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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.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack - Official Trailer

Comments (98)

Isla Shark is my sim says...
I put testingcheatsenabled true in the box then start a new game but most of the time testingcheats won't work for me after starting a new game in Isla Paradiso. Also, I have generations with IP, but I don't see most of the things available with generations in CAS... help!! Also I have supernatural, and I don't have an option to become a werewolf/vamp/fairy!!! Help!!!
Sounds like you have something causing problems. I would suggest a factory reset or an entire reinstall. Remove all CC and mods.
15th July 2013 8:43am
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
Hartley says...
ok so i preorded island paradise and got the survival pack adn downloaded it but it is all mixed up how do i get it in to my collections
You need to make your own collection and add each item individually.
16th July 2013 1:58am
Mrs Tragic Clown says...
I have a five star resort now with a maximum of 3 staff it will not allow me to add anymore help?? People keep complaining about roaches still? How do I fix this? I went there myself and upgrading everything to self clean and still people complain about roaches??? Help plzz anyone!? Do I need more garbage cans or something!? Note: I am trying to post about the c o c k roaches in the resort but when I try ti hit submit I get an error message in red saying.... Swearing is not allowed. Please remove the swear words from your comment.

/bangs head on keyboard
Unlss you see garbage everywhere there shouldn't be a need for more garbage cans.  As I've discussed with other people in the comments - roaches have started appearing underground at resorts. You don't see them because you're not looking in the right place.  Go down a level (even if you don't have a basement) and see if they are under there.  I would recommend reading some of the other comments as the fix for this can be found there or even on our forum on the Resort Tips Thread.

Just so you know the game has insects called roaches and they are not called anything else.  There is no reason to remove that particular filter as it does more good than harm.
17th July 2013 12:29pm
Mrs Tragic Clown says...
I just sent in a comment about my five star resort getting roaches at Hobart's Hideaway. I found out why I was getting Roaches. If you go down a level and look under the starter hotels there is an EA planted roach box! So, no matter what you do or how clean your hotel is you will always have roaches unless you delete the box. I could not pick up the box even by using the cheat buydebug on. I could not delete the box using the sledgehammer tool! I got suspicious and started to look around more after I bought a Bonehilda. I was able to click onto the roach box using Nraas mods and now have a roach free resort!!! :) Just a FYI to anyone trying to turn Hobart's Hideaway around.
17th July 2013 5:33pm
Mrs Tragic Clown says...
How do I fire or scold employees at my resort that are not working but lounging around while things need to be done?? I have NO option to do anything and I am the owner?? I am paying top dollar to employ them also. Anyone know of a mod or cheat except resetsim plzzz??
Are you using the high quality or low quality?
17th July 2013 5:37pm
Himanshu says...
I became partner of many properties in island paradise for 200$ and owned them for 1000$ it was little awkward coz they were surprisingly cheap but now i get no profit at all from any , i bought Cruzita's diner and grocery ,and trade wind spa and bistro and book store
The profit you get from them is in proportion to what you pay.  There is something about combined rabbit holes that makes some of them extremely cheap.
18th July 2013 11:37am
Ellie says...
I purchased The Paradise Island today and once it was 100% loaded (which took ages!) it said

'This product requires an installed copy of The Sim 3. Please install The Sims 3 before installing this product.'

What does this mean and what do I do? Please help! :3:(
Do you have the Sims 3 base game installed?
19th July 2013 7:33pm
Nicole says...
I don't have Island Paradise, but I might get it. I was wondering, is the island a world on it's own, or is it like in World Adventures or University Life where you can travel there, vacation style?
Isla Paradiso is more like Sunset Valley then China.
23rd July 2013 1:08am
Nicole says...
Oh okay. So sims living in, let's say, Moonlight Falls or Sunset Valley, can't vacation to Isla Paradiso, they would have to move there permanently or I would have to start a new game to use it?
Isla Paradiso is not a vacation world right.  They could move there using the new feature or you could start a new game.  You could always have them move again but I'm not sure they could return to a town and it look just like it had before.  It was be one at the beginning stage.
23rd July 2013 3:22pm
alison says...
is there possible to have kraken attack in sunset valley world and the other world ?
As far as I know.. yes.
27th July 2013 2:15pm
Eldubya says...
Is there any information on moving to a new town? This was added by I.P. And you can't move if your Sim was bitten by a Vampire and hasn't turned yet.
11th August 2013 10:59am
Sheng says...
Hi. is there any way to split up my household into two? because i have alot of property in island paradise and i was wondering if i can use some of my houses and move some of my household like young adults to a new home and have their own family? Please help me. :-/
You can do it by having one of the adults use their phone from the inventory and choose move out, then pick who will move and what household you'll control. That family will live their own life while still being related to you - there's no telling what may happen in the home while you're not in control. You can only control 1 household at a time, and switch between them in the edit town screen. Pick their house and a menu will pop up, allowing you to take control there.
26th August 2013 2:25am
Mrs Tragic Clown says...
I discover a Private Island:) But ding dong me went into Edit town to try to make the lot larger and now my private Island is gone lol!? I didn't save the game but now there is a buyable normal residential lot there? Has this happened to anyone else and does anyone know how to turn it back into a private island with the star on it you see from above?? I wish they just gave us an option to make it larger and buy more land for a price if we want too. When I go into Edit Town all I see in residential is apartment or residential no option for Private island lot:( Thx!
16th September 2013 2:26pm
Mrs Tragic Clown says...
Dive spots are buggy. Everything just vanishes as I am diving and trying to explore or talk to other divers. Is this happening to anyone else and if so any cure?? One sec everything is there and the next nothing no graphics?? Also when I am trying to view my Sim! The game at many times is refusing to go down into the dive spot area under water!?? What can I do And Thanks!
16th September 2013 3:03pm
Jesse says...
Can the Kraken kill you and if so, what colour does your ghost appear as?
24th September 2013 1:27am
Nerd says...
Hai Carl,can I mix Pets+Supernatural+Season and IP for my games?
All Expansion Packs work together to make the game a more enjoyable experience with more possibilityes, so yes, you can own all eleven (as of Into the Future) and enjoy all the gameplay features they bring in one game.
15th October 2013 3:25pm
Andrea o says...
I'm gonna get island paradise at Christmas. I was just wondering if there r any new traits and if there is a place on this website that shows all the new stuff in island paradise, I've seen the season's info page.
1st November 2013 1:02pm
Jade says...
To answer your questions, there are a few new traits, some off the top of my head are Loves the heat, Loves the cold, Sailor... and I don't know if there is a specific page on this site that shows them. Try another website maybe if you can't find it on this one? And pets can go on boats!! Even horses!
2nd November 2013 7:20pm
Andrea o says...
Also can pets go on boats
2nd November 2013 6:08pm
Jaime says...
Are there new buy mode items and build mode items that come with this EP?
Yes, plenty of new furniture, decor and island-themed plants/waterfalls etc. that you can decorate your homes and resorts with.
19th November 2013 3:19pm
easha says...
i just bought this game and it wont install or anything says the code is wrong and im missing four letters or numbers of the code, its never been used so what do I do because online wont accept or the game downloader ?
22nd November 2013 9:28pm
Jade says...
If I was you I would contact EA.
24th November 2013 1:13pm
Heather Henning says...
Please can someone help me, i am trying to change a lot type in Edit town mode to (dive area) but that option is not available, is there any other way to do it so that i can place a reef etc in the ocean
6th December 2013 7:52am
Kelly says...
I apologize if this ha been asked and answered already, but can Sims who live in another "town" or "neighborhood" or "world" go on vacation in Isle Paradiso? If yes, how?

Sadly, Isla Paradiso isn't a vacation destination. However, Sims can now move to another world using the phone or computer, so you could technically move them there after saving your home to the bin through edit town, then move back and replace your home and belongings, simulating a vacation :)
9th December 2013 6:58pm
Lee-Ann says...
If your sims lives in sunset valley, Can they take a vacation to Isla Paradiso?
And how do you do it?
29th December 2013 5:28am
Paige says...
Hi carl, I've had island paradise for a couple if months now and every time I try to play in the the world it freezes every ten seconds for a second or two which is really annoying. It doesn't happen in any other world and all other island paradise features work perfectly. I really want to play within the world but the constant freezing makes it impossible. Do you have any advice?
30th December 2013 3:59pm
carol says...
Ok I may be dumb for asking this but I cant see under the water? when my sim snorkels or anything there is no way for me to see what they are seeing. Does she just need more skill or am I doing something wrong? thanks
24th January 2014 12:58pm
Amber says...
Hi! First thanks for such a helpful site, what a life (and time) saver. But I seriously need help with Island Paradise. I do not understand building in this new world at all... What's with the ability to put a complete empty lot in the middle of the water? I know you're supposed to be able to build "over" the water but when I place an empty lot there it acts like a land lot. What I mean by that is it automatically raises the terrain and places a mailbox and garbage can! What the heck?!? Any help would be sooooo much appreciated because I am lost...
I think you would change the lot type and it would not need to include a mailbox and garbage can. That is for residences, which need to have mail and a place to dispose of trash.There are a variety of lot types available.
28th February 2014 11:00pm
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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:

Resort Mega-Guide - New
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