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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. A refreshingly different game in the Sims 2 series. There’s something addictive in collecting banana leaves, vines and such and building a whole lot of improvised tools and buildings out of them. I think the game hits it’s mark quite well. I’d say Castaway is the best Sims game for ages, if not for the clumsy, Wiimote controlled interface. Unfortunately, it just takes some enjoyment out of the game. Well, you can’t get everything. [Jan 2008]
  2. It’s certainly the best Sims game to wash ashore any console in awhile, and will please fans of the Sims franchise while being a alluring adventure for those Wii owners not already acclimated to the Sims PC gaming juggernaut.
  3. This is a title that finally brings new life to the console versions of The Sims, and if you're a fan of either The Sims, or just being deserted on a island, this is a game you need to check out.
  4. Great game. Easily among my favorite games, but could be improved considering the true potential of the Wii. Nevertheless, The Sims 2: Castaway manages an experience that surpasses the GameCube iterations in every way.
  5. 75
    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 hamper some of the fun of the title. However, Sims fans will find this to be a good break from the traditional Sims formula.
  6. Survive like Ray Mears while fretting over how good you look in a grass skirt. It's a whole news Sims experience. [Christmas 2007, p.50]
  7. Concepts and premises like this whimsical survivor tale are fresh at least; now EA needs to escape from Suck Island and find fun gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. PatD.
    Oct 26, 2007
    Awesome game, a nice departure from the previous ones in the series. Solid control scheme, lots of fun exploring the islands and the world are simply gorgeous. The audio is fantastic. Some performance issues here and there. Really enjoyed this version! Collapse
  2. Nov 2, 2014
    The Sims 2: Castaway really has a twist on the Sims series. It's has a real objection! Instead of wandering aimlessly in a house, in an open free world, or in a neighbourhood, you are working toward something. And with that their are mysteries to be uncovered. Minus the loading screens, this is a really great game. Expand
  3. MK
    Jan 14, 2008
    I can't believe I bought this...I think the visuals are ugly, completely last gen, the sound is okay but in no way great, and the mostly boring. you just gather, gather, gather...and the zones arent big enough, too many load times...another unecessary sims game on the consoles. This series has seriously gone down the tank. Expand