The Sims 3: Showtime

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The Sims 3: Showtime
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Developer(s)EA Salt Lake
Publisher(s)Electronic Arts
SeriesThe Sims
Platform(s)OS X, Microsoft Windows
  • NA: March 6, 2012
  • AU: March 8, 2012
  • EU: March 10, 2012
Genre(s)Life simulation game

The Sims 3: Showtime is the sixth expansion pack for The Sims 3 on OS X and Windows. It was released in March 2012. A limited collector's edition includes exclusive in-game content such as a stage and two costumes along with a poster based on American singer Katy Perry.[1][2]



SimPort allows players to send Star performers on tour to perform special shows in their friends' towns if you have internet connection and friends who play the game. They can also invite your friends to send their Sims to perform for you and customize the stage in venues with special themed backgrounds, props, lights, and special effects. Players can throw objects at performers – ranging from flowers to lettuce. Choosing not to use SimPort will not change gameplay with any interactions that do not require SimPort.[3] A player can unlock backgrounds, props, and costumes for their Sim if they choose to use SimPort. Sims who visit a player's town via SimPort will default to the traits, clothes, and objects that they have locally in their game. Players can message other players while their Sims are performing in other towns.[4] Note, there are 3 versions: the regular, the Limited Edition, and the Katy Perry edition. These versions do not have much difference other than special venues, stages, and clothing.

Starlight Shores[edit]

Starlight Shores is a new world that is included in Showtime. It is loosely based on a Californian-type urban area (Downtown Los Angeles). It has a park, a coffee house, and show venues in which Sims can perform. There is also a beach with houses along the coastline. SimFests are held in Starlight Shores. These allow singers, acrobats, and magicians to compete in front of an audience.


Players will be able to set up their own stage when their magicians, acrobats, and singers perform at a venue. The set up stage option appears up to 2 hours prior to a live show and will prompt buy mode's "Props" section. Players will have a variety of items to choose from and to be able to choose a "Previously Saved" prop default, or create a brand new one. There is also the option to use the venue's pre-set prop stage. Props serve as home decor and furniture as well. Lighting effects, flames, butterflies, and other effects are also available as props. When a Sim has finished performing, they will get reviews on their performances. Sims can have anywhere from awesome to terrible shows. Moodlets reflect their performances.


Rise to Stardom—Venture into a new world and live the dream as a singer, acrobat, magician, or DJ. Watch your Sims rise to fame—or go down in flames as they perform for other Sims.

New Objects[edit]

The expansion pack includes pool tables, karaoke machines, DJ booths, new guitars, batons, microphones, spotlights, speaker systems, pull up bars, jukeboxes, an electro-dance sphere, domino table, skeeball game, photo booth, a golf driving range, portable MP3 players, and new lighting. As with all previous expansion packs, Showtime includes new clothing and hairstyles. Also includes new stage props and statues to use on your stages.[4]


Limited Collector's Edition[edit]

A special Katy Perry edition entitled The Sims 3 Showtime: Katy Perry Collector's Edition included Katy Perry themed objects, hair styles, and venue based on her concept for her album Teenage Dream. The Collector's Edition includes a downloadable venue, plus a Katy Perry themed hairstyle, guitar, exclusive poster, 2 fruit costumes, and 3 fruit-themed stage props that include banana, cherry, and watermelon statues.


Abigail Holden of gave it 8.5 praising its new additions and careers but criticizing the game for some bugs.[9]


  1. ^ "The Sims 3 Showtime". EA. EA Games. Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  2. ^ "Share your rise to fame with Katy Perry!". EA Games. Archived from the original on January 30, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  3. ^ "The Sims 3 Showtime Limited Edition". EA. EA Games. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Kelly West. "The Sims 3 Showtime Expansion Pack Review: Music, Magic And Acrobatics". Cinemablend. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Sims 3: Showtime". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "The Sims 3: Showtime". Metacritic. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  7. ^ Anthony Gallegos (February 8, 2012). "The Sims 3: Showtime – Living the Dream". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Mark Langshaw (March 16, 2012). "'The Sims 3: Showtime' review (PC)". Digital Spy. Hearst Communications. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Abigail Holden (March 16, 2012). "The Sims 3 Showtime review – I clicked a Sim and I liked it". Critical Hit. Retrieved January 7, 2018.

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