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The Sims 3 Island Paradise

Updated on May 21, 2013

The Cover

This is the cover of the Sims 3 Island Paradise EP.
This is the cover of the Sims 3 Island Paradise EP. | Source

What is this EP About?

The Sims 3 Island Paradise is the newest installment of the Sims 3 franchise. It is a tropical themed EP with many new activities, hobbies and skills for your Sims. There is also a little bit of open for business from the Sims 2, for those who miss it. You can now run a resort - build it from the ground up, get reviews and hire staff.

There is an awesome new addition: the houseboat. You can build houseboats - they can have a deck where your Sim steers and tans when necessary. Your Sim can also go diving and discover treasures or get eaten by a shark.

After this one, we have one expansion left before the Sims 4 comes out.

This one has many new styles of CAS items available as well as some amazing surprises when it comes to build mode. It has the following new lot types:

  • Underwater/Ocean
  • Resort
  • Port

There are lots of new things that you will be able to do that you were not able to do before at all. Chief among them are living in a houseboat and being able to run a resort.

You will also be able to run stands and shops.

You will sometimes be able to build buildings underwater. You will also be able to explore lots and gain access to only certain parts of them.



Producer Walkthrough

Features

Boats
Resorts
Sims can live in houseboats. Players can build houseboats.
You can build resorts - you can even get your Sim to run one.
There are several types of new boats, including paddle boats!
Your resorts can range from cheap motels to 5-star hotels!
Boats can be used for traveling.
New blueprints to build resorts quickly
Sims can take playable careers as lifeguards at the beach
Sims can take playable careers as lifeguards at the beach | Source

About The Sims 3 Resorts

Resorts are a new type of lot that you can build from the ground up, get blueprints for, buy or download. To zone them, you will need a rabbithole tower when the game comes out. The size of the tower depends on the size of your lot.

Having a Resort

Having a resort is not cheap. You may want to start somewhere with the blueprint mode. You can, however, make your resort look however you want. Obviously having a resort has certain start-up costs and you will need to buy the reception desk, along with the tower.

You will be able to sort buy mode differently to see what is related to the resort. You will need to hire staff eventually, but a small family can run a small resort. The more popular your resort gets, the dirtier it will get, so you will need to hire maintenance.

Amenities:

Your resort will have certain amenities. You should pace yourself but spend the money you have. The resort has a new food stand and buffet tables. You can choose the type of food that these buffets will have and this will affect the price and the way your guests react. The more amenities you have your resort will become popular - as long as you are getting good reviews.

Staff:

You may choose not to hire staff when you first start your resort. Your family can run all amenities if you want to. However, hiring staff is easy and can help a lot once you are expanding. You may need to hire mixologists, maintenance workers and others.

Don't worry, you don't have to run a resort if it's too stressful. Your Sim can always just go to one to relax and do firewalks, go scuba diving or go water skiing.



The Sea Holds Many Secrets

About Houseboats

You can have all sorts of houseboats in this game. You can redecorate them to ensure that they fall in line with your Sim's personality or make amazing boats for your super rich Sims.

There is a lot of flexibility when it comes to building boats. When you watch the producer walkthrough, you see the great variety that is available. Houseboats are built on barges, which come in different sizes. There are also curved barges available. This post can give you an idea of all the different ways that a houseboat can look and how much flexibility you can have with building a houseboat, if you don't have a chance to watch the producer's walkthrough above.



Snorkeling and exploring underwater are great new ways for your Sims to spend time off work
Snorkeling and exploring underwater are great new ways for your Sims to spend time off work | Source

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Mystical Creature

Your Sims can now turn into mermaids! You can go deep underwater with them.

Mermaids have tails in the water. The term mermaids refers to both mermaids and mermen.

Swan paddle boats are the often the most fashionable choice
Swan paddle boats are the often the most fashionable choice | Source

Things to do in Isla Paradiso

The new neighborhood is called Isla Paradiso. You can discover new uncharted islands there, or simply take a break and go to your neighbor's house in your houseboat. Get tan on the way there or fish from your boat.

Your houseboat doesn't mean isolation. Even if you are out at sea, a repairman will come to you in a boat, knowing how important it is that you has a working toilet. Need to go somewhere but can't take your boat? Just call a boat taxi to take you to your next event.

You can scuba diving or boat paddling. Get a little more serious and become a resort manager or turn your love for the beach into helping others and become a bodyguard.

You can have really fancy houseboats if you want, but you may not always be able to afford that
You can have really fancy houseboats if you want, but you may not always be able to afford that | Source

New Collectibles

  • Found items when exploring - these can be crafted into jewelry
  • Sea Shells
  • Tropical Fish
  • Messages in a Bottle

New Sea Life:

  • Sharks
  • Octopi
  • Sea turtles

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