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Genre: Simulation - Life / DVD-ROM for Windows Vista / Windows XP / Mac OS X / To Be Announced / ESRB Rating: Everyone / Release Date: 2009-11-20 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      03.02.2014 20:45
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      A fab first expansion pack

      * Requires the Sims 3 base game to play *

      World Adventures is the first expansion pack released for the Sims three, and it allows your Sims to go on Holidays to three different locations:
      - Shang Simla (China)
      - Champes Les Sims (Paris)
      - Al Simhara (Eygypt)
      They can partisipate in adventures while they are in any of these locations in return for Money, Visa Points, and other rewards.

      I absolutely love the adventures and the visa points concept, basically if you have never been to a location you can only go for 3 days at a time until you gain enough visa points to get your visa level 1 for that country.
      Visa level 0 = 3 day
      Visa level 1 = 5 days
      Visa level 2 = 8 days
      Visa level 3 = 12 days (I haven't got this far yet)
      The adventures themselves are great fun and involve all sorts of things from simple ones like collecting a few gems for someone or talking to the locals, to more complicated ones that can include finding your way through secret tombs and hunting for treasure, these tombs can take a few days to find your way through and you need to take supplies like a tent and dried food to help you survive the adventure.
      The tombs offer a whole new dimension to the Sims as they require puzzle solving and some of them are really tricky but great fun.

      The expansion pack also adds new things to standard Sims 3 features including:
      New plants
      12 New Gems
      8 New Metals
      9 New Insects
      New furniture and decorating items
      3 New Skills (Martial Arts, Nectar Making and Photography)
      New Traits (Some of which have to be unlocked through game-play)
      New Lifetime Wishes

      This is a great expansion pack and is almost like an entirely different game, there are also so many different elements to it and different things to explore, such as tomb unlocking and relic collecting, it offers hours of game-play on its own.
      I have played it for a few months now and have still not been to Egypt and I only went to France because it was part of an adventure that I started in China, and I am only visa level 2 which means I still have loads to do in China before moving on to Egypt and France.
      Obviously because I work full time and don't spend ages playing games but I think I have put in about 15 hours and so I think there should be at least another 50 hours plus left before I would have finished all the adventures. With the Sims though you can always replay things with different characters or in a different way so there is endless fun to be had,

      If this is an indication of the quality of the Sims 3 expansion packs then there should be some great things to come.

      You can currently pick this expansion pack up for around £20 direct from EA or £10ish on Ebay which is a bargain.

      This review is also on my ciao account under shellyjaneo

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      24.11.2012 16:23
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      Great game, I'd definitely recommend it.

      Having always loved the Sims games, I was extremely happy when the Sims 3 came out on PC because it was something that I had been really looking forward to. As usual, they released a variety of expansion packs since they released the original game, and this was one of them.

      Costing £20 when I bought this game, I thought that it was really rather expensive. However, considering that I had been given a £15 of HMV vouchers for my birthday, I only had to put £5 to it and I thought that this made the game a whole lot more appealing, so I went ahead and bought the Sims 3 World Adventures.

      On the World Adventures game, your Sims are able to travel to new destinations (France, China and Egypt) where they can pick up new skills, learn new recipes, buy wine (or nectar as it is known in the game), learn martial arts, dress like a local from one of the new places you can visit, meet a lot of new Sims, own a holiday house, get visa points to travel more and a lot more besides.

      In my opinion, this expansion pack is well worth getting if you're an avid Sims 3 player because it can greatly enhance the game for your Sims, and therefore make it a more enjoyable game to play. The best bit of this expansion pack for me was the fact that you could go on loads of adventures and go through the tombs and crypts in new countries and get a lot of treasure. This effectively meant that my Sims were able to live without a job, and simply support themselves based on the treasure they had found while they travelled abroad. I found that Egypt was the best place for finding treasures personally, but I guess it would depend on which place appeals the most to you as a player as to which place you would send your Sims to the most often.

      The main negative point I would have with this is that if you want to get your Sims to advance in other countries, you have to complete challenges. To complete these challenges, you have to do the same thing every time. So if you're using a different Sim, they'll have to do the exact same challenge as you've already done with other Sims before, which can get pretty boring, I must admit. Of course, it will be slightly different every time, but the bulk of the tasks are identical, which I think the creators could've done something about, for example changing the items that you find for something completely different each time within the tombs, just to shake it up a bit.

      While this expansion pack can be quite slow to load, I think that it is worthwhile because it enables your Sims to do so much more than they could do before they were able to travel. It can get annoying when you have to sit and wait for 10 minutes for the new land to load (although that's probably more to do with my RAM being pathetic....), but once you're there you can really enhance your Sims' lives.

      Overall, I would say that it is definitely worth purchasing if you're an avid Sims 3 player.

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      24.12.2011 09:52

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      A Great Way To Improve Your Base Game

      In Sims 3 World Adventures, you get great new features. The main feature is that you can go on holiday to three different locations; France, Egypt, and China. Whilst you are there, you can go on adventures like exploring tombs, and earn yourself Visa Points. Visa Points allow you to go away for longer, instead of just being able to go for 3 days.

      You also get new skills to learn. When you are in France, you can go to a Nectar Making Facility and make nectar using any kind of fruit. You can also buy a Nectar Machine and bring it home. It is best that you build a basement, which is another feature, so that your Nectar can age and increase in taste and value.

      You can also become a photographer, with the option to have a photographer trait. This is a way you can earn money, and it is also a skill that Sims can learn.

      Overall, I would say that this Expansion Pack is very good, maybe even the best. It is very fun to play with and a great way to improve your base game.

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      15.09.2011 00:56

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      best expansion so far

      This is a brilliant and highly addictive game! Im a big sims fan, i own near enough every sims game for the pc, although i dont spend hours and hours on these games they can be very addictive because there so much fun. The Sims 3 adventures allows you to complete different tasks and earn the opportunity for your sims to spend longer on holiday, which you have never been able to do in previous sims games, the holiday destinations are also real places and look really detailed. You can search pyramids and get chased by mummys, learn new songs, take pictures, complete tasks and find ancient treasures You can also make friends and people can come and visit your house for 3 days at a time, i especially like the tasks which can be given to you whilst away on holiday, as they actually get you to think about how you can complete it, not all of them are as easy as 123 you need to think about how to do it so you come out of it alive! The sims 3 adventures expansion pack has loads of new décor for your sims homes, clothes and new traits, i think it is one of the best expansion packs as it gives you so much

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      31.07.2011 21:05
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      The second best Sims 3 Expansion pack in my opinion.

      Do you see your sims as budding archaeologists, problem solvers, wine tasters or tomb raiders? How about them being all those things and get themselves visas in three destinations allowing them to even purchase holiday homes! The Sims 3: World Adventures Expansion Pack means you can do all of that with the three exciting locations being China, Egypt and France.

      The game play has more of a story line when your sims travels abroad, they can enrol themselves on missions to earn themselves visa points. Of course there is a lot of new objects, clothing, hair and building materials for you to explore.

      This expansion pack opens the whole game up and makes it so much more interesting to play when you have a goal or two to complete. However, as someone who plays the sims because I like the simulation and strategy of it, I have got half way to getting all the visas and got bored.

      However, the expansion pack is worth all the extra stuff it comes with. I found the expansion pack to be as I expected it to be. It isn't as good as Late Night. I bought it for the new destinations and the objects. The new destinations are great, there is lots to explore making you feel like Indiana Jones or the O'connells from The Mummy. I recommend it to any Simmer who doesnt yet have it in their collection, you're missing out!

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        26.06.2011 01:37
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        Great expansion to the game.Highly recommend *****

        *The Sims 3- World Adventures*


        World Adventures is the first Sims 3 expansion to be released. The game allows you to take Sims on holiday to France, Egypt or China. Previous Sims vacation packs have never used real country names in the game so I thought It made the game a bit more life-like.



        *What's New?*

        Apart from being able to go on holiday there is a wide selection of new skills, traits, adventures and rewards that your Sims can experience.


        *Travel*

        You have three locations to choose from, France, Egypt & China. Each location has different adventures to complete, interesting locals, new skills to learn & dangerous tombs to explore. You can send Sims travelling by using the phone or computer. You will then have the choice of which location you would like to visit and for how long. If you are a beginner traveller with a low Visa level you only have the choice to spend 3 days in each location. To improve your Sims Visa level complete adventures abroad. Once you have returned back from holiday you cannot go back on vacation for another 2 days. Pregnant Sims and infants/toddlers cannot travel, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

        Each of the locations has a Base Camp in which Sims stay while abroad. The base provides them with basic amenities. It is a good place to meet fellow adventurers too! Every Base camp in all three locations has a job board where Sims can check for adventures.



        *Adventures*


        Whilst on holiday you have the option to complete adventures, which are on the job board as mentioned above. Adventures are a good way for a Sim to spend their time in the country, as it lets them explore the area meeting & helping people along the way as well as earning Visa points. Some adventures require you to enter scary tombs to collect relics, where you might bump into a mummy!


        *Adventure Journal*

        All sims have a journal that they use to keep tabs on important information about current adventures. There is information about tomb stats, relic-collecting and facts about each destination.



        *Mummies!*

        Mummies can appear when sims inspect sarcophaguses (coffin basically!) for treasure. They will attack if sims do not flee quickly enough. Mummy snacks can be purchased from the special merchant for ancient coins, the mummy can be distracted with these snacks! If sims are unable to escape the mummy they may be knocked out or cursed!


        *Market*

        Every location has a market place where sims can purchase new items. There are specific markets for different things such as books, food and a general store where you can buy tents, cameras, shower in a can, dried food etc. There are also special merchants in the market place which sell special adventure rewards. They only accept ancient coins which can be found in tombs and treasure chests. Some items require a higher Visa level to purchase.


        *Traits*

        This expansion adds a few new traits for your sims:

        Disciplined- Disciplined sims are the best martial artists, making them learn martial arts more quickly. They are also better at sparring and breaking boards.

        Photographer's Eye- Sims with this trait will learn the photography skill faster. Their photos will also be worth more simoleons (sim money).

        Adventurous- Sims with this trait are...adventurous! They are able to improve their Visa level more quickly, and can go back on holiday sooner than 2 days.


        *Martial Arts*

        Sims are able to learn martial arts in Shang Simla, China. They can visit the academy or purchase a skill book available in China.
        Skilled martial artists can train by sparring with others, meditating, breaking boards and participate in the academy's martial arts tournament. Tournaments are only held in China where martial artists can call other sims and meet for a tournament match.


        *Nectar Making*

        There is a Nectary in Champs Les Sims for sims interested in nectar making! Sims can grow grapes and other fruits, combine them in the machine and stomp them into a fine nectar! Sims can improve the quality of their nectar by storing in a nectar rack. The nectar matures faster if stored in a basement, which is also a new feature of the expansion. Basements are fairly easy to build and are a great addition to the game.


        *Photography Skill*

        Aspiring photographers should first purchase a camera! Cameras can be bought in all three locations, some better and more expensive than others. Photography skills books can be purchased at the Egyptian bookstore.
        When your sims take pictures they are stored on the camera, and can be viewed by clicking on the camera in the sims inventory. There are photo collections in which sims can complete, things like Family, Travel, Still life etc. You have the option to sell the photos but I prefer to keep them, or hang them on my sim's wall!


        There is also a large array of Egyptian, French and Chinese themed items for your home as well as new clothes, hair-dos and makeup. You can even build a pagoda roof for a Chinese feel to the sim's house!



        *Conclusion*

        I like this expansion as it makes the game a bit more 'real'. The adventures are fun and aren't difficult to complete. France is the perfect place to take your sims for a romantic break as it has a very peaceful setting. Egypt is more of an Indiana Jones type place with the sand, tombs and pyramids! China has to be my favourite as it looks very Chinese! It even has the Great Wall of China, impressive!

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          22.06.2011 01:10
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          worth the price tag.

          Okay, I'm going to put it out there: we bought this expansion pack because my husband saw a Sim doing martial arts on the box. Yes, seriously.

          At the time we paid £30 for the game (on it's release.) Seemed a lot pricey as we bought the base game (Sims 3) for £24.99, however once we installed and then played it the price seemed fully justified.

          Not only were your Sims able to catch a plane to THREE different destinations but there are challenges, new items and even more clothes and hair styles for your Sims.

          Each destination has a 'base camp' - basically where your Sim rests their head, has a shower and eats. Outside each base camp is a board full of adventures for your Sims to complete.

          On the three destinations:

          Al Simhara, Egypt: Explore tombs (remember to pick up dried food, shower in a can and a tent from the market shop), Pyramids and basements - but be careful you don't bump into a Mummy ;). Find treasure chests full of all kinds of prizes; gold coins, precious gems and even Mummy fragments. In the market place you can also buy an exotic snake in a basket - which you can charm out of the basket.

          Champs Les Sims, France: They say that France is the country for lovers, well it's never more true in the Sims. Hook up with a sexy French Sim and learn French songs to charm your sweetheart. Or go on adventures exploring the Celtic ruins or uncovering mysteries ala The Da Vinci code at the museum.

          Shang SimLa, China: Every Sim was Kung fu fighting! Hit the Kung Fu gyms of Shang SimLa, hit some boards or practice your new moves on a wooden dummy and take it one step further in competition with other Sims until you become a Disciplined Master of the Arts (martial arts, of course.) Or for your more sedentary Sims why not check out the cafes in town and enjoy the delights of pancake rolls and fortune cookies?

          Before you travel make sure you have your finances in order; you'll want to bring home souvenirs and items that you can't buy anywhere else and not only that but it costs thousands of Simeloens to travel.

          Want to stay longer? Complete enough adventures to earn Visa Points and you can stay longer and longer in the country of your choosing. When your reach the maximum allowance of Visa Points you'll even be allowed to build a holiday home in the country of your choice.

          Some added extras: Once home you can "Invite Foreign Visitors" to your home. Make sure you have somewhere for them to sleep or they'll feel very uncomfortable (unless you're romantically involved, of course.) Sims can marry Sims from other countries.

          Sims can dress like an Egyptian Queen, or a stylish French person and choose from a selection of beautiful Chinese outfits. And lest we forget that Sims can sport the "Indiana Jones" look - perfect for exploration!

          There is more music content from each of the three added countries and I quite like these; it's different from the run of the mill songs that came with the Sims 3.

          Overall the game is a hit in this household, the only downside is finding time to play it as The Sims can while away the hours quite nicely.

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            10.05.2011 13:48

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            A good game but you might not use it too often.

            If you would like the option for your Sims to explore new places then this is probably the expansion pack for you. You can make your sims visit Egypt, China or France where they can discover gems and lost collectables in tombs or out and about. There are also several new food options with several dishes that your sims can learn which are suitable to each of the new locations such as crepes, frogs legs and falafel.

            Your Sims can also buy a holiday home (f they have the Simoleons for it!) and they can also improve their passport so that they can stay in each of the locations for longer. They can do this by going on set tasks such as to explore a certain tomb or to talk to some of the locals. Your sims can also learn the martial arts skill which is particularly cool.

            It is a good game however I find that I hardly ever use it while I am playing. At first I would make my sims go on holiday but now I find that I almost ignore it, it has been pushed to the side by some of the other expansion packs. Although, it is nice to have the option to travel to these places. Saying that it does take a while for each location to load!

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            09.11.2010 22:22
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            Worth the cost!

            I remember playing the original Sims 10 years ago, a lot has happened in that time. We have seen multiple expansions for the original Sims as well as Sims 2 and a plethora of expansions for them. However, now is the age of Sims 3, and it claims its own fame.
            -Game play-
            This one is different your Sims can go anywhere now at any time in the town, no pausing like it use too. This is different than the others and a very welcome change. Now you don't have to spend forever staring at that same house, or when you do decide to go anywhere you do not have to wait for those loading screens of death lol. You can just flip back and forth and watch the camera zoom around.
            Another good fun thing in the Sims 3 is your Sims are not helpless little pups requiring all your attention. They must have increased the AI in this game because you can turn the game into your own little "bug-in-a-box" show. Just sit back and watch, they are capable of taking care of themselves now... to an extent. Also, the expansions are magnificent, a buddy of mine who LOVES the game more than I do, went out and got it first day, and sat there with his little Sims 3 manual and played straight through doing all the nifty little things. Personally I took my time, its more fun to discover on your own.

            -Graphics-
            Better than the others of course, as each new game does. However, the extent of the game and its graphics does require a decent computer, although what game does not nowadays?! The graphics are dazzling though, I especially like the graphics for the neat places in the expansions.

            -Overall-
            I'd rate this game a 4/5

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            28.09.2010 19:06
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            An entertaining addition.

            The first expansion pack for The Sims 3 and I was expecting it to be like the Bon Voyage expansion pack for The Sims 2 in that you just send your sim off on holiday and they see the sights. For me Bon Voyage quickly became boring but with World Adventure, I found myself enthralled.

            Firstly, there are new traits so you can create a disciplined or adventurous sim that finds it easy to become an explorer. There are new outfits to dress them for the Egyptian desert, the Chinese pagoda or the art galleries of France. At first it seems as though there isn't much for your money because there isn't an abundance of new clothing or hairstyles but once you get into the game this feeling is lost.

            Unlike Bon Voyage, World Adventure is not purely a sand box game, instead it contains challenges, made up of short tasks for your sim to follow. These are simple enough for younger players to complete as they often involve finding a way into and around a tomb, by finding secret doors, finding keys to open locked doors and, as your sim progresses through the challenges, they get to fight off the odd mummy. Even though the challenges are simple, they do not become boring but I think that is because there are so many tombs to explore, especially in Egypt. The hunt to collect relics also keeps the game interesting and means that your sim can make money from their explorations, of course the rarer the relic the more money they will receive. A further way in which the game is kept interesting is through the new skills that your sim can gain in the three different destinations, for instance, in France, your sims can learn how to make nectar. Of course you can still just send your sim for a holiday and even this has a new skill to liven it up; photography. Cameras can only be bought in the destinations but can be used back at your sims home.

            The hotels where your sims stay aren't like the hotels that were to be found in The Sims 2 Bon Voyage expansion pack in a number of ways. Firstly, there is only one hotel or as they are call it in World Adventure, a base camp, in each destination, so there is no choice of hotel at differing prices like there was before. Secondly, there is no choosing of a room that remains just your sim's for the duration of their stay, it is more like one big communal home, where other sims from the town or who are visiting can walk around the room your sim is sleeping in. You can have your sim buy their own holiday home or empty lot, and there are new building tools that help you get the look, such as pagoda style roofs.

            A similar feature in World Adventure to Bon Voyage is that your sim is only allowed a visa for three days to begin with. In World Adventure, the sim then has to stay in their home town for a certain amount of time before being allowed to go back to one of the destinations, even if they have a holiday home there, but the more they visit the longer they can stay. One feature I thought was a good improvement on the Bon Voyage game was that sims can now, through the computer or phone, book their holiday and a taxi comes straight away, rather than having to choose the specific day you wanted your sim to go like in the older game.

            This is a good first expansion pack for The Sims 3, which has some entertaining challenges. Again, the destinations look great and there are lots of areas to explore.

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              12.08.2010 16:39
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              A fun game but with a limited shelf life. Personally, I prefer the 'Ambitions' expansion

              Introduction
              The Sims 'World Adventures' is the first expansion pack released for popular life simulation game 'The Sims 3'.The game gives players the chance to send their sim families off to explore three new, exotic vacation travel destinations. In addition to exploring new destinations, buying specialised local goods and learning new skills, this expansion adds an element of puzzle solving game play and mini games.

              Features
              3 new vacation towns to explore - Shang Simla (China), Al Simhara (Eygpt) and Champs Les Sims (Fance).
              New skills - learn martial arts in China, buy a camera to learn the photography skill and capture precious vacation memories, or learn the art of Nectar (wine) making in France.
              New traits, clothes, hairstyles and more.
              New objects - Tents, scooters, cameras, nectar (wine) racks and more

              Advantages
              The most obvious source of fun and profit in the new towns is the adventure board. Here you'll find messages from locals who need help, and they will ask you to complete mini missions such as collecting precious metals, influencing other locals, or exploring tombs. Of all these tasks, exploring the tombs is the most outwardly exciting in my opinion. Tombs and pyramids range in size from small to large. Some of the larger ones will take so long for your Sim to explore that they may have to sleep there overnight in a tent. They will need to pack dried foods and other survival essentials in order to survive. It's fun and sims with the new 'Adventurous' trait will love it.
              Most tombs and pyramids are full of ancient treasures and relics just waiting to be discovered, which can later be sold on for profit. In fact by selling these ancient objects, your sim can often make back the price of the vacation plus profit! Personally, I like my sims to keep their treasures as they make cute decorations to display round the home. You can buy lots of cute souvenirs too - my favourite being the mumified teddy bear from Egypt. I love filling my sims family homes with cute little knick knacks like this.

              I've read that some gamers find the new adventure based gameplay a bit too easy? I guess this is down to personal opinion but so far I haven't found this to be a problem. The mini game element is a completely new aspect of Sims gameplay, one which hasn't really featured in other expansions. Therefore, it would be unrealistic if EA had made this gameplay really hard and challenging. And anyway, when you first start vacationing, you can only stay in your vacation destination for 3 days. If the adventure gameplay was any more challenging, it would be impossible to complete within this timeframe.

              The new scenery is absolutely beautiful. With a decent graphics card, you'll find the new views breathtaking. I particularly like the cute, quaint feel of France (though it is admittedly, probably the least interesting of travel destinations). And these new views make the addition of the new photography skill even more enjoyable! I study photography at Uni so it was lovely to have my sims being able to practice their own photography skills by taking pictures the beautiful, scenic landscapes. These pictures can then be framed and placed round sims homes as a memento of the trip. The cute new buyable scooter is also perfect for enjoying this view as you zoom across the new landscapes.

              Disadvantages
              Unfortunately, the idea of taking a family vacation isn't terribly attractive in this game, in fact it's less of a holiday and more of a struggle. You see the new puzzle, mini-game based gameplay is aimed at one sim at a time. What this means is that if you have a sim exploring a tomb, all of your attention will have to be on said sim in order to move them successfully through the puzzles and challenges of the tomb. If you are trying to do this as well as flicking to other other members of the family at the same time, its near impossible. This is great if you prefer single sim families but what about those who enjoy playing large families? Unfortunately all the vacation towns are designed in the same way. Out of the three vacation towns, 'Champ les sims' is probably the most family orientated but even so, who would want to take their child to a wine making building? (ok it's called 'Nectar' but it really is wine, just with a PG version name...). It wouldn't be so bad if some of the new towns were family orientated and some were single sim orientated but to me, all three destinations seemed to be designed towards single, adult sims.

              I also find the Visa system to be just plain ridiculous. Completing task for locals and exploring tombs earns you 'Visa points'. Some of these tasks are fun and some are dull. Personally, I didn't enjoy running around the map to collect precious gems or having to waste precious vacation time making small talk with locals in order to just to ask them a question I had been ordered to ask. The more Visa points you earn, the longer you can holiday in a vacation town. Essentially, this means that while the adventures displayed on the 'Adventure Board' are optional, at some point you sim will have to do them, if they wish to ever be allowed to holiday somewhere for longer than 3 days at a time (and when you take into account that your sim still has to take care of their basic needs such as sleep, shower, eat etc, then 3 days isn't long at all). Considering vacations aren't exactly cheap (you'll need to pay for the cost of the trip plus you'll need at least a 1,000 in spending money too) you're essentially paying a large amount of money to stay for a measly three days.

              Egypt for example, is impossible to explore in only three days. It has lots of swirly, undriveable sandy roads and pathways. This means that your sim often finds themselves legging it across the desert instead of using transport to get to new locations. Some of the pyramids in particular, can take over 3 sim hours just to travel there and that's before you've even started exploring them which takes even longer! 3 days is not enough to do anything useful and so sadly, wherever you want to or not, you'll find yourself succumbing to the Adventure board at some point. Unless of course you don't mind cheating? Because I'm sure there will be a mod to remove this stupid visa system at some point, that's if there isn't one already. In fact a quick goggle search shows that there are at least mods available to speed this pointless process up.

              Price
              As I write this it's currently £13.99 on Amazon. This is a good deal I think.

              Conclusion
              EA have been making holiday based expansion packs since way back in the days of the original 'The Sims' game. It's certainly not an original concept and I had hoped they'd be more original with their first expansion pack for The Sims 3. However, the new mini game, puzzle solving gameplay does at least show some originally and is fun for a while at least. The souvenirs are cute and the pack is worth it for the new objects it provides, if not for the actual vacations themselves!

              I'd recommend this to anyone who mainly enjoys playing single sim families as it is these families which vacations are mainly catered too.
              A good effort but I prefer the second expansion pack 'The Sims 3 Ambitions'.

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              06.07.2010 16:45
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              At least adds a bit more to a very sparse base game.

              'World Adventures' is the first Expansion Pack for the 'The Sims 3' life simulation game. It was quite an odd idea to have a vacation pack be the first expansion for a Sims game, and the news was received with a lot of mixed feelings. Many players, myself included, would have preferred something more along the lines of the 'Nightlife' pack, one of the very first expansions for The Sims 2, which added more social interactions along with the ability to go on dates, go out on the town and party, and other fun stuff. The concept of simply adding holidays to an already lacking-in-content base game didn't sound so hot. So, is this pack worth getting?

              I do think it is. As well as the going-on-holiday bit, it also adds new objects, skills and various other bits and pieces, which do make it worth having. You get quite a few new clothing items and a few more hairstyles, both of which were sorely needed. The new skills of photography, martial arts, and nectar (wine) making, give your sims a few more things to do, which was very lacking in the base game. Your sim gets to take photos with a handheld camera, practise their martial arts skills on a dummy and a block-breaking stand before trying them out on other sims, and learn to brew and age 'nectar' with their own home grape-stomping barrel and nectar machine. There are also new character Traits to go along with these new skills.

              You also get a new supernatural, a Mummy. Though I still want Vampires, Aliens, Zombies and Werewolves as in The Sims 2, darn it! Bring back the alien abductions, I say!

              There are new decorative objects and a new vehicle, a scooter. Another good thing about some of the new objects is their mod-ability: I've wanted a motorcycle in the game, and hopefully it won't be long now before we see the scooter cloned by modders and some motorcycles created. The best new object, for me, is the cash registers - these are coded to generate a sim to stand behind them and sell items such as food, books and nectar (one type of item per cash register). They were made for the stores and cafes in the holiday destinations, but you can get mods that enable you to unlock these and use them yourself back in your home town in the creation of your own community lots. This way, you can create your own restaurants, pubs and so on where you can actually watch your simmies eat, drink and be merry like in The Sims 2, rather than having them disappear into one of the rabbit-hole lots that came with the Sims 3 base game.

              Also with this expansion pack, and also with one of the recent update patches to the base game for those who don't have World Adventures, you acquire a new Basement Tool that allows you to create true basements for the first time.

              So, on to the holiday side of things. Your sims have a choice of three new holiday destinations: Sim-world versions of France, China and Egypt. These are actually nicely-done - the scenery and the layouts of the three locations are very pretty and they capture the flavour of each country well, albeit in a cliched way. Background music also changes to a style of music associated with each country as well. In your travels, as well as meeting the locals you also meet other tourists, dressed in traditional 'explorer'-type gear such as safari-style suits and hats so they're easily identifiable from the locals. You can befriend fellow explorers and locals as well, and even marry them if you so choose.

              When you arrive at your holiday destination, you will start off at a Base Camp, which will either consist of camping out in tents or staying in a hostel. From here, you can go out and explore the sights, and at some point you will get an 'Opportunity' pop-up from one of the locals asking you to carry out a task for them. You can either agree, or cancel. In any case, at all three locations you will find that most assignments are to do with exploring a tomb of one sort or another. (Hence why the new Basement Tool that was added in the expansion pack!) This is where the RPG elements referred to in the title of this review kick in.

              Before going tomb-raiding, be sure to go to the local store and stock up on items such as tents, food and Shower-In-A-Can and put them in your Inventory, because you will need them. You will be descending one or more levels underground and your task may take more then one day; also, sometimes it can be hard to get out again and you don't want your simmie to die of hunger or to keep whining about needing to sleep or bathe. Progress through the tombs will be by solving puzzles that open big heavy ancient doors, or by diving into wells and surfacing in another area of the tomb, so be prepared for a long haul. Your goal will be along the lines of finding precious gems and other valuables, and discovering some ancient secrets.

              The gameplay of all this is quite fun, a lot of it is rather cute, and it's nice for your simmies to have some activities they can do after how bare-bones (and really somewhat boring) the base game is. The problem is that it is all very repetitive - the tomb-raiding is very similar in each country, and once one of your sim families explore and plunder a tomb, it doesn't reset - if you send another family there, they will find it already plundered. I believe there are mods that fix this non-resetting problem, although I have not tried them myself as once I've been to one tomb I haven't sent anyone else to the same one. But be warned, players have found this disappointing.

              Needless to say, with the addition of the Mummy as a new supernatural character, if your sim is unlucky (or lucky, depending on how you think of it), they may encounter a mummy when opening a tomb and be cursed. Sims can also sleep in a Cursed Sarcophagus and become mummies themselves! (This can be reversed by sleeping in a Blessed Sarcophagus.)

              Each country has activities specific to it: China is where you'll learn martial arts skills, and you can also buy (and set off) fireworks, and eat Chinese food. In France you'll learn nectar-making, be able to buy bottles of nectar to take home with you and wineracks to put your bottles in, and if you're ambitious, buy a nectar machine to take home with you as well, and in Egypt you can learn snake-charming and buy your own snake and basket to keep.

              All things considered, despite not being what players wanted in a first expansion pack and not adding a huge amount to the basic gameplay, it is worth getting. The holidays are quite fun, although the novelty wears off fairly quickly, and the new objects, skills and traits are a worthwhile addition. (As a modder and custom content creator myself, I also like how the new objects and animations make it possible to create more of a range of custom content for the game using some of the new features - the more the merrier!) Your sims can collect all sorts of neat stuff to take home with them, including maybe even a new husband or wife!

              Recommended, as a way to add a bit more to what was a pretty lacklustre and disappointing base game. Now I'm looking forward to the next expansion pack, 'Ambitions' - anything that has both robots (yayy robots) and tattoos hopefully can't be all bad!


              Also on Helium.com as Esmeralda Draic and Ciao as thereddragon

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                Sims 3 World Adventures: a better holiday

                ***Review also on Ciao under same username***

                It took me a while before I actually bought the first major expansion pack from the newest and updated Sims 3. I was a little skeptical at first thinking "It'll just be the same as 'Holiday'" But I was actually pleasently surprised.

                Usually in Sims games where travelling is an option you expect it to be exactly the same but in better locations - as that is the general rule for the games before hand. Both Sims and Sims 2 allowed a holiday expansion pack but you couldn't really DO anything.


                I read reviews and looked at the custom content and lots made by the players before deciding to see what it was like for myself. A lot was focused on the three new 'adventures' that could be had - you could visit France, Egypt and China and all there world famous locations, sort of, at least the Sims versions of these locations. I've been properly playing it for the last week or two and I am not even close to completing the adventures or extra skills available.
                So, Whats new from the Sims 3?


                ==Locations==

                The three world adventure locations are obviously the biggest change. You can control a family holiday or individual sim in one of these locations.


                France is the quaint town of Champs Les Sims - where nectar making and tomb raiding is popular amongst the tourists. France is probably my favourite out of the three new locations. I like the way it is laid out on the map - like a cute little french town.

                China hosts the village of Shang Simla where your sims can bake fortune cookies, buy fireworks and learn the martial art skill Sim Fu.


                Egypt is the third location and base camp is situated in the town of Al Simhara - close to the pyramids and a long winding river...I wonder what that could represent...
                Skill Points


                In World Adventures there are three new skills to be learnt - Nectar Making (Sims version of wine making) Which requires a variety of fruit and grapes so it'll help with your gardening skill. Sim Fu - the martial art skill. Using this you can enter Sim Fu tournaments and spar with other Sim Fu-ers. Lastly is the photography skill, a bit like the collection skills as you need to take ALOT of pictures to get your levels up.

                World Adventures also features the new ability to Tomb Raid. I think this is the best adaptation they have done of a holiday expansion pack BECAUSE you can actually do something whilst on holiday other than what you could do in the sim's home. Adventures can be found posted on the board in your base camp - the place you will be living in until you've reached enough visa points to buy a vacation home. I like this style to; that you have to earn your way up the visa ladder to get a better, longer holiday.
                Summary


                Just like the Sims 3 base game the graphics and sound detail is very similar with a few additions to music such as Chinese, Egyptian and French 'style' music. There is a new supernatural element in the game that can curse you and because of the new skill points a few new ambitions and aspirations and wishes for your sims to fufill.

                I am very happy with this purchase as it is one of the better expansion packs for the entire sims series. I can't wait to see which one they bring out next. The Sims 3 World Adentures is widely available. I got a copy for £17 from Amazon.

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