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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

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Rebecca says...

I just downloaded the Sims 3 and the Sims 3 Island paradise for Macbook pro. I cannot figure out how to launch the sims 3 paradise, not sure if I saved it in the same file as the sims 3 but i went searching for it, found "the sims 3 island paradise" icon and still, only the sims 3 (original) will launch. Do i have to go into the sims 3 to play isle paradiso? I;m so confused please help!
27th April 2014 4:09pm
Barbie says...
The maxmotive and motherload cheats dont work...ive restared the game even made a fresh sim (which took time) n it still didnt work :( help
28th April 2014 3:12pm
susen says...
i really want to buy it my mum says i can only buy it when my grades are better
3rd May 2014 11:04pm
Maya says...
Is it possible to use island paradise in a different town than Isla paradiso? Isla paradiso keeps glotching out and freezing. Help??
11th May 2014 5:55pm
gfoxy says...
help!! everytime i visit my owned resort my employees approach me with smoke coming up from their heads and with a sad face icon. what does this mean?? they just stand around and stare at me and i cant interact with them until i reset my sim or them, hellpppp!
8th June 2014 1:49pm
LaniBGoode says...
One of my mer-sims was sunbathing, got the Dehydrated negative moodlet and died. The Grim Reaper showed up, sent her to the Sim Afterlife, and then tossed down a towel, put up a pastel rainbow beach umbrella, and sunbathed!
14th July 2014 1:23am
mad is rad says...
ok so I have Island Paradise EP and I was wondering if the water taxis work in towns other than Isle Paradiso? Thanks a whole bunch!
20th June 2014 2:14pm
Tom says...
hi guys, this is my problem. I have the sims 3 deluxe edition, which includes the base game and all expansions in 4 disc. Every time I install the game, the whole package come along, EXCEPT the Island paradise (cause it wasn't available back then). Now I've dowloaded the Island Paradise, but I'm stucked. I've searched youtube for instructions but they only show how to install the Island paradise with the base game. You get it? I need S.O to show me how to install the expansion in a PC that have the S3 deluxe edition in it. I've done every thing they told me but nothing work. Please help me !
9th July 2014 6:55am
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
Tom says...
hi guys, this is my problem. I have the sims 3 deluxe edition, which includes the base game and all expansions in 4 disc. Every time I install the game, the whole package come along, EXCEPT the Island paradise (cause it wasn't available back then). Now I've dowloaded the Island Paradise, but I'm stucked. I've searched youtube for instructions but they only show how to install the Island paradise with the base game. You get it? I need S.O to show me how to install the expansion in a PC that have the S3 deluxe edition in it. I've done every thing they told me but nothing work. Please help me !
9th July 2014 6:58am
Pereira says...
can I install the Island Paradise Expansion pack directly to the Base game without installing the expansion packs which released earlier before the Isaland Paradise expansion??
30th March 2014 5:13am
Jade says...
31st March 2014 10:57pm
Crystal says...
When ever I try to use Islo Paridsa as my town it has the worst lag, and I can't go 5 minutes without it freeing. Is there anything i can do to stop this?
30th March 2014 2:43am
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
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
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
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
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
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
Amber says...
Thank you so much, I would've NEVER thought to do that. I will give it a shot and hope it works. And thanks a MILLION for such a speedy reply! ;)
2nd March 2014 1:43am
Amber says...
Hello! I wrote the other day about how every time I put an empty lot in the middle of the water it automatically raises the terrain and adds a mailbox and garbage can subsequently acting like a land lot. And while you gave me an idea to try, I'm not getting the result I wanted. I guess my first question is; what is the purpose of a lot in the middle of the water? What is it supposed to be for? I was under the impression that this was how you built a house on the stilts above the water but it will not let me do that because of the raised terrain. I'm soooo confused, this EP made me feel really dumb. LOL Any more help would be so much appreciated, you have no idea!
2nd March 2014 10:12pm
brooke says...
if i buy the sims 3 island paradise online does it come in the mail as a hard copy or do i get emailed a code?
19th March 2014 1:52am
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
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
Sasha says...
Hey there can i make my cheats work again. I always use my testingcheatsenabled true (then i shift click mailbox) cheat but it doesnt work anymore. How can i get it to work again please?
It should still work. Have you tried clearing your caches? Does it happen in every game or just one? In a new game too?
12th July 2013 5:48pm
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