We have been invited by EA Benelux to visit a presentation of The Sims 3 Island Paradise on 29 May.
We also got the chance to play The Sims 3 Island Paradise. You can read this preview to find out our thoughts.
- 1 Loading screen
- 2 The new world: Isla Paradiso
- 3 Private lots
- 4 Houseboats
- 5 Resorts
- 6 Scuba diving skill
- 7 Uncharted (hidden) Islands
- 8 Sailing and other activities on the water
- 9 New interactions and objects in the buy and build mode
- 10 The new creature: Mermaid
- 11 New career (profession) as lifeguard
- 12 Lots that are partially placed over the water
- 13 New traits, lifetime wishes and lifetime rewards
- 14 Collectables
- 15 New music
- 16 New cheat
- 17 Create a Sim (CAS)
The new world: Isla Paradiso
Isla Paradiso is a new world included in The Sims 3 Island Paradise.The world consist of several large and small islands, some of them which still need to be discovered by your Sims because they are so far unknown (uncharted). The main island has colourful buildings and community lots. There are several diving spots where your Sims can dive and there are also 3 resorts available in Isla Paradiso: a beach resort, a modern resort and a Spanish styled resort. Besides that Isla Paradiso is just like a normal world where your Sims can permenantly live, unlike the World Adventures expansion pack where they could only go on a vacation.
In The Sims 3 Island Paradise you can own multiple private lots where your Sims can live. Private lots can be normal houses, houseboats, resorts and lots on a (uncharted) island. For example, suppose your Sims live in a normal house. Next they can buy a houseboat or a resort via the telephone. They then become owner of the lot and that lot becomes their private lot. If a Sim discovers an uncharted island, it also will become a private lot. Private lots where Sims can live are indicated with a new purple icon. Your Sims can live on one lot at the same time (their main residence), but they can always swap between private lots.
Take for example your Sims move to their houseboat, their normal house will change from ‘main residence’ to ‘private lot’. The houseboat will then become their main residence until they decide to move somewhere else. Your Sims will retain ownership of all private lots.
Houseboats are new in The Sims 3 Island Paradise. A houseboat can be seen as a complete house on a floating platform which you can use to travel around the world. There are several platforms to build a house on:
Barge, Small – 10×8
Barge, Medium – 15×10
Barge, Large – 20×15
Barge, Narrow – 14×6
Curved Bow, Narrow – 14×6
Curved Bow, Wide – 12×8
The building options for houseboats are the same as for normal houses. The only difference is that you can place walls up to the edge on houseboats. You can place walls, objects, normal roofs and even basements (which you are not able to look outside from) on your houseboat. You’re also able to place swimming pools on the first floor or higher on your houseboat. It’s not possible to build a swimming pool in the basement or on the deck (ground floor). Sadly it’s not possible to place pre-exisiting houses on a platform to make it into a houseboat. This is because houseboats are a new type of lot. However, you can place a houseboat on a matching empty houseboat lot. There are five pre-made houseboats available in the library in the game (lot bin) and a few more to find in Isla Paradiso. With Edit Town you can place houseboats at a port.
To save space you can now also place ladders. Adult Sims will carry toddlers with one arm as they climb the ladder. You can even fish on your houseboat if there is enough space on the deck (there must be a clearance of at least three tiles lond and two tiles wide to fish).
In The Sims 3 Island Paradise your Sims can stay in luxury resorts or try to run their own. Infants, toddlers, children and pets are allowed at resorts. If you Sims check-in at a resort, they have the option to stay there for 1 to 4 days. If they want to stay longer, they can prolong their stay by checking in again. You can let one or more Sims from your household check in. If not enough VIP rooms are available at the resort, the remaining family members will stay in the rabbit hole. During your stay you will see other guests in the resort. It should also be noted that resorts only work in normal worlds. You won’t be able to find any in travel destinations from the World Adventures expansion pack or the university area from University Life.
There are new resort-specific blueprints to choose from:
– Guest Rooms
– Resort Dining
– Bars and Lounges
– Pool Area
– Outdoor Party Area
– Ballroom and Wedding Chapel
– Art Gallery
Each tower style will have 3-preset colors. Unfortunately you will not be able to use create-a-style on them. Here are the footprint sizes for the resort towers:
Small Beach Tower = 4×8
Beach Tower = 13×8
Spanish Style = 9×29
Modern Style = 16×22
Keep in mind that you need some spare space for proper routing. For example, the small beach tower needs at least 4×11 square build/buy room.
The Resort Buffet Table is one fo the new items exclusive to a resort. Here you can set different meals for you guests. You can also place a bar or a cooler to provide your guests with snacks. For more information on the resorts you can visit our Sims 3 Island Paradise lessons page.
Scuba diving skill
Scuba diving is a new skill in The Sims 3 Island Paradise. By starting with snorkeling they can improve their scuba diving skills. They can snorkel both in the pool and in the sea. Sims with enough knowledge of the scuba diving skill can explore the wondrous underwaterworld at indicated diving areas. Each diving area requires a certain diving skill level. Hazardous locations require skilled divers. For the most difficult location your Sim needs at least 7 skill points for the scuba diving skill. Diving areas can be found on the map. Wherever you find a red buoy on the water, there is a diving area. Diving areas can aonly be found in the Isla Paradiso world. Unfortunately it’s not possible to add diving areas in other worlds.
You will also see other Sims who live in Isla Paradiso at diving areas. While diving your Sims can encounter kelp, coral and various fish including sharks. The small fish that you normally can catch while fishing also swim around underwater. While diving you can try to catch one with your hands. Caught fish will be added to your inventory. Sharks can attack your Sims, so you better be careful! Furthermore your Sims can discover treasuries and underwater caves while diving. The underwater cave is one of the new places in Island Paradise where your Sims can do Woohoo! Maybe they might even discover a hidden island during their diving trip! There are several underwater caves and not all underwater caves are entirely without risk. Your Sims could encounter the great sea monster (the “Kraken”) at certain underwater caves. This large squid can even attack covered speedboats. They won’t forget an encounter with the Kraken that easily!
Before you go diving it is wise to delete any flesh out of you Sims’ inventory. Sharks are attracted by the fresh meat your Sims carries with them. The chance your Sims will be attacked by a shark is therefore much greater if he or she has meat in it.
While traveling around various islands, you’ll come across treasures and bottles with pieces of a map. If your Sim finds four pieces, check their personal inventory, click on the map fragments, and reconstruct it! Not all uncharted islands can be found with a map, but if there is one, a completed map will show your Sim the way!
Uncharted Islands are discovered in a variety of ways! Play with resorts, scuba dive, and get involved as a local lifeguard for a chance to unlock these secret hideaways. Who knows, the locals (and maybe even a mermaid?) may also help you out. If you discover an uncharted island the fog surrounding the island will slowly fade away, resulting in the uncharted island becoming your private lot. You can build a house or even transform the island into a resort. There may also be hidden treasures on newly discovered islands, so keep your eyes peeled!
Sailing and other activities on the water
There are many new activities for your Sims to do on and around the water. They can go sailing, boating or windsurfing. Below you can find a list of new objects to use on the water:
- Windsurfing Board
There are two types of speed boats, one with and one without a roof. There is also a special windsurfboard for kids. Children can also ride jet ski’s and participate in some other water activities. Boats can only be placed at a mooring post, mooring cleat or on a boattrailer. As with cars, boats (and windsurfingboards and other things) will go in the inventory of your Sim if you’re not using them. You will also see other Sims surfing or sailing around in the world.
New interactions and objects in the buy and build mode
There are many new items added in the buy and build mode. There are 12 new plants outside, some new rocks and two new terrain paints. There is also a built-in bar at the pool. This pool has stools at the edge of the pool so your Sims can easily go to the bar for a drink to enjoy their drinks while they are still in the pool. There is also a new water slide for the pool and beach towels are added so your Sims can enjoy the nice weather at the beach or by the pool. On the beach, your Sims can now build sandcastles and play in the shallow water. Sims can for example splash each other wet and parents can gently play with their toddlers on the waterfront. Your Sims can build different sandcastles. This is some kind of hidden skill such as making snowmen in The Sims 3 Seasons. After a while your Sim will be able to build new sandcastles. After a while our Sim could build 4 different sandcastles: Best Buddies, Outpost, Starfish and Freezer Sand Bunny. Sims can now also relax on the beach on the new beach towels. They can sunbathe, read a book, listen to some music or unfold the parasol. Other Sims out of the world will also make use of the beach and play in the water or relax on a beach towel.
The new creature: Mermaid
Mermaids are the new special creature in The Sims 3 Island Paradise. Unfortunately you can’t create mermaids in CAS, but your Sims can still turn into a mermaid. There are both female and male mermaids. Female mermaids will wear seashell bras in the water. Mermaids are like other Sims fully playable if they are in your household. They can also have babies that automatically become mermaids when they grow up. If mermaids are in the sea or in a pool, they have a tail, but out of the water they have legs (with scales). In the bathtub or whirlpool they will have legs. The legs of a mermaid have scales that can have multiple colors like purple, green, yellow and blue. You can customize the mermaid’s scales/tail color.
New career (profession) as lifeguard
In The Sims 3 Island Paradise, your Sims can become a lifeguard. This profession is similar to the professions in The Sims 3 Ambitions. On the map you can see where there are jobs. This will be a beach where the lifeguard keeps an eye on other Sims and if necessary rescues them. You can let your Sim walk or run along the waterfront but you can also station him at the guard post to oversee the entire beach.
If a Sim is in distress, a large flashing cross over their heads appears as a sign that they are in danger. Some Sims only pretend to be in danger, hoping to attract attention of the lifeguard. Usually it will be fairly quiet on the beach so your Sim can do other things. Be careful though, because before you know it a Sim is in need of help while your Sim is relaxing in the sun… If a Sim is in distress, you can pick them out of the water and perform first aid. The rescued Sim will be very grateful to the lifeguard. Sometimes maybe a bit too much like this Sim who immediately said the lifeguard was handsome and started to flirt with him after he saved her. Unfortunately for her, our Sim was married. Perhaps a profession as lifeguard is better suited for unmarried Sims.
There are no new careers, but your Sims can of course maintain their own resort and in addition they can also register as independent when they master the scuba diving skill. They can also search for diving jobs to earn extra money.
Lots that are partially placed over the water
In The Sims 3 Island Paradise there is a new foundation added so you can build over water. You can also place lots basically everywhere in the World Editor via Edit Town, so you can place lots partially over water now. In Edit Town there are also a few new trees and rocks that you can view below in the thumbnails.
New traits, lifetime wishes and lifetime rewards
Sailors love the open sea and would much rather be on a boat than on land. Their aquatic experience means they are better at catching fish and are less likely to get seasick.
– Your Sim loves being on boats. Cruising around the ocean gives them a mood boost!
– Your Sim has better luck fishing from a boat!
– Your Sim’s stomach doesn’t have much of a problem with the rocking of a boat!
Loves To Swim
These Sims are like fish in the sea and gain a special joy being in the water.
– Your Sim loves to swim. Being in the water gives them a mood boost!
– Your Sim builds Scuba Diving Skill at a faster rate!
– Your Sim can swim for a longer period of time before getting tired!
New lifetime wishes
Deep Sea Diver
The bottom of the ocean hides treasures and creatures never seen by land dwelling Sims. Only the bravest and foolhardy divers can survive the deadly deep searching for underwater riches. Be sure to bring your oxygen tank!
– Master the Diving Skill
– Collect 40.000 Simoleons in Resort Profit
There are mysterious lands yet to be charted by any Sim. To find them, your Sim must set sail, brave the high seas, and dive the deepest oceans. Search high and low for these uncharted islands and claim them as your own!
– Own all Uncharted Islands
Anyone can be a lifeguard, but a Sim that rescues drowning Sims is a true hero! Be a hero in your town.
– Rescue 50 Sims as a Lifeguard
To become a true hotel mogul, your Sim will need to manage employees, maintain a profit, and always satisfy patrons. Once your Sim has created the perfect resort empire, travelers from all around will flock for a chance to stay at your luxurious getaway.
– Own a Five Star Resort
– Collect 40.000 Simoleons in Resort Profit
New lifetime rewards
Strong Stomach (2.000 Lifetime Happiness points)
Nausea and seasickness are things of the past!
Lungs of Steel (15.000 Lifetime Happiness points)
Go Scuba Diving without the fear of running out of air.
Hotel mogul (15.000 Lifetime Happiness points)
Learn to squeeze every ounce of profitability out of your resorts. Hotel Moguls receive a bonus on all resort income.
Mermadic Kelp (25.000 Lifetime Happiness points)
Gives you a bite-sized bit of Mermadic Kelp strong enough to bring out the fish in any sim.
Uncharted Island Map (25.000 Lifetime Happiness points)
If there is a uncharted island to be found, this map will surely reveal it.
Friend of the Kraken (30.000 Lifetime Happiness points)
The fearsome Kraken bows to your will! Boats that you are on will never be targeted by the Kraken. You can also order the Kraken to wreak havoc on any boat that you wish.
There are some new fish that you can catch in Island Paradise:
Now your Sims can collect shells. You can keep track of the shells you’ve found in the Collection Journal.
Ancient Fish Fossil
There are some new spawners in buydebug:
Seashell and Bottle Underwater Spawner
Seashell and Bottle Land Spawner
Non-collectable Sea Life Spawner
Surface Shark Spawner
Underwater Shark Spawner
You can buy Mosquito Repellent for your Sims at the grocery store.
With the new surface shark spawner, you can see sharks swimming on the surface.
There are two new radio stations in The Sims 3 Island Paradise: Beach Party and Island Life. The trailersong Uppsie Bray by The CayMan is a part of the new Beach Party radio station.
discoverAllUnchartedIslands – Grants current active household all undiscovered Islands.
Create a Sim (CAS)
Hair for women
Hair for men
Hair for girls (children)
Clothing for women
Clothing for men
Clothing for boys (children)
Clothing for girls (children)
Clothing for toddlers