The Sims 3: World Adventures



Expansion pack allows Sims to explore exotic cultures.
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Positive messages

The new character traits introduced in the expansion pack are actually all positive: Disciplined, Adventurous and Photographer's Eye. Sims are encouraged to go on vacation to relax and learn.There is a consumerism theme to the game as Sims can acquire artifacts from ruins they explore and sell them at the market. Foreign shops offer a variety of exotic items that Sims can buy for their house back home.

Positive role models

Like The Sims 3, the characters in the expansion pack represent a wide range of personality types, ranging from nasty to noble.

Ease of play

Controls are fairly complicated, and there are a lot of menus and information to digest. Very young players will likey find it overwhelming and/or frustrating.


Sims can learn martial arts in China, spar with other Sims, and participate in ranked matches and tournaments. The emphasis is placed on self-improvement and earning belts rather than beating up as many people as possible. Sims can encounter Mummies in tombs who will attack and infect them with a curse. If the curse is not cured quickly enough, the Sim will perish - or can even become a Mummy themselves.


The expansion doesn't emphasize sex specifically, but all of the behaviors possible in The Sims 3 are possible in the expansion pack as well, including the ability to kiss and have sexual relationships with other Sims.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an expansion pack for The Sims 3, and players must already have a copy of The Sims 3 installed on their computer for the expansion pack to work. The expansion allows Sims to take vacations, and introduces new character traits, skills, items to purchase, and other add-ons.

What's it about?

THE SIMS 3: WORLD ADVENTURES is the first expansion pack for EA's The Sims 3 life simulation, and allows players to take their characters (known as "Sims") on vacation to destinations in Egypt, China, and France. Each new location offers adventures, new people to meet, new items and decor to purchase, and new skills to master. For example, Sims can practice martial arts and meditation in a Chinese martial arts academy , explore ancient Egyptian tombs for treasure, learn the fine art of "nectar making" in France, and take pictures with the new photography skill. With World Adventures installed, players will be able to access a new Travel option from within the main game of The Sims 3 to book a vacation. Vacations only last a few days to begin with, but Sims can earn Visa points that allow them to book longer and longer vacations, up to 15 days.

Is it any good?


World Adventures is a worthy add-on that allows players to explore three distinctly different cultures. Each location boasts the same degree of nuance and attention to detail that has become a hallmark of The Sims franchise, so that the player really does feel immersed in these exotic places. Sims can also complete quests for the locals and explore ruins for treasure, which requires Sims to pull switches, disarm traps, and solve puzzles to open locked doors -- gameplay that is more typical of adventure games. The game's control scheme and camera angles are far from optimized for these kinds of tasks, but the occasional awkwardness and frustration don't dampen the overall experience too much. World Adventures adds even more depth to a game that already has virtually unlimited replay value.

Families can talk about...

  • What was your favorite location to visit, and why?

  • What new things did you learn about each culture by taking virtual vacations there?

  • Are you inspired to visit any of these countries in real-life after experiencing them in The Sims?

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Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:November 17, 2009
ESRB rating:T for Crude Humor, Sexual Themes, Violence

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Teen, 13 years old Written byBayRyder759 August 2, 2010

Really Hard To Understand The Rules

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Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 8 years old July 2, 2015


But is scary.
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Kid, 9 years old April 8, 2014


Knowing if a 7-9 year old played this all the countrys the sim explores a child will save and exit and start to get dolls or action figures and try to act out the sim on theyre adventures.But dont be suprised if your child wants to learn french or go to china...
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