Freila and Rajan had their wedding in the back yard.
It was a nice excuse to get my old sims together again. Here are Rosanna and Marika relaxing on the kitchen patio.
Mira played a game of Gnubb with her grandma.
The next day, Ithamar had a birthday party.
His dad aged up too, finally ditching the underwater sunglasses. Now he has a new hairstyle in his mermaid form that I don’t know how to change, but I think it looks kind of okay. He’s also started swimming properly again, rather than waddling about on his fins.
Garland rescued his fiftieth sim, completing his lifetime wish. This one took a long time, but it is achievable.
Mira and Ithamar went wind surfing.
Eventually Mira and Lavanya’s birthdays rolled around and I decided to place and rent out for them one of my favourite venues, InvisibleLyndz’ Oceane Waterpark. Isn’t it stunning?
I gave Mira the ambitious trait, and her sister rolled good sense of humour.
I had invited all the neighborhood children and teens to come and celebrate with them.
At this point I felt like I’d covered most of the features well enough and stopped taking regular pictures, but when Ithamar grew into his tail I did make sure to get one shot of him with his family.
So that was Island Paradise. I did enjoy myself, but I think this is the only generation so far that’s resulted in me lowering my opinion of the expansion pack I was playing. Everything was just so buggy! I think the pack also feels pretty sparse, especially in comparison to University Life and Supernatural (and maybe even Seasons, which somehow ended up having the most parts). I like the scuba diving a lot, and running a resort can be fun under the right circumstances, but I’d already explored those things pretty thoroughly when I first got the pack. The lack of really deep, interesting systems made the bugs all the more glaring, because I wasn’t simultaneously making exciting discoveries to counterbalance them.
It’s probably also the case that this pack isn’t served very well by the focused style of play this legacy entails. I love having my families go surfing at the weekends, or fishing from their boats, but those just aren’t the kinds of activities that it’s really fun to build a whole sim around. I had quite bad lag on the houseboats, but otherwise Isla Paradiso seemed to run fine with the fix I was using. It’s also in my opinion the most beautiful world, and one I’d be delighted to return to either for a vacation or to stay, provided the sims I was playing had a robust set of goals and interests not limited to Island Paradise content.