When I first saw this game I thought "wow that should be fun", and my niece, whom I play with frequently, thought it would be great. We both had the same opinion in the end.
The controls were right next to horrible. We tried for several hours to figure out the games but came to the conclusion that it was all a matter of luck. Take horseshoes for example: We tried throwing it hard or soft and ended up with the same results almost every time. Badminton was almost unplayable. When we played basketball, it took us at least 15 shots to even get a basket and then it was purely luck. The only game we enjoyed was croquet, and even that had its issues.
The computer opponents, even when set to 'easy', were very difficult. They beat us soundly on almost every game. The music was kind of fun at first but it was repetitive and annoying after a while. The graphics were halfway decent but could have been better.
Over all, I wouldn't recommend this game to my worst enemy.
If you want to get away from it all, then ... go to a real life beach. SUMMER SPORTS: PARADISE ISLAND won't do you any favors. SS:PI has seven dull and lifeless games that you play using a generic guy or gal. Each game has to be played by four participants, which means solo players have to put in three AI opponents, and thus watch each of the AI opponents take their turn, adding misery to the experience. Let's take a closer look at each game. First, we have BASKETBALL. It doesn't matter if you play H-O-R-S-E, Round the World or Shot Clock, the controls are some of the worst I've ever seen (turn the Wii Mote upside down and flick it? No thanks.) You'll have more success going out and playing a real game of basketball in a park or gymnasium. Next, there's VOLLEYBALL. The controls are better, but in the heat of the moment, I would accidentally hit the ball over the net when I wanted to set up for a spike. Then, there's BADMITION. The controls are okay, but constant up/down motion takes it toll on me. Moving right along, we get to HORSESHOES and LAWN DARTS (who plays lawn darts anymore?) The controls here are very imprecise. I have little say in where my horseshoe or dart would land - this game relies more on luck than skill. Last, we have GOLF and CROQUET. Controls for these games are clunky (easy to add power to my stroke, too hard to take it away.) The golf course consists of nine average holes, not "fun and wacky" ones the game advertises. Save your $30 for a better game.
The overall idea is cool: Have 6 games to play on one disc, but the games and controls just don't cut it for me and I found everything but "horseshoes" to be virtually unplayable for any period of time. Even for the price I'd rather just stick to Wii sports until some of the other game companies can get the feel of the controls right.