The Island: Castaway
Fun Freeform Game
With game play similar to the Westward series this is a great island adventure. I love the freeform style of play while completing quests.
October 23, 2012
A little tedious going back and forth between characters but overall enjoyed this game.
July 29, 2012
Good game, but the sequel is better
This game is about people that get stranded on an island (obviously). You have to accomplish different tasks and quests which advance the storyline. The game is not challenging at all, but it is still fun and you are driven to keep playing because you want to find out what happens next in the story.
I played this game when it first came out and I loved it. So naturally when the sequel came out I played that right away. After the sequel I HAD to revisit the original and played it a second time. I must say that it wasn't as good as I remember it, the sequel had much better gameplay. First off, whenever the game autosaves (which you can turn off) and also during other times the game slooooows down and drags for 10s or so. This doesn't seem too bad but it got really annoying after awhile, this does not happen during the sequel. Also the quests weren't as well thought out as the sequel, alot of "go talk to so and so" back and forth across the island, which got tiring. I still enjoyed playing it, the sequel is amazing but you need to play this before you play the sequel to get the full effect of the story. Looking forward to the next installment!
December 19, 2011
Original Game Play: Interesting Story
Really fun, but the sequel (which is actually a prequel) is better.
You and several other people are stranded on an island. You must survive and befriend the natives, which gets complicated as things start to go wrong, but who is to blame? Lots of area to explore and lots of things to pick up and use.
The graphics and sounds are great. The voice overs are good and you can click through quickly, if you want. The game play, directing your character around the island, interacting with the environment and people is fun and intuitive. The 'game area' is beautiful and filled with interesting things. The interactions with boars, crabs and fish are very well done. The story is long and involved--and compelling. You really do want to find out how it ends.
While the story unfolds in a linear manner, there are no time constraints, so you can take as long as you want to play.
There are a few downsides: You have to run around A LOT and collecting items to keep yourself fed can be a bit tedious.
Also, the other castaways are a lazy bunch, but that is needed for the game to work. You have to do everything.
I've never played a game like this before and found it to be novel and refreshing. After I played the sequel, I replayed this game. Can't wait for the next one!
March 26, 2013
The game is fun, I wished they would have let us seen where and what the gold statues did. Wishing the swamp had changed. Not much of a challenge but collecting items and foods was fun.
April 16, 2013
Large file strategy game
I must say, this game is a let down! This large file adventure game doesn't address the disappearance of one of its characters and ends off too soon with the promise of a continuation to its ending. It has an engrossing storyline and the quests are great, BUT, it is a short played game and it doesn't finalize gameplay! UGHHHHH!
December 1, 2012
Great fun game
Game play a bit sluggish, regardless energy level. I bought Castaway 2 first and of course compared them. Yet it was worth it :D mind the boars, though!! Best to get the super bow asap.
June 1, 2012
Just plain boring
If you want a game where you do not have to think at all this is for you. The main characters mainly runs around as boy for everything. The other people on the island just sent him back an force. Already during the trial period the game told me my character had run 5 miles!
I simply thought it was bornig to no end and I was happy when the trial was over so I had an excuse to stop.
May 25, 2013
The game is compelling. However, the storyline is sick. First,most of your quests have nothing to do with keeping your characters alive (as the blurb promises). Rather most of them are about appeasing the spirits through shamanistic practices.
Second one of the themes of the game, in fact the general premie is human sacrifice.
November 23, 2012