An interesting game concept that works on other consoles, but can't pull it off in the Wii edition.
Basically, your job is to help "X" number of castaways to survive by gathering food, building materials, and creating shelters which range from a banana leaf 2x4 roof to a large Bungalow Mansion.
The main issues with this game are its' graphics and control scheme.
You'll find yourself largely frustrated with the buggy and unacceptable controls that the Wii is NOT known for. It seems to ignore any and every building command that you'll input. It is a very irritating control scheme.
Not to mention the HORRENDOUS graphics. It'll make you feel like you're playing The Sims 1 all over again. Sims' faces are hardly distingusihable due to the jagged, sharp lines and little customization options.
If I were you, I wouldn't rent this game. I wouldn't THINK to rent this game. It was so horrible I sent it back the SAME day I got it.
If you like horrible graphics, buggy controls, and glitchy scenarios, this is the Sims for you!
I like the first Sim on Gamecube, so I rented this. I almost gave up playing because of its boredness and unfriendliness. Wii remote is not the best control scheme for this. Very difficult to point. Sometimes my cursor just disappears. You have to direct your player every step. If you want to sleep, you have to lead him to the bed. I rather click on bed and let him go to it. Tired of collecting resources. If you need 20 ropes, you need to craft 20 times, very boring process. Camera angles are not good. If you are in a complicated house you build, you will know what I mean. The ending is disappointing. I can't believe I spend so much time just to see some CGs. High investments/low rewards. My mind is still suffering from its boredness and can't write well. If you like repetitions, you can play. Otherwise go play other games.
I am really enjoying this game. I do have some minor issues with the controls, but overall the game is great. Was up at 3:00 AM last night playing instead of sleeping...made the 8:00 meeting pretty painful!
I do wish they'd tweak the controls, I find it pretty annoying to use the Z key on the numchuck for much of the time, but then it can't be used to close dialog boxes (have to use A key on other controller for that).