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15 Tropical Games to Help You Forget About the Cold

Take a virtual vacation.

Far Cry 3
Tropico 5
Viva Pinata
Just Cause 3
Pokemon Sun and Moon
Dead Island
Crash Bandicoot
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Super Mario Sunshine
Monkey Island
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
Jak and Daxter
Final Fantasy X
Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Far Cry 3 is one of the most critically acclaimed title of the entire series, and it gives you an expansive island to explore at your leisure. There are tons of exotic animals to hunt like sharks or panthers, and plenty of scenery to take in. The game’s story also plays with the tropical themes, having protagonist Jason Brody go through multiple tribal rituals.

Tropico 5 lets you build your very own island civilization, in a semi-democratic way. You start construction in the Colonial Era then go through the World Wars, Cold War, and Modern Times. You’ll have to manage construction and management of your governement in traditional city-building style, all while crafting your very own island paradise.

Viva Pinata is about as tropical as you can get, giving you a garden of adorable pinata animals to take care of. You’ve got tons of options for building your garden, mating animals, and protecting them from strange attackers. It’s the perfect game to unwind with on a cold winter day.

Just Cause 3 has two enticing opportunities to play with, an absolutely gorgeous tropical setting and unlimited destruction. You play as mercenary Rico Rodriguez returning to his home country of Medici, a fictional Mediterranean republic. You basically have unlimited freedom to explore the sights of the island, or take down the corrupt regime with extreme prejudice.

Pokemon Sun and Moon transports the series to the brand new region of the Alola Islands. This tropical local is a beauty to behold, and the games change up quite a bit about the series’ formula. You now have Island Trials to overcome instead of gyms, and the tropical theme plays into many of the Pokemon designs as well.

Dead Island puts zombie survival into a setting unlike anything we’d seen before, the tropical island of Banoi. This tourist resort has been hit with a terrifying zombie infection, and you’ll need to find a way off the island. Luxurious five-star hotels, desolated towns, and more are all waiting to be explored.

Final Fantasy X has the most tropical theme of the entire series, transporting the game’s protagonist to Besaid Island at the beginning of the game. There are, of course, pretty varied locations but you’ll spend a lot of time exploring islands and watery locals.

Super Mario Sunshine was a big change for the series, both in aesthetic and gameplay. Mario sets out to Isle Delfino on a vacation with Princess Peach, before things predictably take a turn for the worst. He finds a strange talking backpack called the F.L.U.D. that shoots water, and must use it to wash off the horrid paint infecting the island.

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