This is your island, your adventure! Do whatever you like! It's the ultimate Sandbox sim! Farm, catch bugs, talk to villagers, build your own tropical dream island!
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Release Date: May 19, 2015

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July 21

FREE HOSPITAL DLC



As promised we are continuing our efforts to release new content to Castaway Paradise. This time it's the FREE HOSPITAL THEME PACK DLC. There are lots of new items to decorate with.

http://store.steampowered.com//app/438831

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June 14

Father's day!


Fathers need some extra attention once in awhile. So, go check out the new father's day items in the game!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/304950

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About This Game

Your adventure starts when you get stranded on a tropical island. This is your island, your adventure! Do whatever you like! It's the ultimate Sandbox sim! Do you like Animal Crossing or Harvest Moon? Castaway Paradise is the game for you!

FUN ACTIVITIES

You can spend your days doing fun activities such as catching bugs and fishing. Try to make a bigger catch than your friends and make your collections complete!

GROW PLANTS

Farm your own home-grown fresh crops! Rake the ground, plant the seeds and give them some water. You can also decorate your island with beautiful plants and flowers or grow fruit trees.

CREATE YOUR OWN OUTFIT

Endlessly combine outfits, hats, dresses, shoes and other clothing to reflect your personality, or create a funny outfit just for the laughs!

DECORATE YOUR ISLAND

After the devastating storm, the island needs some renovation! You can place items from a lot of different theme packs and make the island your idea of paradise!

HOLIDAYS AND EVENTS

Throughout the year, special events and holidays will occur like Christmas and Halloween. Around the winter holidays for example, the island will be covered in snow, and you can help the villagers by decorating all the houses and the rest of the island.

HELP THE VILLAGERS OUT

Befriend the quirky villagers and help them by engaging on quests for them. They will reward you with great gifts! You can also just chat with them to get to know them better.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 512 mhz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8
    • Processor: 512 mhz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
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dragonsecko
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Micro transactions is something I expect from free games, not one I paid to play in the first place.
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Rockabye
( 40.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
This game has a lot going for it at first glance, large island, tons of furniture and clothes (and more items added fairly regularly) but it manages to miss the mark on enjoyability and charm, so thoroughly, and in every way imaginable.

-The controls are clunky and unnatural. Moving around the world actually makes me anxious due to how badly my character is at following the keystrokes I put in. Tasks such as farming, foraging for fruit, removing clutter, clearing weeds feel like they take so much more time than they should in part because your character has trouble moving where you want to go.

-I detest the characters. Theere's obviously some talent involved in making NPCs likeable because I hate every last one of these villagers. For example there's Angus. When you first meet Angus he's very grumpy and you say 'ok, i know this guy. He's going to turn out to a.) have a tragic back story b.) have insecurities about social situations that he masks with with a false veil of not liking anyone'. Neither of these things are true. He's just a horrible person. He genuinely hates everyone and takes joy in everyone's failures and shortcomings. At their best these characters are boring, at their worst you actually hate them as individuals. Never seen anything like it in a game this cutesy.

-Limited indoor design space. You can increase your house to four rooms and then that's it. That's all the interior space you're allowed. If you could decorate all the interiors that would be fun. The mayor has an absolute palace, the town hall is immense, but you can only look at these, you're better ignoring them entirely. They'll only leave you hungry for more space, space you will never recieve.

-Developers made no attempt to hide the pay-to-play history of this game. You have it all; timers, stamina, a section of the catelogue bizaarely called 'VIP', sections of the map that can be straight up paid away with in-game currency.

I can't even say this game tries; because it doesn't. It's a soulless money grab, Even with a flat price tag. It's utterly charmless. If advertizing hadn't explictly told me it was trying to be Animal Crossing it wouldn't have crossed my mind that this monstrosity was inspired by it.

Don't buy this game. It's a tease. It'll never leave you even vaguely satisfied. You always feel like there's something missing. That there's some obstacle between you and being proud of cleaning up the beach, or designing your room, or god forbid 'taking care of your villagers'. It's just bad. Go play Animal Crossing. Stay away from this.
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kiriux
( 22.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
This is a fun little game for fans of things like Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon. You can customize your character in lots of different ways, and decorate your house. You can plant trees, grow crops like flowers, fruits and vegetables, and fish. There are bugs and shells to collect. The EXP system is nice and easy enough to level up, and I REALLY like the daily bonuses, which let you earn points doing tasks and reset every 2 hours with new options.

My only negative experiences so far are with the fishing's lack of tutorial, or really any instructions at all. I spent a good ten or fifteen minutes to figure out. You just drag the lure where you want it to go, click the icon, and wait for a bite. You do not need to click to get the fish on the hook. Then click the bobber icon when it goes back into the green area.

Certain parts of the game run like those "Resource Management" games from Facebook like Farmville and Dragon Vale, where you need to wait certain amounts of Real Time to be able to harvest and unlock things. I wish some things were more automated, as well, like clicking to "bloom" flowers after their timer runs down, or trees to spawn their fruits, or crops to grow to their next stage. Too many of these timer or checkmark icons on the screen causes the game to lag.
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piranha
( 34.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
I would recommend this game, but with definite caveats.

I never played Animal Crossing or any Facebook games, and can therefore not compare. But I find this extremely simplistic, and not intellectually stimulating at all. It also doesn't have what I'd want from a farming game -- any amount of realism; it's just too easy: rake the plot, drop some seed (if you don't have it you can buy it on the spot), sprinkle some water(can be annoying if you have the basic can and need to water tomatoes), and then wait a variable amount of time for your crop to grow so you can harvest it, or water it some more for a better yield. If you like playing with spreadsheets, you can do a simple analysis of what crops give you the most gems. The fishing is random, you can to some degree affect the size of what you catch by what bait you use, but only vaguely determine what you catch, depending on what bait you use (but sometimes quests demand you catch a specific fish which becomes quite tedious). There is no day/night cycle, there are no animals, nothing really happens, after the initial discovery phase it's very repetitive. In a strange way that can be rather soothing, which explains why I racked up 30 hours. ;)

Then there are quests put to you by the island's inhabitants. They are also very simplistic: catch me a bug, deliver this package to this other person, grow me some flowers. The quest AI is not smart, and it does not pay to be proactive about cleaning up the island -- broken stuff washes up on shore and weeds grow, and if you're like me you're on that stuff like white on rice, cleaning it up. Ah, but then you get a quest to pull 5 weeds, and there are none left, and now you have to wait until the next day. As you are getting close to having collected all shells, it does pay to clean up the beaches every day, because the number of items that spawn seem to take into account how much is already there. So, can't win this one.

The inhabitants are mildly amusing; there's Gustave, the french baker philosopher moose, Angus, the angry monkey, Viktoria, the self-important, pompous piglet mayor (reminds me a lot of Hyacinth Bucket from the British sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances" (oh ghods, this dates me, doesn't it; yes, I am older than dirt and still play video games!)) and others. Gustave is my favourite, but the devs made an effort to give them all unique personalities (except for Polly, who has none) -- and the effort is clearly directed at adults because kids won't get the references. The art is distinctive and appealing in its blocky cartoonishness; it's a pleasant game to look at. The music on the other hand is horrible; I turned it off after a few minutes and have not turned it back on again. There is an annoying bug when trying to move on one's farm plot, and a few typos, but the game runs smoothly otherwise; I've not had any crashes.

The game is strangely unbalanced, I suspect because it was originally designed for micro transactions. I was able to make veritable cactusloads of money right away by mass planting specific crops that paid way more than they should have -- when I went back into the game today, that seemed to be fixed (there goes my coconut plantation), but I am already richer than Croesus. There is a large aspect of the game that doesn't interest me at all -- buying outfits for yourself and furniture for decorating your house -- if that's your thing, there is a lot of content. It's not mine, I'd prefer to explore, but I have already unlocked every area, and there's no longer much replay value in the game for me. I'm about to check out the free content, but unless that comes with extra islands, I'm probably done with the game.

The devs seem very responsive in the game's Steam group, which is definitely a bonus, and they are releasing regular updates -- that alone deserves praise.

So, recommended if this sounds like fun to you, when it's on deep discount. But it's not magical or ground breaking in any way. A cute little time waster. Your small kids might love it.
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Ecstatic Waffle
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
It's the poor man's Animal Crossing.
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NerdyRedneckGaming
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
Fun little game for kids or a time waster,m however not sure its worth the $15. I got it on sale for way less.
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gamepuri
( 70.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I recommend this game to lovers of simple, easy-going games. The graphics is in simple colours, but the art is absolutely great.The game as a whole doesn't require big amounts of hard-drive space. The over-all design of the game is great and I have no complaints.It's a simple, yet interactive game and as a pass-time, it keeps me occupied for a little while each day - without me having to spend hours on it.
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BlackCatZ
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Nope , dont have the Animal Corssing charm that they wanted.
No in game Time, no day/night , no seasons ...
Always same things since start, dull quests from dull residents all the time ...
The gameplay is bad, but it is a port so ...
Well I dont recommend it , for anyone not a good animal crossing copy
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Silentbettie
( 18.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Awesome game
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Joshua
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Cute, simple fun.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
It's the poor man's Animal Crossing.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
70.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I recommend this game to lovers of simple, easy-going games. The graphics is in simple colours, but the art is absolutely great.The game as a whole doesn't require big amounts of hard-drive space. The over-all design of the game is great and I have no complaints.It's a simple, yet interactive game and as a pass-time, it keeps me occupied for a little while each day - without me having to spend hours on it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
I would recommend this game, but with definite caveats.

I never played Animal Crossing or any Facebook games, and can therefore not compare. But I find this extremely simplistic, and not intellectually stimulating at all. It also doesn't have what I'd want from a farming game -- any amount of realism; it's just too easy: rake the plot, drop some seed (if you don't have it you can buy it on the spot), sprinkle some water(can be annoying if you have the basic can and need to water tomatoes), and then wait a variable amount of time for your crop to grow so you can harvest it, or water it some more for a better yield. If you like playing with spreadsheets, you can do a simple analysis of what crops give you the most gems. The fishing is random, you can to some degree affect the size of what you catch by what bait you use, but only vaguely determine what you catch, depending on what bait you use (but sometimes quests demand you catch a specific fish which becomes quite tedious). There is no day/night cycle, there are no animals, nothing really happens, after the initial discovery phase it's very repetitive. In a strange way that can be rather soothing, which explains why I racked up 30 hours. ;)

Then there are quests put to you by the island's inhabitants. They are also very simplistic: catch me a bug, deliver this package to this other person, grow me some flowers. The quest AI is not smart, and it does not pay to be proactive about cleaning up the island -- broken stuff washes up on shore and weeds grow, and if you're like me you're on that stuff like white on rice, cleaning it up. Ah, but then you get a quest to pull 5 weeds, and there are none left, and now you have to wait until the next day. As you are getting close to having collected all shells, it does pay to clean up the beaches every day, because the number of items that spawn seem to take into account how much is already there. So, can't win this one.

The inhabitants are mildly amusing; there's Gustave, the french baker philosopher moose, Angus, the angry monkey, Viktoria, the self-important, pompous piglet mayor (reminds me a lot of Hyacinth Bucket from the British sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances" (oh ghods, this dates me, doesn't it; yes, I am older than dirt and still play video games!)) and others. Gustave is my favourite, but the devs made an effort to give them all unique personalities (except for Polly, who has none) -- and the effort is clearly directed at adults because kids won't get the references. The art is distinctive and appealing in its blocky cartoonishness; it's a pleasant game to look at. The music on the other hand is horrible; I turned it off after a few minutes and have not turned it back on again. There is an annoying bug when trying to move on one's farm plot, and a few typos, but the game runs smoothly otherwise; I've not had any crashes.

The game is strangely unbalanced, I suspect because it was originally designed for micro transactions. I was able to make veritable cactusloads of money right away by mass planting specific crops that paid way more than they should have -- when I went back into the game today, that seemed to be fixed (there goes my coconut plantation), but I am already richer than Croesus. There is a large aspect of the game that doesn't interest me at all -- buying outfits for yourself and furniture for decorating your house -- if that's your thing, there is a lot of content. It's not mine, I'd prefer to explore, but I have already unlocked every area, and there's no longer much replay value in the game for me. I'm about to check out the free content, but unless that comes with extra islands, I'm probably done with the game.

The devs seem very responsive in the game's Steam group, which is definitely a bonus, and they are releasing regular updates -- that alone deserves praise.

So, recommended if this sounds like fun to you, when it's on deep discount. But it's not magical or ground breaking in any way. A cute little time waster. Your small kids might love it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Fun little game for kids or a time waster,m however not sure its worth the $15. I got it on sale for way less.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
This is a fun little game for fans of things like Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon. You can customize your character in lots of different ways, and decorate your house. You can plant trees, grow crops like flowers, fruits and vegetables, and fish. There are bugs and shells to collect. The EXP system is nice and easy enough to level up, and I REALLY like the daily bonuses, which let you earn points doing tasks and reset every 2 hours with new options.

My only negative experiences so far are with the fishing's lack of tutorial, or really any instructions at all. I spent a good ten or fifteen minutes to figure out. You just drag the lure where you want it to go, click the icon, and wait for a bite. You do not need to click to get the fish on the hook. Then click the bobber icon when it goes back into the green area.

Certain parts of the game run like those "Resource Management" games from Facebook like Farmville and Dragon Vale, where you need to wait certain amounts of Real Time to be able to harvest and unlock things. I wish some things were more automated, as well, like clicking to "bloom" flowers after their timer runs down, or trees to spawn their fruits, or crops to grow to their next stage. Too many of these timer or checkmark icons on the screen causes the game to lag.
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88 of 96 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
77.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
This game is fun, the game still plays when you are away so everyday I find myself checking to see what has happend to the Island. The Island has great NPCs that you get to know, lots of quests, lots to find and do, unlockable parts of the Island, leveling up, and alot more. I am used to fighting games but this is a nice change, its a very well done game.
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80 of 96 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
Castaway Paradise
Developer: Stolen Couch Games
Publisher: Stolen Couch Games

Note: A key for this game was provided by the developer for the purpose of writing an unbiased, informative review. No other compensation was given.

Introduction
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An iOS port brought to Steam, Castaway Paradise is a game very, very similar to Animal Crossing. You play as a villager who has washed up on an island and are introduced to various other castaways. Together with them, it's your job to turn the island into a veritiable paradise! A very casual game, Castaway Paradise has a LOT of content, items to collect, and things to do.

Gameplay
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Like Animal Crossing, Castaway Paradise has a lot of the same features. You are able to customize your character with clothing and accessories, catch bugs, fish, decorate your home AND the island, and buy/sell items. There are also quests, which are given by the other villagers. They'll always have something for you to do, whether it be fetch them some items, deliver something to another villeger, catch fish, or some other request. These will reward you with different items, clothing, gems, and puzzle pieces.

Gems are the currency of the game, and are used for nearly everything, including buying/selling items. They can also be used to instantly complete quests or refill stamina, provided you have enough. This is generally not worth it, as you will be paying double, triple, and even quadruple what you would get as the reward, and stamina refills on its own very quickly. But it is an option if you are trying to hurry something along. Puzzle pieces are an extra item that are used to solve small 9 piece-puzzles which serves as the lock to extra portions of the island. Pieces can be slowly earned via quest rewards or bought outright at the puzzle panel for a hefty price. Again, not worth it, but it's an option!

There are a lot of different themes for clothing and furniture, such as Classical, Tropical, Chinese, and more. There are lots of tools for you to use for various tasks around the island. A hoe for farming, a shovel for digging holes to plant stuff, a watering can for watering crops and trees, a net for catching bugs, and a fishing pole for....well, fishing. Bugs and fish caught can be donated to the museum for your collection, just like in Animal Crossing.

Remember how I said this was an iOS port ? Well, it uses some of the same mechanics from its mobile counterpart. When you water a crop, solve a puzzle, or order an upgrade on a building or structure, a small timer appears. The building won't be finished or the crop won't be fully grown until the timer runs out. This probably could have been altered for the Steam port so it appeared as less of a mobile port. What's even more glaring is that remnants of the microtransactions of the iOS version remain, even though the transactions themselves are not present. In the iOS version, you could buy VIP status using real money, which gave you access to more rooms of your house, more items/clothing/tools/upgrades, and got you free items every so often. Instead of buying it in the Steam version, you automatically receive the status once you reach level 15 at no extra cost.

Speaking of level, nearly everything you do earns you small amounts of experience points. At every level, you unlock more items and clothing for purchase in the catalogue. You can access the catalogue at any time with a single click.

Graphics
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This game isn't very heavy on graphics. Everything is a little blocky and low-poly, but it's cute and charming nonetheless. There's enough detail in everything to where it looks very nice, and when you finish decorating your house you will want to take screenshots to show it off despite the blocky textures! Everything is vibrant and very colorful. Despite the obvious blockiness, it's very beautiful.

One nice option included is the ability to zoom in and out a bit. As a mobile game ported to PC, everything feels a bit...large, being originally formatted for tiny mobile screens. Zoomed in. With this option, you can move your view out just enough to get rid of that feeling. To me this was a godsend, as being so zoomed in like that on my monitor for too long would have given me a headache. Zooming out to the max distance allowed helped allievate that problem.

Sound and Music
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Castaway Paradise has some very upbeat, cheerful tunes--perfect for relaxing after a long day and playing a casual game such as this. There's only a small handful of songs, but they are all relaxing and lighthearted, even if they do loop a bit too often. Sound effects sort of pop, and are very distinct. When something happens, you hear it.

Performance
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This is a very light game, and most users should have no issues running it. It ran at a seemingly steady framerate at all times. Shadowplay could not display the FPS as it usually can in this game for some odd reason. Nonetheless, the game ran pretty well.

Controller support is more or less non-existant here, which is understandable considering the game's origin. I used a mix of keyboard and mouse to play, although you can play solely with the mouse if you wish.

My one gripe with the game is that the escape key closes the game entirely. Because of this I accidentally closed the game while playing one too many times. Despite this little flaw, your progress is saved each time, so nothing is lost. Perhaps this can be fixed in a small patch? If not, it's not a huge deal since progress is still saved, but it is a little annoying at times.

No lag, stuttering, or anythign of that nature was observed. Smooth sailing!

Final Thoughts
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Castaday Paradise is the closest thing we'll get to having an Animal Crossing title on Steam. At least in the foreseeable future. It's certainly a genre thats potential has remained untapped here. Having spent over 1000 hours on Animal Crossing: New Leaf, I'd certainly play more games like it if other titles were released. If you enjoyed any of the Animal Crossing titles, or the iOS version of Castaway Paradise, you will enjoy this PC port. A great casual game to fill in the gaps between other more hardcore games, and to help relax between slogs through longer games. It's definitely worth trying out, at the very least!

Gameplay Demo
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https://youtu.be/P1_jsgHpEv4

Nerd House Verdict:
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Highly Recommended

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72 of 84 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2015
So far so fun. It's like animal crossing except without that annoying mole guy . You can rebuild the entire island how you see fit. Do some planting, quests, fishing, etc. Do not expect to complet the game in one day, some buildings/plants take days to complet. They do try to update the game as much as possible, not just fixes, but actual content.

8/10

eNjoy ^-^
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71 of 87 people (82%) found this review helpful
42 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2015
I sat my girlfriend in front of the PC and she played for ten hours straight.
"Castaway Girlfriend Paradise," should be the game name.

10/10, would distract girlfriend again.

In truth, she's made many comments while playing Castaway Paradise:
- She enjoys the 'Animal Crossing' style game play where you want to come back each day for a "refresh of the world" and continue playing. Areas unlock as you collect Puzzle Pieces. You can decorate and expand your home. There's a Museum you can submit collectibles to.
- She has already collected everything the Museum needs in 20 hours playtime, which leads her to the impression that there's not a lot of content overall. Of course, with the game in EA state, this is expected to change.
- She does not overly enjoy the questing system. Most quests reward you with a pittance of currency and restoration projects to expand the city cost thousands. They are also repetitive and sadly necessary to make any progress (Growing crops take real-time hours and net little money, too; in addition collecting things from the shore or ground reset each real-life day, so there's no other way than questing to make your cash - at least this is her belief).
- She gets frustrated at the time barriers, but has come to accept them, as Animal Crossing does the same. The only difference here is that she can *cheat* in Animal Crossing by changing the date/time of her Wii or 3DS. Although we haven't tried changing the PC time and relaunching Castaway Paradise, such an action usually has far more consequences than doing that on a console.

At the end of the day, any complaints aside, she does keep launching it and playing it each day and that's good enough to get a positive review. If a game keeps drawing you back, then it's worth it.
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