Margaritaville Online Video Game ReviewWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaritaville Online (THQ/Exploding Barrel Games)
Margaritaville®OnlineTM warms up the winter with an immersive free social game experience. This Facebook game, inspired by the lifestyle of legendary singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett, offers a one-time Parrothead Membership upgrade and optional in-game premium items that help players complete quests, customization, and open unlockable items faster. Set on a beautiful tropical island, players can also spend their energy accessing a map to travel faster. Specific locales includes reefs, the Oasis bar, jungles, and private beaches. Players can fish or net great items on the reefs. Fishing requires the most knowledge to use the appropriate lure. Hire bands and collect from/refill their tills at the Oasis bar. Cut through bamboo in the jungles for treasure and grab even better items on the beach. The mini games tie into the regular gameplay very well. For example, players can try pirate slingshot shooter then net for extra items near the same beach. Other mini games include limbo, steel drum playing, various puzzles, and the matching game Hammocktime, which is similar to Bejeweled. Mini games can yield extra currency while the quests, located on the left screen side, advance player up the levels. Coins are main currency followed by beach bucks, level, experience points, and energy. Higher levels let players store more energy.
Players can even gather their own food like coconuts to replenish energy. Players must manage their energy consumption because certain activities siphon it down quickly. For example, shooting down coconuts costs two energy points but each coconut will give you one point, so players depend on multiple hauls for their efforts to stay out of the hole. Some jungle bamboo regrows, so explore/conquer the entire area before leaving. Buffett’s familiar songs and related characters like Captain Tony, first introduced to fans in Buffett’s song “Last Mango in Paris”, enhance the experience. Players can also customize their own band; hire friends, and their own boat. Player tools include a machete, slingshot, fishing pole, shovel, and hammer for breaking open boxes and chests. The graphics look great even when set on full screen. Players can send and receive gifts from friends (current list located at the screen bottom along with their current level). Look for in-game rewards that translate into real world perks soon (***1/2, also available on iPad). The upcoming iPhone® version will be a companion app that features a variety of popular mini-games from existing Facebook and iPad versions that offers players real life rewards.