E3 '07: The Sims 2 Castaway Impressions

EA unveils its newest The Sims game, and in a big departure from anything else in the series, it involves a shipwreck, monkey butlers, and sand buddies.

Remember the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away, where he plays a guy stranded on a tropical island with only a volleyball for a friend? The Sims 2 Castaway isn't based or tied in any way to that movie, but it could be the closest answer that gaming has for it. You'll be trapped on a tropical island, but being a Sims game, you'll also have plenty of things that you can do.

Like any Sims game, you can create your own unique sim. In fact, you'll create a group of them and watch as they board a ship and go out on the ocean, only to have the ship sink and each of them wash ashore on different islands that make up an archipelago. You'll then control one sim as you have a couple of choices. You can try to figure out how to survive and get off the island, or you can figure out a way to thrive and turn the place into a tropical paradise home.

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Survival is handled a number of ways. Obviously, you need to eat, so that means trying to figure out how to grow, gather, or catch food. There are various plants that you can eat, or you can figure out how to grow them, or you can try to catch your meals. For instance, if you figure out how to make a spear, you can go spear fishing, and the more "advanced" the spear, the bigger the fish you capture, all the way to even a shark. The next problem is shelter and clothing. You need to figure out how to gather and use material to build a house, and eventually furniture, as well as material to weave new clothes, as the ones you washed ashore in gradually fall apart.

For friendship, you have a number of routes. You can create a "sand buddy," which is basically like a sandman that you can talk to (sort of like how Hanks' character adopted a volleyball and named it Wilson). One of the dangers there is that the island's chimps might steal your buddy's head. Oh, those mischievous chimps. Then again, you can make friends with the chimps and train them to help you with everyday tasks. So yes, that's right, there are chimp butlers in this game. The chimps are oh-so cute to watch, and they like to give hugs and be useful.

Once you have the everyday stuff figured out, there's going to be several islands of adventure. You'll spend a lot of time exploring the island and learning new things. You can pick clues to different quests, such as recovering the pieces of a pirate map and figuring out where the buried treasure is. You'll want to learn how to build a raft so you can navigate to other islands, and more.

Just by the sheer nature of its premise, Castaway is a huge departure from the humdrum suburban life seen in almost every Sims game to date. You don't have worry about getting a job, paying or the bills, or trying to get a promotion at work. Instead, Castaway strips away those familiar trappings and replaces it with something that's intriguing and promising. This looks like a really fun challenge for fans of The Sims who want something more. The game will come out for the Wii, PlayStation Portable, DS, and PS2, though we saw the Wii version running, and it made extensive use of the Wii's motion controls. The Sims 2 Castaway is scheduled to ship in September.

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38 comments
zriemul
zriemul

I am playing by PS2, highly addictive... but prepare for many LAGS, BUGS and hang over. overall... it's a great game to play.

hywel777
hywel777

i want this game for my ps2 as my PC is s...l...o....w but i hope it isnt a toatal bum like all the other sims ps2 games

zingerhot
zingerhot

its the best yet by the way where did you get that movin pic n-extez

Sonic_P
Sonic_P

i want that game for PC now!

homeman90
homeman90

wow! this is just a Great idea but... will it work for the DS? which is what im thinking of getting it for.

Lord_Hiro_Storm
Lord_Hiro_Storm

This sounds really good. EA seems to have done a great job in relation to Wii versions of The Sims. MySims looks good as well.

babyevazz
babyevazz

i cant wait for this and the my sims stuff its been on my wishlist since jan of 2006

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

-This sounds more cool than just playing a Sim game about real life.

turgzz
turgzz

sounds good to me

king_bobo
king_bobo

Interesting... I played a really similar freeware version of a game like this - I think it was German or something. Obviously it didn't have as much, but it was still good - this will definately be worth buying either for the psp or the wii.

caliFRAGi
caliFRAGi

wow! fresh idea for the sims! nice! i'm looking forward to it!

danielgilbert
danielgilbert

well i hope it is fun, because i will be buying it for the wii

Robio_basic
Robio_basic

Sooooooo it's basically Lost in Blue for the PSP??

N-extez
N-extez

Looks nice! I hope its not as slow as the other sims on the psp

jack_sparrow_28
jack_sparrow_28

This looks like it's gonna be interesting. Here's hoping you can actually NAME the sand buddy.

petercaviar01
petercaviar01

i hope its not like the other game on the ds i dont know what its called but you guys know what im talking about dont ya

Fushiyasha
Fushiyasha

these look more like harvest moon characters. maybe its a havest moon game being sold under the sims names for its sales apeal

all4punk
all4punk

i dont think thats a real screenshot for psp...its not wide for one thing and on the other sims games on psp they are real people. i doubt they would change that for one game. i am interested in this game more than the other sims..

ookami-gamer
ookami-gamer

meh. never was a big fan of sim games. they are good at first, but got really old really fast.

overachiever92
overachiever92

It looks kind of fun, but I wish the Sims looked like real people. These tiresome chibi creatures kind of freak me out. The graphics look kind of lame, too. The camera angle in the screenshot makes me think about Pokemon on the Game Boy Color...

msudude211
msudude211

I don't like the Sims on portable systems...

420_Forever
420_Forever

Hey call me crazy but wasn't that whole ship-wreck idea the premise for a new Harvest Moon game? Plagiarists!

Sporkguy3
Sporkguy3

Hey! Gamespot! You put up screenshots for a DS game on the Wii version! But the real problem is that's not even the DS version of the same game! It's screenshots of a Harvest Moon Game!

Jmaster3265
Jmaster3265

I quit the Sims 2 months ago. While this does look like an interesting campaign i am bored of The Sims 2. Also it has ridiculous requirements (especially if you have all the expansions or a few) The graphics are outdated and the gameplay is boring.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I hope that they make this game better than the other expansions

s0njas0n
s0njas0n

arghh, another sims game?

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Shall be getting this. Still wish they'd put out a Sims game on Xbox 360 sometime soon.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

I won't be interesting but i know my sister would be

Koneesha
Koneesha

finally an orginal sims game.

ditcohomies
ditcohomies

Interesting enough to check out. I want screens!