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Beach Life

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP
4.1 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Develop Your Own Unique Holiday Resort - Choose from over 50 different rides, attractions and facilities.
  • Laugh or cry as your guests get up to all kinds of antics including Wet T-Shirt Contests, Beauty Contests, Beach Parties and ‘booze’ cruises.
  • Rather than the usual faceless, nameless people that appear in many sim games, Beach Life features strongly differentiated character types with their own traits and preferences.
  • Beach Life features two main modes of play – Campaign-style and Freeform.
  • The campaign mode puts fourteen different resort challenges in front of the player; each features different environments, weather patterns, guest types, hazards and objectives.
  • Freeform mode, you can choose any island you’ve previously completed in the campaign mode and play it any way you like.
  • With the aid of the built in ‘camera’ facility with zoom lens, you can track individuals in the resort as they go about their holidays.
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  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B000067AVI
  • Release Date: 6 Sept. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,014 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Amazon.co.uk Review

Part Ibiza Uncovered, part The Sims, Beach Life is the latest "reality game" to hit our PCs courtesy of Ian Livingstone of Fighting Fantasy fame. Beach Life is basically a god sim which lets you create the holiday resort of your dreams, whether that's a resort full of beautiful people living "la vie de loca" or drunk Brits trying to grope the Reps, is up to you. There are two modes to play through: the campaign mode in which you work your way through a set of scenarios and the sandbox mode. The campaign has just the right balance between serving the needs of your guests and lining your pockets--you have to tackle anything from protecting your visitors from Shark attacks, spiking their beer so they get amorous on the beach or just providing them with the right balance of fun, food and respite.

It's very pick up and play and you won't find yourself getting bogged down with too much detail. Yes the game is all about providing your guests with what they want, but as long as the beer is flowing, the nightlife swinging and there's a 24 hour burger joint to hand, you won't go far wrong. That's not to say that you can't refine your pleasure island into the most beautiful, high class establishment you can afford; it's just you will probably want to rack up the beer strength, employ a few security guards and then watch people stagger about the island throwing up in bins.

Graphically the game looks fantastic particularly the weather effects. Up close though it's rather pixelated and looses some of the detail, but as with all god sims you will spend most of your time playing in the mid-isometric view so it's not a real problem. It's the sound where Beach Life really comes into its own. It comes with a built-in MP3 player which not only means you can skip between the cool ambient tracks that come with the game, but that you can also import your own tunes.

Beach Life isn't really ground-breaking stuff and might not appeal to the god sim fanatics, but what it lacks in depth, it makes up for in tongue-in-cheek, stylish and above all fun gameplay. --Kristen Bowditch

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Think you can create the Essential party island?
Ever thought you could do better and build the ultimate exclusive resort?
If the answer is YES then beach life is the game for you.
From the moment you pick up the box you know who Eidos are aiming this game at, and I am pretty sure its males 14- 23, with bikini clad females on the box and one on ever other page of the manual I am quite sure.
A lot of time has been putting the whole presentation aspect of the game, the menu system is simple yet not to limited by its simplistic manner, the manual is a class publication, unlike so many manuals that come with games these days.
8 / 10
If this game was out five years ago it would have been called revolutionary, but it now looks like just another bland three dimensional strategies.
5 / 10
im going to split this sound category into two sections, Music and Sound Effects.
Outstanding some classic tunes from the likes of Angry Mexican DJ's, Laurent Garnier, Bent, Crustation. These make up the majority of your night time music which is more of your American house/ dance music. Where as during the day you get some chillout mellow classics such as, Kinobe - Bopalong, Crustation - Face The Waves (Instrumental). All selected through the ingame GipAMP MP3 player, you can even add your favrioute tunes from your very own MP3 collection and select the time of day for your tune.
Some of the best Chill out and club yourself mad sounds in any game.
Sound Effects
When I say sound effects in that essence I mean the other sounds you get in games . From the sounds you get when building a beach club, to the sound of a poor clubber emptying his stomach all over your red cobbled paths.
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Fans of Tropico and The Sims will LOVE this game! It's tacky, outrageous and very funny. The games interface is easy to understand and the learning curve spot-on. The object of the game is to build a successful beach resort and keep those punters happy! In return they will provide you with outrageous, hilarious and realistic action - watch your guests as they get up to all kinds of debauchery, drunkeness, brawls, romance(they even bonk on the beach!)and overindulgence.
Also included in the game is a MP3 player - you can import your own music and play it during the game!
All in all this is a fun, easy to play and addictive management sim....with added naughtiness!!!
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By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2002
I've just got a copy of Beach Life and I haven't finished all the levels yet but it's great fun. The graphics are clean and elegant, the sound effects are great, and the built in MP3 player is a top idea. The game comes with several tracks already by other artists, I'm not too familiar with them, but I recognise much of the music.
The gameplay spans 12 islands although I have yet to unlock them all, but there are several sub-tasks you have to complete to finish a mission. Collecting liter, tackling vandalism, improving the resort etc.
Having played it for several hours I find myself getting caught up in watching the antics of the guests - Keep an eye on the guests thoughts (its in one of the panels) to read some outrageous text.
I do hope they come up with some editors and add-ons, as this game is at least different from a lot of the games out there and is a blast to play.
Definately recommended.
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As a confirmed Sim addict I found that many tycoon type games amused me for a while, but I always went back to the Sims and didn't stick with the other games. This one I keep coming back to as well.
There are 12 islands with increasingly tougher challenges. Most players will get through the early levels quite easily as there are some good hints and tips, but if you fail a mission you will get booed! As you go along you will learn favourite attractions that make you the most money, and please your guests, also the benefits of price manipulation, beer strength and general maintenance.
This is not a game for a quick 15 mins. Although quick to load (unlike the Sims and some others), it is easy to get hooked on as you want to try and complete a level. Look out for level 9 - thats a toughie!
If you like you can play Sandbox mode (free play) without the pressures of having to complete certain targets, but you can only play with islands you have 'opened' through completion of a level.

The accompanying mp3 tracks are excellent and very atmospheric, plus you can include your own.
Overall this has become one of my favourite games and I highly recommend it.
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I've ben playing this for a week and I'm now thinking maybe I shouldn't have bought it. Let me explain.....a couple of years back I bought 'The Sims' and it took up a good few weeks of my life. It was mindblowingly original, good fun and you knew it was going to evolve and get better.
Beach Life has started off in the same vein. It's fun, it's original and I'm wanting to play it most evenings. However, it's limitations are already kicking in. People moan, people get drunk, people get sick, but you can't really influence them that much. And just when you're getting into a scenario - you find yo'uve soon won it and you start all over again on the next one.
I'm not saying don't buy it - just don't expect endless thrills and spills and months of gameplay.
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