The Island: Castaway 2 is a survival adventure game in which you play as a native orphaned islander named Yati.
The game presents itself with an almost overhead perspective, like a bird's eye view, where we can see Yati and his surroundings. The first thing you may notice is that the game is gorgeous to look at. With its colorful palette, even in the darkest moments of the game make an enjoyable viewing. Also, true to its survival and island-living roots, the menu options stick to this theme and everything looks as if made of wood and decorated with leaves.
As you explore, collect, and craft construct things, you will have to look out for your health. One thing to note is that health works quite differently in this game! While other games might differentiate health from stamina, The Island: Castaway 2 treats both as one and the same.
What does this mean? This means your health will not only deplete during combat, but it will also decrease if you are exhausted or have been running for too long!
To counteract this constant drain, this is where the crux of the "survival" part of he game kicks in. You constantly need food to heal up (not unlike us in real life actually, but we digress!), and you will have to click around the map to move Yati and find food, on top of completing the objectives you have so that you can keep moving fast.
In The Island: Castaway 2, the game is neither too punishing or too lenient. If you die when you run out of health, you don't have to start all over again. This is a blessing really, because even though the dialogue is interesting the first time around when you're "respawning", you wouldn't want to read through that wall of text every time something happens.
Instead, you simply lose some items from your inventory (think of it as like a death cost). While you will not lose key items or items that are needed to complete quests or challenges, you do lose out on travel time since there is a fixed respawn point.
The Island: Castaway 2 features many minigames that are intertwined with the main gameplay and story. These minigames are designed to help with your survival! You can learn and train up important skills such as hunting, fishing, and gathering crabs.
When you are more confident of the game mechanics and how to fight, you will need to be wary of your enemies too. While combat is by no means the main focus of this game, it is still an important factor, and the island is dotted with some mean-looking boars that or may not be looking to introduce you to their tusks. Just a heads up, those boars are really mean! Don't end up dying 5 minutes into the game like we did.
As the name suggests, The Island: Castaway 2 is the sequel to the successful original game, The Island: Castaway. If you are wondering why it is so successful, it is because of the rich story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
As you progress in the game, you learn the ins and outs of everyday life for these islanders that you live with. When we played the game, we found that this was quite an endearing factor as it made us feel like we..."know" these non-player characters on a deeper level.
This makes doing quests and bettering their lives even more fulfilling. If you have played the first game too, you may also find that many characters connect back with the first game, and without spoiling anything, the fate of the previous protagonist may be revealed even further.
Also, you will meet new outsiders that are not native to the island. These outsiders may not have the best intentions at heart, so you will have to be the one to suss them out in order to protect your people.
The Island: Castaway 2 is a beautiful game with vibrant colors that will sweep you away into its world, filled with charm, intrigue, and a dose of action that makes it more than a memorable ride.
It is not necessary to play the first instalment in order to enjoy this game, so download it now and be whisked away into this wonderful time management survival adventure!
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