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The Sims 3 Hidden Springs - Standard Edition

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Mac OS X
Rated: Teen

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

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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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The Sims 3: Hidden Springs is a 2012 expansion pack for The Sims 3 (required for play and sold separately) that provides players with a brand-new game environment for Sims to explore, as well as new and exclusive in-game items. The new Sims and storylines of the game expansion revolve around the the town of Hidden Springs and the rumor of a regenerative power that resides in its nearby woods. Expansion pack features include: 20 exclusive items, new locations, lots and venues, and compatibility with both PC and Mac operating systems.

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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. When you're in Hidden Springs, you can explore a stunning lakefront, relax at a luxury spa or ski lodge, escape into the woods, or even uncover ancient mysterious at the Museum of Magic and Supernatural. What will you find in Hidden Springs?

The town of Hidden Springs in The Sims 3: Hidden Springs
The town of Hidden Springs and the surrounding area is a brand-new play environment, full of new locations and exclusive items.
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The Fountain of Youth gameplay object from The Sims 3: Hidden Springs
Search for the fountain of youth and choose whether to give your Sims everlasting life.
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An All-New, Everlasting Gameplay Object

The Fountain of Youth is available exclusively with The Sims 3: Hidden Springs expansion pack and it allows you to expand your game with all-new gameplay benefits. Will your Sims choose to become forever young?

Key Game Features

  • A Whole New World Awaits - Meet new Sims, explore new locations, and discover the magic of Hidden Springs.
  • All New: The Fountain of Youth - Expand your game with an all-new item that provides gameplay benefits. Play with the Fountain of Youth and your Sims can become forever young.
  • Exclusive New Items - Customize your game with dozens of all-new exclusive objects and clothing that are only available in Hidden Springs.
  • Exclusive New Locations - Hidden Springs is full of all new locations, lots, and venues. Where will your adventures take you?
    • Experience true balance and well-being as your Sims bask in the sunlight and relax in the indoor and outdoor pools of the Crystal Solarium.
    • Look out over all of Hidden Springs at the Redwood Peak viewing area, a perfect setting for romantic dates or painting a masterpiece, the breathtaking view is well worth the journey.
    • Mingle with the best that Hidden Springs society has to offer at the luxury Redwood Height Lodge.
    • Your Sims can party all night and discover exciting international beats at Lars' Disco-tech.
    • Take a break from a hike through the serene woodlands of Hidden Springs and pick up the blended delicacy of your choice at Han's Tavern and Cafe.
  • All-New Sims and Stories - An exclusive retreat for the rich and famous? Or a mysterious world with healing powers? Whatever the answer, one thing is certain: the Sims you meet in Hidden Springs all have stories that are truly out of this world.

Minimum System Requirements (The Sims 3)

Windows XP(SP2) / Vista(SP1) / 7
  • CPU - 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent (XP), 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent (Vista/7)
  • RAM - At least 1 GB (XP) / 1.5 GB RAM (Vista and 7) / 2 GB for NVIDIA ION computers
  • Disc Drive - DVD drive
  • Hard Drive - At least 1.5 GB of free space (7 GB if installing with The Sims 3), with 1 GB for saves
  • Video Card - DirectX 9.0c compatible cards with 128 MB of video RAM and support for Pixel shader 2.0 (See The Sims 3 website for the full list of cards supported and not supported)
Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
  • CPU - Intel Core Duo Processor (not compatible with PowerPC Macintosh)
  • RAM: At least 2 GB
  • Disc Drive: DVD drive
  • Hard Drive: At least 1.5 GB of free space (7 GB if installing with The Sims 3), with 1 GB for saves
  • Video Card: ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 7300 GT with 128 MB of video RAM or Intel integrated GMA X3100 (See The Sims 3 website for the full list of cards supported and not supported)

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A dramatic landscape from The Sims 3: Hidden Springs
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An elderly and young Sim working together in the garden in The Sims 3: Hidden Springs
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A palatial house from The Sims 3: Hidden Springs, including a pool with floating island
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A family scene The Sims 3: Hidden Springs
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, well-made world for Sims 3. Feb. 28 2012
By Cas - Published on Amazon.com
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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).
42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
fun items, weird purchase experience May 29 2012
By Pamela - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Ehhh April 1 2012
By Nicole Beth Nims - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very Disappointing For Someone that Has Been Looking Forward to it Oct. 5 2013
By S. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
DO NOT BUY USED COPY Aug. 7 2014
By Megan Parker - Published on Amazon.com
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.

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