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8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20

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  1. deepcapture
    Jul 19, 2009
    8
    A nice diversion. It's actually much more involving for a sims newcomer than any of the other sims games. It leads you around by the nose, but that's how it tells it's fairly interesting story.
    I think they almost discovered a new format for adventure games, only falling short by keeping your character to so many schedules and not allowing more investigation options within
    A nice diversion. It's actually much more involving for a sims newcomer than any of the other sims games. It leads you around by the nose, but that's how it tells it's fairly interesting story.
    I think they almost discovered a new format for adventure games, only falling short by keeping your character to so many schedules and not allowing more investigation options within dialog.
    At any rate, it's a really nice way to introduce yourself to Sims games.
    I'd love to see this done within the new sims 3 game, with the ability for users to create and publish their own stories.
    Minor annoyances mainly revolve around pathing of your sim, and space on your home lot, since there is very little space that is flat enough for all the rewards your sim receives during the course of the story.
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Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Castaway Stories is a competent game, a good starting point for those unfamiliar with the series, but may not justify the investment in medium term.
  2. 73
    The Sims: Castaway Stories is the first game in the entire series that really feels different despite being based on the same engine and principles. It shows the series still has plenty of room for growth, and that perhaps the endless expansion packs are not bad things.
  3. The interface couldn't be easier to use. The first few hours of the story mode is basically a tutorial introducing you to the control system. The tutorial is so subtle, and the interface so intuitive, you'll be playing like a Sims vet in no time, even if you have no previous Sims experience.