Family Vacation: California
Fun but Too Short
This is a fun little hidden objects game! For HOG fans who dislike the adventure style or games with too many mini-games, this would be great for you. There is way more HOG scenes than mini-games.
The mini-games that are in this game are extremely easy and there is a skip button.
Graphics are done well and the colors are vibrant.
There are only two issues I have with this game:
1. It was much too easy. I only had to use the hint button to find the areas where I needed to find more items because those areas did not glow the way they should have. (Glitch?)
2. The game is the shortest game I've ever played. I played the free preview hour then paid 9.99 for the full version just to realize that I was already halfway finished before I bought it! It only took me another hour after I purchased it to be done. So I basically spent 9.99 for one hour of gameplay.
There was so many more scenes they could have added to this game to extend it or at least make the objects harder to find.....or do both!
For such a fun, light-hearted game it's a shame that it was too easy and too short. I would still recommend this game for beginners, kids, or people who can find it on sale at a later time. If you have a coupon code for a free or discounted game, use it for this one. It's definitely not worth the 9.99 or even 6.99 (for members) for only 1 hour of gameplay after you play the 1 hour free preview.
November 7, 2012
good game and kids should like it
it isn't so easy that younger kids can easily play it. the items in the HO scenes are sometimes hard to find because they are so well-camouflaged. the hint button takes 1 minute to recharge and that is why some kids will get impatient. there are no mini games, but there are HO scenes within the other HO scenes. it really doesn't take long to play. your family won a trip to "the price is nice" show and this is your adventure in going there and what you do before the show and then playing on the show.
January 18, 2013
Chill out in California with a Cool Family
I did enjoy this hidden object game. I liked it that the items to be found weren't defying Newton's Law of Gravity. There were a few tricky ones, but the hint button which was in form of a family camper was on hand. I liked that it started grey and then coloured up as the hint was recharging. There were two other things I liked about the h.o.s finding an item that was made up from smaller pieces eg. a dinasour where the body, arms, legs, head and tail were scattered around the Adventure Park. The other was where a magnifying glass showed an area that had to be searched in greater detail. The story line is that Barb the Mum in the story wins a place on a Quiz Show, so they have a holiday there. Stan, Danny and Karen enjoy themselves in the sunshine. They visit the fairs and take a look around the studio of "The Price is Nice". It's a jolly jaunt. The puzzles were on the whole too easy, I had problems with the "Shopping Basket" on the "Price is Nice", but other from that too easy. This is on the whole a nice game for those with a young family who are just starting to play computer games. As the whole experience is relaxing and apart from a dinasour or two, not one scary monster or ghost or skeleton in sight!!
November 17, 2012
As others have said - good fun
I loved the clean, clear graphics. There were a few semi-difficult things to find but in general, if I took the ime I could find what I wanted.
I liked the change of pace while playing - putting several things together to make something, having a section that wasn't totally visable and that contained 3 items, a good assortment of mini-games,.
Could it have been more? sure. But it was difficult enough to hold my attention without driving me nuts, it was not dark and full of horror.
indeed, it felt like a family vacation! I liked my hour to test it and am glad I bought it!!
November 17, 2012
Vacation Time - California Here We Come!!!!
The best parts of this game for me were not all the HOGs (hidden object games), but the mini games (loved them), taking pictures of the family (YAY) and excitement of the family.
The graphics were okay - comic book quality but that's ok with me. Sound was not too bad - had to turn it down anyway because puppy sleeping by the computer. Some of the sound effects were a little too loud (again, sleeping puppy).
The hint button (a taxi van) did take a bit to recharge but that was ok by me as well. The honking noise it made when ready was a trifle bit annoying.
Unfortunately, I fell asleep during the game so did not get the FULL experience of the demo. But, it's on the daily special sale FOR THE DAY ONLY! So, I have a few hours left to get off the fence I'm on the fence about the purchase.
I do recommend this game for beginner - expert. The HOGs are just that much fun and definitely challenging.
August 11, 2014
I'm not really in to this game. The way I see it, it's a cheap imitation of Big City Adventure.
The graphics were good. A rare highlight of this game.
The puzzles were easy and fun.
The Hidden Object Scenes were good, especialy since there is a zoom in area to find a set number of objects. The objects are easy to find, with a puzzle icon indicating a necessity to take on the trip.
The game in some aspects was fun, but in others it was jus a drag.
Nowhere near as good as Big City adventure, yet with the same concept.
Absolutely Pathetic soryline, no voice-overs, all text, very slow. The mother wins a spot on the Price is Nice and takes the whole family on vacation.
I was not really in to this game. I much prefer Big City Adventure.
July 5, 2012
Very relaxing game, and very funny
November 16, 2011
California for Beginners
Review based upon completion of the game.
This is your very basic HOG. A family of 4 wins a trip to California so mother Barb can go on The Price is Nice. On the way you will find lots of hidden objects, solve some puzzles and click away dialogs.
+ colorful and bright
+ for the whole family
+ some interaction in HO scenes (one additional hidden area, some FRO pieces)
o they could have shown more famous sites instead of a nameless baseball stadium, beach or movie park
- in general much too easy for the experienced player
Bottom Line: This is a great game for either people getting to know the HOG genre or for (grand)parents sitting down with their kids in front of the PC to play a suitable-for-all-ages game. For the experienced player this game might be a tad boring.
May 21, 2013
Challenging for Kids-too easy for adults
A nice game for kids. Safe, no grim story, no blood, no fear. Probably too juvenile for teens and probably too easy for adults-although some hidden objects are teensy weensy. Only played 10 min of demo and then deleted.
September 10, 2012
GOOD BEGINNER GAME
This game is very short and very easy. Lots of dialog that has to be read. Cartoonish characters. Would be a great game for a new player/child.
August 26, 2014