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The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack

New Gameplay Features & Links to Buy the EP

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack
Scuba DivingResortsMermaidsDiscovering IslandsMap Fragments & BottlesLifeguard

The Sims 3 Island Paradise - Game Logo. Purchase the game here.
The Sims 3 Island Paradise Limited Edition - Buy 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.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack - Official Trailer

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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
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
Puppy says...
Once that happened to me and I just couldn't play. Do you have a good computer. That's what matters- not the game.
If you are talking about not being able to go to Isla Paradiso and being able to go to Sims 3 cities only, I don't really know what the problem is....:D
30th September 2015 2:02am
MegPie says...
Not necessarily, I have a gaming laptop and the lag is inconsistent. Sometimes it will run smooth as butter and then for like 30 minutes straight it will lag like it's 1995. The game itself is buggy.
14th August 2017 3:48pm
crystalgecko says...
Try Nraas Overwatch mod, my game has been unplayable since installing IP, pausing for a few seconds every few seconds.

Now I use this mod I get a bunch of pauses to begin with (esp on a save in Isla Paradiso), followed by the occasional pause caused by Overwatch doing some tidy up in the background every few sim hours or less
24th November 2017 10:16am
rhi says...
it works for me,you need to delete all the houseboats.
29th August 2017 10:38am
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
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
Sree says...
um you need ti have sims 3 installed on your computer and then if you install the expansion back it should load up with it. If you have it on steam the process should be simpler. Just make you sure you have the normal original sims 3
14th July 2014 3:38am
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
Nofudecos says...
A few weeks ago I had the same problem. Probably one or two of the sims in the save can't move. Try to find them in edit mode. I hope it works for you too.
21st November 2015 12:36pm
Lil lex says...
Is your computer fast or slow? Try deleting some cache files from your downloads. That helped my game ALOT
16th July 2017 2:36pm
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
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
Alyssa says...
There is a vacation mod you can use if you have the World Adventures expansion pack, that allows you to take a 3+ day trip to any installed worlds.
28th October 2015 11:50am
Andrea o says...
Also can pets go on boats
2nd November 2013 6:08pm
Brooke says...
They can go on houseboats, I'm 50/50 on whether they can on regular boats. I know they can ride in water taxis though, so probably.
21st June 2014 9:31pm
Jesse says...
Can the Kraken kill you and if so, what colour does your ghost appear as?
24th September 2013 1:27am
Simmylala says...
Don't worry, your Sim cannot die from the Kraken, but if you are on a boat (not a houseboat, one that can be stored in your inventory) the Kraken will appear, but it only takes your boat, so the Kraken is harmless in my point of view.

To prevent your Sim getting attacked by the Kraken, purchase the Lifetime Reward "Friend of the Kraken" for 25 000 Lifetime Points, and your Sim can attack other boats for some fun!!

Note: sometimes the option for the Kraken to attack the boat if grey, and says "the kraken doesn't seem to be able to attack this boat" or something like that. If you have a houseboat, sometimes you will see a large black shadow under your house boat in a squid sort of shape. That is the Kraken! When you see it, immediately pause the game and find a Sim on a boat and click on it. The Kraken will then attack the boat!!!

Hopefully this helped!
14th July 2014 5:51am
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
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
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
Lenore says...
Is there anyway I can prevent random sims(its usually paparazzi, but not all the time) from entering my apparently not so "private" houseboat? Seems to be happening alot and quite annoying!
We had some forum members put fences with locked gates on their houseboats. That might work.
11th July 2013 3:38pm
ADRauner says...
You should lock your door! Click on your door and one of the options says "lock..." select the option you want for example you can choose "everyone but my household" which means that nobody can enter your home except your family
19th June 2014 9:04pm
Earcat says...
Is there a problem with sims romantically interacting with merpeople? My sim can flirt with a mermaid, and she thinks he's being flirty, but when he tries to kiss her, she backs off.
This may be due to her traits and the level of their relationship. Remember most Sims unless already a romantic interest won't generally accept a kiss until they think the other person is at least "alluring." Insane and Neurotic Sims will sometimes back away from a kiss, too.
2nd July 2013 12:32am
Earcat says...
Thanks for answering. I guess he'll just have to be patient and flirt with her some more.
2nd July 2013 7:00pm
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
Shae says...
Okay, So I built this amazing resort on an island, toggled everything, hired all the staff, but no one is even coming to my resort. When I read the reviews, ive gotten about two stars, but it's apparently from "imaginary" guests, because my sims and the employees are the only ones showing up.
Do you have VIP rooms and an arch? I see guests use these items but beyond that I don't see the ones for the tower.
11th July 2013 7:11pm
Aisha says...
I love sims freeplay and have a feeling that the sims 3 will be better.Should I start building up a family on sims 3 normal first and then move them to an island?
1st June 2014 4:13am
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
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
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
Kat says...
You can tell a sim is a mermaid whike they're out of the water by looking at their legs. The legs have blue and green scales. You're sim will recieve the option to 'ask about scales' which is in the friendly options when they talk to one.
7th July 2013 12:19pm
Olja says...
Ok so I downloaded the Survival Pack and installed it onto the game. But how do I actually select it to play, am so confused
The Survival Pack is only items from buy and build mode. It is not a separate game.
29th June 2013 10:56am
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
emma says...
can i mix island paradise and into the future? if not what do i do since i already bought both.
9th July 2014 11:56pm
Simmylala says...
Of course you can mix Expansion Packs as you please, and Stuff Packs too. I have all the EPs and SPs avaliable, sometimes your Sims can turn out with pretty cool stuff!
16th July 2014 6:30am
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
Brittney says...
So I had a problem (game wouldn't load after clicking play on the launcher) and so I uninstalled and reinstalled via instructions I found online. In doing so, somehow Island Paradise and University Life got uninstalled. I reinstalled the base game, problem solved. When I went and redownloaded I.P. is downloaded "DLC" which I don't know what that means, anyways, when I tried to install I.P. it asks me to uninstall I.P. Not quite sure what's going on, any help would be appreciated.
5th August 2014 7:36pm
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
Alex says...
I am trying to unlock all the islands, and apparently I can unlock one of them by reaching lvl 10 of the lifeguard profession.
But I have achieved this and nothing was unlocked!
I have befriended lots of mermaids too, and its taking a while for one of them to take me to an uncharted island.
Ive decided to go back to my last save to see whether I can try getting to lvl 10 again, but please help!
It's not level 10. You have to save 35 people as per code.
28th June 2013 8:22am
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
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
Simmylala says...
Sims can scuba dive in both ocean and pools. If they are scuba diving in the ocean, you cannot see what they see, but if you dive underwater on dive lots you can see everything they can see like sharks, fish, underwater caves, etc.

(you must have a high scuba diving skill level to dive under the Mermaid Grotto, Davy Jones' Locker, Pearl's Deep and Rock Reef, but when you dive underwater, please note that if you keep any raw meat or fish in your inventory, it attracts sharks and your Sim will get in a fight with it, is be careful, because you can die from sharks and scuba diving if you don't "Return to the Surface" to let your Sim breath some oxygen. Click on the ground while scuba diving and the option will come up to return to the surface)

Hopefully this helped :)
14th July 2014 5:42am
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
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
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
you're welcome says...
It's motherlode
7th August 2014 6:01am
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