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....... more
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
Victorian Seaside: Photographic Memories - Francis Frith
This delightful book contains a nostalgic selection of photographs from The Francis Frith Collection of Britain's seaside resorts in their Victorian...... more
This delightful book contains a nostalgic selection of photographs from The Francis Frith Collection of Britain's seaside resorts in their Victorian heyday, when they were the favourite destinations for the traditional British holiday. In this fascinating book you can see the Victorians padding in the shallows, enjoying dips from bathing machines, promenading, crowding to watch the beach entertainers, or simply taking in the 'ozone'. The photographs are accompanied by an intriguing text taken from a Victorian guide book, offering an impression of how these resorts were viewed at the time when the archive photographs were taken. Evocative and atmospheric, these stunning images will transport you back into a bygone world. They bring us a strong reminder of the simple and diverse pleasures that the old-style British resort offered to many generations of tourists in the past.
Advantages: Soething for everyone Disadvantages: Quite expensive
...us places in and around Blackpool, even as an adult I have been on holiday to Blackpool once staying in the same flat as when I was a child and the second time a flat just around the corner (but owned by the same people) One trip we would often take, again both as a child and an adult was to the Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the towns amusement park, as a child we would just go for a few hours and I would...
...Blackpool Pleasure Beach is down the Southern end of Blackpool and cannot be missed at all! The endless pier and lighted streets along the sea front will take you the whole way to the pleasure beach. Over the years blackpool has become more and more popular. Some people look at Blackpool and call it a dump, it sort of was once. Nowadays Blackpool is in some ways a major holiday resort...
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Review of PleasureBeach, Blackpool
Advantages: Great rides, cheaper than some other parks Disadvantages: Lacks the charm other parks have
...I visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach last year and I thought it was great value for money. The weather in Blackpool wasnt always great during my 4 day stay but this park didnt disappoint where ride were concerned or eating out. The general atmosphere of this park is happy and fun which is great for the family however the atmosphere here is nothing compared to theme parks like Disneyland...