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User reviews: Mostly Negative (41 reviews) - 29% of the 41 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 25, 2013

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[p]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.


  • 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!

System Requirements

    • OS:OS:Windows XP (SP2), Windows Vista (SP1), or Windows 7
    • Processor:WIN: 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent for XP/2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent for Vista and Windows 7
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics::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.
    Helpful customer reviews
    29 of 41 people (71%) found this review helpful
    6 people found this review funny
    Posted: June 16
    I recently upgraded my machine so decided to reinstall Sims3 to test whether Island Paradise will finally run....hey it's been a couple of years so I was tentatively hopeful....I should have known better. EA basically released an unfinished expansion. haven't ever tried to fix it, haven't once given the community an apology, they just took peoples money and then ignored the complaints that went flooding their way. Please don't waste your money even on discount because this expansion, however much I looked forward to playing it, is unplayable.
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    9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
    Posted: July 29
    When I first saw this DLC, I thought that "This is a very good DLC, whit several opportunities". But when I installed it, I realised that this it is full of bugs. NEVER BUY THIS DLC BECAUSE IT SPOILS YOUR GAME!!!
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    11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
    3 people found this review funny
    Posted: June 14
    Goddammit, I really need to read the reviews before I get DLCs. I can't play in Isla Paradiso because of the lag, it lags even when I'm not in Isla Paradiso. This DLC would be so much better if they reduced the lag or ALLOWED ME TO DISABLE IT! ♥♥♥♥ you, EA.
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    8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Posted: June 14
    Well, I decided not to heed the other negative reviews thinking, "Surely my powerful PC will be able to trounce any performance issues this expansion causes!"

    Turns out I was wrong.

    Don't get this expansion. It causes a profoundly annoying hitch in framerate that is most noticable when you speed up time. It makes it look like they are in a stop-motion film and now when my sims are all asleep, night lasts for an agonizing amount of time.
    It also causes the "Save and Exit" to last from just under 30 seconds to at least two minutes! No, I don't have anything better to do than to watch the saving process complete and to ensure my sims lives don't disappear into oblivion (like mine... GOD I love these games).

    After playing around with this expansion, its features aren't terribly thrilling. Yes, you can run your own resort. Yes, you can make a houseboat. Yes, you can make sweet love to the mermaid sims. I found these features to not NEARLY compensate for what I pretty much consider to be the cause to a pretty devastating blow to the game's immersion.

    Please don't get The Sims 3: Island Paradise.
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    6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
    Posted: September 25
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