I have never played console Sims games before this one - only on PC. I was really disappointed at first by what seemed to be limitations in the gameplay; the game hardly seemed like the Sims I'd grown used to. Once I stopped trying to compare though, I really did enjoy it. I didn't get it right the first time (I activated some of the motives too soon, had more people than I cared to deal with, and didn't build a shelter before it rained, for example), but I learned what to do for next time. I probably started over 4 times before I got into the swing of it... and I was pleased with the result! This is really casual game play. If you are rushing to get to the end, I don't think you'll enjoy it as much. The ending is a stupid slide show... there's absolutely no point in getting rescued, except to accomplish that goal in the list. As response to other reviews: I really do like the fact that you don't HAVE to bother with relationships too much. I've never gotten my castaways to be anything more than social motive raisers for each other, but who cares? I don't consider that to be the point of this particular game.
I did buy this game after hanging onto it as a rental for so long that it got to be ridiculous. You really do have to be in the mood for it, I think. Now that I have the hang of it, it's nice to sit back once every few months and start a new game. There are no surprising turns of events or new challenges each time I play, but it's like an old friend - and I can't think of a wii game that really had a lot of depth and variety.
One thing I really can't stand about this game is that you can only save one game at a time. My 9 year old likes this game a lot, and although my husband won't admit to liking it, he usually wants to play when he sees someone else playing. It's a royal pain to haul out the memory cards so we can trade out savegames every time the other person wants to play.
As my name says I am a Sim Freak so when i rented Sims Castaway I was expecting so simastic fun. What i got was three days worth of game play.If I had bought this game i would be royally upset. Thank God for small favors. What you get is unlike regular sim games you are on a island.Unlike the sims you cant set the sim to do multiple things. Instead its tiresome clicking to do things. The relationship between you and any other sim you create goes from friend to best friend and if your lucky you can ask the sim to marry you. No going steady,no bf gf stuff straight to the alter which I found boring. I didnt try to stay on the island once i Complete the main goals,Which are boring and pretty easy. So im not sure you can have kids, woohoo or anything.Like I said it was pretty lame compared to the pc version of sims.
I have never really been a fan of the Sims games, but after reading the nice reviews, I thought that this one would be great and entertaining. I finished about half the game, and I realized that this was definitely not what I was expecting. What I dislike most about this game is that some parts of the game are just so easy, and some are so confusing. To advance in the game, you basically have to do tasks. Some tasks take hours to do, and you have to do just something random that actually makes it work, and you're like "ohhhh.". In this game, you don't really get to build a civilization with your group like the description said. Basically, you just follow a set of tasks to the end