A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Get active; play outside; enjoy the sun and the surf; have fun. Nothing negative there.
Positive Role Models
The characters are only there to play beach and water sports, which they do with gusto. They demonstrate a sense of joy and excitement in their activities. Unseen crowds cheer you on, and express sympathetic "aww" sound when you make a mistake.
Ease of Play
Of the many balance board-driven mini-game collections for the Wii, Vacation Isle may be the one in which the balance board works the best. And if you don't have a balance board, the handheld controls for each event are very simple (if not as much fun).
Violence & Scariness
During some events, cartoony looking sharks or squids may block your path as obstacles, but getting hit by them just means your avatar flashes for a second and slows down.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vacation Isle Beach Party, a rousing active-play sports collection, is a game best used with the Wii balance board peripheral device. While the game can be played with only a standard Wii remote and nunchuck, it's simply not as much fun that way. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Vacation Isle Beach Party.
Is It Any Good?
Among the sports mini-game collections that are compatible with the Wii balance board, Vacation Isle Beach Party stands out for its excellent use of that peripheral device. Using the balance board feels so realistic and intuitive here, you wonder why using it never feels this smooth in other games. Some events will ask you to stand on the board sideways or even sit down on it. The games are all playable without the balance board, of course, and they're still fun that way -- just not as much so. It's also wonderful that you don't need to re-calibrate the board before every new event (other games on the market force you to do this, and it is annoying). As for the events themselves, they're all pretty enjoyable. Surfing and water-skiing are particularly fun. And the dancing is a blast. There isn't a huge number of events to play, but as each one offers three separate courses, that feels like less of a problem.
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