Wii Review: Vacation Isle: Beach Party

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Get ready to compete with up to four players in eight games that’ll make you feel like you’re on a beach vacation!

Vacation Isle: Beach Party features vacation-style party games for the whole family. This beach party has events on both land and sea. Events including Slalom Skiing, Wake Boarding, Surfing, Stand Up Paddling, Ski Jump, Stunt Park, Hula and Fire Dancing. You can engage in the activities using either the Wii Remote and Nunchuk or optional Wii Balance Board.

Along the way, you will collect hundreds of Sand Dollars that can be used to purchase a variety of sports equipment and beach gear from the Surf Shack to personalize your avatar. While it’s great to get new beach clothing and equipment, I would have liked for the new sporting equipment to affect the actual gameplay. Buying a new ski or wakeboard doesn’t upgrade your gameplay, it just matches the new top or shorts you just bought.

Vacation Isle: Beach Party delivers three difficulty settings (easy, medium and hard) for each of it’s eight course options. The eight courses are unlocked from the beginning of the game. It would have been nice if you could unlock courses or even unlock the harder difficulty settings. Like when you pass easy you could unlock medium and when you pass medium you unlock hard. Just wish the game had more to achieve than just useless boards and new outfits.

I do love the gameplay using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk but through the use of the Wii Balance Board your experience is enhanced. The Wii Balance Board allows you to jump, shake, balance and spin your way to a win. My favorites include Surfing, Wakeboarding, Stunt Park and Hula Dancing. Using the Wii Balance Board during the Surfing, Wakeboarding and Stunt Park events allow you to pull off really cool stunts and during the Hula Dancing you can shake your hips just like a real Hula Dancer.

Now all ages can surf, water ski and enjoy several activities of an exotic summer vacation in their own home. So get ready to take your family and friends to a virtual island paradise that is full of fun in the sun!

Vacation Isle: Beach Party receives a:

Vacation Isle: Beach Party is rated E for Everyone and is only available for Wii.

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