The Island: Castaway & The Island: Castaway 2
Adventure Games easier
Untimed PC Walkthroughs are necessary
135 MB Adults and Teens
156 MB Pre-Teens thru Adult
(and possibly Middle School-Aged, but read My Recommendation before you decide to give this game to a child)
Premise: In the first game, The Island: Castaway, a cruise ship sinks in a tsunami and you and some others, all strangers, are stranded on a tropical island paradise. As you get to know each other and the island natives, and learn how to survive in the wild, you are confronted with challenges and adventures.
In the second game, The Island: Castaway 2, the story goes back in time at least 60 years to the native inhabitants’ initial encounter with white strangers, a motley crew of sailors of varying trustworthiness. The problems those scalliwags create are the cause of our present-day seafarers’ difficulties. (For this reason, I’m thinking it might make more sense to play The Island: Castaway 2 before playing The Island: Castaway.)
Hints: You’ll be doing a lot of gathering and collecting in these games; at first you will be severely limited as to how much you can hold, as your bag has very few compartments, with each compartment storing 20 of the same item; later you’ll get a bigger bag with more compartments and be able to store 50 or 100 items in each compartment. ~ Important: You must always keep at least one compartment of your bag empty or you won’t be able to cook. ~ Cooking is particularly important, so gather all the twigs you see (when it’s safe to do so). ~ In the beginning, pick apples and kiwis whenever you see them on the ground; they are needed for fruit salad, the easiest and quickest meal to make, and they are harder to find than the other fruits. ~ You need to eat often, especially before and after energetic work. ~ When picking tree fruit, pass your cursor over the entire tree and the bushes around it because fallen fruit is often hidden. ~ Food never spoils, by the way, so don’t be afraid to stockpile. ~ You may need to eat suddenly to outrun an imminent animal attack. ~ Also, you can sell the food you’ve gathered and the meals you’ve prepared for lots of pearls, which you will need to buy necessities.
To enter or exit a cave, go to the circle of light. ~ In the first game, all the snakes will bite you if you’re not protected, but in The Island: Castaway 2, snakes won’t bite unless you’re picking cave mushrooms. ~ Their bites won’t kill you, but if you don’t have enough energy their bites will overcome you, so don’t enter the shaman’s caves unless you’ve eaten your fill. ~ Also fill your energy bar anytime you go to the village or anywhere else that has wild boars. ~ If a wild boar chases you, run to the nearest water.
More Hints: In playing The Island: Castaway you must click after each line of dialogue to bring the next line… unlike The Island: Castaway 2, in which the dialogue flows smoothly and naturally. ~ To skip the introductory scene during subsequent visits, click anywhere. ~ The screen will go black for 10 seconds, then it’ll bring you to the main menu.
As you wander around the parts of the island you’ll see round patches of soil; plant a seed in each one if you can, for they extend your access to the plants you’ll need for certain recipe requests. ~ In the 1st game, besides twigs, pick the flowers whenever you can safely, especially the blue ones; also, in the 1st game you’ll need lots of lemons to cook fish & crabs, but in the 2nd game, start out collecting kiwis.
I found two Walkthroughs for each game; choose the ones you like and copy-and-paste the appropriate address:
My Review: The stories in both these games are engrossing, with tasks which are sometimes challenging and at other times simply enjoyable. In fact, with the relaxing music & atmospheric drumbeats to enhance the mood, these games are so enjoyable that, even though they are lengthy, I’ve played them three times each. I loved being on a tropical island and feeling free to go for a walk, gather fruit, catch crabs, go fishing, cook a meal, gather shells, plant seeds, harvest my crops, and do what I please whenever I want, even when someone is waiting to talk to me; they are willing to wait, and paradise is meant to be enjoyed.
My Recommendation: I love both these games, and have played them several times each (which is saying a lot, given their lengths). The Island: Castaway 2 is played through the eyes of a young boy ready to enter manhood and choose his life’s path. As he practices the skills for each trade he is considering, he is given good moral advice from his elders, and for that reason I originally thought this would be a great game for children… but… at the end of the story there are three murders, two of which you witness. They are not gory, and they probably wouldn’t traumatize today’s children, but I come from a different age and so I am leery about this (even though those two murders were to save the lives of the entire tribe). I’ll leave that judgement to you as their parent, to weigh the sound teachings The Island: Castaway 2 offers in a really enjoyable and engrossing format vs. the shocking ending, and decide what is appropriate.
The first The Island: Castaway is even more problematic, with references made to insanity, promiscuity, murder, and ritual human sacrifice.
And then there are the snakes… having to walk through a dark cave with slithering snakes or a swamp filled with crocodiles is really creepy… and did I mention repeatedly being chased by wild boars? There is stress in this game, I must admit. Still…
These are really great games, which you can try for free, here:
The Island: Castaway
The Island: Castaway 2