The Island: Castaway 2
Wonderfully layered, fun and challenging
This is a hard game to classify, as it mixes time management, action, role-play and adventure, with a gripping story.
*** If you are left-handed, be warned. This game is hard-wired for right-hand mouse, and if you have a left-hand mouse setup it will just ignore it. ***
This is why I didn't give it 5 stars, as being forced to play with my fingers in an awkward position was straining, that affected player comfort and fun factor for me as a lefty. Right hand players will of course have no such problems.
It is a 'prequel' to Island: Castaway, and you are Yati, a young orphaned boy who must solve the riddle of his dreams; of what happened to his parents; save his island paradise and tribe from the white strangers; and on top of all -- become a Man.
The game is divided into 6 separate chapters. As Yati you receive little 'quests' from various members of the tribe to drive the story, all in the process of learning to survive -- feed himself, trade, learn magic. Some of the quests seem trivial, but this is after all the story of little deeds that change the world!
Keep exploring the island, and go back to locations because new things crop up and some items are time-specific. If you missed an item in a chapter it will most likely be gone the next chapter.
This is one major drawback in my opinion; that one cannot go back to a previous save, as game progress is saved continously -- there are no multiple save spots.
You can advance through the story quickly, or take your own sweet time -- even though it is a sort of time management game, nothing happens unless you want it to.
Spend hours fishing, hunting boars, picking fruit, plant and harvest, make food from the recipes you learn, sell your produce. When you are ready, just finish a quest to go to the next chapter.
You can immerse yourself completely in this game, and replay value is excellent, as one is bound to have missed something the first time around.
A wonderfully, *relaxing* TM/action/adventure/RPG hybrid of a game. There is no game like it. Except for Island Castaway 1, lol.
December 14, 2011
I have been looking forward to this game for a while so I do wish it had continued with the original storyline, I guess we will have to wait for a third game. Other than that the game plays much like the original and is definitely worth a try.
December 14, 2011
Prequel to The Island: Castaway
Review based upon completion of the game with all but one achievements.
You are playing Yati, a little orphaned boy who is living on a tropical island with his tribe. Incoming are some white sailors. Let the trouble begin. This is a prequel to the first game.
+ long game
+ lots to do
+ great voiceovers
+ always clear what to do
+ ties in with the sequel / prequel
o graphics are clear and bright, but people are very low res
- chapter achievements can only be collected during the relevant chapter (I missed the C3 one)
- potions for Ancestor's woods and Swamp
- Yati's digestive system is overactive
Bottom Line: Despite the Bad category this is a very good adventure game, and I heartily recommend it.
April 20, 2012
The Island of mystery and adventure - loved it
You are a young tribesman, ready for the Island tests to gain right of passage into adulthood. All against the backdrop of strange flashes into your background indicating you have a mission or a destiny, whilst on the other side of the Island a group of white people have landed and are edging closer. What will happen?
In this game you learn skills in hunting, fishing, planting, cooking and potion making. You can sell things and get better equipment. You don't have to go 'mission, mission, mission', but can run around the Island making things and exploring and get round to the quests when you want to.
The Island is not too big, and it easy to remember where you need to go, with mission reminders at the bottom the screen. the story line is great, and the voice acting and characterisations are amazing.
- Needing potions to go through certain areas was a bit tiresome, but not a deal breaker in terms of game play fun.
- I initially had problems with the game constantly crashing/freezing every 10 minutes and having to restart the game (Yes I enjoyed the game so much I was happy to go through this pain). Quick fix is to update your graphics driver.
The only other similar type of game I'd played to this is Wandering Willows which I enjoyed greatly, and had wondered what other games like that were out there. And finding this one was lovely. You don't need to have played the first game to enjoy this one.
So if you want an absorbing adventure game, this will fit the bill quite nicely.
April 6, 2013
Good adventure game
Was waiting for this game I love the first one. Nice
December 14, 2011
Good game but old
Good game but an old game has been out for quite a while
March 5, 2012
Pale comparison to the original
The original "The Island: Castaway" game was relatively unique. The game play was different from a lot of the other games out there and it was a mix of "find things" and "go on this adventure", along with a solid story line. Clearly a lot of work and imagination went into it.
The sequel, however, is pretty much the original game with a few changes made and a new story line. The map is almost completely identical to to the original. A lot of the game play is similar, too, and that can be both good and bad. If you already know how to work the tools and do the cooking from the first game you'll have an easy time adapting to this game, and if you don't you'll learn quickly.
There is some new stuff [like making potions, new shops and new ways to make some things], but most of the game is a rehash of the original.
Another big complaint for this game is how the forwarding of the plot is far more contrived and forced. There are places in the plot that imply you have a choice about how things will go and then it turns out the game forces the choice for you. That, and the fact that most of the endgame is all pre-made recorded clips, took a lot out of the game for me.
They need a new map, some new, original additions, and the next one could be a winner.
This game is fun, but I would get it with a coupon-code or a punch-card freebee. This is one of the times I wish the 'Recommend This Game?" had an option for "maybe". I don't disrecommend it, but it is just not as good as the original.
December 31, 2011
Good training for a marathon
I've never done so much running around as on that island. No wonder the poor kid (the hero) is always hungry. That set aside, I didn't find anything interesting to do during the whole of the demo which I decided to download out of pure curiosity since I never tried this type of game before. To be blunt, that game bored me to tears. No exciting action whatsoever, only repetitive tasks, not the slightest bit of challenge and far too much blah blah. I spent half the time listening to endless dialogues. The objectives are not all that clear, the ultimate goal is fairly obscure - I suppose it gets clearer as you progress in the game, no puzzle to solve, just talk, run, talk, run, and perform menial tasks....... Though clear and pleasantly colored, the graphics are not in the least sophisticated. Yet I was stunned by the quality of the script and the voive-overs. They are truly professional. Still, the whole "adventure", which is mainly a matter of public relations - why is it in the strategy category ? - is so oversimplistic as to be unlikely to satisfy gamers - especially grown-ups - used to more substance, true adventure and tougher nuts to crack. I guess you need to be a real fan of the genre to appreciate it. However much I would like to please those who like it, I cannot possibly recommend this game.
December 14, 2011
I had a trial of this game, played about 30 min, walked around the island, collected everything I saw, got a couple of achievements and listened to endless talk, talk, talk and didn't have a clue what I was doing.
Phew, no buy for me.
September 23, 2013