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The Sims 3 Expansion Packs List

Expansion and Stuff Pack Gameplay Features

There are a total of eleven Expansion Packs released for The Sims 3, with no more coming - we are awaiting The Sims 4! They are all themed, and will bring a particular flavor of additions to your Sims 3 games. TS3's Expansions work independently of one other and combine all their game additions, so you are free to mix and match them, along with the Stuff Packs (SP). You should install your game's EPs and SPs in the order they were released whenever you are forced to reinstall the game. Many of the Simmers at our forum like to do a clean reinstall of their games whenever they buy a new expansion. It seems to help to make the game more stable when you do so, as no other content will be interfering with the Sims 3 base game. If you're someone who has loads of addons and custom content, you will likely find this a big headache. Thankfully the Sims 3's Game Launcher does a fine job quickly importing new content.

This list's primary role is to link you to more information about each expansion and stuff pack. It also serves as a buyer's guide to the game, helping you choose which to buy based on major features of the Expansion. The Sims 3 guide is very well structured for the amount of information it holds. You'll find that if you head to one of the expansion pack sections of the website, you will see a link to all other content that the expansions add to the Sims 3 base game. This doesn't always include traits, lifetime wishes, lifetime rewards, or new objects. I try to mention those in the expansion guides themselves, although 100% are not represented. A lot of decor etc. is irrelevant to gameplay, and this is a gameplay guide. The one exception here are the Stuff Pack pages. People wonder what they're getting when they buy them, so we've shown what they bring to the game.

Throughout our Sims 3 site, you may see EP Logos like those listed here. This denotes that the information is relevant to that expansion pack only.

The Sims 3 Game's Expansions and Stuff Packs:

The Sims 3 World Adventures Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP01: World Adventures Expansion Release Date: November 17, 2009
New Town: The Three Travel Spots
The Sims 3 World Adventures adds travel to the game. Sims can make a call and jet off to one of three locales. While there, they can pursue quests that grant them more rights in that country. They can explore tombs for ancient relics and collectibles, and make a living as a tomb raider/archaeologist doing so. Shang Simla, China is a small village with a dojo for learning the new Martial Arts skill. Egypt brings Photography, and is the primo destination to do some tomb raiding with its multiple pyramids. Picking up the new Photography skill gives Sims yet another way to make money whilst recording excitement and scenery during their adventures. France is the most modern location in the expansion, bringing Nectar Making, which produces a drink not unlike wine. Sims can age it to make it worth even more. The new life state in this expansion is the Mummy. Read the expansion guide to learn more. This is the best expansion pack for collectors, so the site's collecting guide may also be of interest to you. You can transform collectibles with the display table to create new, more valuable, items.

The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff PackThe Sims 3 SP01: High End Loft Stuff Pack Release Date: February 2, 2010
The Sims 3 High End Loft Stuff Pack is an addon that will allow you to add a touch of modern decor to your game. It features high end objects that focus on sleek, gorgeous styles as heavy on aesthetics as they are function. High End Loft Stuff will give your Sims access to 39 Buy Mode objects, 6 Build Mode objects, as well as 15 clothing items and 5 hairstyles for both men and women. Since it's release coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Sims franchise, it includes 3 iconic objects that were converted from the Sims 1 and Sims 2 that veteran Simmers will undoubtedly recognize. It's as close as your Sims will get to the future without the use of a Time Machine!

The Sims 3 Ambitions Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP02: Ambitions Expansion Release Date: June 1, 2010
New Town: Twinbrook
Ambitions is the best expansion pack for Simmers who like to make money. This is a great addon as it brings five new professions, one changed one, and several other ways to make money. The highlights of the EP are the professions. Sims can be a ghost hunter, firefighter, stylist, architect, or private investigator. These pay a weekly stipend and give you money per job. All skills that can make money can now be pursued as self employment professions, which gives you some perks for advancing the skill. There are two new skills: sculpting and inventing. Both of these can be used to make serious cash, and add some interesting new elements to the gameplay. The new life state in this expansion pack is the Simbot, which can be made by inventors. Creations made by your Sims can be sold in the new consignment shop, and even children are given new money making opportunities with the bake sale.

The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff PackThe Sims 3 SP02: Fast Lane Stuff Pack Release Date: September 7, 2010
Fast Lane is a stuff pack that is all for about cars. Whether it be racing, mystery and intrigue, rockabilly or classic style, there is something here for all your car loving Sims. The pack gives us a few items of clothing and some furniture, but the bulk is made up of decorative items and a whopping twelve new vehicles.

The Sims 3 Late Night Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP03: Late Night Expansion Release Date: October 26, 2010
New Town: Bridgeport
The Sims 3 Late Night adds more social and party options. Sims can go to clubs and bars, and raise their popularity with the new celebrity system. Sims can pursue a new career track, which ultimately ends in acting or directing. Sims that get popular will occasionally get rewards, and get in to the most exclusive clubs in town. The new life state for this EP is the Vampire, who are seen in dark clubs and all over the new city. This expansion also brings apartments and high rise buildings. The new town features subways for getting around faster, but this only makes up for the occasional wait on an elevator! Simmers who would like to spruce up the house will find that there are loads of cool new objects to decorate the with, too. The new black lights look great and add a great party feel to any room in the house. This is the expansion pack for Simmers who want to party, but it's also a bag with a few more tricks (like band gigs!). Read the guide to this expansion to get a list of all of the new additions.

The Sims 3 Outdoor Living StuffThe Sims 3 SP03: Outdoor Living Stuff Release Date: February 1, 2011
Let your Sims enjoy the great outdoors with Outdoor Living Stuff. With 2 Build Mode items and 44 Buy Mode Objects, including 5 new hot tubs, you can build the ultimate outdoor entertainment area.

The Sims 3 Generations Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP04: Generations Expansion Release Date: May 31, 2011
New Town: None
Generations is a more subtle expansion pack. You won't see all its new stuff blatantly. Everything has been given more depth. The theme here is life states and the memorable moments along the way. Children and Teens can pull pranks. Kids can use their imagination and go on field trips. High Schoolers can pursue an after school activity. Adults might have a midlife crisis, and you could have a bridezilla on your hands. These last two things are fairly random, but may be more likely to happen if things aren't going well. This expansion offers the ability to share memories with others and unlock rewards for doing so. The new life state is the childhood imaginary friend, which appears as a toddler and can evolve as your kid becomes a teen. They can even be made real with the new potion making side of the logic skill. This expansion adds some great new lifetime rewards. You can buy a hoverbed, vehicle that improves your mood while you drive, and get age freeze or young again potions. You can even clone your Sim! Head to this expansion's page to learn about the various additions for different age groups.

The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff PackThe Sims 3 SP04: Town Life Stuff Release Date: July 26, 2011
Get your Sims into town with seven new community lots. Town Life Stuff also adds 35 new buy mode items, 5 build items and a handful of new clothes.

The Sims 3 Pets Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP05: Pets Expansion Release Date: Oct 18, 2011
New Town: Appaloosa Plains
If you don't like pets, you won't like this Expansion. Its primary contributions are Cats, Dogs, and Horses. Cats and Dogs can hunt to find collectibles, and provide a lot of new interactions to enjoy as Sims engage their pet. Horses are the most detailed offering of Pets. Sims can breed and sell them, and train them for racing. Big earnings can be made by winning a race while the Equestrian Center is open. The new life form in Pets is the Unicorn. These creatures can bless Sims, start fires, and teleport along with their rider. They're super fast and guaranteed to do better in races. The game was also released on console but Horses are not available.

The Sims 3 Master Suite StuffThe Sims 3 SP05: Master Suite Stuff Release Date: January 24, 2012
Master Suite is all about seduction and romance. Dress the part with 38 new clothing items and 5 hairsyles or build and decorate your boudoir with 26 buy mode items and 5 build items.

The Sims 3 Showtime Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP06: Showtime Expansion Release Date: March 6, 2012
New Town: Starlight Shores
Showtime brings three stage performance careers and gives Sims the chance to chase the dream of performing in front of thousands of adoring fans. The content patch released along with this expansion introduced big social features to the Sims 3, with Showtime's Simport giving Simmers the chance to interact a little by sending Sims to each others' towns to put on shows. Showtime was also released in a Katy Perry edition that comes with objects from her California Dreams tour, along with Katy Perry clothing and hair.

The Sims 3 Katy Perry's Sweet Treats Stuff PackThe Sims 3 SP06: Katy Perry's Sweet Treats Stuff Release Date: June 5, 2012
As the name implies, this stuff pack is all about sweet things. With 47 buy objects, 9 build objects including 1 wall covering as well as 5 hairstyles and 28 items of clothing, all with a candy, sweet theme.

The Sims 3 Diesel StuffThe Sims 3 SP07: Diesel Stuff Release Date: July 10, 2012
Based on the Diesel brand of clothing and other items, this stuff pack is aimed at young adult Sims.

The Sims 3 Supernatural Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP07: Supernatural Expansion Release Date: September 4, 2012
New Town: Moonlight Falls
The Supernatural Expansion Pack brings several new Occult Life States to TS3. New are Fairies, Witches, and Werewolves getting hidden skill levels. Zombies are a new state for Sims that is not quite as detailed as those others, and Vampires are upgraded to have a bit more content (plus you'll get them even without Late Night). The expansion adds a new skill, Alchemy so Sims can finally make potions. There are LTRs and LTWs for all the new Supernatural Types, along with plenty of new spooky decor to spend your Sim's money on. Bonehilda, a skeletal maid, also returns to the Sims series in this EP.

The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP08: Seasons Expansion Release Date: November 13, 2012
The Seasons Expansion brings Weather to The Sims 3 at last, along with the Alien Life State. The EP features a lot of new things for Sims to do, from snowball fights, to swimming in the ocean. New skills will include Snowboarding and Soccer. The bulk of content will be in new seasonal activities, festivals and the weather effects themselves.

The Sims 3 70s, 80s, and 90s StuffThe Sims 3 SP08: 70's, 80's, and 90's Stuff Release Date: January 22, 2013
Remember the past with the 70's, 80's and 90's Stuff Pack. This pack gives your Sim 29 new objects and 2 build items. They will also have a choice from 29 items of clothing, 6 new hairstyles, 5 new eye makeup and 1 new facial hair.

The Sims 3 University Life Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP09: University Life Expansion Release Date March 5, 2013
New Town: Sims University (a Travel Destination)
University will wisk Young Adult Sims away World Adventures-style, to a University Campus where they can take classes to get an Eduction and earn a head start in the Adult world. The new Social Groups feature allows Sims to cultivate relationships with a few cliques (Jocks, Rebels, Nerds), and even earn a job in three new related career tracks. There are also three new Skills with this expansion: Science, Social Networking, and Street Art. From fraternities, kegs of drink, streaking, and interative lectures, University Life adds a lot of activities you'd expect to find in the modern University experience.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion PackThe Sims 3 EP10: Island Paradise Expansion - Release Date Jun 25, 2013
New Town: Isla Paradiso
The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion brings an all-new neighborhood with island exploration, speedboats, scuba, and even house boats Sims can live in. The new occult are Mermaids, who will operate just as expected and grow a tail when they enter the water. A new profession will also make its way to the game in the form of resort management. That's right, you'll earn money operating a beach resort.

The Sims 3 Movie Stuff PackThe Sims 3 SP09: Movie Stuff - Release Date Sept 10, 2013
Lights. Camera. Action! Bring all of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood straight into your Sims' homes with The Sims 3 Movie Stuff! Set the stage for more unique stories with distinctively themed decor, furnishings, and clothing inspired by iconic movie genres. With a wide range of items from a creepy crypt bed to an iconic ten gallon hat, tell the tales of masked vigilantes, western cowboys (and cowgirls), and be inspired to create quirky horror stories. Deck out your Sims as silver screen legends as their ordinary town meets classic Tinseltown!

The Sims 3 Into The Future Expansion PackThe Sims 3 Final Expansion: EP11 Into the Future - Release Date Oct 22, 2013
New Town: The Future World of Oasis Landing (a Travel Destination)!
This Expansion Pack allows us to take our Sims into the future, with the appropriate high tech goodies you'd expect: hoverboards and jetpacks included. Your Sim will be able to go between the past and future at will, and things you do in the past may affect the future of your Sim's Descendants or the World itself. You will even learn future technologies and be able to apply them in the past to upgrade your home. This is the final Expansion Pack for The Sims 3.

The follow-up title, The Sims 4 has been out for some time, and now has several Expansion Packs including Seasons, Get Famous, City Living, Get to Work, and Get Together. That game introduced a smaller expansion type called the "Game Pack" that is typically priced at $20, half the cost of a normal Expansion but with substantially less content.

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Lily says...
for everyone thats on the fence with buying a sims 3 expansion pack you should go and check out LGR (Lazy Gamer Reviews) on youtube he shows you what each expansion pack is like and has great videos he also does videos for the stuff packs!
29th July 2013 11:18pm
Jim says...
I just wanted to say thank you for listing these this really helped me decided what I want for christmas :)
29th November 2015 3:11am
ingrid says...
i love sims 3
27th June 2013 10:59am
Luis Lara says...
What about the sims 3 into the future and movie themes stuff pack
Those are not actually available yet.  When they become available we will make their pages and add them.
31st July 2013 9:40pm
Carl says...
A guide to Movie Stuff and what it adds is in the works. It will be like other stuff pack guides, mainly to show off the new clothing, items, etc.
3rd June 2014 4:54pm
K-k says...
so I am getting my friend a birthday present and I was just wonder which on had more new stuff on it. The games are Sims 3 pets
sims 3 university life
sims 3 ambitions
sims 3 late night
sims 3 showtime
sims 3 island paradise
sims 3 world adventures
and which one has a new town because she has sims 3 seasons, sims 3 generations, sims 3 into the future, and sims 3 supernatural.
6th April 2014 7:44pm
Carl says...
All of those offer a new Town of some sort - UL and World Adventures offer destinations - the University and Travel Spots, but no new "Town" to live in full time.

Ambitions has always been my favorite of the Expansions. World Adventures offers a lot to do.
3rd June 2014 4:52pm
Emma says...
Um I didn't get Tinseltown when i downloaded my Sims3 movie stuff, does that mean my disk is messed up or something. I kept checking for it but i didn't have a new town called Tinseltown.
9th June 2014 10:54am
kewlchic says...
It's because there is no new town. Tinseltown is another name for Hollywood. In the movies, whatever town you're in creating films makes it become Hollywood per say. Poor wording from EA.
12th June 2014 7:08pm
Emma says...
Is there a career to make movies in?
13th June 2014 11:40am
adrianna says...
Making movies or becoming an actress comes with The Sims 3 Late Night Expansion Pack. Once you reach level 5 in the movie career, you have the choice to pick between a director or actor/actress. Hope this helped :)
14th June 2014 12:00pm
HIYA says...
I recommend Ambitions. I hear Twinbrook is wonderful, and it certainly sounds fun to go around blasting ghosts, no?

(Sorry if I have bad english, I'm french.)
7th June 2014 12:13am
Alice says...
Your English is better than many people who have it as a first language.
19th June 2014 12:35pm
Erica says...
I agree :)
5th December 2015 4:33pm
Anonymous says...
Hey you forgot Dragon Valley!! Please put it up. Thanks :)
Dragon Valley is not an expansion or stuff pack. It's a Store World.
12th July 2013 9:36am
Destiny says...
no because i own that expansion pack
26th May 2014 10:40am
HIYA says...
It's a store world, and all store worlds include content of some sort. Like the hair and clothes, maybe new items (i.e. the dragons, maybe celtic lands, etc.). So yes, it is a store world.
7th June 2014 12:15am
Jana says...
Hi, I have a question to ask. I can't seem to find the information I'm looking for, so I'm hoping someone can help me out here.

I have the Sims 3 base game in my computer, as well as the expansions Generations, Pets, Supernatural and Seasons. I noticed that Generations, Pets and Seasons cross over into Supernatural. As in, I can make a Witch Sim with a Pet cat and send my kid off to boarding school while it rains in the spring.

I'm planning on getting more expansion packs, but noticed that University Life is compatible with Seasons where as the others didn't say they were compatible with anything.

So my question is, are there expansions that are compatible or incompatible with certain expansions?
23rd July 2013 2:55pm
Abby says...
Hi Jana. When it says they are compatible, it means that there are game functions that can be used when you have both expasions. No expansions are incompatible. They all can be used together. Happy Simming!
23rd July 2013 9:35pm
Jana says...
Oh, awesome!

Thank you for the help!
25th July 2013 12:11am
Sophie says...
Hi Abby, just wondering what game functions you can get when you have Sims 3 Seasons and Sims 3 University life?
31st August 2015 7:42am
arifah says...
i love the sims all....
14th September 2013 5:39am
lysh says...
so you buy the sims 3 base game, then to buy the expansion games, when you download the expansions does it automatically join to the base game?
It auto joines the base game.  They are not multiple games they are one giant game and the only way to only play one expansion is to uninstall the others.
2nd August 2013 7:54am
Alicia says...
I think that Ambitions and Supetnatural are the best! I made a genie that wanted to join the stylist career.
3rd June 2013 12:49pm
Mrs. Baer says...
Thank you so much for this page and all the guides you have. I have really enjoyed learning a lot more about my game from your pages and can always find answers to questions or spots where I get stumped by referring to your work. I've shared this site with some of my friends who play, too!

Mostly I notice a lot of people/kids posting questions or demanding new information.. not always the most polite.

I wanted to share that adults are using this, too, and I appreciate how careful and organized everything is on this site.
14th June 2014 8:42am
Zoe says...
Hi, it's my birthday coming up and I was hoping to get a new expansion pack.the ones I have are pets, late night and a stuff pack, high end lot stuff. I like to build houses and enjoy a good career so what would you recommend? Also what expansions come with new furniture that is quite modern?
29th July 2013 12:42pm
George says...
Hi Zoe, the best expansion probably for you is the Ambitions expansion pack, you get to have really good jobs, etc an inventor, detective, and they are really good, and you get to build good houses because of the money and i would say get 70 and 80 and 90 stuff because even though the stuff is meant to be in the past the furniture does look pretty cool and modernish
30th July 2013 12:23pm
Sophie says...
Zoe, don' get Sims 3 Island Paradise as it is the one game that freezes up and you cannot play it, so its a waste of money.
31st August 2015 7:45am
tay says...
what about Sims: Medieval
28th November 2013 8:44pm
Allison says...
I never know about midevail!
24th March 2014 1:05pm
Erica says...
Sims Medieval is a different game from TS3. I don't know what website or store to buy it from though.
5th December 2015 4:35pm
Playalot says...
Discussion threads on other sims titles on our forum including Sims Medieval:
15th January 2018 10:13pm
Me says...
15th October 2013 9:44pm
Tori says...
Yes Supernatural is VERY addicting for me its my only EP at the moment but i might get another i like it because your sim can be a Witch, Fairy , Werewolf, Vampire, and ghost you can be a genie but my game says i need a different EP to be a genie i hope i helped
13th June 2013 11:50am
Harold says...
Where does the Sims 3 Worlds Bundle fall in line. (Hidden Springs and Monte Vista)

Please email me if you will with the answer. I was having trouble so I uninstalled everything and would like to install them in order.
10th September 2013 7:15pm
Playalot says...
These are store worlds.
19th December 2017 7:46pm
SimsLife says...
I do not know what Sims 3 expansions to get. I'm thinking about Generations, Seasons, Pets, Island Paradise and University Life.
I haven't played any of these and I'm wondering what ones would be a good choice. I think I would really like the ones that add really awesome clothes or new worlds.
26th December 2013 1:04pm
Tim says...
Is "Into the Future" a good EP and worth the money?
22nd March 2014 8:26pm
Claire says...
When the sims 4 comes out, will all my sims 3 EPs still work?
18th October 2013 7:21pm
Playalot says...
Yes, The Sims 4 is a completely separate game.
15th January 2018 10:04pm
Val says...
In one of the stores here, I saw Sims 3 Dragon Valley, what about that one?
Dragon Valley is a World you can download, which are different from Stuff Packs and Expansions. Some worlds make it to retailers and EA Origin, while others remain available solely on the Sims 3 Store.
23rd December 2013 2:20am
Plz answer... says...
Can you download a expansion pack on to your computer if it has already been downloaded once on to your friend's computer?
5th October 2013 8:46am
Cori says...
You can as long as you have a newer EP so you don't have to keep your friends disk to put in your computer. Hope I helped..
7th December 2013 1:20pm
Rikki says...
Are digital copies buggy? I just got Island Paradise on digital and it is crashing all the time.
5th October 2013 2:49am
adrianna says...
Hi! The reason your computer is crashing is either you have a virus, a bad computer, or too many expansion packs. What I do when I get a new expansion pack is uninstall one I don't need and then download the one that I bought. It also hwlps if you delete some of your families you don't use at main menu. It should run faster
Hope this helped :)
14th June 2014 12:05pm
Adrenil says...
Probably the usual for Island Paradise, the expansion pack crashes all the time. So, try uninstalling it; it 99.99%/100.00 should work.
21st November 2015 6:39pm
Stephanie says...
Hey can somebody make a guide for movie stuff? I wanna know what's in it before I buy it and what's the difference between showtime and katy perry's showtime? And if it's just stuff could somebody make a guide for that too please?
22nd November 2013 1:38pm
Playalot says...
19th December 2017 7:50pm
ErichDL says...
What about Design and Hi-Tech Stuff?
1st December 2013 9:57am
galaxy. says...
Wow, I can't wait to check out "The Sims 3 Island Paradise"!

13th June 2013 7:45pm
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