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The Sims 3 Hidden Springs - Standard Edition

Platform : Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X
Rated: Teen
4 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • A Whole New World Awaits - Meet new Sims, explore new locations, and discover the magic of Hidden Springs today!
  • Discover the Magic - The curious magical properties of Hidden Springs has been the intrigue to many for ages. Explore the World and you might even uncover the Fountain of Youth, will your Sims become forever young?
  • Explore New Locations - Hidden Springs is full of all-new locations, lots, and venues. Where will your adventures take you?
  • Exclusive New Items - Customize your game with dozens of all-new exclusive objects, clothing and hair that are only available with Hidden Springs.
  • All-New Sims and Stories - An exclusive retreat for the rich and the famous? Or a mysterious World with curious healing powers?
  • A Whole New World Awaits - Meet new Sims, explore new locations, and discover the magic of Hidden Springs today!
  • Discover the Magic - The curious magical properties of Hidden Springs has been the intrigue to many for ages. Explore the World and you might even uncover the Fountain of Youth, will your Sims become forever young?
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Game Information

  • Platform:    Windows 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X
  • ESRB Rating: Teen Teen
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • ASIN: B006VB2UQ4
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 1.3 cm ; 68 g
  • Release Date: Feb. 14 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,720 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)
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Celebrities and the rich flock to Hidden Springs in search of relaxation and escape from the mundane. Many cannot resist rumors of the seemingly miraculous healing powers that linger in the woods and waters. Some of the townsfolk who live in the woods are highly secretive and seem to have a pale green tinge to them. Is it really magic at work? (* Requires The Sims 3 to play)

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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6dba74) out of 5 stars Beautiful, well-made world for Sims 3. Feb. 28 2012
By The Strife of Love in a Dream - Published on
This downloadable world is one of my favorite EA-made Sims 3 worlds. Of all the worlds, it has the dreamiest, fairy-tale atmosphere, and it's obvious that a lot of love went into the art and modeling. I play it on both my Mac and PC, and don't notice a ton of difference between them.

It is a complete base-game-compatible world, meaning that you shouldn't need expansion packs to run it--though you'll likely appreciate their presence. Generations particularly would be lovely with this world, since it really touches on how kids function, but then so would Ambitions since a lot of Hidden Springs lends itself to self-employment. The obvious tie-in to Pets also suggests itself for the Unicorns and other animal aspects. But none of these are strictly necessary, nor is any Store investment unless you just like that idea. This world will grow as your Sims 3 collection grows.

On the down side, it is really not easy to cram all the expansion-pack venues into this world. If you have a lot of larger-sized houses and community lots/venues that you like to have ingame, be ready to really work on tweaking this world. I had to use a lot of ingenuity to fit everything, and had to custom-made some smaller things to make everything fit. Also, as usual, the gorgeous mailboxes are not able to be placed from scratch, and not all the houses have them. Its premium content object, the Fountain of Youth, is to my eyes a little kludgy in operation, though it's gorgeous and is expensive for its footprint size(helLO higher payout on owned venues). Some users report that their FoY doesn't show its animations correctly if the Spellbook from the EA Store is also installed, but I haven't noticed any issues at all with either object (I suspect the issue is custom content related, and I don't use CC).

Those are fairly minor quibbles before the breathtaking vistas of Hidden Springs. The objects and clothes provided are really gorgeous and thematically-sound, the houses are well-designed and easy on the eyes, and most of it lacks that "plain Jane generic" feel that EA houses often have. Best of all, the world comes with a slew of pre-made Sims and families that are just awesome to play with. I normally am not thrilled with premades, but these are a real hoot--be a modern-day prince seeking his princess, or a family of forest nymphs, or a host of other amusing storybook character concepts, all of them wandering through a world that kind of looks like a small Irish village for the most part. I'd also have to give major props to the artists responsible for the business lots, the spa especially. There are hardly words for how beautiful some of these business lots look.

In summation, I'd say that if you prefer a more fairy-tale or rural-village feel to your Simming, you may like this world considerably. If you really hate tweaking worlds or prefer the grittier feel of urban life, vampires, etc., this world might not make you happy.

Please do be advised that this game does require an internet connection. The boxes sold in stores usually contain just a download code that'll let you get the world from EA's site. So if you don't have a way to download files to your PC/Mac, you'll be sad. I admit I have no clue why someone would buy a box in the store just to get a download code when it saves a trip to just go directly online to get it, but maybe there'll be some extra content added to the boxed HS over time (just like Barnacle Bay, to the outrage of those who'd already downloaded the set from the site).
44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6dbe7c) out of 5 stars fun items, weird purchase experience May 29 2012
By Pamela - Published on
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I deliberately bought this from amazon instead of just buying it through the EA store because I thought I was purchasing the software on a disk that I could keep as a back-up. All this disk does is give you the code for going to the EA store to buy the items. I was pretty disappointed by that. I could have just done that without waiting for the disk to arrive.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6df2d0) out of 5 stars Very Disappointing For Someone that Has Been Looking Forward to it Oct. 5 2013
By S. Adams - Published on
I have been wanting to buy this particular expansion pack for over a year, but haven't had a lot of money for it, so put it off. Finally, it came in a "World's Bundle" that was very cheap, so I bought it. The thing that I was looking forward to the most was from EA's explanation of the Fountain of Youth. It said that there was a secret within the town of a magic fountain and that the Sim's skin turned green from drinking the water. So I got my game installed and spent an hour looking for the fountain of youth in the town. I even turned on the cheats so that my sim's needs were static so that I could have her searching for this "fountain of youth". After an hour of searching I gave in and googled it. Come to find out they don't even place the fountain of youth in the game!! You have to go in and buy it and place it somewhere in the world. So I decided to have my sim drink from it every day for over 10 days thinking she would slowly turn green, but NOTHING. So I consulted my good friend Google again and found out that the fountain of youth doesn't turn their skin green! Also, the fountain of youth is a fountain about the size of the other fountain already in the game. So it's not some magnificent mountain spring, it's just a little tiny rock with water pouring out of it. I was very underwhelmed and a little irritated. The houses in Hidden Springs are not that great. I would suggest if you want the fountain of youth and a great town, go to EA, buy the fountain of youth and then purchase Monte Vista. (It's better!) So if the fountain was an actual Mountain Spring that turned my sims green and made them younger (which it can't do either. It can only move them to the first day of their current age, so moving an elder to the first day of elder... kind of lame) then I would probably like this game.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6df2a0) out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY USED COPY Aug. 7 2014
By Megan Parker - Published on
I can't really review the game itself but what I do know is do not buy a used copy. If the code has been used it will not work. I have a useless disk after thinking I got a good deal buying a used copy. Games like this should not be sold as used because its nothing more than a scam. If it has "internet required" on the box, it will have to be registered through EA before you can finish installing.
22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Nicole Beth Nims - Published on
Nothing special. The fountain of youth thing isn't in the game. It is purchasable and expensive. Tiny town. No room to add things from other expansion packs.

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