Price: FREE ($6.99 to unlock full game)
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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A sequel to the game of a very similar name, The Island: Castaway 2 is a fun if unexceptional casual gaming experience.
This time around, despite the name, players control a member of a native tribe located on the island rather than a castaway. Not a lot else has changed though, with the focus still squarely on completing various quests. These quests remain quite simple, too. Players wander around the island talking to people and generally completing a variety of fetch quests. A lot of the focus is on collecting certain fruits or materials, thereby enabling the player to combine them or create meals out of the goods.
Occasionally there'll be a riddle to solve but it's still quite simple stuff. The Island: Castaway 2 is untaxing but in that respect, it's also quite genteel. New skills such as the ability to fish, trap creatures, or plant seeds to grow plants further extend this oddly laid back experience.
Throughout the game, a map is only a tap away; easily ensuring that getting lost isn't a problem. Stars demonstrate where other characters are, changing color to denote their purpose. Besides the overland side of things, it's possible to go into caves too, often to complete certain quest lines. The only real irritant to The Island: Castaway 2 is how the player must keep their energy levels high by eating regularly. The need to find food or eat more feels a little too frequent for an otherwise laid back game, and can turn a bit tedious.
Despite this, most casual gamers will enjoy what The Island: Castaway 2 has to offer. It won't be for everyone, given its distinctly laid back attitude and meandering nature, but it is quite a pleasant way to pass the time. It offers the kind of experience that usually includes an energy bar and an urge to spend money on in-app purchases, but none of that is required here.