Fancy yourself a nice vacation around the most picturesque locations in the United States? No? Then would you prefer tagging along with a family going on the same vacation, with you doing nothing but look for their missing things throughout the entire trip? Yes? Then Family Vacation 2: Road Trip is just for you.
This hidden object game has you follow the Simmons family around as they embark on a lengthy road trip in their Airstream RV throughout the western states, visiting landmarks like the Hoover dam, Yellowstone Park, the Grand Canyon, and even Area 51.
Throughout the game you will engage in over sixty hidden object scenes, in which you are given the unenviable task of scouring each location for every object known to mankind. Despite your tedious mission, each location is beautifully rendered in near-photorealistic detail and relaxing ambient sound effects matching the locale will drive home the “casual” in this casual game.
Each of the four members of the Simmons family is fully voiced, along with introductions to the various landmarks you will go scavenger hunting, giving Road Trip an educational quality which will certainly be to the benefit of both the young and the ignorant.
Hidden object hunting won’t be the game’s only activity, as Road Trip also boasts over 25 different mini-games and puzzles that revolve around your usual vacation activities, such as white water rafting.
The first Family Vacation game apparently sold very well, with over a half million downloads, according to publisher Ends in Four Games’s CEO Steve Milburn:
With Family Vacation 2: Road Trip we have enhanced the graphics, strengthened the gameplay and added tons of new features and content. The addition of Airstream and their iconic ‘silver bullet’ travel trailer brings a slice of Americana to game that really adds to the overall enjoyment.
Unfortunately, purchasers of Road Trip don’t seem very pleased with the final product, as the game has a two out of five star average on Big Fish Games, where it is currently selling for $3. Many reviewers have complained about the music and voice acting, with some saying they played the game without any sound. Others have said that the game simply didn’t command their enthusiasm.
The game’s page on Big Fish Games contains a download for a free demo, so you have every opportunity to sample Family Vacation 2: Road Trip and see if it is worth your time and money.