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- Appeals more to a console-centric gamer than the average PC-playing Sims 2 gamer with its adventure gaming focus layered under the typical Sims-style gameplay

- Wiimote controls work very well for maneuvering around the island



- Micromanagement typical of Sims gameplay takes away some of the fun island adventuring

- Constant load times distract from island tasks at hand



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Sims 2: Castaway

Score: 8.0 / 10


There’s no Gilligan, Skipper, Mary Ann, Ginger, Thurston, Lovey or Professor here, but plenty of Sims are around to venture the uncharted isle that is the new world gamers will explore in The Sims 2 Castaway on the Wii.


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Bringing more adventure-oriented gameplay into the same familiar Sims-style mix, this title has a broader appeal than the normal Sims title by straying away from the usual Sims environment of “Sims Suburbia” and tossing gamers and their Sims face-first into the sand of a seemingly deserted island.


The Sims 2 Castaway puts gamers in the role of a lone Sim separated from their crew and shipwrecked with just a survival handbook at their disposal. The goal: survive! Using the resources all around the island, gamers must find food (not a problem, because it’s everywhere), build shelter, devise tools, and any other Sim function necessary to endure island life. Collecting items needed is




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uncomplicated; trying to find them in any type of easily navigated menu when they are needed isn’t. The menu system leaves a lot to be desired, especially with the amount of micromanaging that’s needed, a la every Sims game.


Yes, the usual Sims micromanagement gameplay (hunger, hygiene, fun, comfort, social, and the like which need to be addressed constantly) is


right at the forefront of The Sims 2 Castaway, and although that’s what should be expected, it also gets in the way of the more adventurous aspect of the game that is much more entertaining. It certainly is refreshing to get away from the suburban-centered culture of the Sims. And, even though gamers are shipwrecked, lonely and lost, they’ll soon discover exciting new environments to explore, including caves, the jungle, volcanoes and lagoons, although the longer-than-expected load times moving about to different locations can get annoying.


The island-inhabiting shipwreck “victim” won’t be lonely for long, because there are simian pals all around (and other, less helpful creatures). They’ll do work for gamers’ Sims and assist in survival, once Sims have become friends after monkeying around with them a bit and earning their trust and friendship. And later, when gamers need to interact with more than their newfound ape buddies, they’ll be able to search and find more marooned Sims. There’s also an actual goal in sight (returning to “civilization”), something not typical of a never-ending Sims title.


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As in the PC Sims 2, the weather can play havoc on the tropical world of the Sims in Castaway. Although sunny beaches are the usual forecast, there are days when hurricanes and rain slam the Sims, turning the lovely sunny beach into a water-logged nightmare – all the more adventurous tale for the stranded Sims to take home with them. No worries, though, if Sims have constructed a sufficient shelter until the conditions clear for the better.


A pleasant surprise is how well the control of The Sims 2 Castaway is, using the Wiimote and Nunchuk. For a game perfectly suited for a keyboard and mouse control schematic as implemented in the PC version of any Sims title, translating that same instinctive and intuitive control over to a console hasn’t been this well done in any previous Sims console game.


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.


– Lee Cieniawa


(January 7, 2008)



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