Title: Go Vacation
Developer: BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: July 27, 2018
How we got the game: We bought it
Go Vacation takes the simple premise of games like Wii Sports Resort and expanded it. With four resorts to explore and tons of mini games to enjoy both alone and with friends, Go Vacation is a fun casual game.
Go Vacation is a hub world with mini games thrown everywhere. You take your Mii and can freely explore each resort, each of which has various options of getting around the area. To play a mini game, all we had to do was go and talk to the specific NPC Mii that was in charge of it. Most of the controls for the mini games were fairly simple, especially when each person is playing with one Joy-Con.
To get around each resort you can use the tools from certain sports for that resort. For example, an ATV at the Marine Resort or a skateboard at the City Resort. Or you can simply walk around… though it’s really slow.
The walking was a bit slow, yeah. I would have liked it if there was a run or dash option. I did prefer walking, though, because I felt like we could explore the resort areas a bit more than us just zooming through on an ATV and crashing into walls and NPC Miis. The gameplay was rather simple, with most mini games being a button or two and needed to tilt the Joy-Con to direct your Mii.
They were actually harder than I thought… or we’re just terrible at the games. Going sky-diving was horrendous but we got a lot of laughs out of that one. We had to fly through the air and get into positions and make formations before reaching the ground. You can also go to the information center for each resort to change your clothes and customize your gear such as your ATV.
The hang-gliding in the City Resort was worse for me for some reason. Instead of going in an almost straight line to go through the rings, my Mii was just like, “Let’s veer off to the right!” and crashed into the buildings. We had to start that one over because I got stuck. I think I’m just terrible at steering, but I digress. It was nice discovering that you could give your Mii a little customization, especially since Rachel’s and my Miis were just running around in matching clothes for a while.
The game’s graphics were cute. There was nothing really revolutionary about them, considering we’ve seen similar graphics with the Miis in games like Wii Sports Resort. The hub world and resorts looked really nice, though, especially on the Nintendo Switch.
The graphics were certainly clear and crisp being on the Nintendo Switch. However, it seemed as though it kept it’s same style from Wii Sports/Resort. I liked it though. It has its own certain charm to it.
The music wasn’t too bad, either. Nothing completely memorable to me, but cheery enough to work with the casual, fun aspect of the game. There were a few mini games that just did not have music at all. For instance, we were playing beach volleyball and the only sound effects were the Miis running around and tripping in the sand aside from hitting the ball. It was a little… not awkward, but nothing to really help you stay engaged in the mini game, especially since you really only needed to hit the action button once to hit the ball. No special moves or combos in that mini game.
Oh, right. I enjoyed the music to a certain extend but yeah. Sometimes it felt out of place or even forgotten.
Go Vacation is made to be replayed with friends. With all the different mini games and costumes to customize your character and gear, it’s a fun little game to explore. There’s no substantial underlying story that will keep you riveted to the screen, but it’s a fun party game that can easily make you all dissolve into laughter.
This will certainly be a fun party game with friends. You can always explore yourself to beat your own high score. However, some games are better than others so I’d only go back to play certain games.
Go Vacation gets…
3 out of 5 lives.