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The Sims 3 Island Paradise - Standard Edition [Online Game Code]

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Platform: PC Download
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  • ASIN: B00BZCX3LA
  • Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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Platform: PC Download

New adventures await your Sims on the sunny shores and beneath the glistening water of an island paradise! From exploring the tropical isles to creating a five-star resort experience, your Sims can decide to embark on an unforgettable journey or make themselves a new home in this new utopia. Nautical Sims can even take the helm of fully customizable houseboats and set sail between islands! If your Sims would rather be in the water than on it, they can snorkel and scuba dive their way through the ocean. Who knows, they might uncover sunken treasure or befriend a mermaid! With innovative features never before seen in The Sims PC franchise and a world of new possibilities on land and in sea, your Sims will reap the benefits of their own island paradise.

Key Features:

  • Set sail for adventure. Be it by paddleboat or speedboat, your Sims can now leave port to discover new lands and explore like never before, from inter-island travel to discovering their own uncharted island. Landlubbers need not apply!
  • Build and run a five-star resort. Create a family-friendly resort of waterslides and buffet tables, a romantic retreat dotted with minimalist cottages, or a singles resort featuring multiple pool bars where Sims can mingle and flirt. Choose and fine-tune your amenities, set your prices, and wait for the reviews—and Simoleons—to pour in. The higher your star rating, the more popular your resort will be!
  • Life is a beach. See what surprises await under the sea as your Sims build their skills in snorkeling/scuba diving. Your Sims may find themselves on the shore of a new island or discover sunken or buried treasure.
  • Boat sweet boat. Whether your Sims love the water or are just prone to wanderlust, a houseboat may be the perfect abode. Houseboats are fully customizable and can be moored at any open port, so if your Sims tire of the view, relocate to a new locale!
  • New ways to build. New stilted foundations give your Sims the best of both worlds—a home that’s partially on the water and partially on land. Build a resort, create travelling houseboats, and customize your very own island paradise for your Sims!


Requires Origin Client to activate.

Requires the base game The Sims 3 to activate.


System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Windows 7, Windows Vista (SP1)/Windows XP (SP2)
Processor: For XP 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent; For Windows Vista and Windows 7 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
RAM: For XP: 1 GB RAM / Windows Vista and Windows 7: 1.5 GB RAM * For NVIDIA ION computers, the game requires at least 2 GB RAM.
Hard Drive: 8 GB
Video Card: 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0. Nvidia GeForce 6 series or better, and all NVidia G, GT, GTS, and GTX video cards. ATI Radeon™ series card 9500 series or better, and all ATI X, X1, and HD video cards; Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA): GMA 3-Series, GMA 4-Series Please note that the GeForce 6100 and 7100 cards are not supported.
Additional Info: Requires The Sims 3 and Origin for gameplay. Laptop versions of chipsets above may work, but may run comparatively slower.


INTERNET CONNECTION, ONLINE AUTHENTICATION, ACCEPTANCE OF END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT, AND LATEST THE SIMS 3 PATCH UPDATE REQUIRED TO PLAY THE SIMS 3 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PRODUCT. ACCESS TO ONLINE SERVICES INCLUDING SIMPOINTS AND DOWNLOADS REQUIRES AN INTERNET CONNECTION, ORIGIN ACCOUNT AND GAME REGISTRATION WITH THE PROVIDED ONE-TIME USE SERIAL CODE. REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO ONE ORIGIN ACCOUNT PER SERIAL CODE AND IS NON-TRANSFERABLE. EA ONLINE PRIVACY POLICY AND TERMS OF SERVICE CAN BE FOUND AT www.ea.com. YOU MUST BE 13+ TO REGISTER FOR AN ORIGIN ACCOUNT. MAC USERS MUST UPDATE TO THE LATEST VERSION OF THE SIMS 3 LAUNCHER TO ACCESS ONLINE SERVICES, INCLUDING SIMPOINTS AND DOWNLOADS. THE SIMS 3 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PRODUCT USES SECUROM DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY PROVIDED BY SONY DADC AUSTRIA AG. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SECUROM, VISIT HTTP:/FAQ.SECUROM.COM/. GAME CAN BE PLAYED ON UP TO FIVE COMPUTERS AT THE SAME TIME; USERS CAN MANAGE WHICH COMPUTERS ARE AUTHORIZED OR DE-AUTHORIZED TO PLAY GAME. VISIT http://activate.ea.com/deauthorize/ FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DE-AUTHORIZATION. INCLUDES SOFTWARE THAT COLLECTS DATA ONLINE NECESSARY TO PROVIDE AND ACTIVATE IN-GAME ADVERTISING FOR ALL THE SIMS 3 PRODUCTS PREVIOUSLY OR HEREAFTER INSTALLED.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY- a GREAT Sims 3 Expansion Pack! June 25, 2013
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
I have been various levels of disappointed in every Sims 3 expansion and stuff pack that has come out. They all have bugs, and there is never enough content to feel like you really got your money's worth.

The only bug I have gotten after playing almost a full day is my sim occasionally popping out of a cave onto the nearest island for no apparent reason.

Now for the good stuff:
There's more *stuff* in this EP than EA usually gives us. The stuff looks nice, and I had fun designing my home and resort. I have not spent much time looking in depth at clothing or hair, but the ones I have seen on townies have looked pretty decent.

The snorkeling is okay, but the scuba diving is awesome! You meet other sims down there, and a mermaid or two. Sharks are not as scary as you think. I have gotten away fairly quickly, but none have tried to bite me yet. I even "watched" one for a few minutes.

The uncharted islands are fun to discover. You can swim up to a couple of them, but most seem to require maps assembled from messages in bottles. There are rare chests with map fragments and gems, too. When you discover one, it is yours. You can move there or build a resort, and you can have more than one home in your town.

At first glance, the town looks like a mess. You have to take taxi boats from one part to the next, and there are trails just like World Adventures. Once you spend a little time going from place to place, it's not so bad.

If it is possible to create a dive location yourself, I have not figured it out. I would like to be able to add scuba spots to other towns, or to have more land available for things like nightclubs and venues. One thing this game seems to be sorely lacking is an all-in-one town.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole new world for your Sims to explore! June 25, 2013
Platform for Display:PC Download
The Sims 3 Island Paradise is an incredible expansion pack, filled with a so many new things for your Sims to do and explore. The new town, Isla Paradiso is actually a group of islands in the ocean, each one with different buildings and homes on it. Instead of traveling everywhere by car, now you hop on a speed boat to get from island to island. The whole ocean is there for you to explore, and there's stuff everywhere!

Homes can now be built right on the water. Instead of driveways and garages, you now have docks and slots to park your boats (speed boats, row boats, sail boats, and more). Homes sit right on the beautiful blue ocean water, with fish and huge sharks swimming right around them. Your sim can fish and skip stones right off the dock, or jump in and do a bit of swimming or snorkeling for seashells and gems.

When your ready to venture out even farther, head out to one of the marked scuba diving locations for an adventure under the waters surface. Your sim needs to have spent some time working on their snorkeling skills first, before they will be allowed to take an underwater trip. When they're ready, they will switch into their scuba gear and dive down quite a ways, checking out all the fish and plant life that dwells on the ocean floor. Each dive location is completely different from the others, some having more things to explore than other. While under water you can catch fish, open treasure chests, explore caves (in the same way your sim can explore the catacombs in the graveyards) and even meet and socialize with other sims underwater. You never know who you will run into while swimming or scuba diving. Regular people, ghosts and even mermaids all are around and exploring the dive locations.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5/5 July 6, 2013
By Jess
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
I've been a big fan of the Sims franchise for awhile and Island Paradise was no exception to that. There are a ton of new actions, and honestly as a Florida girl in real life, it's pretty cool to have my Sim be able to do a lot of the stuff I do in reality as far as water is concerned.
I did have a fairly substantial problem with lag when I first played but I spoke with someone from EA and they completely fixed it. ^_^ I'm very happy with the service I received and the quality of the game itself. Don't hesitate to buy if you're as big a fan of the Sims games as I am!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game, but typical EA July 28, 2013
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
Typical with Sims games, this one is a bit of a mixed bag.
I will start out with the good, the gameplay is fantastic. Island Paradise is a fun game that adds totally new level of gameplay. I love owning a resort, scuba diving, and surprisingly owning multiple properties has been really fun. Oddly enough, since installing this new pack, my game loads and exits much faster than previously. It used to take me forever to close out the game, but now that is not a problem. Even if I didn't play the new neighborhood and or utilize the new features, it would be worth it just for this.

Of course, since this is a new EA release, there are quite a few bugs.
~Immediately I ran into the game freezing often. I mean every few minutes it would freeze up. It made the game virtually
unplayable. EA has not fixed this problem. Personally I downloaded a stability mod which fixed it for me, but if you
run a clean game then you may have problems.
~Exploring underwater caves can trigger a bug that will force your sim onto the nearest land where you have to wait two
hours to go down again. It doesn't happen every time though. I understand there is a fix for this through editing the town
and I believe you have to use testing cheats on the cave. I haven't done that though, so I cannot tell you if it works.
Honestly, this is not too hard to live with if you don't feel like trying to fix it.
~The only other bug I run into is with the resorts. Roaches will spawn in the basement level, even if you have not built below
ground. You will find guests complaining about the bugs, and you cannot find the problem.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I was excited to play this because you scuba dive and can ride a jest ski. It was fun for about 5 minutes then started to pause every other minute then finally froze. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Lianne N. Stites
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
Love this expansion! It really adds a whole new element to the game, that is very enjoyable! Also love the new items and styles!
Published 3 days ago by CGrouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Island Pardise
Island Paradise is a great expansion over all, but there is one big bug in the expansion that may or may not be patched now that the Sims 4 is in the making. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Adam Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars MERMAIDS
Pretty much the only reason why I got this one (besides the fact that I have to own every single Sims game) are for the mermaids. I love playing a mermaid. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Michelle
3.0 out of 5 stars I guess it's okay
Some of the island paradise stuff is really buggy and it lags the crap out of my game. The features are only just worth it.
Published 19 days ago by Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible framerate
I have a computer with specs that are far better than this game requires, however due to poor design this expansion gets horrible frame rate.
Published 21 days ago by Scott
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesnt work for steam
I got this because I thought I could put it on steam but it doesn't work for steam and that made me really mad.
Published 1 month ago by Doodle
5.0 out of 5 stars BEEN HERE.....DONE this ! ! .......
For anyone who has lived on an island, be it surrounded by salt or fresh water, living on an island CAN BE AWESOME ! This by far is my most FAVORITE of all the expansions.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mini Movie Maker
3.0 out of 5 stars IT'S ok
I rated this at 3 stars only because i haven't figured out how to build houseboats yet and i haven't played the game enough to really rate it well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cornelia
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of lag
Purchased this because I was interested in the resort feature. Running resorts is fun, but it causes a ton of lag. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Wu
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