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Aug 08 2013

The Top 5 Tropical Islands in Video Games

tropical_island-normalWith the August sun upon us, there’s nothing better than heading into the great outdoors. However, we don’t always get the time to spend outside. Jobs and other commitments may have us spending more time in stuffy buildings than brisk, outdoor adventures. And even then, if we do get time for a vacation, many of us are limited as to where we can afford to visit. A sunny trip to the Caribbean can turn into a stay-cation if funds are low. With all this in mind, we’ve produced a list of 5 video games that will be sure to let you live out your summer-paradise fantasies – minus any danger of actually going outdoors.

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Monkey Island 3

A pirate, I was meant to be

A pirate, I was meant to be

The Curse of Monkey Island was the third installment in the classic point-and-click adventure series though it was the first in the series to use an outlandish cartoon style with full voice acting. Specifically, Plunder Island is the most tropical location you’ll visit in MI3. The Voodoo Lady describes Plunder Island as “a retirement community for ex-pirates and their spouses.” The lovely island is perfect for your next vacation, featuring Blondebeard’s Chicken Shoppe, Kenny’s lemonade stand, The Long John Silver Center for the Performing Arts, The Barbery Coast barber shop, and the Brimstone Beach Club. Just be warned, there’s a chance that in order to get a towel, you’ll have to use club card you stole from a jacket which you found by completing an endless series of tasks.

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Far Cry 3

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Did I ever tell you what the definition of scenic is?

But let’s say that you don’t want to spend your tropical get away lounging on the beach and sipping drinks. What if wanton slaughter of everything in sight is more your style? Well, the island from Far Cry 3 might just be what you’re looking for. More of a walkabout experience, this getaway features many animals and plants for you to fashion into whatever items you might need, plenty of psychotropic fungi to ‘enhance’ your experience, and many friendly locals that you will probably go postal on. For those looking for more rage than relaxation, the island from Far Cry 3 is perfect.

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Wii Sports Resort

Let your Wiimote waggle on this motion-control friendly beach.

Let your Wiimote waggle on this motion-control friendly beach.

Not looking to spend your summer vacation among pirates or gun-crazed maniacs? Wuhu Island from Nintendo’s best-selling Wii Sports Resort is the perfect getaway. Don’t let the name fool you, this resort isn’t just a relaxing stay on the beach. Wuhu Island is full of sports and adventure for anyone willing to blow the dust off of their old Wiimote. This tropical trip takes advantage of Wuhu’s brilliant sea, land, and sky. Vacationers can partake in swordplay, wake-boarding, frisbee, archery, basketball, table tennis, golf, bowling, power cruising, canoeing, cycling, and air sports. Make sure to take a break!

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Tropico 4

Looking to make the perfect hipster island? Put a bird on it!

Looking to make the perfect hipster island? Put a bird on it!

Now, what if you don’t want to just visit an island, what if you want an island itself? The island of Tropico is waiting for YOU! How often have you been on vacation and thought to yourself: “Man, if only there was a coffee shop right here” or “There should really be more police in this area?” Well, we’ve got the perfect package put together for the leader in waiting. After deciding how you would like to gain control of the island and what political ideology to impose, you will be free to build and control towns how you see fit. Feel like creating your own socialist paradise in the sun? You can! Feel like creating a free-market haven for corporations as well as destroy the island’s natural beauty? You can!

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Donkey Kong Country

Nothing spells fun like a rhino in a box

Nothing spells fun like a rhino in a box

Nothing scratching your vacation itch so far? We’ve saved the best for last! This all-inclusive package includes plenty of barrel-blasting, banana-stealing, and pirate-thwarting fun! Swing from vine to vine while riding rhinos and collecting floating letters. The aptly named Donkey Kong Island is home to the lovable DK Crew as well as a ragtag group of Kremlings that are simply part of the charming ambiance. Some might want to avoid the island’s industrial mining and waste areas, but the island is also home to great snow, sand, and forest adventures. For those who want to go ‘ape’ on their next vacation, Donkey Kong Island is a sound match!

 

2 comments

  1. Jake Westerfield

    I’d say you guys forgot about Final Fantasy X, Kingdom Hearts, and OH COURSE Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag.

    1. HalfBeard

      To be fair AC4 wasn’t out yet when this article was written, though you’re right about FFX’s Besaid and KH’s Destiny Island, they would also have been great choices for the list.

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