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  • Summary: This time your Sims have washed up on a tropical island! Help them make a new life in an unexplored paradise in this easy-to-play, laptop-friendly version of The Sims. The Sims Castaway Stories features two great ways to play. In the new and engaging directed Story mode, explore the island, build a shelter, learn to find food, and make your Sims' lives as fun and comfortable as possible. You even unlock rewards along the way as you achieve set goals. In open-ended Classic mode, you create your Sims and determine how they'll evolve on their new island home. In an environment where anything-or anyone-can wash up on the beach, you decide how their stories unfold. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 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.
  2. Sims Castaway takes the previously urban-centered Stories spin-off series to a deserted island and pulls it off well. It feels fresh compared to the main series and actually feels more like a game again than just a virtual doll house. [Mar 2008]
  3. If you're tired of cold weather, Castaway Stories could be just the thing to warm you up. [May 2008, p.61]
  4. The different location means that it's more than the usual tat. [May 2008, p.112]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. By peddling this sort of single-minded crud to children EA are creating a new generation of absolute morons who won't be able to think one step ahead of themselves. [May 2008, p.86]

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  1. deepcapture
    Jul 19, 2009
    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.