- 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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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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!!!
BUY IT YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome game, althought the islands are a bit limited this is a great game. After doing the missions which are pretty cool you can just satrt building your own holiday paradise! Read morePublished on 17 July 2008 by Aj
Not a really bad game, but its very limited. Theres no room to be creative. All buildings are fixed, and all levels are the same really. Read morePublished on 11 July 2004
i bought this game in game, and found it very limiting with what you, limited maps, limited biuldings, i found every map very repetivtive!! Read morePublished on 5 May 2004
This is a really good game. The levels get harder and Girls, Girls, Girls is a really hard level. To get $5000 more moey each time press ALT, SHIFT,4. Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2004
Like simulation games, love this. Create your own beach resort complete with fun and games on the beach, restuarants and shops and of course, the holidayers! Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2003 by Jo
Was really excited when I recieved my copy of Beach Life. It installed quickly and problem free but watch out for the min spec it can be run on. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2002