By Jeff Paramchuk,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Wii Sports Resort knock-off with poor controls.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game promotes a consumerism theme by having an in-game "pay per view" mechanic that encourages earning money and then spending it.
Positive Role Models
In the game, families are working together to beat another family at the games.
Ease of Play
The controls here are poorly tuned and frustrating more often than they are usable. For example, playing Dodgeball should be a fairly simple on the Wii, but instead, it is clunky for blocking and even worse for throwing the ball - which makes the player feel disconnected from what is happening on the screen.
Violence & Scariness
Go Karts can run into one another. Dodgeball could be considered an agressive sport.
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Products & Purchases
In game "pay per view" gaming is available which encourages earning money and then spending it.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sports compilation has shoddy controls, which greatly hamper its fun. The game features eight sports games ranging from go karts to cricket, with some other obscure sports like Paleta Fronton which is similar to racquetball.
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What’s It About?
VACATION SPORTS is another title for the Wii that combines multiple sport minigames into a single disc. This time around you are on a family on vacation at a resort which prides itself on various international sports. As you compete against other families, you can play through eight major minigames and two games that you must pay for with the currency that you earn within the game. The sports included are Darts, Frisbee Golf, Go-Karts, Dodgeball, Air Hockey, Beach Cricket and two lesser known sports; Paleta Fronton which is similar to racquetball and Petanque, which plays like the better known Bocce. Up to four players can play a minigame, but depending on the sport you may have to take turns. Frisbee Golf requires players to alternate turns while Go-Karts allows for simultaneous play.
Is It Any Good?
Unfortunately, this group of games suffer from shoddy controls. Rather than a feeling of actually controlling the onscreen action, the player may be puzzled by the controls. For example, in Air Hockey, players point at the screen to move the mallet around rather than having the mallet move as you move your hand. This takes away a lot of the control and players lose the feel of air hockey. The small size of the puck and mallet also make this game difficult to control. Cricket also suffers from a very difficult control scheme and even after multiple games, we were confused about what caused certain things to happen onscreen.
When compared with other similar titles like Wii Sports Resort, Vacation Sports pales in comparison to game selection, ease of control, and fun factor. Don't check into this resort, instead head over to the 5 star Wii Sports Resort instead.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
There are a lot of sports compilation games these days. Is it a smart business to copy popular games? Or is the market getting saturated?
Why did you select the avatar that you did for each sport t? Did you choose one that looks like you?
- Platform: Nintendo Wii
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: UbiSoft
- Release date: March 17, 2009
- Genre: Sports
- ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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