Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
Buy On
  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. Pelit (Finland)
    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. PC Gamer
    If you're tired of cold weather, Castaway Stories could be just the thing to warm you up. [May 2008, p.61]
  4. PC Gamer UK
    Surreal castaway adventure for more than just Sims fans. [May 2008, p.85]
  5. PC Format
    The different location means that it's more than the usual tat. [May 2008, p.112]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Play (Poland)
    Drop the plural, there is only one story - and repeating it with a sim of the opposite gender doesn't change a thing. What's worse, however, is that there is nothing new about this whole affair. It's amazing to what lengths the creators went to ensure that this "castaway" adventure feels like any other sims on vacation tale. There is even a cell phone made from a shell! The story itself is quite interesting and compelling, pity that after finishing it you can dispose of the game. [March 2008]
  9. PC Zone UK
    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]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  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 theA 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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  2. Oct 10, 2020
    Very fun addition to the series. I was weirded out at the beginning, but after a while I got used to the new setting and RPG-like style of it.