Only applicable to the 32-bit version of the Sims 3
Sometimes just re-downloading and reinstalling the super patch can make your game work again. With Apple’s Gatekeeper feature now built into OS X this can prove a bit of a challenge depending on what your security settings are. Firstly, here are the links to the super patch depending on what version of the game you use – disc or digital:
- Region 1 – USA (3rd party link if EA remove theirs here)
- Region 2 – Worldwide (3rd party link if EA remove theirs here)
- Region 3 – Asia-Pacific (3rd party link if EA remove theirs here)
- Region 5 – Japan (3rd party link if EA remove theirs here)
It’s very important that you download the relevant patch, do not download the disc version if you are playing a digital version of the game and vice versa. You should now have a file in your Downloads folder that looks like this (I’ve downloaded the digital version):
If Archive Utility doesn’t open and the file doesn’t unzip properly, download Stuffit Expander from the App Store, it’s free and will successfully unzip the file.
Once unzipped you will see the patch ready to install in your Downloads folder. It has a little plumbob as the file icon:
Don’t panic! This is a security feature built into OS X. Navigate to System Preferences > Security & Privacy and make sure you’re in the General tab. In the bottom half of the window you should see your Gatekeeper preferences: Click on Open Anyway as we know that file is the super patch. If you don’t see the above you need to click on the lock in the bottom left corner of the window, enter your password when prompted (your user account must be an Admin account) and change the ‘Allow apps downloaded from:’ setting to Anywhere. Remember to change it back afterwards!
macOS Sierra 10.12 and later:
Gatekeeper now only allows Mac App Store and Identified Developers installations, you will not get the Anywhere option in System Preferences. You need to hold down the CTRL key and click on the extracted file to open it. You will see the following dialogue box:
Click on Open to install the patch.
And that’s it, you’ve now successfully patched your game to the most recent patch, 1.67. You can check it’s patched ok by opening the Launcher and looking at the patch number in the bottom left of the window: