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The Sims 2: Castaway (Wii)

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Publisher: EA - Electronic Arts / Genre: Simulation / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / Max. Number of Players: 1 / ESRB Descriptor: Crude Humor / ESRB Descriptor: Suggestive Themes / ESRB Descriptor: Mild Violence

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      17.05.2009 21:03

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      An enjoyable way to pass an hour but it didn't have me rushing back to the console

      I have only ever played Sims on PC and was very excited to try this version on the Wii. At first I really enjoyed the game play and found the controls easily mastered. Your Sim has to work their way around the island and collect enough supplies and skills to progress onto harder tasks. If you made extra crew members on the original screen you get to meet up with them later on but I seemed to find it difficult to be in control of more than one person as they would be doing tasks elsewhere.

      I managed to get to all the other islands but I have never finished the game, there may not be an end, i don't know! It is hard to work out what you need to do next so after hours of reptitive running around the islands, cutting down bamboo and talking to monkeys I tend to get fed up and don't go back to it for weeks so have to start again as I have forgotten what I have done. Maybe one day I will crack it but for now I will stay with the PC.

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      03.01.2009 13:00

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      One for the existing-Sims fans I think

      The views of my 12 year old, better qualified to review this Wii game than me having played this and many other Wii game son other formats, namely DS and PS2. "In the game Sims Castaway the story is that you are a tourist who adventures on his boat, but gets shipwrecked. Your character ends up washed up on a beach and you have to help him live, make friends, and escape the island. The good points of this game are that you can talk to the wildlife such as monkeys and parrots. Also, you can interact with items such as trees, fruit, wood and treasures like gold, hieroglyphics and clam pearls. The not so good points of the game are that you cannot speed the game up whilst you are walking. You only speed it up when making, or interacting, with something. Also it is not well set out in my opinion, because if your character is bored it is difficult t break the boredom, e.g. tell him to build an item to relieve the boredom, and he'll say he is too bored to build anything! My son recommends this game to people aged over 7 years old, and he rates it as 4 stars." In my opinion, as a non-fan of Sims, it seems well presented graphically and the Wii controls do not seem to create any problem without adding much to the play. I've noticed he is more addicted and can play for longer on the DS versions, though that could be the game or format I'm not 100% sure!

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      04.11.2008 22:37

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      I found it to be disapointing

      sims 2 castaway.
      Ive been a big fan of the sims 2 but i dont think it works well on the wii.
      Its hard to control at first using both your nut chuck and remote.
      You start of makeing your own sims to go onboard the boat.
      you end up on a island were you need to collect stuff to build like your tent,clothes a bridge, your friends are the chimps and collect things for you to swop for a banana.you will see parrots and chickens running around.
      You can also go fishing which is fun trying to spear the fish.
      And if your lucky you may find hidden tresure to put in your inventry.
      There are lots of differnt islands caves to unlock it does get a bit confusing ive been doing it for weeks now.It is totaly different to playing it on your pc.
      I bought mine for £29.99 but i have seen some cheaper.

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      28.10.2008 14:21
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      excellent version of a sim game

      I bought this game for the bargain price of £9.98 from Amazon a few weeks ago. Be warned that this price does fluctuate but you can still expect to find it for around £20 in most places.
      Sims Castaway is a spin off from the Sims games. This isn't an add on but a game in its own right. I have played this on other formats so I knew I was going to enjoy it on the wii.

      ** Starting off **

      As you start the game you have to choose you characters to play with. The Sims will have to be created by yourself and you can change their features and clothing until you are happy with your character.
      The same as other sim games you can create more than one character for the crew of your boat. As the title of the game suggests you will be a castaway on an island so you will need other crew mates around you. It's advisable to create at least two characters.

      When you are ready the game will go through a short cut screen before you will find yourself washed up on an island with only the clothes you have on your back and a rucksack that holds your items.

      ** Controls **

      The controls on the wii version of this game are a little tricky to get used to. You have to use both the wii mote and the nun chuck. The nun chuck is used to control your character whilst the wii mote is used to select certain items and also to activate your inventory and tools menu.
      I found these controls difficult to grasp to begin with. Once you have the hang of it it's easy to carry on as you know what to expect. I do think they could have been designed easier to start with though. There is not interaction with the wii mote as I thought there might have been. There was ample opportunity to include this as there are activities such as fishing and catching items etc.

      ** Graphics **

      The graphics are as good as a wii game is going to allow. There aren't any blocky moments and everything runs smoothly; however you could tell the difference if you played it on another format such as the play station 3.

      ** Aim of the game **

      The aim of Sims Castaway is to survive the island you have been ship wrecked on. To begin with you are alone and must get used to the island. This involves collecting food, building shelter and tools. There are plenty of items to find and you have unlimited space to carry them in your back pack.
      You also have a book you find as soon as you arrive on the island. In this book there are goals you must complete to be able to progress further into the game. These goals can be as simple as collecting ten items of fruit to finding a ship member, to making friends with a monkey.
      All the goals are accessible at any time you want to read them, and occasionally you will complete a goal without even realising you needed to do it.

      ** Items **

      There are hundreds of items in the game and far too many to mention here. The main items you will find on the island are food stuff and things to craft items with.
      An example of this will be you might need to collect vines and hard wood to make a shelter. Certain items can be found on many places over the island but other items will be hiding in one place only and you have to remember where these places are.
      I would advise collecting as much as you can whilst you can without neglecting your other goals.

      ** Moods **

      As with all Sims games your sim has mood meters and these ideally should be kept in green to say your sim is happy.
      Basic moods are available to start with such as food and rest and hygiene and social, fun etc arrive as you progress through the game.
      I find it difficult to jeep my sim happy all the time as when I am travelling through a jungle there is no bed I have built so I would have to sleep on the ground. As this isn't very comfortable then it doesn't achieve maximum effect.
      I also find eating to be a difficult one. Unless you have a fire near you the only option to you at the start is raw food and that doesn't fill you up very much.

      ** Playability **

      Sims Castaway has a great range for long play. You will probably get bored of the repetitiveness before you complete the game. There is so much to do and you will find yourself doing the same thing over and over to achieve your goals and stay in the green.

      ** Menus **

      The game menus are easy to access and are fairly simple. The controls make the job more difficult to quickly scan through as you are using both controls not just one, but they are easy to understand.
      You can access the island map and travel quickly to different places without actually having to walk there.
      There are functions on the menu to be able to build certain objects at any place on the island without having to have a special crafting bench.
      All of your food items can be accessed at any time and eaten if you wish one at a time.

      ** Overall **

      The game is a great addition to your collection if you are a fan of the Sims games. I would advise saving often as you may achieve a lot without wanting to do it again.
      I found that as the game only has one save file you will not be able to let other members of the family play it at the same time. This is a shame but some games are like it.
      I thought the price I paid was a bargain for the entertainment and brain activity I have received from it. There are so many little puzzles than need solving, and so many tasks that you have to complete that makes this game leaving me wanting more.

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        17.10.2008 11:38
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        An enjoyable game!

        I'm a fan of The Sims 2 games on the PC, but never really enjoyed all the console versions they've brought out, they're usually terrible and not very good. This time however they have hit the nail on the head!

        It's really like pretending to be in the cast of Lost... except instead of strange monster in the forest... you're befriending the chimps!

        You start off shipwrecked and eating coconuts, then you're building huts, clothes, rafts, rope bridges and laughing as your sim attempts to fish with a spear (and usually failing miserably!). You then have to find your other crew members and get to the other small islands and there are lots of different places to explore from jungles to beaches, cliffs to caves there is a nice variety here.

        You find 'books' on various parts of the island with goals in them to keep you going, but this game is fun enough without the goals.

        Only annoying thing is you can only have one saved game, so if more than one person wants to play this... well, you can't basically unless you play the same game together.

        Recommended for fans of the Sims 2, even if you don't like all the other console Sims 2 games they brought out.

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        16.09.2008 14:57
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        Not for the true Sims fans

        I bought this game as I was a massive Sims fan when I had my PS2 but I was quite dissapointed. The graphics are quite good, average for the Wii I would say.

        When you first start playing the game it is quite exciting as you have to build a shelter, make a fire, wash in the sea, all the basic things for survival really. In order to build certain items you need to collect wood, vines etc from the jungle. You also collect all the food you need from the jungle.
        Your clothes start to get a bit 'scraggy' after a while so you even have to make new items of clothing!
        Your best friends are the monkeys who you can make friends with and send off on errands for you to collect items from the jungle.

        The game can be quite funny in places but the slow pace and repetitiveness of the game to wear you down after playing for a couple of hours. I must admit, I used a cheat code just so i could finish the game!

        The game would have been a lot more interesting if you could meet other castaways and maybe have a beach party?!!

        I would say that if you have never played the Sims before give this game a go. If you a re a hardcore Sims fan you will be bitterly dissapinted with this game.

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        28.07.2008 16:34
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        you will need a lot of patience

        I am a huge fan of all the Sims games and have played it on several formats. I thought that the Nintendo Wii would bring something different than the others formats as you can interact using your wii remotes.

        Instantly the graphics and quality of the game is apparent as it so not as good as the other formats (PC, XBOX etc) but this did not put me off. It was persumed that this would be the case but it was not the worse graphics that I have came across.

        The game starts with yourself having to make up your family. There isn't as many items to pick from, unlike the PC format, however you will find that you will not need these small details (Clothes and Hair details) as soon you will find yourself shipwrecked and your clothes etc are ruined.

        The initial beginning video starts off with you and your sim family on a boat, then a storm capsizes the boat leaving you and your family shipwrecked. You play as one character at the start and are left to learn the basics, build, find food, makes clothes etc. You will be given tasks in order to proceed to the next parts of the story. (You will have to try and find your family or build a shelter etc)

        I found the controls really hard to use, especially when building shelters. The game as a whole is really slow and boring; you will probably find yourself turning the game off as there seems to be nothing happening. It soon gets more difficult as you find the other members of your family as you will have to start from the beginning, i.e. learn how to build etc. The Sims tend to get bored really easy and as soon as one of there stats are low (fun, hunger etc) it becomes really hard to boost it back up again.

        However there are funny parts to this game, as with all the Sims games, you can speak and make friends with the native moneys, climb trees for bananas, and you can also unlock treasures or secrets of the island.

        This game requires al lot of patience and hard work; it can get draining at times as it becomes so frustrating to get your Sims to do anything. However if you can deal with the slow pace of this game then it can be quite rewarding watching your sims grow and build there own paradise.

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          04.05.2008 12:07
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          Fun Sims game in a new format

          I have always been a big fan of the Sims and when I read about this version being available for the Wii, I counted down the days until it was released.

          Okay, the Wii isn't known for it's breathtaking graphics, but it does the job more than sufficiently for this game. The front cover on the game case is a good representation (although a bit more polished) of the characters and background style. It does state an age of 12+, I would say this is more to do with being able to follow the storyline and working the controls as there really isn't anything too risque in the game!

          The most difficult thing with trying to review this game, is not to give too much away and spoil gameplay for anyone else. Also, not going into too much Sims detail to bore everyone rigid (everyone knows the Sims now don't they?) So please excuse me if you feel I've skipped over some parts! Here goes:

          As with all Sims games, you get to choose your Sims gender, skin colour, hair colour & style, facial features, body type, clothes, personality and profession. The added bonus with this game, is that you also get to decide if you sail alone or with a crew. You can choose up to five other crewmates and in turn, choose their look, occupations and (to a very small degree) their personalities. This may affect how they relate to your sim, making it easy or difficult to befriend them.

          The story begins when you set sail, unfortunately, the sunshine soon turns to torrential storms and suddenly, you find yourself on a strange and distant island. But where are your crew mates? And how will you survive? More importantly (and the main aim of the game) how will you get back home?

          There is help from the game which gets you started and teaches you the basic skills you will need, such as starting a fire, searching for food, collecting resources. Luckily your Sim carries their own sleeping mat, knife and toilet paper! As with most Sims games, you need to keep your Sim in the best condition for them to be able to achieve some of the goals by making sure they sleep and eat well, keep clean, control their bladders, socialise, enjoy themselves and like their surroundings. Not as easy as it sounds!

          Just to add to the fun, your Sim stumbles across a book, which along with amusing anecdotes, provides your Sim with Goals to be achieved.

          There are three 'main' islands, all with varying beautiful lagoons, caves, jungles and plains for you to explore. Some are easy to get to, some need to be unlocked by building tools or collecting items throughout the game. Resources are everywhere, driftwood, trees, grass, fruit, vegetables, animals, helpful items from plane and shipwrecks, natural building materials. The resources grow more varied and sophisticated the further you are into the game. Some resources are only found in specific places and many items can be crafted to make more useful items, such as clothes. This can be useful as yours are ruined from the accident and get worse the more you explore. The aim of these resources is to go from roughing it under the stars to living in luxury and from eating coconuts and bananas for breakfast, lunch & dinner to meals fit for a king! They also help complete goals and build ways of getting to the other islands. The things you do around the island all help to build up your skills, such as body, creativity and social. When more skills are learnt, it helps to 'unlock' things, such as plans for better tools which you can make with the necessary resources and better shelters.

          As you travel along, you may be lucky enough to find any other surviving crewmates. To make a happy home (tiki) and pull together and share chores and responsibilities it helps to get along. So back to the usual Sims strategy of building relationships and keeping morale up. You still have the feature in this game to swap identities and control the other crew members. As usual, they have different personalities, strengths and weaknesses. They can also die if not looked after properly, so look out for the death daisy (My lips are sealed!) Also, there are the chimps. With a little love and attention, they will become your friends and these friends like to bring you little bundles of resources.

          On the left hand side you have your Sims toolbar, as usual showing their happy/sad status, wants, friendships etc and on the right is the player toolbar, where you can access the menus for your sims inventory (listing their tools, materials and foods collected), the goals, the plans of any items they are able to craft, game options (such as sound and saving options)etc. All standard stuff for any Sims game. Now comes my problem with the game. The menu isn't permanently visable, you need to point your remote in the general direction and it will appear, then you click on the icon you want before it vanishes. I spent quite a bit of time waving the remote about trying to get the little pointer onto the screen and then about the same amount of time again trying to keep my arm perfectly still so the icon didn't keep flashing on and off! Any way, when you finally click on the icon you want, the options come up in the center of the screen and stay until you choose the one you want. Good times.

          Now, playability. Even if you are rescued, you can carry on gameplay on the island. There are many things I didn't get around to making, but for me, once the goal was achieved I lost interest. You could continue, making a good home for your friends on the island and experimenting with the food. Maybe look for items and resources you missed first time around. The only problem really, is that you can better your Sims lifestyle, but not their personal life, for example: in the original Sims, they can progress at work or change occupations, marry and have children (or better still, install an expansion pack). Alas, not in this game.

          The advantage of playing this game with a console is definately the comfort of playing in your front room, sat on the sofa, with a big screen (obviously depending on the size of your t.v.!) The disadvantages are that The Sims is definately more suited to PC play (unless your computer is terribly slow and on it's last legs - as mine is).

          I did enjoy playing the game, I found the whole concept easy to get into and enjoyed having goals to work to. The collecting of resources can be time-consuming but that is where the handy B button came in useful as it speeds up gameplay. The graphics may not be cutting edge but are lovely and pleasing to the eye. I didn't find the accompanying sound effects annoying (like I do in most games!) infact, the sound of the sea was quite nice! I would recommend the game to anyone who has enjoyed the Sims. If role-playing games are not for you, stay clear, although not as long winded as most Sims, it still is in the same genre and you may find it a bit boring having to collect all the resources.

          I purchased my copy from Play.com for £29.99 with free dlivery.

          Thanks for reading!

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            19.02.2008 00:52
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            grt for sim fans

            the sims 2 castaway-created by ea games in 2007 this game is about creating a new life on a desert island.

            start of the game-you have to create a crew(you can just make one person if you want too)-this starts the same as a lot of sim games -you get to pick what each sim looks like-eye colour,height,weight etc.you can also customise your sims-picking their occupation,fashion sense,personality and name.
            the game then goes to video mode where you are shipwrecked and separated from your shipmates(if you have any). you then start off on the 1st of 3 islands and you have to complete tasks ,build body skills etc-again like other sims games.
            exploring the island-some times when you come across a plant or item your sim will not know what the item is-they will then taste it to see what it is-if they do not like the item they will be sick.. during the game be on the lookout for things like driftwood and seashells that will help you as the game progresses.
            getting between islands-in order to move on to new islands you have to build up skills in order to make a canoe.
            other info-you can make friends with the monkeys and they will fetch things like food and wood for you-saving you from haveing to do it
            when you find the other sims if you make friends with them and they join your crew you can then go between the different players


            this review also apperason toluna

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