Summary: A tropical resort paradise overrun by dead-eyed, single-minded creatures that vaguely resemble humans, there shambling movements parodying the utter lifelessness all around them. I am not talking about Techland's Dead Island . This is Go Vacation ... something far scarier.
Excerpt: Go Vacation earned the Family Friendly Gaming Gold Medal at E3 2011 for the Wii system. This game impressed me greatly at that show. Everything I saw and played in Go Vacation let me know this game was going to be a winner. What I did not realize at E3 2011 is how deep Go Vacation really is.
Cute, varied, and enjoyable collection of active mini-games.
Common Sense Media
12 February 2012
Summary: 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.
Excerpt: You would think that game to simulate the ultimate family vacation would be a great idea, especially for a family-friendly console like the Wii. But poor execution really mars the final product for Go Vacation and makes is less fun than it should have been.
Excerpt: After 30 minutes with Namco Bandai’s Go Vacation , I turned the game off. I really wasn’t expecting much, but the controls were so bad, I literally had trouble completing stages. So I gave the game a rest and decided to come back to it later.
Summary: In an ideal world, the term "family vacation" conjures up visions of fun intergenerational activities in a beautiful setting bookended by car trips filled with tasty snacks and merry sing-alongs.
Pros: Big resorts encourage exploration, Everything is very accessible, Playing with a group is fun
Cons: Minigames are shallow, Some modes of travel are tiresome, Abundant loading screens