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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16

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  1. Jun 29, 2012
    2
    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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64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 70
    The Sims 2: Castaway might have a few issues, but it's the most enjoyable console entry for the franchise thus far.