Is there anything The Sims haven’t done or bought yet? They started by building their houses with terrible jobs and a very limited selection of furniture and now has more possibilities than a Risk game. They’ve travelled, gone to college, died, had babies and even faced hordes of zombies. What could possibly be missing in the lives of the most popular digital dwellers in the history of gaming? Well, apparently what’s been missing is a private island (which makes some sort of sense if you come to think about it).
That’s the main addition to the game that comes with The Sims 3: Island Paradise, the tenth expansion for the third installment of the simulation saga. Of course, the new content doesn’t limit to a patch of land mid-ocean but it also brings new toys, clothes and the usual additions as well as a more exclusive set of water-based activities. Incredibly enough, many of them feel fresh and unique and definitely bring something different to the fold, which is surprising given how much water has passed under the proverbial bridge.
As you might expect, living in an island delves around the ocean life, which is the main theme in this expansion. In this way, your Sims will move to a huge world called Isla Paradiso, comprised by new homes, families and communities that are scattered throughout the big archipelago. Developers obviously did this to emphasize how fun all of the included water activities are and I think they just nailed it.
In this way, you’ll have to move around by boat if you’re willing to visit all of your neighbors, explore the area and even discover new island that might serve as a new settlement for you and your family. You can also use the boats to go speed-boating, which is a great way to spend a day of leisure. Of course, this isn’t the only way you can do that.
The Sims 3: Island Paradise also packs other popular activities like snorkeling and diving, which will let you explore the ocean’s bottom and all of its marvels. Well, at least a few of its marvels, since being underwater isn’t as rewarding as you might expect and will probably bore you after a while (there’s a limited amount of shells and seaweed you can admire until your patience runs out). Probably the only especial thing you’ll find down there are mermaids, also a new addition to the series.
There’s more. The expansion also includes all the things you’ll need to adapt your houses to the new setting. It even packs all the required tools for you to construct your own houseboat! Who hasn’t dreamed about a house where you can raise you anchor and take it for a spin? Besides, you’ll have lots of new furniture and decorations to give the paradisiacal look a house in the ocean really deserves.
Finally, it’s worth pointing out that The Sims 3: Island Paradise includes resort management as a new possibility for your Sims to earn their daily Simoleons. In a move directly imported from The Sims’ bigger brother (SimCity, which else?), you’ll now be able to run a resort to attend to your visitors’ needs. Thus, you’ll add amenities, customize each room, define which services it’ll offer and even determine the hourly wage for all your employees. It’s an interesting layer of simulation that never gets in the way of the straightforward experience The Sims has always aimed for. In other words, managing a resort won’t take you infinite adjustments and hours of your life (if you don’t to, at least).
All of these features add up for a great The Sims 3 expansion, something we haven’t seen in quite some time. There’s plenty to do here to keep you entertained for hours and hours to come. And though the underwater experience might have been a lot better, it’s what’s in the surface what really makes The Sims 3: Island Paradise an expansion worth checking out. So, if you’re looking for a way to expand your fun with this classic simulation game, then you definitely have to give it a look.