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Mixed (14 reviews) - 42% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Negative (94 reviews) - 37% of the 94 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 25, 2013

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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!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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.
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    Recent:
    Mixed (14 reviews)
    Overall:
    Mostly Negative (94 reviews)
    Recently Posted
    SHampton1989
    Posted: July 18
    This is my first review ever, and this game was so unoptimized it made me write this. I have an I7 4690k and a GTX 980TI and this game constantly stutter and freezes for 10-30 seconds at a time even with the settings turned all the way down. I just requested a refund and definitely dont recommend buying it.
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    Proysen
    Posted: July 4
    Don't listen to the people complaining about lag. They don't have a good enough pc.
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    Tom
    Posted: June 30
    Don't buy it. It's completely unoptimized for any PC rig and will make your whole game lag like ♥♥♥♥.

    1/10
    It's got cool features but.. cmon EA ♥♥♥♥ing don't realise unfinished stuff.
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    Pinktutu
    Posted: June 29
    My favorite part about this game is the ability to build and run a resort. I have five resorts and my Sims are making bank. There is always something to do. I absolutely love the beach and the mermaids. I just wish there were ways to customize your mermaid. (If there is, I haven't found a way that works yet.)

    Overall, a great pack for folks looking to build and party.
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    Wendy
    Posted: June 28
    I love the whole idea of this dlc, yet the lag makes the game unplayable. it add's nothing else to the game, a good concept and freeze, maybe a few items you can barely use, very bad optimization, sadly this dlc wasn't good enough :(


    Don't buy.
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    Cugo
    Posted: June 27
    This idea behind this expansion is great. I love the islands. I love the resorts. I love the mermaids.
    I really really love the floating house boats that you can drive arround.

    So why am I giving it a negative review? The game is unplayable.
    It starts ok then eventually (sometimes sooner sometimes later) it starts freezing. It freezes, it resumes, it freezes it resumes. So you play for a minute, then you want 20 seconds then you play for a minute...
    This bug takes all the fun out of it. And even, worse it's been known for a lot of time and EA never fixed it.
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    Weed_Wacker_420
    Posted: June 26
    dont get were people say there is masive lag i have a medium to low end gaming computer and i barly have any lag, im so lost about people
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    Simmerofinsanity111
    Posted: June 26
    I just bought island paradise because it was on sale. I was honestly afraid it would wreck my laptop (its a very old DELL laptop) but its not that bad sure it freezes every now and then but it only stops for about a minute before resuming with a slight bit of lag. I tried sucba diving it works fine the house boats work find life guard job works fine. Overall 9/10 would drive a house boat again
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    baichibird
    Posted: June 25
    Sooooooo Bad!
    I wish I've never bought it. Now it stops every 2 minutes and makes it impossible to play the game!
    Why this happen to me? How could I stop this DLC?
    Now I wish I've never bought it and I would love to give money to EA if they could delete the DLC on my computer
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    Tan
    Posted: June 25
    This DLC is great in theory, genuinely a very fun expansion pack but it just does not work how it should. It freezes a couple of times every minute.

    Even downloading apparent fix mods or deleting certain households or whatever doesnt really fix it.

    It worked fine for maybe 30mins before the bugs started appearing.
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    Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
    20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
    Not Recommended
    Posted: June 28
    I love the whole idea of this dlc, yet the lag makes the game unplayable. it add's nothing else to the game, a good concept and freeze, maybe a few items you can barely use, very bad optimization, sadly this dlc wasn't good enough :(


    Don't buy.
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    12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
    Not Recommended
    Posted: June 27
    This idea behind this expansion is great. I love the islands. I love the resorts. I love the mermaids.
    I really really love the floating house boats that you can drive arround.

    So why am I giving it a negative review? The game is unplayable.
    It starts ok then eventually (sometimes sooner sometimes later) it starts freezing. It freezes, it resumes, it freezes it resumes. So you play for a minute, then you want 20 seconds then you play for a minute...
    This bug takes all the fun out of it. And even, worse it's been known for a lot of time and EA never fixed it.
    Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
    10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
    3 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    Posted: June 25
    Sooooooo Bad!
    I wish I've never bought it. Now it stops every 2 minutes and makes it impossible to play the game!
    Why this happen to me? How could I stop this DLC?
    Now I wish I've never bought it and I would love to give money to EA if they could delete the DLC on my computer
    Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
    3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
    Not Recommended
    Posted: June 30
    Don't buy it. It's completely unoptimized for any PC rig and will make your whole game lag like ♥♥♥♥.

    1/10
    It's got cool features but.. cmon EA ♥♥♥♥ing don't realise unfinished stuff.
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    Posted: June 29
    My favorite part about this game is the ability to build and run a resort. I have five resorts and my Sims are making bank. There is always something to do. I absolutely love the beach and the mermaids. I just wish there were ways to customize your mermaid. (If there is, I haven't found a way that works yet.)

    Overall, a great pack for folks looking to build and party.
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    Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
    199 of 268 people (74%) found this review helpful
    166 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    Posted: January 19, 2015
    IF YOU WANT TO
    -Open A Resort, Get this game.
    -A Carribean world, Get this game.
    -Spend hours trying to discover islands, Get this game.
    -Get attacked by a kraken with a 1% chance, Get this game.
    -Drown a sim by cutting off an oxygen supply when scuba diving, Get this game.
    -Woohoo with a hot mermaid, Get this game.
    -Have possibly the best clothing DLC, Get this game.
    -Have a moveable house, Get this game.
    -Have a wide selection of pools, Get this game.
    -Have possibly the most beautiful landsccaping and town, Get this game.
    -Experience the creepiness of a Sims online dating site, Get this game.
    -Occupy giant islands that you mostlikely dont need, Get this game.

    BUT IF YOU WANT TO
    -Have a functioning game, don't get this game.
    -Have a game without lag, don't get this game.
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    67 of 73 people (92%) found this review helpful
    5 people found this review funny
    Recommended
    Posted: December 31, 2015
    I was hesitant to pick this up due to the negative rating and bad things I've heard about it's performance, but I haven't had a single issue with it so far.

    Before purchasing I had read around to find if there were any fixes for the lag players were reporting. For anyone curious, what I found is a combination of NRAAS Master Controller, Overwatch, Error Trap, deleting the Scott family, and evicting + deleting all the houseboats right at the beginning. Doing all that has made Island Paradise into a smooth sailing expansion pack ;)

    The resorts are a nice way of being able to make cash without having to send your sims off to work. Once you have a fully functional resort going you can pull in 5k per day without problems. That leaves plenty of time to explore the uncharted islands, scuba dive, or go to work as a lifeguard. It adds a decent number of new clothing options, a good amount of water vehicles, and expands the furniture, but I was a little disappointed that there weren't many traditional "island" themed construction options to choose from (like Hawaiian or Tiki styles).

    The expansion's island town is nicely designed, though it is very clearly designed with the resorts in mind. You'll probably want to add a couple lots of your own (like consignment shop) to make other options available.

    Overall I would recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different in their Sims game. I can see myself opening resorts in other towns, giving new life to familiar locations.
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    66 of 95 people (69%) found this review helpful
    10 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    Posted: June 16, 2015
    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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    37 of 47 people (79%) found this review helpful
    4 people found this review funny
    Recommended
    Posted: December 29, 2015
    I had no guts to download this dlc at first after seeing the mostly negative comments. But I finally encouraged myself to buy this WONDERFUL dlc. Now island paradise is working well on my computer :)
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    68 of 100 people (68%) found this review helpful
    84 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    Posted: January 4, 2015
    Sims 3:Crash Paradise. Get It Now It Only Cost Me ♥♥♥♥ing $24.90 Bucks! Key Features: Makes Your Game Crash More Often,Ultra Lag,Freezeing Is Now Added Into The Game! COOL! Buy This Pack Now!
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