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Sims 2: Castaway
The Sims 2: Castaway (DS)
Member Name: rose1986
The Sims 2: Castaway (DS)
Advantages: Different challenges to complete, new bits of the island to explore
Disadvantages: Can be repetitive and difficult for younger one's
Sims 2: Castaway (Nintendo DS)
The Sims 2: Castaway is an adventure game designed for those aged 12 years and above. There are many games in the "Sims" range, for example My Sims, all of which seem to be popular.
The idea of this particular game is that you control a "Sim" (human being) who is stranded on an Island. You need to keep your Sim alive by ensuring they eat enough during the day, get enough rest and sleep, socialise with other people you find on the Island, keep your comfort level high, ensure your hygiene is kept to a good standard, as well as making your Sim go to the toilet often too. You will incur consequences if you let these levels slip right down. However, I will not spoil the game by letting you know these!
At the beginning of the game, you will choose whether you want your Sim to be male or female and what you wish them to look like and wear. You will also get to name your Sim.
During the game, you have many challenges to complete in order to progress further in the game. You will find you are sharing the Island with survivor's and will need to fulfil tasks for them for your benefit. As you work your way through the game, you will find items which will help you progress further and you need to find 6 pieces of map. You will also be able to connect your Island to others, but again, I will not tell you how.
To keep your Sim happy, you can change their clothes often. However, you can only change their clothes once you have found or made other items of clothing! You can also wash your clothes, but again, you will have to find out how.
In order to keep your Sim's hunger at bay, you will need to feed him / her often by collecting food from around the Island and growing your own plants and tree's.
It is also recommended that you socialise regularly with the other Islander's to keep your Social Level high. If you get your Social Level in the red, your Sim will become increasingly unhappy.
An example of what you can do on the game is below:
Bug Hunt: Here you will find certain rocks which you can lift. Once lifted, you will use your stylus to hit bugs. The more bugs you get, the better. Also, watch out for the "special" bugs that will only come out at certain times and will be very helpful later one. The bugs can be used for many things, which will find out during the game.
Lighting the Fire(s): You will light the camp fire(s) yourself. This is done by using your stylus as well as blowing in to the mic on your DS.
Remember to save your progress before turning off your Nintendo as you will lose everything you have just done since you last saved. Saving is easy and can be done when putting your Sim to sleep in his or her bed.
I found the game easy to navigate around as there is a map which you can teleport your Sim around. As well as this, you can make your Sim walk by touching your stylus on the touch screen and following arrows to navigate it further round the map. Also, the game gives you instructions when something is new to your Sim, i.e. Washing clothes, Growing Plants etc.
One thing you will notice is that when the Sim's talk to one another, they don't talk in English! They talk in their own "Sim" language and you will see pictures in speech bubbles... so you will need to watch carefully so you can guess what they are talking about or asking you to do. This can be challenging sometimes but is easy to pick up.
Although the game could sometimes get repetitive i.e. Feeding regularly, Washing regularly, the fact that you have to fulfil tasks for other Islander's is what makes the game exciting.
I have to say I am a little disappointed in the fact that there are 6 pieces of map, but you only visit one part of the map. To me, if there were 6 parts of the map, the game would last longer and you would get more from it.
I do think the game may be slightly too difficult for those of 12 years old. However, there is apparently a guide book to this game out which may be of some use.
The game has been extremely popular and was only recently released. The game can be bought on online stores Amazon, Piximania and other high street retailers such as Virgin, HMV, Game and Game Station. The game costs between £25.00 - £30.00 depending on where you purchase your product from.
Summary: Great adventure game
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