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Sims 4 Expansion Packs
Sims 4 Cheats
How to Cheat in The Sims 4
Sims 4 Challenges
Career Cheats
Skill Cheats
Trait Cheats
Get to Work Expansion
Seasons Expansion
Get Famous Expansion
Island Living Expansion Pack
Building Houses and Lots - a Build Mode Guide

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.

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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Playalot says...
Yes it can depending on your computers specs.
These tips can help with a slow game:
3rd August 2017 10:15pm
Sophie says...
My sim died whilst at whilst he was at university and the game gave me the option to return home so I decided well yeah I'll just return home and continue life with my other sims in that family but the game wouldn't go home so I tried going to the main menu but I saved it and now I've lost my entire family and it's stuck at the university with no sim to control
26th October 2015 6:49am
Playalot says...
nraas Traveller Mod really helps with these kinds of bugs.
3rd August 2017 10:13pm
rita bradley says...
my sim always hungry no matter what they eat
2nd October 2015 9:05am
Playalot says...
reset your sim with this cheat: resetsim firstname lastname
3rd August 2017 10:12pm
Chelsea says...
I've recently downloaded The Sims 3 starter pack from and I've fully installed it all, however, everytime I try to play it says an error has occurred and the game won't open. I have a fairly new Mac so I figured it would work. And all the games have been updated as well. Does anyone know how to fix this issue?
13th October 2013 3:23pm
Mateus Vilela says...
Hey, I am brasilian and I could help you with The Sims 2 + all expansions in portuguese ;) Please, send a reply in this email :)
16th July 2014 3:52pm
Newbie says...
Does the Sims 3 cost money?
2nd February 2014 10:34am
Playalot says...
Yes. Purchase it through Origin where you will be able to see just how much it will cost before finalizing your purchase. There are many sales throughout the year so keep an eye on the prices.
19th December 2017 7:17pm
Tia Skinner says...
Hello my name is Tia! I have the sims 3 and have been adapting my sunset valley town in world editor. On the road that goes adjacent to the beach I placed the largest lot to put a festival ground. It wasn't right next to the road, so there was a gap between the lot and path. I changed my mind after and deleted the festival ground but I now cannot move the lot or delete it and make smaller ones in its place (in world editor)! I'm wondering if someone can help me?
13th May 2014 7:07pm
Playalot says...
Bulldoze the lot again. The first bulldoze empties the lot, the second should remove it entirely.
19th December 2017 7:19pm
Please Respond says...
I have a very bad problem that needs a coder or someone to help me. My dad whose a coder doesn't know. I try to open autorun.exe (it's a crack) and it says Unsupported 16 bit application when it used to work tryed different versions as well
17th August 2015 6:17am
Berkulese says...
Question: If I am still playing/enjoying sims3, should I bother getting sims4? I'd overlooked it until now because my laptop didn't meet recommended specs, but my new laptop does and it's in Origin's sale at the mo. Asking here because whenever I try to go to the sims4 guide then McAffee throws a hissy fit and says it's a suspicious website.
17th June 2018 11:43am
Playalot says...
I'll let Carl know you're having problems with the TS4 Guide as that absolutely shouldn't be happening, he runs a very clean site and there should be nothing malicious anywhere near it!
As for TS4 well, it's a very different game. You're best bet is to read the TS4 guides to see if it's something you think you may like but you could also join our forum and ask questions there. It would be really awesome of you could post about your TS4 Guide issue on the TS4 forum for Carl to read but no pressure:
20th June 2018 7:45pm
Playalot says...
Carl has dealt with this issue. He has submitted the site to get this warning removed but it may take several days. The site is safe to visit as of now, and it may have been from fall last year. My guess is that some random rogue ad caused this issue and Carl was not informed. Sadly, dealing with rogue ads are nearly a full time job in itself. But thank you for reporting and letting us know, otherwise there is simply no way to tell from our end.
20th June 2018 8:17pm
Berkulese says...
Sims4 guide working fine for me now, Thank you :). Wound up getting Sims4 via Origin access a couple of days ago, so far fairly impressed. Always gonna be stuff i miss (like having the entire town roamable without loading screens) but will see how it goes
2nd July 2018 3:21pm
Playalot says...
Fantastic! Thanks for letting us know. Happy TS4 simming. There are many elements that I miss from TS3 but the good thing is... we can play both:)
4th July 2018 8:09pm
Angela says...
I was thinking of buying the Island Paradise expansion but when looking at the screenshots, it doesn't seem possible to import a family with horses. How about dogs? All of my families have pets and this makes me sad. I really hope EA gave them the ability to swim since they can in real life and dogs do in other expansions of the game.
Horseback riding on the beach and in the ocean would be amazing (and is in real life).
Thank you for your help.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
25th December 2013 1:39am
AmazingCat says...
Hi Island Paradise is amazing I have it and I love it I like that you can have your own resort I say get it
18th July 2017 1:21am
Ashley says...
I have a question if you purchase a property next to yours can you extend your house into that lot or no
28th December 2013 1:03am
Icebug says...
This site is really helpful
11th January 2014 5:26pm
C says...
are you a guide for Sims 4 when it comes out in fall
27th January 2014 11:56pm
Playalot says...
19th December 2017 7:20pm
Beckie says...
I can't download Grandpa's Grove from the Sims 3 website. Can anybody give me a few things that might be stopping the download. Easy stuff. I can play, defrag and that's about all.
18th January 2014 2:42pm
Playalot says...
We have a huge amount of tips on our forum here:
You can also still post any new questions as the Sims 3 forum is very much still active :)
3rd August 2017 10:46pm
lifesimmer says...
Hi carl i love what you did with your site it looks awesome. My friends told me about this site and its my first time seeing it. You can see me well hear me on youtube just go to my channel lifesimmer hope you like it well BYE. keep up the GOOD WORK:)
23rd June 2014 5:50pm
nicole says...
lifesimmer have a add on skype my Skype name is Nicole driver
6th August 2015 10:54am
pamalso says...
hi i was having a problem i just thought on the off chance someone could help my game was slow and i deleted my dc back up like someone had suggested however one day i clicked on the wrong thing and i deleted some of my characters by mistake they still show on the family tree but they do not exist any more is there a way to bring them back?
11th August 2015 1:02am
Playalot says...
1. Save the sims.backup somewhere else.
2. Move all the non-deleted sims out of the lot, and change active household to the new home.
3. Choose Edit-Town, and 'Change Active Household', then select the original household. Deleted sim should now be back.
4. While still in edit-town, merge the moved-out sim household back to the original.
5. Return to Game.
19th December 2017 7:23pm
mikki says...
My game keeps on freezing. I have all the expansion packs. I is that the reason? Also, where can you find clothing pedestals in the future? I have this opportunity and I can't find it anywhere! Can someone help me? :)
10th June 2014 6:23am
Lana says...
Go to buy/build mode and there you can click for the collections go to the into the future collection. You should find it there ;).
21st June 2014 11:52am
Sophie says...
Hey! I use your guide for just about anything :). It's GREAT. You're amazing for doing this.

Check out my blog!!!
3rd June 2014 9:21pm
summer says...
i have got a promblem on sims 3 pets i made a household 20 TIMES!!! when clicked the check mark to get to my sims and every TIME IT CRASHED!!!!!!
6th June 2014 5:41pm
laras says...
i've been in that situation. all i can do is save the game when i enter the lot and when something important happened.
2nd August 2014 4:13am
MeowMeowCow says...
My sims is loading very slowly and I can't figure out if it's my custom content from the exchange or just all of my expansion packs. :/
3rd January 2014 9:22pm
Simmylala says...
Try re-installing it. I don't think it's because of the EPs though, I have lots and the sims is loading reasonably fast.
20th August 2014 6:12am
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
Playalot says...
Go to Edit Town and then click on the household you want to play and make that your active household (Switch to this Household).
3rd August 2017 10:44pm
Louise says...
As Sims 3 University and Island Paradise are one of the two EPs I am planning on buying, Do you know if its possible to be a mermaid whilst at University?
11th September 2013 8:43am
Playalot says...
Sure, just got to remember to keep the mermaid hydrated!
19th December 2017 7:32pm
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
Playalot says...
3rd August 2017 10:21pm
Juan says...
Hi... My sims 3 doesn't want to finish instalasion ... It gives me problems during instalasion ( errors ) and then when there is one bar left it doesn't do anything afterwards ? I have a windows 7 computer
20th September 2013 10:11am
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
Fiona Stark says...
This is in response to the comments about the game overloading your computers. I read something about unnecessary files that can be deleted before each game session. I usually delete the dccache file, simscomposite file, compositer file, and all of the featured items. I've also had a lot of luck with a laptop cooling pad. I got one on Amazon for $28 and my game hasn't frozen or stopped at all since then. Hope this helps!
DCCache is the file that holds all of your downloaded and installed content.  Did you mean the DCBackup?  It's safe to delete everything in the DCBackup but the ccmerged file.
4th July 2013 11:23pm
Monica says...
So I'm kind of Sim had parents that lived in a separate house, they died and now I cant find there ashes to properly bury them....Is there a way I could find them? I tried looking at the house they owned but its not there
Go to the mausoleum in the graveyard and manage the dead to find their tombstones. As long as you had a good enough relationship with them, they should be there.
25th July 2013 7:05pm
Clay says...
At all homes, teen sims don't go to school and I can't see the schoolbus. Teens had bad marks because of this problem. I think, reason is the cheat. I used testingcheatsenabled . After that teens never went to school.
2nd July 2014 10:01am
Lana says...
i use this cheat all the time andi don't have this problem. Try putting a new school in the town.
3rd July 2014 11:41am
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
Sofie says...
I sent my sims to college and now can not find them! Where are they? And what do I do??
22nd May 2014 2:54pm
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