The Sims 3 World Adventures in Review – woohoo around the world!

It’s time to lay down the plastic tarps because those incontinent Sims are back in town. Actually, this time, they’re heading out of town and it is a rough-riding fun time. The Sims 3 World Adventures is bigger than its predecessor; there’s more to see, do, and loads of more sexies to pick up. If Sims 3 had you fishing and cooking for a good time, The Sims 3 World Adventures will have you chasing mummies in your time off and having a damn good time at it.

Looks aren’t deceiving; this Sims and last Sims are near twins of each other; you will start out dressing, tailoring, and naming your avatar the same as you did before. And then, you will run their daily lives from wake up to work (and hopefully promotion). And EA didn’t skimp where it counts. The Sims 3 World Adventures looks as good as The Sims 3 did. Cartoony movements and wide-eyed expressions are back. So too is the indescribable Simsian language. And, you still have to hunt for promotions.

Still full of scintillating scenes...

Different this time, however, is your basic road to the top. Your sim will have aspirations depending in his/her ‘class’, a category you choose at the beginning which dictates how your sim interacts with the world. Mine has a desire to dig up Egypt (which looks stunning) and date a foreign sim. He wants to meet every single sim on EA’s virtual planet and when he finally does, I guess it’s game over. And rather than just parading your fixing/fishing skills, you get to show off your travelling skills too: World Knowledge, Languages, Bartering, and ruin exploring are added to: Repairing and Gardening making for a long, long game of constant character upgrading.

There are a number of occupations to choose from. I went the archaeologist route; funny that – I just wrote a textbook lesson on archaeology and evidently, archaeologists don’t ALL look like Indiana Jones, nor do all of them rob graves. ‘shigzeo’ does dig for a living, but damn, check out his digs! Braces and stripes make for a dashing world traveller, don’t you think? Well, you don’t have to, and that’s the beauty of it.

Unlike The Sims 3, there is no way to get rich quick. Vegetable growing is back, but any Sims 3 fan will tell you, the money is in the fishing and unfortunately, fishing ain’t in The Sims 3 World Adventures. So remember to wake up on time, go to work and take those opportunities that come your way – you’ll need them. Travelling affords your sim a way to get ahead: if you’re an archaeologist, you can dig up parts of the world; if you’re in the embassy, you have itinerant work which can go on out and about, and if you’re an importer, gee golly, just think of the opportunities!

There are also Palm Heroes-esque awards for exploring: money and items. And what can be more fulfilling than woohoo-ing (yes, this is the app for that!) with a foreign hottie? But to be honest, making money is arduous and at times, the time between international trips can be tedious. There is simply less to do in your daily routine that this Sims 3 sequel can seem stuffy. And, what person, sim, or otherwise goes abroad and forgets to take his/her camera? Where is the Sims 3 World Adventures photo album? EA have been creative with strange David Lynch-style poses for your sim to dupe around with, but no photos to show your mates? I mean come on! Egypt, France, and China look great and I want to show my mates!

Yeah, this brilliance has to be shown...

It all works reasonably well together. You still need to keep track of your sim’s goals which pop up from time to time. Fulfil them and you have a healthier, happier sim; and remember, a happy sim is a prosperous sim. There is international romance, and the best part is calling someone over, not from the next door, but from Egypt! That, my friends is friendship.

If you get tired of the cheery, fun music which flows in and out of the various locals, you can employ your own library of death metal and John Denver. Remember, The Sims 3 World Adventures is your playground, so have at it. Other

But other tan the basic travelling engine and the loss of hometown fishing, The Sims 3 World Adventures is the same old game, just recycled for a more focused gamer. The same navigation engine has come back; you still pan and swipe and thumb-tap through menus. It still works, but that may be the biggest problem this game has: it just seems like the same ol’ thing with a bit of exploration thrown in for fun.

Not a good replacement for fishing

Don’t get me wrong: The Sims 3 World Adventures is fun. EA have cornered the market for well-programmed sim games. The navigation engine is mostly flawless, the graphics and sound are great, your sim is still your virtual playground, and you have a number of mini games to delve into. Exploration is fun and the new occupations are great, but they are only a masque; this is the same game, but with a bit of galavanting thrown in. If you liked The Sims 3, you’ll like its sequel, just don’t expect a world of change.

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App Summary
Title: The Sims 3 World Adventures Developer: Electronic Arts
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.0 Min OS Req: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. 2.2.1
Price: $6.99 App Size: 97.8 MB
  • Still the same old fun
  • Lots to see and explore
  • New quests, duties, and professions
  • Travelling is a hoot
  • Great graphics and sound
  • iTunes library integration
  • No photos?
  • No money-whoring mini game?
  • Non-trip daily life gets old, pretty fast.


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