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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.


  • 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.
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    76 of 83 people (92%) found this review helpful
    5 people found this review funny
    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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    147 of 220 people (67%) found this review helpful
    182 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    Posted: January 19, 2015
    -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.

    -Have a functioning game, don't get this game.
    -Have a game without lag, don't get this game.
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    73 of 102 people (72%) found this review helpful
    11 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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    28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Posted: September 5
    Product received for free
    As others have said, there is lag and crashes in the new town from this expansion. No other town is effected.

    There is a fix, however, on modthesims here.

    The lag and crashes are caused by broken spots and unroutable sims, which bogs down your game. Pathing has been fixed in this fixed world, and works much more smoothly. Combine with nraas to remove unroutable sims, abandoned vehicles throughout the game, and automatic turning off of televisions and stereos for an even smoother experience.

    Now on to the expac itself. I really enjoy mermaids and diving. The island itself is beautiful, and perfect for some interesting new build ideas since we can build over water now. I really liked having my character go scuba diving, and the buy/build objects were lovely. New chairs!

    Would recommend if you're willing to play with mods.
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    39 of 50 people (78%) found this review helpful
    4 people found this review funny
    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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    54 of 79 people (68%) found this review helpful
    8 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    Posted: February 7, 2015
    Do not buy this EP. It is so beyond broken that words cannot describe-- then again, what can we expect from EA?

    Moving on to the actual review (And not a red hot poker in the eye of EA), this includes a world hastily thrown together with routing issues galore, guaranteed to freeze your game consistently. My world even lost all grass textures. Literally, I cannot lie. It lost all of the grass and sand textures in the world. Lowering the graphics settings do not help because of the sheer number of stuck sims that will occur with this world.

    Buying it for the purpose of playing it in other worlds? Oh sure. If you're okay with paying for a sub-par stuff pack that won't fit in any where else, and a bunch of douchey clothes for men and extremely skimpy clothes for women.

    I cannot express my discontent with this EP, let alone EA. But to put it in perspective-- this is the only review I've ever seen as worth writing. Take this as a warning-- go buy another EP, please. Don't waste your money.
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    25 of 31 people (81%) 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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    28 of 38 people (74%) found this review helpful
    3 people found this review funny
    Posted: May 30, 2015
    it's fun for like a month but then it kind of gets boring all you really get is scuba diving mermaids resorts and house boats/new transportation it starts fun with createing a house boat and making a resort but then it just drags with the same thing not like seasons where there would be new things to do each season in isla paradisio theres never anything big or fun for your sims happening exept for maybe a book sale or finding an uncharted island whitch brings me to another problem uncharted islands ARE SO FREACKIN HARD TO FIND! I have not found one and the mermaid kelp reward is too many lifetime rewards you will never get it so as fun as I thought it was when I first got it just kinda got boring now do I recomend yes it's not a waste of money it is fun but it just drags on but the thing is you can always come back to the aspects of it.
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    17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    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.
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    47 of 78 people (60%) found this review helpful
    92 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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    Posted: September 30
    i would have to agree with everyone else. it's an amazing game!!!! but the lag caused by it just makes it pretty much unbarable.
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    Posted: September 22
    It makes my graphics card do a high pitch squeel (Asus Strix Radeon R9 390 8GB).
    It then freezes everytime you try to do an action, when I am in the new town.
    However, you can make your sim look like a ♥♥♥♥ while swimming, and for that, its worth it.
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    Posted: September 22
    This has to be the BEST looking DLC of the Sims! Sure, it lags every once in a while for me, but honestly, it really is worth it if it's on sale! Even if it's not on sale it's still worth it, but I would recomend waiting until it's on sale because of the fact that it lags. Other than that, I have absolutly NO complaints!
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    Posted: September 20
    This, Island Paradise and Sunlit Shores (not avail on Steam), are my fav places for my Sims. Not dark and hard to see like some of the other towns. Absolutely recommend!
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    Posted: September 18
    This expansion has many interesting ideas. Resorts are a very interesting system, Diving and Mermaids are kind of neat, and Houseboats and building homes over the ocean are really cool.

    Sadly, the world included does not play well with other DLC. My most recent attempt to get back into this game has required me to use a mod to move my new family out of this world so that I can use the into the future and world adventures mods. I am sure there are easy bugfixes for it, but it frustrates me that I need to abandon what I've done so far in order to use two other DLCs.

    If you wish to take advantage of this expansion's systems, I reccomend starting in another world, one with an Ocean. Most of the issues seem to come form Isla Paradisio itself, so you could be safe in, say, Sunset Valley.

    No Reccomendation either way, but I need something for the review, so....
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    Posted: August 7
    I really like The Sims 3: Island Paradise but... its start to lag alot now hmm...
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    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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    Marakusa Myramasa
    Posted: July 4
    Don't listen to the people complaining about lag. They don't have a good enough pc.
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    Posted: June 30
    Don't buy it. It's completely unoptimized for any PC rig and will make your whole game lag like ♥♥♥♥.

    It's got cool features but.. cmon EA ♥♥♥♥ing don't realise unfinished stuff.
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