The Island: Castaway 2 is, as the name implies, the second game in the franchise. It’s a nice and simple pinpoint adventure game, but at the same time it has a really nice story and soundtrack.
You start off in an illusion of Yati, the little boy you take control of, who runs errands for the rest of the people of the island. Finishing up an errand, he gets called by the spirits of the ancients. Soon afterwards, he gets called to a ceremony by Chief Hakomo. The Clay Doll hands you out missions, which they call Songs in order to proceed through the story and advance with the plot. Once they’re done, you start a journey to find out what’s up with Yati’s illusions.
The gameplay is simple. You touch where you want to go and you move there. Easy enough. You have a cooking feature in the game, which lets you cook up dishes, either cold or hot. Of course you will need fire to cook the hot stuff. You can also harvest your own vegetables and hunt, so that’s good too.
Your stamina is the same as your health, so if you run out of it, Yati passes out and you start at the beginning of the game. There’s a lot to do in this game and you’ll be entertained for a long while. The quests alone will keep you pretty busy.
The graphics are pretty nice, seriously. The cell-shaded graphics make the game more appealing. It’s colorful and full of life.
Music / Sound Effects
The music suits the game really well. It has a lot of soothing songs and sound effects that make the game just appealing. The sound effects the animals make are pretty good, as is the voice acting, but they sound so laid back that you can get tired of listening to them. They talk so slow, it can get irritating. However, overall, if you plug in your headphones and close your eyes, the sound effects and music just makes you think you’re in the middle of a deserted island.
There’s not much for re-playability with the game. The quests don’t change and it would be a repeat of the same thing over and over, so yeah, once you’re done with the game, you’re done with it for good. You can play again through the game and do some sort of speed runs, not grabbing food, only the necessary food, etc. You can figure out what to do on a new game if you liked the game that much.
Overall the game is pretty good. If you like this kind of adventure games, you’ll find it pretty interesting. Like I told you, it’s a pretty descent game with a really interesting story. This is the best aspect of the game. You may or may not like the gameplay, but you can get so into the story that the gameplay is the least of your problems.
Played on iPad 3 version 6.1.3. Final Score: 8.5/10