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  • Summary: Help your Sims build a life from scratch after washing ashore on a deserted tropical island. Overcome the forces of nature to help them become the ultimate survivors and thrive in this undiscovered paradise while unearthing clues that will lead them back to civilization. Build shelters, craft unique items, and discover many useful treasures and ancient mysteries hidden deep within a diverse jungle environment filled with plants, fruits, and even wildlife. Your Sims change as they take on the challenges of island life and learn to survive in style. Create a new life for your Sims on an uncharted island in The Sims 2 Castaway. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Although skeptical at first, I was slowly won over by the gameplay in The Sims 2: Castaway. The goal-oriented structure helps maintain the momentum of an otherwise open-ended situation.
  2. 70
    The Sims 2: Castaway might have a few issues, but it's the most enjoyable console entry for the franchise thus far.
  3. Once all of your goals are completed, you get a feeling of accomplishment, but lose some of the replayablity of other Sims games - you've seen one uncharted island, you've seen 'em all - and the thought of having to harvest all those vines, chop wood, find berries, pick leaves, catch fish, light fires, build furniture, find shelter and identify plants might not sound appealing.
  4. 60
    The Sims 2: Castaway differs just enough from previous iterations that fans of the series and newcomers alike can find plenty to enjoy. However, how long the entertainment lasts will boil down to how long it takes the player to grow tired of the repetitive tasks of Sim survival.
  5. 59
    While it gives an interesting twist on the standard shipwreck concept, the hampered nature of the guidebooks, strange placement of plans in menus and continual micromanagement does hampers the fun of the title.
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Jan 20, 2012
    Love this game better than any sims series. I wish there was a Sims 3: Castaway. If there is I will be happy. I like it because it is more adventurous than any sims series out there. All of the sims series, you are cooped in a house and can only see your neighbors but it this game you will see mountains and befriend chimps. Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2011
    Create up to 6 sims characters of your own and struggle to survive in the island jungles. It is a fun game but it has long loading times and confusing options. Expand
  3. Mar 11, 2013
    Sims 2 Castaway for PSP is really fun. But, there's a problem with getting through the ancient gate in the cave, even with the gnome cheat. Also, when I build the canoe on the second island, it says I don't have enough energy to go, even when it's full. Expand
  4. Jan 29, 2013
    It's a mediocre game, but it does have a certain charm. It will appeal to hardcore Sims fans, of which there are many. The visuals are decent enough, and the scaled down gameplay works fairly well on the PSP. My main technical objection would have to be the constant load breaks with my PSP1000, although ripping the game to MS, provided you have custom firmware, eradicates these entirely. Expand
  5. Jun 29, 2012
    No! no! no! This isn't Sims! This is a disgusting game that thinks its Sims! What is this and what have they done with Sims? Whatever the design team was thinking when they made this game baffles me. I think they probably said something like, "hey guys! I have an idea! lets make a Sims game with a story! They can be on a boat and make their friends and then the boat will crash. Then the player will have to find their friends while exploring a weird island trying to have sex with a monkey so they don't die of loneliness. Good idea right?" No Mr. good idea just no. The stuff about the monkey is true by the way and is no where near as fun as it sounds. There's lots of islands where you have to go so you can see your friends and also lots of monkeys to have sex with. Its also got this weird hunting mechanic which was fun for about ten minutes. Oh, and may biggest disappointment, no grim reaper. Terrible, not worthy to be called a Sims game. 2/10 Expand

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