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The Sims 2: Castaway

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
66
4.5
PSP
65
4.2
Wii
72
5.0

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Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 2 2 4.5
PSP 4 4.2
Wii 1 5.0
Combined MobyScore 7 4.4


The Press Says

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85
PSPSoftpedia
The Sims 2 Castaway is a powerful statement coming from Maxis, bringing back the flavor and originality of the first titles in the series. It's a PSP title, mind that, once you start looking for bugs and flaws. Not that there aren't any, but the entire experience is rewarding enough to make you ignore minor setbacks. Evolving from a tired shipwrecked guy with torn clothes to a major "playa" who owns huts on the beach and a huge stash of fruit and fish is a pleasure and a reason to play Castaway for months.
83
PSPEdutaining Kids
Sims 2: Castaway is a refreshing take on the Sims franchise, and fun both on its own merits and when compared to more traditional Sims strategy games. Despite the flaws in the system, and a lack of depth, Sims 2: Castaway earns four out of five stars for fantastic game play.
80
PlayStation 2Deeko
Those wondering about differences between the Wii version and PS2 version will be happy to know that there aren't any real differences, even in the control department. It's a bit easier to control things on the Wii version, but only slightly, so it's nothing to write home about. In the end, Sims 2: Castaway is one of the more entertaining Sim titles to come out in a while and you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not giving it a shot. It's certainly not a stereotypical Sim title and almost anyone can pick this game up and give it a whirl.
80
PlayStation 2GameSpy
With this in mind, Castaway is nonetheless a beautiful example of how Maxis' long-running series can renew itself and even become appealing to console owners. There's plenty to do, a lot to discover and even when everything is done players can decide to stick around the islands and keep tinkering. Your Sims may be on a vacation they never asked for, but that doesn't mean it's not a lot of fun.
80
WiiGame Chronicles
I would love to have explored more islands. But I know Sim’s producers never rest, they are always coming out with new and exciting things for the Sim’s to do. I can see an advanced version of this coming game coming out in the future. Overall I feel this game is fun and addicting and I would recommend it if you are a Sim’s fan.
80
WiiAceGamez
The Sims 2: Castaway is a really good, well put together title that deserves some attention. Sure, it's not one of the three things I'd take with me to a desert island - those three spaces are reserved for a helicopter, a trained pilot and a good flask of Yorkshire Tea for the ride home - but Castaway is something that I'd look forward to playing upon my safe return from the island. Whether you decide to go for MySims instead depends on your personal preferences. If you prefer traditional Sims with a classic twist on the franchise then Castaway in a must, but if your heart lies in unique visuals and a higher level of Wii interactivity then MySims might be for you. However, both titles are highly recommended, and you can't go wrong with either.
80
WiiArmchair Empire, The
It’s certainly the best Sims game to wash ashore any console in awhile, and will please fans of the Sims franchise while being a alluring adventure for those Wii owners not already acclimated to the Sims PC gaming juggernaut.
80
WiiGameSpot
By offering new graphics, new sounds, new music, and a new way to play The Sims, Castaway offers a lively way to enjoy the series and those little gibberish-speaking characters that have made such a name for themselves--as long as you have enough patience to spend a good chunk of time hunting and gathering.
80
WiiGameSpy
With this in mind, Castaway is nonetheless a beautiful example of how Maxis' long-running series can renew itself and even become appealing to console owners. There's plenty to do, a lot to discover and even when everything is done players can decide to stick around the islands and keep tinkering. Your Sims may be on a vacation they never asked for, but that doesn't mean it's not a lot of fun.
80
WiiDeeko
Those wondering about differences between the Wii version and PS2 version will be happy to know that there aren't any real differences, even in the control department. It's a bit easier to control things on the Wii version, but only slightly, so it's nothing to write home about. In the end, Sims 2: Castaway is one of the more entertaining Sim titles to come out in a while and you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not giving it a shot. It's certainly not a stereotypical Sim title and almost anyone can pick this game up and give it a whirl.
80
WiiWorth Playing
I found the gameplay in The Sims 2: Castaway to be quite entertaining and, to a point, addictive, especially after delegating a large amount of the repetitive resource gathering to island primates and other castaways. The game suffers from frequent loading, although the load times feel shorter in the Wii version. Keep in mind that the title is single-player only, although it still is well-suited for enjoyment by the entire family (I particularly enjoy becoming a castaway consultant for my kids while they play). Sims fans and fans who like a more relaxed style of gaming will certainly want to add this title to their collections.
78
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
Despite some mostly minor flaws, The Sims 2: Castaway offers a fun Survivor-esque spin on the Sims 2 franchise and provides a pretty entertaining roughing-it experience. If you enjoy the Sims games, welcome the challenge of open-ended gameplay, and don’t mind some of the building limitations, you might also have a blast with Castaway’s unique take on classic Sims 2 gameplay.
75
Wii4Players.de
Na, das war doch ein netter Ausflug in die Tropen. Ähnlich wie beim an Animal Crossing angelehnten MySims hat Electronic Arts auch in den aktuellen Teil der Serie verstärkt Adventure-Elemente einfließen lassen. Doch das neue Spin-Off richtet sich eher an Fans des klassischen Spielprinzips. Statt lediglich entspannt zu erforschen und neue Objekte zu bauen, solltet ihr immer ein Auge auf die Bedürfnisse eures Sims behalten. Dank dem Überfluss an wild wachsendem Obst müsst zwar nicht ums Überleben kämpfen wie im Survival Adventure »Lost in Blue 2«. Doch auch die schiffbrüchigen Sims leben nicht vom Brot allein. Dieses Paradies ruckelt zwar in Form von grobpixeliger, arg veralteter Grafik über den Bildschirm, doch trotzdem ist es durchaus unterhaltsam, sich seine eigene blaue Lagune zu erschaffen.
75
PSPWorth Playing
Although skeptical at first, I was slowly won over by the gameplay in The Sims 2: Castaway. The goal-oriented structure helps maintain the momentum of an otherwise open-ended situation. Except for excessive load times and annoying camera resets, I felt the title was fairly well-designed and relatively easy to control, especially on the PSP. Keep in mind that you will need to have a fair amount of patience to enjoy Castaway, not only because of the loading issue, but also because of the repetitive nature of the resource collection and the need to satisfy your Sim's "motives" over and over again. If this type of gaming is of interest to you, I would wholehearted recommend that you give The Sims 2: Castaway a try.
75
PlayStation 2IGN
Designed for everyone's inner Gilligan, The Sims 2: Castaway is an amusing, if somewhat flawed exploration of island life. While it gives an interesting twist on the standard shipwreck concept, the hampered nature of the guidebooks, strange placement of plans in menus and continual micromanagement does hamper some of the fun of the title. However, Sims fans will find this to be a good break from the traditional Sims formula, and one that will keep them entertained for a while.
75
PlayStation 2GameSpot
It's a shame that the PS2 version's technical issues detract from the game. Nevertheless, by offering new graphics, new sounds, new music, and a new way to play The Sims, Castaway offers a lively way to enjoy the series and those little gibberish-speaking characters that have made such a name for themselves--as long as you have enough patience to spend a good chunk of time hunting and gathering.
75
PlayStation 2ZTGameDomain
I really enjoy Sims 2 Castaway. It took the stressful stat management that made Lost in Blue ulcer inducing and turned it into a funky, fun, "Lost" kind of experience. Would I recommend this game? Sure, if you like the Sims or if you liked Lost in Blue, this would be right up your alley. Besides, how many titles in your gaming library allow Chimp-Hugging? Hmmm?
75
WiiThe Wiire
At the very least, this game is worth a rent. It's worth even more for a fan of the franchise. The immersion is wonderful, the replay value is high enough to receive the Infinite Replay award.
75
WiiIGN
Designed for everyone's inner Gilligan, The Sims 2: Castaway is an amusing, if somewhat flawed exploration of island life. While it gives an interesting twist on the standard shipwreck concept, the hampered nature of the guidebooks, strange placement of plans in menus and continual micromanagement does hamper some of the fun of the title. However, Sims fans will find this to be a good break from the traditional Sims formula, and one that will keep them entertained for a while.
75
WiiGameZone
It may be an acquired taste, but if you’ve ever wanted a Sims game that really jumps ship (silly pun intended), The Sims 2 Castaway has all the island-dwelling excursions you could hope for, minus the unfriendly encounters with the Others.
74
PlayStation 24Players.de
Na, das war doch ein netter Ausflug in die Tropen. Ähnlich wie beim an Animal Crossing angelehnten MySims hat Electronic Arts auch in den aktuellen Teil der Serie verstärkt Adventure-Elemente einfließen lassen. Doch das neue Spin-Off richtet sich eher an Fans des klassischen Spielprinzips. Statt lediglich entspannt zu erforschen und neue Objekte zu bauen, solltet ihr immer ein Auge auf die Bedürfnisse eures Sims behalten. Dank dem Überfluss an wild wachsendem Obst müsst zwar nicht ums Überleben kämpfen wie im Survival Adventure »Lost in Blue 2«. Doch auch die schiffbrüchigen Sims leben nicht vom Brot allein. Dieses Paradies ruckelt zwar in Form von grobpixeliger, arg veralteter Grafik über den Bildschirm, doch trotzdem ist es durchaus unterhaltsam, sich seine eigene blaue Lagune zu erschaffen.
74
PlayStation 2Fragland.net
The Sims: Castaway is a good Sims episode with a refreshing setting, relaxing environment and lots of gameplay for those that like this type of games. The loading times are longer than the island actually deserves and therefore it's too bad this spoils the fun a bit.
74
PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central
In closing, The Sims 2: Castaway is a unique approach to the series and is one of the more pleasant simulations to have come out this year. With plenty of new tasks to accomplish, people to find, and lands to explore, there is little more you could ask for in terms of content. Sure the visuals could have been better and there are a few gameplay kinks that could've been worked out, but for a Sims fan, it is right on target. Newcomers to the series will fit in quickly, and if you don't happen to own a gaming PC, then all the more reason to pick up this particular version anyway. It may not be the best simulation ever or even in the series itself, but it makes for a rather lengthy adventure with plenty of charm. Try not to burn yourself out though.
74
WiiCheat Code Central
In closing, The Sims 2: Castaway is a unique approach to the series and is one of the more pleasant simulations to have come out this year. With plenty of new tasks to accomplish, people to find, and lands to explore, there is little more you could ask for in terms of content. Sure the visuals could have been better and there are a few gameplay kinks that could've been worked out, but for a Sims fan, it is right on target. Newcomers to the series will fit in quickly, and if you don't happen to own a gaming PC, then all the more reason to pick up this particular version anyway. It may not be the best simulation ever or even in the series itself, but it makes for a rather lengthy adventure with plenty of charm. Try not to burn yourself out though.
73
WiiJolt (UK)
Like those games though, there’s an ever-pervading feeling that Castaway would be far more at home on a handheld system. In fact, if the home console version of the game could have been released on the handhelds rather than the greatly cut back versions that actually got released instead, Castaway might even have provided some serious competition to those masterworks. Instead, just as reality means that being stranded on a desert island would have more to do with picking sand from between the cheeks of your arse in between trying to avoid dying than simply basking in a stress-free tropical paradise, The Sims 2: Castaway ends up being a pleasant enough diversion that’s unlikely to hold the attention for any great length of time. It’s fun enough while it lasts, though.
72
WiiGame Informer Magazine
Even though the Wii controls work extremely well, you'll spend most of the game mashing the Z button to harvest every stick, stone, and pineapple you see. Plus, the graphics are way nastier than any black smoke monster.
70
WiiNintendo Life
This game is probably the best Sims game that has made it onto a home console. It’s focus on exploration rather than “free-play” gives the game purpose, meaning and also structure without throwing away the classic formula that made the Sims the gaming phenomenon they are today.
70
PSPPAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
The Sims 2: Castaway is something of a guilty pleasure – there is a solid game at the core, but it has got a bunch of niggling issues, both in its collection heavy gameplay and its scores of technical issues. Any player who chooses to stick with Castaway in spite of its issues is bound to have a lot of fun, which is more than one can say for the last lot of Sims games on consoles. If players are looking for a Sims game that’s a little bit different from the standard fare, than Castaway is highly recommended.
70
PSPGames Radar
If you do build an island home, you'll want to stay for awhile, since the game is accessible and fun to explore even for a Sims game. Your helpful island journal keeps the goals coming, so you will know when you should be building a home and when you should be making friends with a monkey. Once all of your goals are completed, you get a feeling of accomplishment, but lose some of the replayablity of other Sims games - you've seen one uncharted island, you've seen 'em all - and the thought of having to harvest all those vines, chop wood, find berries, pick leaves, catch fish, light fires, build furniture, find shelter and identify plants might not sound appealing. But if you're into those kinds of things, this is definitely a game for you.
70
PlayStation 2GameZone
The Sims 2 Castaway has its bad moments and its good. Getting to the point to build that first raft and move along is a definite sense of achievement, but the game does have a lot of repetition and load times as you explore segmented islands. Die-hard Sims 2 fans might do well to avoid this, while those looking to enjoy the challenge of surviving on a deserted island – and who do not mind a bit of redundant tasks – should find this a decent escape. In any regard, it is recommended that you rent this one before you buy it.
70
WiiCubed3
As far as Sims games go, Castaway is a refreshing change of pace that brings some truly unique and enjoyable ideas to the series. Whilst the overall experience is certainly flawed in many ways, if you can look past that (which does become easier with time, with the exception of building limitations) there is a lot of content and options tucked away for you to discover. If you’ve been looking for a decent Sims game for your home console, this could well be it.
69
PSP4Players.de
Na, das war doch ein netter Ausflug in die Tropen. Ähnlich wie beim an Animal Crossing angelehnten MySims hat Electronic Arts auch in den aktuellen Teil der Serie verstärkt Adventure-Elemente einfließen lassen. Doch das neue Spin-Off richtet sich eher an Fans des klassischen Spielprinzips. Statt lediglich entspannt zu erforschen und neue Objekte zu bauen, solltet ihr immer ein Auge auf die Bedürfnisse eures Sims behalten. Dank dem Überfluss an wild wachsendem Obst müsst zwar nicht ums Überleben kämpfen wie im Survival Adventure »Lost in Blue 2«. Doch auch die schiffbrüchigen Sims leben nicht vom Brot allein. Dieses Paradies ruckelt zwar in Form von grobpixeliger, arg veralteter Grafik über den Bildschirm, doch trotzdem ist es durchaus unterhaltsam, sich seine eigene blaue Lagune zu erschaffen.
65
PlayStation 2VicioJuegos.com
Los Sims 2: Náufragos es un título que gustará a los seguidores de la saga y una gran opción debido a los escasos títulos que aparecen hoy en día en PlayStation 2. Un juego recomendable para pasar algunos buenos ratos, aunque resulte algo monótono al poco tiempo de juego y su acabado técnico no sea resultón.
65
PlayStation 2DarkZero
Well, it seems all of this malarkey is finally coming to a close. All in all This whole adventure is just like Fed-Ex, it delivers. However, this island is not for everyone, and once again will only please fans that like this kinda thing, which I have heard they are lots and lots of. So, I bet your wondering how I managed to write all of this, I am ball with no hands after all. But that’s a story best left for another day. Or perhaps I will get my own TV show, a show which I will use to tell all my stories. I have heard that mysterious islands are all the rage these days anyway so it should not be that hard. I think I need a better agent.
60
WiiJeuxvideo.com
Après quelques heures de jeu, le plaisir de retrouver les Sims 2 dans un décor exotique et une situation inédite, est vite terni par une réalisation peu reluisante et un aspect survie mal exploité. Restent le système bien huilé de la série et quelques bonnes idées qui plairont toujours aux fans.
60
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Après quelques heures de jeu, le plaisir de retrouver les Sims 2 dans un décor exotique et une situation inédite, est vite terni par une réalisation peu reluisante et un aspect survie mal exploité. Restent le système bien huilé de la série et quelques bonnes idées qui plairont toujours aux fans.
59
PSPIGN
With many more technical issues than the console versions, the Sims 2: Castaway is a highly flawed exploration of island life. While it gives an interesting twist on the standard shipwreck concept, the hampered nature of the guidebooks, strange placement of plans in menus and continual micromanagement does hampers the fun of the title. If you need to get lost or try your inner Gilligan on for size, stick with the PS2 or Wii versions of the game.
58
PSP1UP
The Sims 2: Castaway differs just enough from previous iterations that fans of the series and newcomers alike can find plenty to enjoy. However, how long the entertainment lasts will boil down to how long it takes the player to grow tired of the repetitive tasks of Sim survival. It's hard to say whether you'll have the patience to create a life of virtual luxury, or lose your sanity and find yourself seeking the quickest way out of the life of a castaway.
58
PlayStation 2Gaming Age
I really enjoy The Sims 2 Castaway. It took the stressful stat management that made Lost in Blue ulcer inducing and turned it into a funky, fun, “Lost” kind of experience. Would I recommend the game? Sure, if you like the Sims or if you liked Lost in Blue, this would be right up your alley. Besides, how many titles in your gaming library allow Chimp-Hugging? Hmmm?
58
PlayStation 21UP
The Sims 2: Castaway differs just enough from previous iterations that fans of the series and newcomers alike can find plenty to enjoy. However, how long the entertainment lasts will boil down to how long it takes the player to grow tired of the repetitive tasks of Sim survival. It's hard to say whether you'll have the patience to create a life of virtual luxury, or lose your sanity and find yourself seeking the quickest way out of the life of a castaway.
53
PSPVicioJuegos.com
El planteamiento de Los Sims 2: Náufragos es original e interesante, intentando dar una vuelta de tuerca a un sistema de juego que está algo ya visto. Sin embargo este conjunto de buenas ideas no ha sido bien llevado a escena y en consecuencia nos encontramos ante un título demasiado pobre en cuanto a apartados técnicos se refiere, los cuales empañan por completo lo interesante del nuevo planteamiento de Maxis. A los fans de la franquicia les recomendamos que prueben la versión de PlayStation 2 que sin llegar a ser un juego notable supera con creces a éste.
50
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.fr
J’ai été à mon grand regret profondément déçu par Naufragés. J’adore le concept et j’applaudis à l’idée d’avoir pris le cadre général des Sims pour créer quelque chose de plus terre-à-terre dans la nature. Il est très amusant de voir les Sims devenir de plus en plus hirsutes et dépenaillés au fil des jours et certains des meilleurs moments de l’exploration n’ont fait songer à de grands jeux d’aventure 3D comme «Cruise for a Corpse». Malgré tout, le jeu manque indéniablement de cohérence et il est farci de choix de conception aberrants qui rebutent le joueur au lieu de l’attirer. Il est si mal fini que dans le doute j’ai sorti le disque du lecteur pour vérifier qu’il s’agissait bien d’un exemplaire de test destiné à la presse. C’était bien le cas, et je dois donc en conclure que c’est cette même version que l’on trouvera en magasin. Pas de quoi rire. Voilà l’exemple type d’une bonne idée sabotée par une réalisation épouvantable.
50
WiiGamekult
Le bilan est plutôt mitigé pour cette version console des Sims 2 : Naufragés. Malgré les graphismes moyens, ces îles exotiques sont bien conçues et pleines de charme. La flore est diversifiée et il est possible de construire de nombreux objets, mais les problèmes liés à la jouabilité et à la maniabilité entâchent l'aventure. Sans compter qu'il arrive que les ralentissements mènent à un plantage du jeu, et voilà que l'on doit recommencer à partir de la dernière sauvegarde. Le contenu est plutôt bon, mais difficile de jouer à ce titre sans être frustré par l'un de ces défauts qui gâchent forcément l'ensemble.
50
PSPGamekult
Le bilan pour cette version PSP des Sims 2 : Naufragés est assez mitigé. Même si les îles exotiques sont bien conçues et pleines de charme, les graphismes sont tout juste corrects. La flore est diversifiée et il est possible de construire de nombreux objets, mais les problèmes liés à la jouabilité entachent l'aventure, et quelques freezes viennent parfois ennuyer le joueur. Le contenu est plutôt bon, mais difficile de jouer à ce titre sans être frustré par l'un de ces défauts qui gâchent forcément l'ensemble.
50
PlayStation 2Gamekult
Le bilan est plutôt mitigé pour cette version console des Sims 2 : Naufragés. Malgré les graphismes moyens, ces îles exotiques sont bien conçues et pleines de charme. La flore est diversifiée et il est possible de construire de nombreux objets, mais les nombreux temps de chargements et les problèmes liés à la jouabilité entâchent l'aventure. Sans compter qu'il arrive que les ralentissements mènent à un plantage du jeu, et voilà que l'on doit recommencer à partir de la dernière sauvegarde. Le contenu est plutôt bon, mais difficile de jouer à ce titre sans être frustré par l'un de ces défauts qui gâchent forcément l'ensemble.
50
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
So I find myself torn by Castaway. I love the concept, and applaud the idea of using the Sims framework to create something more hands-on in nature. It's fun watching your Sims get hairier and scruffier as the days go by and, during the better moments of exploration, I was even reminded of those grand old 3D adventures like Cruise for a Corpse. But the game is undeniably patchy and full of scrappy design decisions that push the player away rather than drawing them in. It's so rough around the edges that I even ejected the disc to check it said review code. It did, so I have to assume this is the build of the game that will be in the shops. Eek. A classic case of a nice idea, shame about the execution.
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PSPJeuxvideo.com
Dès les premières minutes de jeu, le plaisir de retrouver les Sims 2 dans un décor exotique et une situation inédite, est terni par une réalisation peu reluisante et un aspect survie mal exploité. Même les fans auront bien du mal à avaler la pilule.
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PlayStation 2Video Games Daily
As a budget-release expansion pack, Sims 2: Castaway may have worked. As a full-price console game, it's an insult to the millions of Sims fans across the globe. Will Wright must be turning in his grave. Not that he's dead. But it's bad enough it may well kill him if he plays it.
25
WiiGame Revolution
The truth is, good people suffer to complete dreary ports like Castaway, but this feels like one more bump in EA’s rocky relationship with the Wii. Concepts and premises like this whimsical survivor tale are fresh at least; now EA needs to escape from Suck Island and find fun gameplay. Until then, there are many more things you can and should do with your time and Wii then mill through Sims 2: Castaway - maybe I’ll go outside for real after all.