Here we are with the eleventh generation and tenth expansion pack, Island Paradise. I haven’t yet formed much of an opinion on this pack as a whole: I installed it at the same time as Seasons and a bunch of store content, and they’ve all kind of blended together in my mind.
I do, however, have very fond memories of the world, Isla Paradiso, because it was the first one I played on the brand new gaming PC I’d just bought at the time, with weather turned on and all the graphics options on max. It was also where I began to supplement my building with a bit of sim-focused play, and even started my favourite legacy family, the Newfolds.
I was so happy to leave my tiny screen and integrated graphics card behind me that I didn’t even notice the lag for which, I’m sure you’re aware, Isla Paradiso is infamous. Nonetheless, to make sure I have the best possible experience this time round, I’ve taken the precaution of replacing default .world file with ellacharmed’s fixed version.
Our heirs this generation are cousins Garland Earthsong-Durelli and Tristan Holcomb-Jobb, and their friend Freila Ne’Xafughos-Hai. I decided to move out all their parents and siblings for this one, because a lot of the pack’s features are quite involved, and I don’t want to divide up my attention any more than necessary.
Garland is going to be our lifeguard. As far as professions go, I don’t mind this one too much, although I can’t promise I’ll make it all the way through his lifetime wish of rescuing fifty sims. Garland’s traits are dramatic, loves to swim, loves the outdoors, good, athletic, and daredevil; his favourites are island life music, grilled salmon, and lime green. I got rid of his leafy plantsim accessory because it looked weird when I put him in normal clothes, but he is still a fairy/plantsim hyrbid. Garland has a girlfriend called Courtney, whom you’ll meet soon enough, but they’re in no rush to move in together.
With Tristan, we’ll be exploring the new scuba diving skill, and working towards earning 40,000 simoleons from selling diving collectables. I gave him the savvy seller trait in the hopes that consigned fish and shells (if they even can be consigned?) would count. His other traits are brave, gatherer, loves to swim, loner, and supernatural fan, and his favourites are island life music, fish & chips, and the colour grey. [Update: Shells can’t be consigned, but fish can be and do count towards the LTW.]
Freila is a witch/fairy hyrbid with 25% alien DNA. She loves the heat, is handy, and is a perfectionist, sailor, and angler. Her favourites are beach party music, lobster thermidor, and lime green. Freila will be taking us through some of the new resort features. I’d say that the most enjoyable way to experience these is definitely as a first-generation sim struggling to make ends meet. With a wealthy family like ours who can build anything they want right away, I don’t really know how much there will be for me to show off, but this is a key feature of the pack so I’ll do my best.
Garland, Tristan, and Freila will be living on a houseboat, at least until their family expands. I tried to make something that would look a bit like a yacht rather than just a regular house floating on a barge, but it came out kind of deformed. It would have been nice if this EP had provided a few more build pieces to help us make different types of boat.
The boat was far too small for a full scale house warming party, so Tristan just invited his parents round for dinner.
The following morning, Garland sped off on his jet ski for his first day of work as a lifeguard.
Unfortunately, when he arrived at the beach he somehow got reset back to the houseboat, and the work opportunity disappeared. I was able to send him back to the beach to survey the area, but no one needed rescuing all day.
Tristan, meanwhile, went snorkeling in the ocean to raise his scuba diving skill.
Since his and Garland’s activities might take a little while to get the hang of, I’ve decided to hold off opening a resort for the first week or so. I’m hoping to discover a few hidden islands, so maybe one of them will make a good spot for it. Until then, Freila will be perfectly content to spend her time fishing from her little sailboat.
After reaching level two of the scuba diving skill, Tristan was able to visit the easiest dive lot, Rocky Reef.
He caught various fish and harvested some kelp.
I saw a shark over on the other side of the lot, but Tristan kept a safe distance from it.
He explored an underwater cave system, where he discovered an alternative exit, but he wasn’t skilled enough to swim out through it just yet.
That evening, Garland took his girlfriend Courtney Crumplebottom-Cuffs out dancing at the Paradise Pub.
The couple have been dating since university, and share the the good and loves the outdoors traits.
Tristan and Freila relaxed at the beach, roasting their best catches over a fire pit.
Rajan stuck around after Tristan had gone home to bed, and Freila discovered that they share the handy and schmoozer traits.
As soon as they’d become friends, she rolled a wish to kiss him.
Garland’s second morning on the houseboat got off to a bad start, when he was hit by seasickness. I bought everyone the ‘strong stomach’ lifetime happiness reward after that.
He had the day off work, so, as soon as he’d recovered I had him spend some time running laps around one of the islands.
Because leveling up the athletic skill earns lifeguards work experience, in the space of about six hours Garland had been risen from level one to level seven of his profession, which I think is far too much. Now, you could argue that this is an exploit, and that I needn’t have used it; I certainly would have stayed clear of the skill altogether if I’d known what a dramatic impact it would have. But really I think it’s reasonable to expect that sporty lifeguard sims will want spend some of their free time doing activities that raise their athletic skill.
When he became fatigued, Garland went to the beach to soak up some sun.
He ran noticed that Courtney was there too, as was Garland’s cousin, Tristan’s little sister Sheri.
They all had fun splashing about in the water.
Isla Paradiso is a really beautiful world. I love that you can see sharks swimming from above the water surface.
Watch out, Tristan!
I don’t actually think they can attack sims unless they’re down in one of the underwater dive lots, although that was exactly where Tristan was headed. He explored the caves some more, caught a crab, and stopped to say hello to Rajan, who was also diving at Rocky Reef that day. [Update: Sharks can actually attack sims above the surface.]