A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Go Vacation is an interactive game that involves competing with up to four players in a variety of active mini-games. Many of the games involve competing against either non-playable characters or others on the same machine. It does not require peripheral devices (like the Balance Board) to play, but if you have them, they can be utilized. One game in particular, the sword-fighting mini-game, has a little violence and requires Wii Motion Plus to play.
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What's it about?
GO VACATION is a series of mini-games, each attached to one of four themed areas on an island. Up to four players compete in a variety of events to get stamps, which help unlock new areas. Each time an event is visited, once it has been initially completed, it may change up a bit. In addition to the mini-games, there are treasure chests to find (seven in each area) that contain new costumes to customize the look of the player's characters, and players can even obtain and re-model a vacation villa (though this is limited mostly to moving furniture about). Sword fighting requires the Wii Motion Plus system integrated into the Wii console, while the other games can be played with a Wii-mote and nunchuck or by using some peripheral devices like the Balance Board.
Is it any good?
Go Vacation sports a fun vibe, from the design of the island resort, to the ease of moving around (open the map, select where you wish to go and poof! you are there), to the variety and style of the games. Playing against the non-playable characters is rather easy, whereas playing against other, real players can provide challenging. There are several versions of the same style game, like racing, but the different venues create enough variety to keep it lively. The light mood, the vibrant look, and the variety of games make this enjoyable and may be suited for family night gaming.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how much time is too much time either playing games or spending other time with screen media.
A discussion can be held on active gaming and how to select games that have players actively involved. Why is this kind of gaming beneficial?
A talk can center on when to play for the enjoyment and how to play (and when it is appropriate) competitively.
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