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      13.11.2011 18:43
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      A highly addictive and fun game for your PC.

      Beach Life


      I bought this game years ago however it hasn't yet got old and I still enjoy playing it. It is a one-player tactical game in which you are the creator of a holiday resort. On this holiday resort you have to build amenities and keep guests happy whilst taking on challenges that are set.

      The game is for your PC and it is really easy to install, once you have popped it into your computer it will guide you through the installation process which will only take about 5 minutes. The game is made by Eidos Interactive/A Deep Red Game. This game is really fun and very addictive!

      Once you reach the start menu you will be given the following options:
      1. Start: this will take you to your first challenge.
      2. Sandbox: this is where you can practice before starting.
      3. Load: where you can load a previous game.
      4. Extras: where you can see the credits and reset the game.
      5. Exit: to go back to your desktop.

      The game is really easy to follow, throughout there are easy to understand instructions and each level is explained really well so you know what your aims are. Each level is set on a different beach resort and you have to fulfil the requirements set in order to pass each level. If you don't pass then you have to do the level again.
      Before you start each level you are given the following information to help you:
      1. Map Size: how big the island/beach is.
      2. Weather: if the weather is extra hot or rainy etc.
      3. Hazards: for example sharks.
      4. Difficulty: levels start easy and work up to being hard.
      All of these factors help make up the level and they affect the game related to that individual beach. For example you may have shark infested waters and therefore you need to hire a lot of lifeguards or you might have an extra hot location so you will have to make sure that there are a lot of drink stands around, that kind of thing.

      As the creator and developer of the resort you are then faced with looking after the beach, building its amenities and hiring staff all under a time limit whilst trying to meet the targets set. At first I did find this game a little frustrating as some of the challenges seem impossible to do in the time given however like with any game it is all about persistence and in this case, tactical thinking. On the early levels there is free space on the islands to build things however as it gets harder space becomes more limited and therefore you have to demolish things and lose money to get what you need.

      One of my favourite aspects of the game is hiring the staff. In order to have staff you need to build their huts and then you can hire and fire as you wish. Keeping the staff happy is important as the complex will fall apart without them, you can raise their pay and change their hours to make them work more efficiently and make sure that the island is covered at all times. You start the game with builders and then you are responsible for hiring mechanics, representatives, cleaners, lifeguards and security guards. It is your responsible to make sure that the complex is clean, everything is working okay, guests feel secure and that nobody drowns which is quite a difficult task when there are other things to do at the same time.

      Whilst you are playing the game there is a control panel which will appear along the bottom of your screen. This panel enables you to do pretty much everything. There is a bulletin board which flashes up messages and problems to do with the guests and the complex which you need to pay attention to and fix before the guests become unhappy and leave. For example you will see such things as; "Guests are complaining that there is nowhere to get a soft drink", "The ferry is approaching with 26 new guests" and "Security may soon be a problem - you don't have any security guards". Every time a new message appears it beeps so you are aware that there is something that needs taking care of. This is the most useful tool throughout the game as it enables you to know what the guests want so that you can accommodate them and subsequently improve the complex.

      The music on the game is great, it is really chilled out and reminds me of holidays. You can pause it, stop it and skip tracks on the control panel. There are other noises to be heard along with the music for example; people laughing/crying/shouting/whistling/throwing up, builders, waves and other sounds.
      By clicking on the options button at any time throughout the game you can:
      1. Save the game.
      2. Load another game.
      3. Restart the scenario.
      4. Exit to the menu.
      5. Change the volume/special effects sounds.

      You can be reminded of what your aims are at any time by clicking on the objective button. Once one of your objectives has been achieved a yellow dot will appear next to it so that you know you have passed that one. Objectives range from level to level, you can expect to find ones like; "You must get 150 guests on your island before day 5", "You must get the litter count on your island down to below 20" and "You must collect over $1500 in security fines".

      You can also see your guest and building stats. These stats go into a lot of detail, it doesn't just tell you how many guests you have, it tells you: their individual names, their mood (which is represented by a smiley/sad/angry face) and their % of happiness. If you click on one name in particular it will take you to wherever that guest is and it will tell you what they are doing, what they want to do most, when they arrived, when they will depart, how much spending money they have, how much sunburn they have, if they are drunk, if they have a headache and their last 3 thoughts. It gives other information also and it does help as if you check quite a few people and they all are annoyed about having to queue for the toilets then it tells you that you need to build some more.

      You can also find out information about the buildings by clicking on them. It will tell you the buildings power consumption, opening times, repair status, how many guests have visited and how much profit it has made. This helps you decide which buildings are worthwhile being kept and which ones should get demolished.

      Guests arrive via a ferry or by bus at certain times throughout the day. You can see clearly on the control panel how many guests you have on the island, what time the next ferry/bus is arriving and the time of the day or night it is. You can speed time up or slow it down depending on how well you are doing.

      There are a variety of things which you can build and you have to be careful you don't run out of money. You make profit from guests and the amenities, you can make things more expensive to use if you are struggling for money. There needs to be a good variety of things for the guests to do and places for them to go or else they get bored and unhappy. As the levels go on more possible builds become available.
      For example, some things that you can build are: staff houses, toilets, showers, beach bars, barbeques, stores, accommodation, food/drink stalls, casinos, bars, discos, cocktail bars pools, jet skis, plants, bins, benches... the list is endless.

      Overall I really like this game, no matter how many times I play it I still find it quite challenging on certain levels and that is why I keep going back to it. I love the layout of the game and the complexity of some of the challenges. It really does make you think and that is why it doesn't get boring. I warn you though, it is very addictive!

      The game is available for about £5 off such sites as play.com and amazon.co.uk which I think is an absolute bargain as it will keep you entertained for hours and it really is fun! Definitely recommended for anybody 12+.



      Thank you for reading.


      Review also on Ciao under luceey.

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        17.07.2010 16:57
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        I bought this PC game from Amazon a few months ago, where it cost me just under £5 and it was brand new. The reason I wanted it is because a friend had it and sometimes when I went to their house when I was little we would play on it, and I thought it was quite good fun. I don't know why but suddenly I remembered the game, and had a sudden urge to buy it, so I did.

        Basically the aim of the game is to create the essential party/holiday island. It is a simulation game, a bit like the Sims games, or the Tycoon games. You have to create the resort by buying restaurants, toilets, arcades, all the usual things you would find in a holiday resort. You have to buy builders, mechanics and maids to keep it going, and you have to make sure the island is earning more money than it is spending. It isn't as easy as it sounds.
        There are different locations that you can choose to build your resort on. You can follow your guests, watch them get drunk, read their minds and thoughts which can be quite entertaining.

        I found the game didn't take long at all to install and wasn't at all difficult to do so either. At first I found it really good fun but after a while I have to admit it did start to get a bit boring. I will still go on it now and again though as it is an entertaining past time.
        The game is a 12+ and is suitable for girls and boys. Although there is a picture of a woman on the front in her bikini, and the loading images in the game are of women in bikinis, I think the game itself is more suitable for females than males.

        I think the game is fun and would recommend it. The graphics are good, the background music isn't bad and the game as a whole is good.

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          14.06.2009 19:14

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          A fun beach based tycoon game

          I am a HUGE tycoon game fan and I am often found searching the internet for new ones. I came across this game and took an instant like to it. It ticked all the right buttons for tycoon games i.e. varied game play, scenarios and sandbox mode. The thing that appealed to me most was the humour element of the game, one example is changing the stregnth of the alcohol to encourage them to get drunk.

          You are basically challenged to set up various beach resorts on islands by building resort buildings, attractions and hiring resort staff to help the tourists who arrive by cruise ship. You need to keep the holiday makers happy and attract more guests to your island.

          This is a game for adults and I dont think that it is suitable for children at all. Some of the scenarios contain very adult themes i.e. couples "getting it on" on the beach and excessive alcohol comsumption.

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          18.01.2009 22:55

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          An Easy Game To Love

          This is my favourite game of all time, can be found rather cheap but finding it in the shops is difficult, and very rare, usually found in the Sold Out range.

          It would be what you would call a Tycoon gam,e find an island make a resort, keep the water clean and the people alive! Sharks are around!

          plant casinos and arcades around your resort as well as a party cruise ship and a beach disco, dont forget the gift shop for those happy customers and a burger bar set up right on the beach!

          with this game you can make the resort of your dreams gather as many customers as you can and take it to the next level! put butlins to shame with your ace holiday camp!

          you can go ahead with the free game and make your holiday resort the way you want it or you can make a career of it all and aim at some goals to unlock more islands and more attractions.

          this is a game for those who loved roller coaster tycoon and such

          hours and hours of fun!

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          30.11.2008 17:24
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          Great if you like building and role-playing games.

          Even though this game is unrecognised and cheap it is actually quite fun to play if your like games such as The Sims, Theme hospital, Tropico etc. There are about 10 levels to play, but you have to complete each of them one by one. In the levels you have to build a holiday resort, and each level has different goals to complete. There is stuff like making everyone on the island drunk and happy and horny, to saving people from the sharks, to keeping the place beautiful and clean from litter. You have a choise of buildings to plot like hotels, bars, souvenier shops and you have to hire cleaners, mechanics, builders aswell. The game is worth a play and can last a good few hours. Some levels can be hard to complete though, and it does take time and effort towards the last few levels which makes the game more appealing.

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            15.10.2008 01:59
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            I love this game, It is just like many tycoon games, You are the owner of a holiday island and must build the island up and help the guests have a great time whilst also maintaining the site. The gameplay is very simple however the islands are very small and differcult to build as you have limited space. The game moves quickly and the controls are differcult at first. I have spent many of hours of this, there are little cheats for the game. Once you have done a few islands, there is little room for extras and the game becomes boring. Not sure if you can add things or not but becomes repitive. The game is in the Sold Out range. Recommended to teen's and studends with lots of time or for those mad tycooners like me. Game gets a 8 out of 10 from me, not had as much time as I would of liked to try it out fully.

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              27.11.2003 07:28
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              I’d just completed Zoo Tycoon and found it very clever but a bit monotonous, leaving me in the mood for a fun game so I chose Beach Life from Eidos Interactive. Similar to all of the management games you start with an allotted amount of money and build, but with this game you develop a series of holiday islands and try to keep the regularly incoming guests happy so that the money flows and they don’t leave grumbling. It says on some sites that there are 14 levels, but there are 12 levels that have been built up to varying degrees and you have to complete them. With all you have a hotel, a power generator and a complaints hut. With your money you can add buildings like restaurants, cafes, speedboats, Jacuzzis, fun pools, toilets, bars, fishing trips, pedalo hire, beach furniture, theme clubs, windsurfing hire, party boats, beach barbeques and bars and extra accommodation blocks. You choose which you want to build but that is often dictated by the moans of visitors and how much cash you have coming in. To do well in the game and stop visitors complaining you have to build the essentials like lifeguard towers, cleaning shacks, mechanics huts, representative’s chalet and guards hut, all can be staffed by up to 5 people. Most of the additions earn you money to enable you to build more, but except for the guards who fine those who misbehave the essential buildings cost money with staff hire and pay offs if you decide to sack somebody. Click on the buildings and you can put prices down or up, but unless you have some rich happy guests the complaints will start and your visitors will leave. You can increase or decrease wages and dictate the shifts that your staff work, increases usually improve performance. You can also check to see what condition your buildings are in and call out mechanics to do repairs, or cleaners to sort out the toilets. You can alter the strength of beer sold and on most of the levels choose which type f
              rom Smileys, Cape Horn, Grimley’s, Thumper’s and Smashers. Figure out the effects from the names! You can add paths, plants, grass and lights to improve the scenery for your guests and your ratings, plus practical things like rubbish bins, post boxes and benches. They and the buildings can be removed too and you receive part of the cost back for the buildings once your builders have demolished them. I found that useful because for instance on one level I wanted to place a party boat but the only possible way for it to fit on the coastline was to remove the already placed pedalo hire out of the way. Some of the scenarios allow between 5 and 10 days for the set challenges and you can see what day it is and what time of day on the bottom of your screen. There are 3 changeable speeds and in real time a day on the resorts is less than 10 minutes depending upon the speed setting you use. I usually fluctuate between the fastest when I need to amass money and the slowest when I am building and making repairs. The longest scenario takes just over an hour to fail at or finish and some of the scenarios are quite easy to complete while others took me several goes. One of the challenges is to earn $30,000 dollars in one day; another is to increase the resort rating from 1 to 5 stars. One of the hardest involves getting 50 couples to bonk on the beach – all boozy quickies! You can zoom in to see what your visitors are up to but as the view becomes slightly distorted you might be disappointed. When everything is going well your visitors display a white thumbs up, when they are cheesed off you see a pink thumbs down icon. If you click on the guests you can see their last thoughts and discover what is bothering them, or what is pleasing them – sometimes the thoughts are quite funny. You can also find out the thoughts of the last 3 visitors by clicking on a building. If they think that the toilets are disgusting, smelly or dangerous
              you call for a cleaner or mechanic quick. If they think that your prices are too high they won’t spend so you need to decrease prices. Problems arise if the power generators aren’t working properly. A lightening icon appears above your buildings and they are closed down and losing income until the generators are fixed. Mechanics check all of the buildings every 8 hours but you can alter it so that they check more often. Even so the darned things still get in bad repair and a spanner icon appears. The sun comes out and you open your beaches, your visitors are happily sunning themselves or having fun in the water. It snows and they all get fed up, or the sharks come and eat your visitors if you don’t close the beaches in time. Not much of a holiday but it all adds to the challenge. I’ve really enjoyed playing this game and loved watching my guests having fun. The highlights I think are watching them strutting their stuff on the dance floors and the beach stage. I didn’t bother with that at first but it turned out to be funny. There are 3 events every day and you can choose which you would like from, weightlifting, cabaret, singing, catwalk and a wet tee-shirt contest. The weightlifting and wet tee-shirt contests are the best. Beach Life isn’t as sophisticated or as clever as Zoo Tycoon but to my mind far more enjoyable. The scenarios don’t last as long, sometimes not long enough but they never become boring. It isn’t as challenging either but sometimes I just want to play without being challenged too much. The graphics are more realistic in Zoo Tycoon, but the cartoon type graphics in Beach Life are more fun visually and seem right for that type of game. Sometimes there are imperfections like people walking through each other or boats going through your guests but it’s only a game and doesn’t detract from enjoyment. Once you have completed the scenarios you can pla
              y each one in sand box mode as often as you like, or you can reset the game to start again and close down the previously completed scenarios. There is a camera feature which you can use to take close ups and email them to your friends or get them posted on the Beach Life site. There is also a built in MP3 player but there are several tracks to set the mood for any given time of the day. In the evening it changes to upbeat for your guests to party to. I liked the music and the background noises of the sea, people talking and singing on their way back to their hotels after a night out, partying or tills ringing. You can even hear visitors shouting for help when they get into trouble in the water. The lifeguards usually respond and rescue them but not always. Sometimes other swimmers swim straight past them totally ignoring their pleas for help, not very realistic. I paid £25.99 for my copy at Total Games and think that it was worth the money. It comes in a DVD case and includes an easy to understand instruction booklet. It’s taken me about 5 weeks to complete but I haven’t been playing every day, just when I had some time to chill. It took me a lot longer to complete Zoo Tycoon but I think that Beach Life is better value for money because I know that I’m more likely to play it in the future. The game is easy enough for children to play but as it involves booze and sex I wouldn’t really consider it suitable for young children. Rated 11+ it is eminently suitable for older children like me who sometimes want to relax without being too taxed. There are some cheats listed on the Beach Life website. You are supposed to be able to get more money and make your guests all go topless but they didn’t work for me. There is a downloadable demo at http://www.eidosinteractive.co.uk/downloads/search.html?gmid=133 In conclusion, it’s an amusing, atmospheric game that I have found far more relaxi
              ng than any other and was as much fun as I hoped. It’s the sort of game that you can pick up after a few days and enjoy without becoming so addicted you play for hours on end. I can recommend Beach Life highly but I now feel disappointed that my fun is over and wish that there were more levels. I could play it in sandbox mode but there wouldn’t be a challenge there. Or I could reset it to close the scenarios and start over, maybe. System Requirements 450MHz Pentium 2 128MB Ram 16MB 3D card Recommended for maximum enjoyment 256 MB Ram 800MHz Pentium 3

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                28.01.2003 21:42

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                Good but very hard game! - Advantages: lots of buildings and seperarte characters, easy to get the hang of, CHEAP - Disadvantages: screen slighlty jerky.(could be my comp), its hard!, big install

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