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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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C says...
if you get a town is it like a expansion pack where you download install it then play
10th January 2014 3:29pm
Playalot says...
Yes, exactly that :) Buying a world means that you will have another/new world to play in the menu.
19th December 2017 7:35pm
sofia says...
how do I get into the game I don't know how:(??
You didn't explain any issue you are having. If you need help with an install problem, see the technical help section of our Forum or contact EA tech support.
29th September 2013 12:51pm
InvaderAmelaiannaPrime says...
I was wondering if you were planning on keeping this sit up after the sims 4 officially comes out?
2nd January 2014 2:40pm
Carl says...
This Sims 3 Guide will exist so long as people still play the game - so at that, it will be here 10 years or more :)
26th May 2014 12:22am
Kristina says...
I'm sorry for my bad English. It's not my motherlanguage.
I've been playing sims 3 for a while now but have never joined their website. I have now and I saw that you could buy awesome things to add to the game for simpoints. I just don't have any simpoints. I wanted to buy some but they seem very expensive.

Could you tell me how much 100 simpoints are worth in real money? Because I want to find the best offer, I can.
100 Simpoints equals a US dollar, but that is on the most basic purchase (1000). On higher purchases, you get a better deal. Use the link in the news to get a list of all Sims items available on Origin - the Simpoints can be found at the bottom.

19th October 2013 1:59pm
Miss McAwesome says...
Have you guys considered doing a section on just the Gnomes the Sims games and expansions offer? I have every game/expansion ever made for sims 3 and would love to know all the Gnomes I can find/what they do... Just a thought
Yes, someone has suggested and is even working on it. I'll ask her how the progress has gone. For now, I can tell you the new Voltron Gnome from Into the Future apparently gives enhanced Skill gains when it's around, but unlike others must be assembled from 5 parts.

- Carl
29th October 2013 5:29pm
Natalie Headrick says...
I am very distressed and in need of great help. Hears my problem.
When i launch the sims 3 newest version everything is okay until i get to the map loading screen then it starts... it never loads... and if i minimize the game it shows me "the sims 3 stopped working"

What can I do to fix it and is there anyway to fix it.
23rd December 2013 8:34pm
Perry says...
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17th December 2013 7:22pm
Vernell says...
Hey! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that would be ok. I'm absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.
We do have a twitter - use the link in the top right to follow us. For a direct link:
8th December 2013 9:33pm
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8th December 2013 10:40am
Susanna says...
I every time emailed this webpage post page to all my friends, for the reason that if like to read it then my links will too.
2nd December 2013 10:17pm
Bella says...
love horses
2nd December 2013 1:14pm
Rowan says...
My sims 3 game always freezes for short periods of time (7-10 seconds) and sometimes it just shuts down completly and my computer tells me that there has been a problem with the game but it does not know what it is. Any advice on how to get it to stop?
1st December 2013 6:21pm
Playalot says...
Have a look through our tech tips page:
19th December 2017 7:36pm
Ash says...
Can a mermaid be a lifeguard???? Someone PLEASE tell me!!!!
29th November 2013 4:15pm
Playalot says...
19th December 2017 7:41pm
Cassi says...
So I had The Sims 3 downloaded on my last computer, but it broke and now I got a new computer and now that im trying to download it onto this computer its saying, 'code already used.' And I am very upset because I cant download it onto this one. I have a HP 2000 Notebook PC anyone plz help!
11th September 2013 10:43pm
Playalot says...
19th December 2017 7:39pm
LusciousRedFire says...
I was wondering if there was a place to trade steam and or origin unused game codes for a couple of sims 3 unused game codes i want? Showtime and a stuff pack is what i am looking for.
I'm not aware of any such service to help people trade digital games. Some may exist for physical, but that is because they often work in used condition. When you buy a game code, you own it and can't trade it around. When someone has a game cd with a valid key, most games will let them install it if not get all the web services provided if they had their own account. Such things just aren't possible with the terms and conditions of downloading games.
1st September 2013 11:22pm
Casey says...
Can you remodel all of the dormitories in Sims 3 University, or just the one you claim? In some of the videos I've watched many of the appliances break easily and the the appliances are outdated. I'm guilty of using the money cheat so I can use my sims more, and I always make my houses to the extreme, it one of my favorite parts of the sims. But if I'm living in the dorms I want them to look nice.
18th May 2014 11:11am
noelER says...
I want to share some information which I feel will help those struggling with running Sims 3 Seasons and University with more success on a MAC. Recently I struggled with the same problems and discovered the crashes happened when my Time Machine was backing up. Whether it is the ultimate culprit or not, I do not know. Upon stopping the back up and turning off Time Machine I launched again and everything ran perfectly, perhaps more smoothly than before. If you are part of a forum for which this has been an ongoing topic please pass along this information. I am sharing it here because Carl has quite the nice site and I have enjoyed the wealth of information. (I performed no other actions other than turning off Time cache removal or file rearranging.)
24th July 2013 11:49am
Chanel says...
Ok, so i really need some help.... When sims 3 came out i went and bought the deluxe pack. I loaded it onto my pc and I have had no problems. I some where along lost my disk for Sims 3. I was then not able to play the game but left it installed. So yesterday I got all super excited because I got Sims 3 Pet. But to my disappointment when I tried to install the game it said there was an update that needed to happen first. I let the update install and when it was done it said it could not find the DLL file or something. Now my Sims does not work at all and I can not just re install it as I lost my Sims 3 disk..... Can anyone help?
I would find the superpatch and download it to give that a try.
29th July 2013 2:52am
Paige says...
Hey everyone, I'm curious to whether anyone else has a similar problem to me. I'm trying to complete this opportunity for my teen. It's super straight forward but there seems to be some type of glitch? The opportunity isn't showing up where I am supposed to report to complete it. Its a monologue competition at the school, any ideas? It is ending shortly and I don't wanna miss the opportunity.
30th July 2013 6:39am
Isabelle says...
Hellooo, i just got Monte Vista and made a family. Now when i want my sim to go to a public place, she waits for like 3 sec and than the action disapeares so she doesnt go
31st July 2013 4:12pm
Playalot says...
Reset your sim and/or your game.
restsim firstname lastname
19th December 2017 7:33pm
David says...
How can I remove opportunities in sims 3 pets for xbox 360
11th August 2013 10:33pm
Natalie says...
I don't know how to use the surf board in the new surfs up set in the Sims 3 store.. I tried placing it on the ground and clicking it, putting it in my inventory.. Idk I feel like Ive tried everything .. can you help?
19th August 2013 1:50am
Lucy says...
Hello I always come to your guide for help, althought I can't seem to find anything on this problem I have. So my girl sim died and I was only her in the household with her dog. She had over her boyfriend at the time of her death. She got struck by lightening. I wasn't to worries because I usually pause it (having my testing cheats cheat on) and hold shift click her and edit sim, I switch her trait unlucky and the grim reaper gives her some slack- but I couldn't this time because she was in a costume from te party she just had. She died, so I immediately added the boyfriend sim that was their to active family. Thinking I can bring her back to life.... Well here is the issue- anything he puts in his inventory I cannot see it- it's like it diappears. I went to purchase something at a store and wanted to see if I could consign anything and it shows everything in his inventory, so what do I do? Thank you Lucy!
27th November 2013 3:30pm
Krystal says...

Need some help, i have brought Monte Vista and it wont install at all! it makes me chose a language and then gets me to read terms and conditions. but it does NOT come up for me to put the code in and then it tells me its Installed and it hasnt. I have read up on Google that it happens alot, and then i went to EB games and swapped the disk around.

Any idea how i can fix this?
27th March 2014 9:18pm
Playalot says...
3rd August 2017 10:49pm
Christian says...
How can I download this website for offline viewing?
9th March 2014 10:45pm
Christian says...
Is there any possible way for me to download this website for offline reference?
9th March 2014 6:14pm
Bella says...
I am friends with three mermaids but I only met them on land. I cant summon them?! Do I have to find them underwater?
20th August 2013 7:13am
JustMe says...
So I was looking to buy the sims 3 and some expansions/stuff p's and there were often 2 versions of the expansion... One was PC Disc and the other was PC download, what's the difference?x
With Physical (Disc) you actually get a copy of the game and install it by putting the CD in. With digital downloads through services like EA Origin, you can download the game and install it without a CD. Digital will get you the game faster if your net is good and you're not going to go to a local store to buy the game. I think that once you've registered your physical game on The Sims 3 official site, you can even then use Origin to download it anyway. Origin is VERY convenient and I highly recommend it, even when disregarding the fact that any purchases players make through Origin links (on Expansion Guides and such) will benefit the site by providing a commission.

23rd August 2013 4:01am
Ellen says...
I've been on Sims for the last few days and it goes on fine but then after like five mins in goes back to my laptop home screen and I don't know how to fix it please help
30th August 2013 3:45pm
peanut butter jelly time says...
to carl

will you make a guide to the sims 4 game?
Yes. I have every intention of covering it when it's released and the original team will be helping me plus some others.
1st September 2013 6:05am
SimsLover says...
Hi, I was just wondering what to do about moving my Sims out of the house in progression... I have one Sim I want to move out from my family as she has aged up and I want my original Sims to have more kids, however, the game will not let me either move out the one Sim in the middle of the game selecting the 'move out' option, and it also won't let me split the household in Edit Town. Thanks!
4th November 2013 3:59am
Playalot says...
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