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Frustratingly beautiful yet broken
on 26 April 2015
Island Paradise comes with some beautiful landscaping and resorts, but it's also choc-full of bugs that lag and crash the game. There's many routing errors due to the way the world's been designed,. Some of the houses cause issues either down to being on lots that don't connect properly to the roads, roads that don't connect to each other properly, cramped living conditions (especially in house boats), or have arches in front of doors that prevent sims from visiting. There's times you'll see sims swimming inside their homes or boats sailing on the land and collections of sims stuck on beaches stomping and waving.
Mermaids appear on a low by chance basis each time you take a dive underwater, and once you find one you'll end up with half your town developing mermaid syndrome. There are 4 vagrant mermaids in Island Paradise but they're missing their tail outfits and leg scales until they age up (mermaids that started out as normal sims however do display tails and scales.) Mermaids don't autonomously use baths and showers, they only autonomously use all-in-one bathrooms so their major problem is dying from drying out. They also go for meals rather than eating kelp and since meals are only fractionally satisfying to mermaids they spend almost all their time eating yoghurts and cereal.
Being reset when scuba diving is a frustrating issue. This can be caused by exploring a cave for the first time or attempting to communicate with a vagrant mermaid that isn't displaying their special outfit. These annoying glitches result in your character being teleported to the nearest beach with the 2hr depressurising status preventing you from scuba diving until that time has passed.
While there have been many discussions on ways to resolve the major problems with this expansion pack there's been nothing official to fix it. Players have to rely on mods to replace the world, remove problematic homes, replace mermaid outfits for vagrant mermaids, and regular use of resetsim, but this doesn't resolve all issues that many have given up on the world that comes with this expansion and created their own resort town out of the base game towns.