User Score
4.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 33
  2. Negative: 17 out of 33
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  1. Jun 30, 2019
    1
    This expansion pack is way overpriced and offers the bare minimum, as usual. Sims 4 has turned out to be the BIGGEST disappointment. EA is milking it's customers for every cent and it's really shameful.
  2. Jun 29, 2019
    0
    Really lacks in game play and is extremely overpriced. Was bored within about 20 minutes of playing.
  3. Jul 3, 2019
    0
    This is yet another joke from EA. Overpriced and a total lack of content. Avoid
  4. Jul 4, 2019
    4
    If this was a game pack it would've received a 7, but for a expansion pack it has really few things to due, this is EA doing EA things by milking every aspect of the game
  5. Aug 29, 2019
    2
    Unfortunately this DLC follows the new concept of the Sims 4, which is throwing out the same add-ons for the 4th time, but with only 50 % of the content and twice the price. Compared to the predecessors Island expansion this does even worse than the others, offering little more than a few themed clothes and hairstyles and a very small collection of beach properties that allow you to useUnfortunately this DLC follows the new concept of the Sims 4, which is throwing out the same add-ons for the 4th time, but with only 50 % of the content and twice the price. Compared to the predecessors Island expansion this does even worse than the others, offering little more than a few themed clothes and hairstyles and a very small collection of beach properties that allow you to use the few new gadgets like boats or swimming in the ocean.

    And you can become a mermaid. Which means that you look like one, and that's it. I've come to expect no depth to expansions for this one, but this DLC lacks in quality AND quantity. There is absolutely nothing you can do, and you will read the word "relaxing" a lot in reviews. That is one way to put it. You can relax even more if you don't buy it.
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  6. Jul 6, 2019
    6
    i am disappointed, very, this seems like a step down from Sims 3 Island Paradise, sure it is beautiful and relaxing, also the new building features are pretty nice and revolutionary for this series. But, there isn't much to explore in this expansion pack unlike Strangerville and Jungle Adventure, and those were game packs! This is a 40 dollar expansion pack, it is still fun but there wasi am disappointed, very, this seems like a step down from Sims 3 Island Paradise, sure it is beautiful and relaxing, also the new building features are pretty nice and revolutionary for this series. But, there isn't much to explore in this expansion pack unlike Strangerville and Jungle Adventure, and those were game packs! This is a 40 dollar expansion pack, it is still fun but there was so much potential that was just not used. Also this expansion pack broke the Vampires game pack and now you can't do dark meditation, thanks EA. Expand
  7. Sep 15, 2019
    5
    This was a little underwhelming. With such great releases in past games, I was surprised they went with the Pacific Island theme with Mermaids. University would have been a much better expansion. It kind of feels they did just enough to push out some content. A lot of the stuff added are just rabbit holes. The Diving in previous games showed your guy under water exploring. Now heThis was a little underwhelming. With such great releases in past games, I was surprised they went with the Pacific Island theme with Mermaids. University would have been a much better expansion. It kind of feels they did just enough to push out some content. A lot of the stuff added are just rabbit holes. The Diving in previous games showed your guy under water exploring. Now he just disappears from the surface and you wait for him to pop back up. There also wasn't enough lots with beach front. Expand
  8. Oct 16, 2019
    3
    It should have been a free update instead of a full-fledged expansion pack. Offers nothing but an extremely transparent lagoon.
  9. Nov 22, 2019
    0
    I think EA can improve there sims game. This expansion pack is way overpriced. tractor farming games
  10. May 9, 2020
    10
    A good addition, interesting gameplay. Beautiful island. It is a pity that you can not dive, but overall excellent. Recently, one of the best additions, certainly better “Eco Lifestyle”
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 1, 2019
    89
    All in all, The Sims 4: Island Living has blown me away. The Island of Sulani is simply beautiful and the implementation of the new jobs and career path, as well as all of the other fun things your Sims can get up to, has really made me fall even more in love with the Sims. With beautiful visuals, an impressive upgrade to clothing as well as objects in the build and buy sections and new gameplay features, I honestly feel like this will be one of the best expansions to the series yet. Plus you get to live as a freakin’ mermaid, and I mean, who doesn’t want that life, right?
  2. Jun 27, 2019
    90
    Plenty of care and attention went towards making sure all of the individual pieces came together in a cohesive way, and as a result, Sulani feels like more than just a holiday destination. It's a living, breathing world that is easy to get lost in. Island Living is a resounding success and one of the finest expansions to date.
  3. Jun 26, 2019
    75
    When living vicariously through your Sims, Island Living is definitely worth it if you choose to move them to the island itself, even without choosing the mermaid life. However, off of the island, the expansion will have much less of an impact on your regular Sims’ daily life, unlike that of the previous Seasons expansion. If there was the option to schedule a vacation, like in Outdoor Retreat, in addition to brief visits, I think it would have more of an impact on the overall game. In the end though, Island Living is a solid expansion that is definitely worth the time of both the casual and avid Sims player.