)
That is the Eco-Modern. There is also two beach ones that look like little houses and a spanish one that looks very mediterranean.
28th June 2013 10:00pm
Ciana says...
Well im buildin a house over water yay!.. butim tryna figure out oh to put in on different levels... i remember someone saying that you can set them and have stairs leading to them but how???? plz let me know cuz ill do it now
27th June 2013 7:02pm
Amanda says...
I preordered IP, but I don't think I received Barnacle Bay?
You had to live in North America to get the promotion and it will come in your email as a code.
27th June 2013 4:10pm
Seila says...
How to build a diving area?
Most worlds aren't deep enough for diving areas.   Sometimes they glitch out and cause problems.  There are tutorials on the official forum and how to place IP's diving areas has been linked to in our Island Paradise forum.
27th June 2013 11:27am
Tori says...
So is this a world like Sunset Valley or like a holiday world like Shang Simla? Can you pick mermaids in CAS?

Isla Paradiso is the world that comes with Island Paradise. It's a town like Sunset Valley. Mermaids are not able to be made in CAS but they do show up in town via Story Progression. You also cannot stop them from showing up in Story Progression without mods.
26th June 2013 2:50pm
Tori says...
I know I'm a bit late here, but thanks! :D
21st July 2013 3:41am
Cloud Strife says...
Who cares about cheats. Play the game as it was intended and you will have hours and hours of fun. This expansion pack is dripping with fun. I bought it and installed it. Good god its fun. I love the boats though. And the scuba diving. Also, running the resort is a little difficult to get the right person for the front desk. Good job on the summary guys. Keep them coming. Also is there a face book or something for you? Thanks. By the way, I have been following you since Sims 3. The first expansion. Thanks for the work. Life savers.
26th June 2013 4:24pm
Mandy says...
How do I sell my shells ?
Drag to the sell box in inventory or place on ground and sell in buy mode.
26th June 2013 4:47pm
Andrea says...
How do I open my message in a bottle? There's a little icon in the lower left of the pic in my inventory, but all it says when I click on it is "give gift". Do I need something else to open it and what does the little circle-line icon mean (it looks kind of like an uplink icon)? Thanks!
Only a very special message in a bottle can be opened. All others are for selling or collecting.

The symbol means that it can be sent as a gift to your friends on the official website.
26th June 2013 8:16pm
Jess says...
I've just bought and installed island paradise and for some reason whenever i try and snorkel with my sim, i can't they just pop up on the closest piece of land. Which means i canny scubba dive. Help
Remove all mods and CC, try a factory reset folder where you rename your Sims 3 folder and let the launcher make a new one. Then try to load the game again without installing anything.
26th June 2013 9:03pm
Andrea says...
I get this jump to the beach too sometimes when I try to explore a cave while scuba diving. I don't have any mods or anything. I just go out of the game and come back in (or do edit town and come back) and it works again.
I'm getting it a lot, too. It especially doesn't like me sending my Sims to do two caves at once.
27th June 2013 12:43pm
Aaron says...
I get this too. It looks like a pretty serious cave... maybe mermaids only?
14th July 2013 12:02am
Kate says...
When you check into a hotel it says buy big spray, Is there any bugs in IP??
The only ones I've run into are the ones you run into as a resort owner.
26th June 2013 9:56pm
Sarah says...
How do you find the new Islands?
There are 8 islands and there are 8 different ways to find them. Information is still being compiled. Two easy ways to get the islands are the cheat and the LTR to buy a map.
26th June 2013 10:12pm
Maddie says...
Where are the beach towels that sims can sunbathe on located in the build/buy mode? And how do you do activities such as waterskiing with other sims?
Just click on the ground and say "relax here" for the towels.  

Have two Sims get into the same boat then click on the boat with the one you want to waterski.
26th June 2013 11:21pm
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