The tropical island is a classic game location particularly common in FPS and RPG games. In Mario Kart
, the race map "Koopa Troopa Beach
" takes place on a tropical island. Other notable games with this location include Far Cry
, a science fiction shooter, and the company's next franchise, Crysis
. In many games, one of the key ideas behind this location is juxtaposing the evil of the island (such as Trigens
in Far Cry) with the majestic scenery
, the beautiful sunset, and the clear ocean. This contrast gives the player a sense of "good gone wrong" and often suggests a hidden secret deep within the island.
Fun-minded games such as Mario Kart use the tropical island to reinforce the idea of playfulness, as the island is perceived as a happy and enjoyable environment. Another reason why the tropical island is so common is because it has a very distinctive and recognizable look to it. The tropical island is thought of as a fantasy getaway through popular media such as calendars and desktop wallpapers, and this makes it the perfect setting for a magical and unrealistic game.