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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2013
Had I known that I would have to download through Origins, I would have bought from a different site. Origins, at least for a Mac, requires a different processor than the game itself. Meaning, even though I BOUGHT my game that was able to be used on my processor, Origins won't let me DOWNLOAD it to be able to PLAY it. Makes sense? It makes more sense to be able to download directly from Amazon rather than go to another website that has different requirements. Never going to buy any game from amazon if it has be to downloaded from Origins again. And if I were able to return the game itself, I would. Sadly, I can not.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2013
I HAD TO DOWNLOAD IT ON ORIGIN EVEN THOUGH MY OTHER SIMS VERSIONS ARE NOT FROM ORIGIN. I DOWNLOADED ORIGIN THEN SIMS ISLAND PARADISE BUT IT WAS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH MY ORIGINAL SIMS 3 BECAUSE IT WAS NOT ON ORIGIN. I DOWNLOADED SIMS 3 ON ORIGIN AND IT STILL DOESN'T WORK.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2013
I read some of the negative reviews and delayed purchasing this a while. In the end though, I took the plunge and risked it. It turned out to be a great investment.

Despite what I heard about Origin being horrible, it worked totally fine on my MacBook Pro(2009). You download a file from Amazon that gives you a code. Then download Origin(you'll need to sign up for an account if you don't have one) & enter the code into the Origin "client." It begins downloading and does a pretty good job - you can pause the download and it saves your already downloaded data. Once downloaded, installation is a breeze & quick.

Items of Note:
1. This purchase & install method(buying from amazon) worked totally fine with my NON-origin copy of the Sims(base game). I bought the Sims base game on a totally different site a while back and downloaded it through gametree. Luckily, Origin recognized the game and thus allowed me to install this Island Paradise expansion with no problems.

2. You DO need to update your Sims 3 base game to install this expansion so if you are behind or starting from the original version(like me), go ahead and start downloading the update. It can take quite a while.

3. The Island Paradise expansion thus far is phenomenal. Not only is the world rather huge, but it's diverse and has tons to do & explore. In the base game and Late Night, working to get more items & wealth was the only thing that kept the game interesting. In this game, you actually may not want to send your sim to work because you have so much to do instead. This is not a minor expansion, this is not a small update, this is a full-on game in it of itself. It really appears as though the devs worked hard on this one to bring totally new functionality to the Sims like boating, snorkeling, scuba diving, playing in the ocean, etc. So far, I'm very impressed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2013
I'm not sure what the issue is, but it does not work. I was able to download and install the game, but when I attempted to launch the game it would not start. I've had to completely wipe my computer of my main game as well as my expansion packs because I couldn't get the game to start (even after removing the expansion pack from my compeer). I am very unhappy, as I was looking forward to this game, and I am now seeking a refund.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2013
DID NOT WORK AT ALL!!! downloaded the origin player that this required and could not even enter a product key...waste of money. don't even bother...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2013
We have never had any luck trying downloading a SIMS game to my daughter's MAC. It's a major pain trying to get a refund, so I don't recommend a download of this game.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2013
I would like to imagine that this is one of the better expansions for the Sims. Unfortunately I can only play for about 10 minutes before it crashes so I'll never know. Don't bother.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2013
I was really excited to purchase this game but if I new I had to download through Origin, I would have bought it from someone else. Origin wont let me finalize the installation to my Mac. I am very frustrated with the whole process of trying to download the game. I would not recommend this to anyone, purchase it else where.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2014
IF YOU HAVE A MAC... dont do this. I just purchased it and its not allowing me to download it through origins. I had purchased generations and I was fine because it downloaded directly from Amazon. But this download from Origins is really A PROBLEM. I have been trying for 6 hours to get origin.com to work and its not... I have no idea what to do. What a waste of $20 ... I cant even play it ....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2014
I like the idea of going under water,
but it makes my mac sound and heat like a jet.
I had almost every expansion pack on my mac, but I needed to delete some of them
in order to play this Island Paradise.
However, when you play this with Seasons, it's wonderful. The views are FANTASTIC!
But when the rain starts(or snow in Winter), the game goes a bit slow.
So all in all, I like the game except the fact that it requires pretty high specs to fully enjoy it with other expansions.
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