The Sims 3: Island Paradise

Common Sense Media says

Expansion pack adds underwater exploration, resort building.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This expansion pack delivers the long-standing tradition of the Sims franchise, allowing players to express their own creativity and make their own decisions. The expansion gives players new areas to explore, but the core mechanics of the game remain unchanged.

Positive role models

Everything is open-ended, meaning Sims can behave well or poorly based on players' choices. Players are encouraged to be good role models, because other Sim characters will react positively if they are treated with respect.

Ease of play

Although players can do whatever they want in this game, in order to succeed, they need to successfully get a job, multitask, and forge complex social interactions. To keep the Sims healthy, players will need to apply themselves and focus their attention to details.

Violence

Sims can taunt, argue, and get into physical fights with each other. Sims with nasty personality traits may actually feel better after beating up another Sim. There are no new examples of violence in this expansion pack.

Sex

This expansion pack does not include any new sexual content. In the base game, however, Sims can have both heterosexual and same-sex relationships and can be seen jumping under the sheets in bed to make "woohoo" (the game's term) -- which is accompanied by groans and giggles.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This is an expansion pack that does nothing more than add new items to the base game, which you have to own to play this add-on. Players are encouraged to continue buying additional expansion packs and items, thereby growing The Sims 3 franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The SIms 3: Island Paradise is an expansion pack to the computer game The Sims 3Players need to have that base game in order to use this title. In addition to providing players with a bevy of new virtual items with which to decorate their house, and new costumes to customize their character, the Island Paradise expansion provides players with new areas to explore, like tropical islands and oceanside resorts. The content in this expansion is no more graphic or objectionable than the content that already exists in The Sims 3.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • building
  • collecting
  • fashion

Skills

Self-Direction

  • self-reflection
  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Responsibility & Ethics

  • fiscal responsibility

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

By design, players must be fully engaged with the game because it requires significant micromanagement skills.

Learning Approach

Players learn how to manage their time and resources simply by playing the game. They will master the art of multitasking and juggling multiple objectives at the same time.

Support

Players are provided with tutorials and information on how to navigate the new areas in the expansion, but in line with theSims 3base game, players are mostly encouraged to figure out things themselves.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • building
  • collecting
  • fashion

Skills

Self-Direction

  • self-reflection
  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Responsibility & Ethics

  • fiscal responsibility

Kids can learn how to manage their time and resources effectively as they live a virtual life and all that it entails -- from keeping their personal hygiene intact to building a house and getting a job. The Island Paradise expansion pack also adds a new element in the way of managing a resort hotel. Kids learn time management, how to use resources, and practice multitasking in this engaging sim.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mark Raby

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

THE SIMS 3: ISLAND PARADISE is an expansion pack for the computer game The Sims 3. It's a robust expansion that adds more than just a slew of new items and outfits for the game. It also adds several new gameplay aspects to the experience, including the ability to dive to the bottom of the ocean floor, manage an island resort, and travel the sea by boat. Players can search for hidden treasure, but must avoid sharks and other underwater hazards that come their way. They can create their own houseboats, mingle with island natives, and even come across mermaids and other fantastical creatures.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As far as expansion packs go, The Sims 3: Island Paradise is more than adequate. The amount of new and unique items that players can use to decorate their virtual homes is vast, and the additional gameplay elements really do help to enhance the experience. Allowing Sim characters to dive underwater and explore a brand new kind of environment is enough to breathe new life into The Sims 3. The level of detail that players can delve into when customizing their island resort -- and the satisfaction they receive from achieving a higher "star rating" -- makes it compelling and worthwhile to really sink your teeth into this expansion pack. Anyone who is already playing The Sims 3 and is looking for a way to expand their gaming experience should be happy with this product.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the consumerism associated with the Sims brand. Do you think the expansion packs are worth the extra money? Does it help expand the game, or does it just make you feel compelled to buy so you can unlock new features that aren't necessarily worth it?

  • Does this expansion pack make you want to venture out on an island vacation in real life? Why or why not?

Game details

Platforms:Mac, Windows
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:June 25, 2013
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:T for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence (Mac, Windows)

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymorgan_f74 July 24, 2013
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11
QUALITY
 

Sims 3 Island Paradise = AMAZING!

The Sims 3 Island Paradise is AMAZING!!! I starting playing the Sims 3 when I was 11. The new features involved are awesome, including scuba diving, mermaids and more. Positive message and role models: The game has positive messages and role models because if you don't behave right, you lose friendships, which makes your sims unhappy. Sex: Yes, theres kissing and "wo-hoo". But you can't see anything! At all, so its nothing to worry about. Consumerism: Yeah, you have buy the Sims 3, and playing this will make you want EVERY EXPANSION PACK. But hey, they're great. Drinking: In the Sims 3 Island Paradise there is a new object: The Pool Par. In sims wine is "nectar". Though there is no relation to alcohol, you can tell that it is because if your sims have to much, they go crazy! Overall, it is a great edition to the Sims 3 that you should really have!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old August 16, 2013
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10
QUALITY
 

A great game.

This game is amazing!! I think it is one of the best expansion packs yet. The only violent thing about the expansion pack is that when your Sim scuba dives, there is a possibility that you could get attacked by a shark, but you don't see it, it is a cloud of grey fluffy stuff. You can run your own resort which gives your family a good income and you need to build it and blah.... It is a brilliant expansion pack and you should definitely buy it for you or your kids!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Teen, 17 years old Written byresponsibilityMan432 July 31, 2013
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

this should be for a fifteen year old?

why the hell is this rated as a fifteen???? for gods sake the actual game is only a T! and even then it doesn't deserve its rating. content-wise, this game is suitable for an 8 year old, although i think realistically not many 8 year old's like to play this type of game
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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