August 1, 2018
Awaking stranded on a tropical island, you find yourself a Castaway in an Ultimate Sandbox Sim Paradise. Castaway Paradise holds many similarities to games such as Animal Cross and Harvest Moon, in which you’ll find yourself doing fun daily activities to not only help build your relationship with the locals but help build the island back to its former glory. There isn’t anything out there that’s more satisfying than playing a game in which you feel totally relaxed by doing the most mundane of tasks. I often found myself zoning out during playing it and going through the motions, it felt somewhat therapeutic, which I always find strange as I doubt I’d find doing these tasks in real life as appealing. Although the music was quite repetitive I often found myself too into the game to really get irritated by it, which is always refreshing.
There is plenty to do in Castaways Paradise, such as doing leisurely tasks like fishing and bug catching, to more specific tasks such as assisting others with tasks and allowing yourself to go deeper into the island. Castaways Paradise isn’t the type of game where you are rewarded by impressive stats or bragging rights but more so by the actions you do such as building up the town and improving its overall status in regards to aesthetics and the community. The time you sink into the game is directly reflected by your surroundings meaning that the more time you put into restoring the town, the brighter and livelier it looks. Castaways Paradise is the perfect game if you’re just looking to sit back, relax and simply pass some time. I think some sort of Coop option would have been neat, it’s a shame that such a thing wasn’t originally included but it would be awesome to see this implemented down the line.
Graphically speaking, Castaways Paradise is a pleasure to look at and it only gets better the more time you sink into your paradise. The characters and surroundings are well designed and help entice users to go out of their way to see everything the island paradise has to offer. In game menus are lively and colourful, NPCs had an abundance of tasks and chatter to throw your way and the amount of optional stuff you can do really opens up the replayability of this game.
Fortunately, I only ran into a few issues when playing, such as when the camera fixes on the inventory screen position and I was still able to move my character around and get stuck when this normally isn’t and shouldn’t be possible. It didn’t take long to get out of it but it felt quite odd and broke me out of the immersion, unfortunately. That and sometimes the in-game instructions or hints felt as if they were missing specific things to progress through a task and it once again broke me out of the immersion due to the confusion. Overall I don’t really have any game breaking negatives to take away from this experience and I’m quite glad.
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7 / 10
If you thrive on sim like games and you’re looking for a different game to play than the norm, then Castaway Paradise is for you, it has been quite some time since I thoroughly enjoyed one of these games and it really brought back some nostalgic memories from experiences like this from other games. Games like this are always down to how you experience them I think and it’s really what you make of it. For the low asking price, it’s well worth picking up, even if you’re not normally for games of this type, I’d highly recommend giving it a chance.
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