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This is a great game for younger children because it’s simple to control and enables them to explore where they want and at their own pace in a detailed cartoon world with lots to do. There are seven treasure chests to find in each resort location that offer new outfits. You can also find the secret photo spots, or order food from restaurants. Finally, you can meet characters in the world who have quests for you, or take on the daily challenges.
When using the public transport or tours available in the different resorts you are offered audio explanations about the history of the geography and architecture. You can also build your own spaces in your villas by collecting and positioning furniture.
The result is a large open world that's great to explore with up to four friends. The mini-games range in quality and challenge but offer handy respite from the main content. In terms of value, the whole package is excellent for families with younger children.
, catching fish and collecting photographs of the animals they find.
Our examiner, Rich Adams, first checked Go Vacation 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
You can play this game in the following styles:
4+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The motion controls or easy button navigation make this ideal for super young players. You can play in a family group of 4 and help each other find your way around. More skills need to be learned to participate in the different mini-games but you can start when you are really young and feel like you are properly playing your part.
You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo Wii) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.
There are different versions of Go Vacation, including previous games in the series:
- We Ski/Family Ski (Wii) focuses on just the snow resort and uses the Wii Balance Board.
- We Ski & Snowboard/Family Ski: World Ski and Snowboard (Wii) expanded snow resort to snowboarding.
- Go Vacation (Wii) added three other resorts and more mini-games.
- Go Vacation (Switch) updated the game for the Switch with more mini-games.