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The Sims 2: Bon Voyage

The Sims 2: Bon Voyage is the sixth expansion pack released in The Sims 2 series of PC games. It was released on September 4 2007 in North America and September 6, 2007 in Europe for the Microsoft Windows Operating System. For the Mac OS X Operating System, it was released on December 17, 2007 by Aspyr Media. It is an expansion that focuses mainly on traveling, similar to The Sims: Vacation expansion pack for the original game.

The Game

Vacation

There are 3 vacation destinations in Bon Voyage: Three Lakes (the mountain woodland), Takemizu Village (the Far East) and Twikkii Island (the beach). Each destination also has its own secret lot which can be found by getting a secret map. Players can also create custom destinations or buy vacation homes. There are many new NPCs including ninjas, pirates, fire dancers, local chefs, various hotel staff, etc. Sims can learn different things such as dances, massage and gestures from the locals at vacation destinations. There are also tours that Sims can go on. Random chance cards can be answered which determine the outcome of the tour. While on tours, Sims can find hidden locations in a vacation destination. The new oddity in The Sims 2 Bon Voyage is Bigfoot, and he is able to move in with Sims. After returning home from a successful vacation, a Sim may receive some temporary vacation bonuses, like an extra want, or improved job performance. A less successful vacation might cause jet lag instead.

Vacation Homes

For those wealthy Sims, an option on the telephone called "Real Estate" (familiar if Open For Business is installed) can be selected and your Sim can purchase a Vacation Home in the destination of their choice. This allows you to decorate your Vacation Home and can even include your own private beach.

Beaches

Beaches are available in Bon Voyage. Beaches provide a new range of Sim interactions like "comb for shells" or "build a sand castle", or even "get in" to swim in the ocean, and "sunbathe" giving your Sim a golden brown tan. Players can also place beaches at a neighborhood. Some hotels are even placed on beaches, making them more expensive to stay than regular hotels. If Sims have enough money they can buy a pirate ship and have a beach at their own home.

Woodland

The second available area is the Woodlands, which is similar to a campground. Sims may camp in a tent or stay at a wooden lodge.

Far East

Similar to China, Japan and other countries around that area, the Far East allows Sims to experience a culture. In the other 2 locations, Sims are in "Vacation Spots" rather than a country with customs.

Collectibles

In each vacation destination there are 2 collectibles. If you collect all of them and place them on a collectible shelf you may get something special in return and you can show them off to your friends.

Building Tools & Objects

Two new types of roofs are included; they are pagodas & curved edge roof.

Some new objects include Hotel theme object sets (mountain, far east, and tropical hotel themes are available in the design tool), massage table, hot springs, tropical, mountain and far east foliage, etc. The sauna, tent and hammock are new objects that can be used for WooHoo.

Other

The Sims can take snapshots or movies on vacation. This might even be a goal at some point on your vacation. You may also walk to other lots instead of driving. Turn ons and Turn offs (available from Nightlife and upward) have been greatly improved. Players can now add skill level, work ethic, and "sim type" (plantsim, werewolf etc.) The new radio stations from this pack include: Local music, World music, Big Band, and Vacation themed music. You can also create community lot chapels, for marriages.

Destinations

The destinations each include special lots and activities. They are as follows:

Vacation Destination Special Food Theme Special Lot Reward Secret Sim Outfit Gesture
Three Lakes Flap Jacks Lumberjack Hidden Burrow Bigfoot Sim Bigfoot Lumberjack wear Chest Pound
Takemizu Village Chirashi/Sushi Far East Pagoda in the Shadows Dragon Story
Teleportation
Wise Old Man Kimono Bow
Twikkii Island Pineapple Surprise Beach Mystery Hut Voodoo doll Witch doctor Hula clothing Hang Loose

Vacation Mementos

When your Sim travels to certain vacation destinations and they complete the special tasks and events, they get a vacation memory. These vacation memories can add up in the memory section. The Mementos are:

  • Learned a sea chntey
  • Went on all the tours
  • Had five good vacations
  • Went on a tour
  • Learned to fire dance
  • Discovered a secret lot
  • Ate flapjacks
  • Ordered room service
  • Drank tea
  • Had a good vacation
  • Went on an island vacation
  • Went on a mountain vacation
  • Played on the pirate ship
  • Found a sercret map
  • Got a voodoo doll
  • Dug up a treasure chest
  • Went on five tours
  • Ordered a photo album
  • Lerned to hang loose
  • Got a bull's-eye at axe throwing
  • Went on a Far East vacation
  • Lerned Tai Chi
  • Raked a Zen garden
  • Learned the dragon legend
  • Learned acupressure massage
  • Learned all of the gestures
  • Learned to slap dance
  • Learned hot stone massage
  • Learned deep tissue massage
  • Befriended Bigfoot
  • Wished at the lucky shrine
  • Made an offering at the monkey ruins
  • Learned to cheast pound
  • Learned to hula dance
  • Slept in a tent
  • Won at log rolling
  • Learned to bow
  • Had three good vacations
  • Learned to teleport
  • Examine the tree ring display
  • Ate chirahi
  • Ate pineapple surprise
  • Discovered all of the secret lots
  • Won at mahjong
  • Found a beach treasure

SecuROM controversy

The Sims 2 and most of its subsequent add-ons have previously been using Safedisc for copy protection, however since The Sims Pet Stories, The Sims 2 Deluxe, The Sims 2 H&M Fashion Stuff and The Sims 2: Bon Voyage EA have replaced Safedisk with the somewhat controversial SecuROM v 7.x software protection with users reporting problems with installing or launching the game, and running CD-burners or anti-virus protection. Users who asked about the removal of SecuROM were told not to do so, since it can affect the functioning of other EA games.

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