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The Sims 3 Showtime Expansion Pack Review and Game Guides

A Summary of New Content and Gameplay Features in the Showtime EP

The Sims 3 Showtime Guide
The Sims 3 Showtime

The Sims 3 Showtime is all about the quest for the spotlight in the new town Starlight Shores (think Hollywood). Players can take on one of three new performance careers that synzergize very well with Late Night's celebrity system. This guide to the new features of Showtime will show you what you get with this EP, while linking you to in-depth guides for more information. I'm not really covering the Katy Perry edition of Showtime. If you're into her, you'll get stage props from her California Dreams tour, and Katy Perry hair. It's pretty much for fans only. Others will question, "Why fruit?"

New Careers - Performers
Showtime gives three types of stage performers: Acrobats, Magicians, and Singers. These function similar to the self-employment professions from Ambitions, giving the player a weekly stipend along with flexibility in when they perform. All three must schedule gigs at several new venues that award money based on the performer's level and the size of venue.

Here's a brief summary of what you can expect from each performance career, with links to in-depth guides:

  • Singer - Singers do sing-a-grams on days without gigs, and players can micro-manage the flow of their songs (verse, chorus) on stage.
  • Magician - Perform tricks out on the street for tips, and put on great magic shows.
  • Acrobat - Starting off as mimes and perform for tips, they learn to juggle and eventually perform daring fiery feats.

All three have the ability to earn side money and gain career ranks, but the ultimate goal is to take the stage. The Sims 3 Showtime lets you design your performer's stage and grow an inventory of stage props. These are saved in the Family Inventory, and can be bought at any time before a performance or to decorate your Sim's home. The variety of props is nice. There are statues, backdrops, lights, and even special effects that can be placed on the stage. The design of your stage does have an impact on the reviews of a Sim's performance. Simmers who would like to take this customization a step further and make their own venues for performances can find stages under the Sims 3 buydebug menu (see Cheating).

The Sims 3 Showtime - Starlight Shores at Night

New Venues
Showtime brings in four new types of Venues in which Sims can perform: coffeehouses, live show venues, private venues, and large venues. The largest, such as the Stadium and Theater in Starlight Shores, are rabbit holes at first glance but actually have stages and a nice dark "crowd" area when you schedule a gig with the proprietor (click summon propreitor on the building). The biggest park in town will also have a stage (you may need to add it with buydebug), which is the first place a Sim should perform to practice their stage presence.

The Sims 3 Showtime - Starlight Shores by Day

New Social Features
The patch that came with Showtime introduced a nice in-game system through which to view badges and communicate with friends. You can share memories and pictures from your games, and post facebook-style to your wall to chat with your friends from Along with this, comes a way to connect with your friends through gameplay...

Simport lets you send, request, and accept visits from performing Sims owned by your friends from the official site. Friends who work together will not only earn simoleons and career experience for Sims involved, they'll also unlock item sets that can only be obtained by participating in Simport. You must have two Sims in order to send one of your Sims away, but can host Sims either way. Sims are gone on a Simport tour for about twelve hours. To access the Simport menu, you click '...' in the bottom left corner to open the game menu. You'll find the option which lets you access the interface there. It's a little clunky that way.

The Sims 3 Showtime - A Genie will come out of this magic lamp

New Occult Sim: The Genie
One of the new Lifetime Rewards in Showtime lets you purchase an Old Dusty Lamp for 30k Lifetime happiness. Cleaning this will summon a genie and reveal it to be a magic lamp. These lamps can also be found through the explore catacombs activity at the graveyard, and a level ten handiness upgrade that converts the new gyroscopic machine Sims can buy for fun into a dimensional gate that functions similarly. However you get it, you'll get three wishes with your magic lamp:

Genies can grant a variety of wishes, but if you befriend them, you can get a special opportunity to add them to your household after successfully picking the free genie wish. Genies can control other Sims and magically clean the house. They can also summon a perfect quality group meal of any food (no ambrosia as it does not have a group portion). Of course, Sims can make genie babies with the blue Sims having a 50% chance to pass their powers down to offspring.

New Hidden Skill Objects
There are several kinds of new ways for Sims to have fun, compete, and impress each other included in Showtime. You can at last build the perfect hangout with Pool Tables, the new DJ table and even a mechanical bull. You can also purchase a golf driving range for your lot, which lets Sims improve their drive and improve athletic skill. Also, Sims can raise their logic skill by playing Dominoes on the new domino table.

The Sims 3 Showtime - An Acrobat

New Lifetime Rewards
Showtime brings a few performer-specific Lifetime Rewards, the standard fare that improves performance and helps your Sim to earn gobs more money at what they do. There is another pair for Simport, which affects Sims being hosted or going away on tour. Interesting for all households is the new Born to Cook Lifetime Reward that lets Sims make Perfect dishes much earlier into the cooking skill. There is the aforementioned lamp, and lastly the ExtraordinAIRe-inator that allows Sims to meditate to improve their mood.

New Traits and Lifetime WishesThe new Traits and Lifetime Wishes mostly relate to the new professions in the game. There is a LTW for making it to level 10 in each profession, along with Traits that help Sims to perform. The Diva and Social Butterfly traits can be taken at your discretion, but Natural Borm Performer is the perfect pick for any Sim that's going to perform on stage.

While there are also new clothing items, objects and hairstyles for Sims to use in Showtime, overall this Expansion feels like it offers the least new content of any EP in the Sims 3 era. Simmers who have and love Late Night will definitely find Showtime goes very well with that expansion. While some of us will get any scrap of Sims 3 content EA throws at us, if you are on the fence about owning this one you might want to shop elsewhere. If the new performance careers really appeal to you, pick this up. The stuff pack to come out after Showtime does not offer a Katy Perry edition, but will be entirely made up of KP stuff. The combination of the Katy Perry Showtime Edition and the Katy Perry Sweet Treats Stuff Pack will appeal to a specific niche of Simmers who like Katy Perry and pop while the rest of us groan and await content with more broad appeal.

The Sims 3 Showtime - A Magician

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Meganc says...
Just wanted to throw this out there, in case no one said it yet, but it is possible for a sim in the "magician" career to die in one of the tricks. When you get to a higher level, you can be "buried alive" in a box. My sim suffocated and died. It was sad.
15th September 2013 5:24pm
Jamstien says...
you should have used the resetsim cheat to save them
8th August 2014 10:09am
cas says...
Well I have a question (duh.) Where can you find public computers ( in starlight shores) because I cant afford one and I want the nonlinear dating thing (Cuz every time I try and kiss this guy hes like WHAT THE "*beep*
You need to get the relationship bar higher before he'll accept the kiss, then it's a matter of chance and his/your Sim's traits. Public computers are usually found in the Library in town, not sure about Starlight Shores at this moment. Regardless, if your Sim can't afford a computer you should join a career and save up some money!
15th February 2014 12:42am
Tiffany says...
I've noticed that if a singer (possibly magician and acrobat too-- haven't tested yet) quits or retires, they lose their singing ability. Why is this? Shouldn't singing be a hidden trait?
15th September 2013 11:45pm
Joanne Potgieter says...
hi, my name is Joanne and i want to know what do you use for sims3 Showtime that the game doesn't stop.
thank you
What do you mean it doesn't stop?
9th June 2013 7:26am
Jenna says...
This girl I made has a glitch and once she got to level 4 in the singer career she won't do any singagrams or tryout for any gigs! What do I do?
30th September 2013 9:59pm
Amy says...
Try reset sim
18th August 2014 5:15pm
Yvie says...
Are there any specific cheats for showtime?
There is one cheat that came with Showtime. It's "OnTogglePerformanceMeter" that shows you a performance meter while performing a gig as one of the showtime professions. This way you can see how bad the show is going and hopefully get it closer to legendary.
28th June 2013 10:55am
Michael says...
Whenever I play either of the 3 stage types I run into lagging and glitch problems after they get to level 10? Every time? Sometimes I think its because I have like 30+ aquaintances that get added just because I meet them from getting my photo taken by them or by performing on stage. Could this be dragging down my game play? Already tried clearing out the caches and such, which are considered safe to do. Any help?
Have you tried resetting the town?  It may be someone is stuck.  Or the game is having trouble summoning Sims to get into the venues with you.
18th June 2013 12:53am
SomeSimmerGirl says...
Okay, so I bought showtime and Ambitions from steam. Only Ambitions is working. I have nothing from showtime. NOT EVEN A DANG HAIRSTYLE! Help please!
22nd June 2014 10:43am
SomeSimmerGirl says...
I got it fixed :)
22nd June 2014 1:55pm
Larissa Miller says...
Hi, I got sims 3 showtime yesterday and I played it last night and today I tried to play it again but it's says no disk found I have pulled it out and put it back in like 10 times and still hasn't worked do you know what to do
ps. I do have sims3 but I don't know where the disk went?
It needs to be the showtime disk. Did you try restarting the computer? Make sure the disk isn't scratched somehow.
27th June 2013 8:16pm
Larissa Miller says...
Yeah it is the showtime disk and I haven't restarted the computer but I will now thankyou (:
27th June 2013 8:34pm
Alegria says...
hey, maybe it's been years now over your problem but I'd like to share about your problem in case people interest. There's a thing called Data Execution Prevention that prevents the sims keeping data running. In Windows 7(in other systems System Tab under Control Panel will do) Control Panel> System > Advanced System Settings >Performance > Advanced >Data Exc. Prev. path has an option to disable DEP for the programs you will specify. So, there you should "Add" some execution files under your TS3 directory like TS3EP03.exe . You should add all of the execution files of every expansion pack you have. After that TS3 should just work fine. Hope it helps. Good Luck.
3rd August 2014 4:11am
Lisa says...
Have you tried restarting your computer?
30th June 2017 9:35pm
Suzie says...
My sim has an opportunity where he has to perform (sing) for tips in Champs Les Sims, but for some reason when I click on him the option to perform for tips is not there. Nothing with his singing career is there.
17th September 2013 1:46pm
Suzie says...
I've got showtime, but I've only got 2 gig locations and I'd like more, for example I don't have any of the big gig locations and I can't work out how to add them to my town. Can anyone help? I'm playing the midnight falls town.
10th October 2013 9:39am
Suzie says...
Sorry guys, meant Moonlight Falls.
10th October 2013 10:33am
Lovecutiesimmer says...
Hi I have the sims 3,the sims 3 pets ,the sims 3 into the future, and now show time but when press the play button it says I need he sims 3 into the future but at the bottom it says I have the sims 3 show time I also tried restarting my computer with and without the show time disc PLZ HELP
4th July 2014 12:05pm
Lovecutiesimmer says...
I also have university life and now I'm updating
4th July 2014 12:20pm
One in a billion sims says...
You need to use the Into the Future disk, you'll still be able to play Showtime, it's just that since Into the Future came out last, it's disk is required.
24th July 2014 6:14pm
kittycatslap says...
um I have trouble using the testingcheatsenabled true. When I went to the cheat on my friends desktop I couldn't redo my toddlers design

16th October 2013 8:59pm
SomeSimmerGirl says...
Try shift clicking. It's making the cheat work!
22nd June 2014 10:44am
rose ann says...
my sims 3 isnt starting after i installed my 3rd expassion pack. everytime it does that i tried installing them in different orders. everytime i install the expasion pack i always check if it works. it works at the second installation but not on the third one. help me pls cuz i've been on this problem for like 2 days now. and i already tried going to C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Game\Bin and double clicking TS3W but nothing happens it loads up and stops. and tried the troubleshooting thing. when i double click it the cursor loads but stops instantly.
11th October 2013 9:02am
blahblah says...
I cant find the performance stage to get the job please help me!!!
What city are you in?
8th July 2013 10:30am
Liz says...
I am at level 9 in the acrobat career. When I go to perform at various venues my character has the "stuck or can't move" bubble everytime, so is unable to perform. I've tried creating my own props but the same thing happens. Reset sim just sends me home. This is happening at most venues I try to perform at now. Any suggestions how to fix?
11th August 2013 10:13pm
Ellie says...
hi i brought the Sims 3 Katy Perry showtime and when i went to to download it i couldn't fine the leaflet of how to download the Katy Perry bit,Can u tell me how to download the Katy Perry bit pls?
11th November 2013 11:57am
Jessica says...
How do I make and album?
23rd September 2013 6:00pm
Name says...
I wanted to know how do I host a singer at the coffeehouse I really don't know. Pls help thanks
20th April 2014 1:07pm
io says...
If I'm living in a tower block, is it possible to get a parking spot and a car? I can't buy..
29th January 2014 11:32am
Carrie says...
This could be a very dumb question but i dont know much about all this but i love sims...can you be an acrobat person without this expansion pack? I just dont know if i want this pack or not. Im on the fence. Also...if you have all the expansion packs will that make your game run very slow??
Nope, you have to have the expansion to unlock its features. If you have all expansions, it can slow down a bit compared to normal but it's far from unplayable. It depends how your computer is handling the current level of Expansions.
8th July 2014 11:08pm
love says...
I have the sims 3 showtime and the sims 3 university life.I cant find out what major does the singer goes under in sims 3 university life.
3rd November 2015 2:20pm
MrsTragicClown says...
I love this expansion. I just reinstalled it and hoped to play BUT as soon as I did my game started lagging big time. I have Nrass installed to lower the Traffic but it's still removing hundreds or thousands of cars hourly! So, I set the mod to stop all cars but it still keeps removing hundreds and thousands of cars per hour no matter what I set this mod at. I tried playing without the Nrass Traffic and forget it lags even more and when I reinstalled it took out 30,000 cars. I just want all taxi's EA generated cars gone and out as it is in Egypt, China and France. I never have any issues with traffic while traveling. I hope I am posting this in the right place. My game was fine until I installed Showtime again. Any tips here on what I can or should do? Is this happening to anyone else? Ty
1st February 2018 7:50pm
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