If you want to get away but cannot go on vacation right now, and you also love playing games, we have a solution.
- Here are some of the best games set in exotic places that you will want to play:
- 🎮 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- 🎮 Hawaiian Dream
- 🎮 Burnout Dominator
- 🎮 Madagascar
- 🎮 The Amazon Trail
- 🎮 The Godfather
- 🎮 The Adventures of Down Under Dan
- 🎮 Raji: An Ancient Epic
- 🎮 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow
- 🎮 Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
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Here are some of the best games set in exotic places that you will want to play:
🎮 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
In the 2020 life simulation video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you purchase a vacation package from Tom Nook and move to a desert island. Playing in a nonlinear fashion, you can develop the island as you wish. For instance, you can customize the land, gather and craft items, and form communities. There are some amazing island designs to choose from too. The one that is based in Japan will especially make you feel like you have been transported to an exotic paradise.
🎮 Hawaiian Dream
Speaking of Japan, the three-reel video slot game ハワイアンドリーム (Hawaiian Dream) was created by Japan Technical Games. There is perhaps no place on the planet that makes one think of exoticism like Hawaii, and this fun slot brings together all of those things that Hawaii is known for. For instance, the symbols include brightly-colored Hawaiian masks, palm trees, a guitar, a butterfly, cocktails, and a hibiscus flower. The game also features bikini-clad girls who welcome you with an “aloha.” With a background of white sand, blue sea, and a sunny sky, playing Hawaiian Dream is sure to make you want to visit Hawaii in real life.
🎮 Burnout Dominator
Malaysia has got to be one of the most stunning places in the world, but it has featured in few video games. In the fun 2007 racing game Burnout Dominator, the Spiritual City courses are very closely based on Sultan Abdul Samad and Dataran Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city. You can also see the KL Twin Towers in the background, although they have been renamed The Spiritual Towers.
When the 2005 movie Madagascar came out, kids and their moms and dads the world over dreamed of visiting the lush island country in the Indian Ocean. If you have always wanted to visit but have not yet done so, you can revisit the animated version of the island in this video game. Released in 2005, the Madagascar game is great fun. You mainly get to control Marty the zebra, but on some levels, you can also control Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo, and Alex the lion.
🎮 The Amazon Trail
It might be an old educational video game, but 1993’s The Amazon Trail is one of the best games for exploring the wonders of Peru and the Amazon. After being visited by a jaguar in a dream, you are told you must travel back in time and search for the lost Inca village of Vilcabamba, which was the capital of the Neo-Inca State from 1539 to 1572. On your journey to Vilcabamba, you get to learn about the people who live on the Amazon river and how they use it for survival.
🎮 The Godfather
If you have seen The Godfather movies, you may remember that the titular character, unforgettably played by the great Marlon Brando, took his surname from the real Italian village of Corleone in Sicily. Vito Corleone is one of the most memorable characters from literature and film, so it is no surprise that there have been several video games based on The Godfather. One of the first was this 1991 side-scrolling shoot ‘em up, which is based on all three Godfather movies. The action takes place in New York, Miami, and the beautiful village of Corleone. While you explore exotic Sicily, you also get to shoot gangsters along the way.
🎮 The Adventures of Down Under Dan
For a fun old-school game with plenty of Australian clichés, check out the 1995 point-and-click adventure video game The Adventures of Down Under Dan. The comical game is very much in the vein of Crocodile Dundee. Indeed, Dan is a crocodile hunter. Playing as Down Under Dan, you begin the game exploring the Australian outback in an airplane. It crashes and Dan survives, only he has lost his memory. You then go on an adventure that will reveal many fun and challenging tasks.
🎮 Raji: An Ancient Epic
If you want to soak up Indian culture and have fun at the same time, check out Raji: An Ancient Epic, which was first released exclusively for Nintendo Switch in 2020. The game takes inspiration from Hindu mythology and historic texts. Graphically, the game is stunning. The in-game architecture is based on a medieval version of Rajasthan, a state in northern India. Raji: An Ancient Epic was nominated for best debut game at The Game Awards in 2020, becoming the first Indian game to be nominated at the awards.
🎮 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow
You get to explore the exotic locations of both Panama and the Bahamas in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow. Based on the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean movies, this game features playable levels based on Captain Jack’s experiences. Sparrow is even voiced by Johnny Depp himself. In addition to action adventures and puzzles, the game features some fantastic funny scenes that were cut from the first film. If you are a Jack Sparrow fan or just want to explore Panama and the Bahamas back in the olden days of pirates, you will love playing this 2006 game.
🎮 Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Even people who do not play video games have heard of Tomb Raider. There have been numerous games and movies featuring the iconic heroine Lara Croft. If you have not played any of the Tomb Raider games, the original 1996 game is a good place to start. But if you want to see all of the exotic ancient sites of Egypt, that you can visit in real life if you get the chance, check out Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation from 1999 in which Lara visits Cairo, Alexandria, the Giza pyramids, and Sphinx, and Karnak temple, as she fights diabolical monsters and searches for treasure.