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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Autumn is here!

Hello charming Castaway players!

Today marks the first day of Autumn on Castaway Paradise! No need to update the game, just start it up and enjoy the new season.

In addition to dozens of new season exclusive items we have given the whole island a make over. Enjoy the autumn colors and be sure to get all the autumn items before it's winter!

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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!


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!


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.


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


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!


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.


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

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 512 mhz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • 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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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Communication Error, never let me pass home menu, shame
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88 of 96 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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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82 of 100 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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
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!

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70 of 83 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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.


eNjoy ^-^
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59 of 75 people (79%) found this review helpful
42 people found this review funny
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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39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 14, 2015
Stolen Couch proved to be a step above the rest of the social/mobile game developers.

The original development plan for this game was merely to be a PC port of the mobile/social version: a free-to-play microtransaction disaster. To my surprise, however, Stolen Couch Games actually listened to user feedback and ultimately removed the pay-walls entirely from the STEAM version. Because SCG knows that the F2P microtransaction model is far more profitable than the premium model, the fact that they still chose to go premium is that much more commendable, and deserves a lot more attention than it is getting.

If you like Animal Crossing, buy this game. Hell, even if you don't like Animal Crossing, buy this game just to support honest developers, and show that good games are sustainable, without the freemium model.

Kudos to the entire team at SCG for having artistic integrity in what is turning out to be a fantastic game.
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
136.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
Slow paced, dip in and dip out Animal Crossing type game.
Content is added by the Devs on a regular basis currently, hope this continues.
I keep dipping in for 5 minutes and playing for 15 so it must be doing something right.
Good cartoon graphics, reasonable sound.
I'm casting away my vote with a thumbs up.
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65 of 94 people (69%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
96.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2015
Castaway Paradise was originally a FB/mobile F2P game, now ported to PC. Only a few vestiges of the original mobile iteration remain, but they're pretty glaring -- energy timers on most actions and a progressive level cap on the shop catelogue. You'll be actively hampered by the former until level 15 and can't complete the latter until level 34. The PC version may not have cash IAPs, but still uses mobile tactics to gate content.

The handful of NPCs populating the island are such helpless simpletons, they actually amplify the feeling of being marooned on an island Tom Hanks style, except you're surrounded by sock puppets instead of volleyballs. Without any crafting system, farming and fishing become a repetitive grind for EXP and currency.

On the positive side, the devs are fairly responsive and post in the community hub regularly. I don't know how many more (if any) player suggestions they plan on incorporating since leaving Early Access. They do roll out seasonal/event updates and limited edition item sets, but the majority of LE sets are holiday-based and only appear once a year.


Underneath the grind, Castaway Paradise boils down to a reductive decoration-sim. It lacks the depth & breadth of genre heavy-hitters like Farmville or Harvest Moon. I bought this on sale for 50% off from the Humble Store (so no refunds). I really wanted to find more depth in this game, but even with so much time sunk, I still can't strongly recommend it in one direction or the other. Perhaps it's better that there's no neutral option, because I'd say ambivalence is damning enough.
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
What is Castaway Paradise Complete Edition?

Castaway Paradise, for short, is a casual game where you land on an island and just help rebuilding it. For that you earn gems and puzzle pieces that you can get by doing various actions. Since there is no real objective to the game, it is very much a decoration sandbox game where you can unlock parts of the island and decorate everything at your will (provided you have the gems first).

The game is completely controlled with the mouse and in most cases this goes very fine. When it doesn't, you just need to be careful. There are cases where icons appear that you would not want to click - for example, after digging a hole the game usually suggests you to plant a bug you caught earlier in the hole, instead of the flower seeds or fruits. So you must click one or two times extra. No big deal, but annoying.

There is no way to permanently mess up, and so there are also no missable achievements. When you first start the game, you get a tutorial quest series, and you will want to just do quests for a while to learn all the basics of the game. There are various activities you can make, such as catching bugs and fish (and donating them to a museum), planting and harvesting vegetables, growing fruit trees (and of course also harvesting them), and rebuilding bridges, gates and houses. On top of that, you can decorate the island at will.

The game is definitely not made for someone who wants a deep story or gameplay, but aimed at a more casual audience, although it will require quite some time to achieve everything.

I heard comparisons to Animal Crossing, but as the versions I have I didn't play much, I can't tell.

Here is only one example, the most rewarding and involved of the various things you can do: You come across a field of 4x3 squares. First you remove the weed and stones (only once before you use it). Then you rake the field and plant seeds in it. You get seeds by buying them in the shop or the store menu. Everything is bought with ingame money, and even the VIP status is reached by leveling up enough. Conveniently you can access that store at any time - and that means also while you are at the field and just looking at the raked square, so you can buy and plant seeds with one click (two or three if you must choose another seed first) without having to enter the actual store menu. After that, you need to water the plants. Then it takes some time for them to grow. Then you water them again. Possibly you repeat that once more. Then you harvest the plants (or at any step before but then they give less plants), go to your silo and sell them (again, conveniently without having to go to the actual shop). You can expand your silo to hold more plants, which is highly recommended at least once. As a tip, I found peppers to give the best reward (508 gems profit per field in 30 minutes, possibly plus water refill time or minus water refill gems if you have many fields). You read the last sentence right - instead of waiting for the water to fill up in your can, you can also buy that with the ingame money. Convenient!

Of course you can upgrade the can to have more maximum water or deliver more water at once. When you get to the VIP status by reaching level 15, you have infinite water, but delivering at least 3 water at once still is useful.

On top of everything, the game doesn't take itself too serious - the characters are over the top, and that is a good thing. The always grumpy Angus who hates flowers, the partying Mayor Viktoria, the francophil baker Gustave - the characters you meet are all lovable!

Music and Sound:
Unfortunately, at the music it falls badly. Sure, the sound ingame is nice, but the music is too few. You hear the same music over and over - especially noticeable when entering and leaving a building.

The graphics are in two distinctive styles. First there is a 3D blocky style for most objects and subjects, without ever getting pixelated as in Minecraft (see the screenshots on the store page for how it looks like), second there is a 2D style for the rest, such as flowers and the ground. With everything it does, the game looks not bad but could be better. Probably it was made to resemble the abovementioned Animal Crossing games.

It is really hard to give you advice. I love the game, but I also see that beyond the humor the mechanics are relatively simple and shallow. For me it was worth the money (I paid around 5 Euro in a sale), and I got over a dozen hours out of it so far and will spend more, probably until I have all achievements.
If you want a game that you can return to every now and then, but then also are willing to invest some time to do the daily quests (that are optional but help you, and also reward you with badges not gotten otherwise for an optional collection), like half an hour for three or four times a day, then you have a small gem that can give you joy.
If you however want to explore a lot, do epic quests, save the world, have battles - no, this is not for you then. Go back to Skyrim! Here you can only save a small island and spend all the time on it.

PS: From some of the ingame things it is obvious that the developers might have wanted to make a F2P game ot at least modeled some mechanics after that. It is good that they didn't. There are no real money transactions inside the game, everything is bought with ingame money or - the VIP - by just leveling up, i.e. playing the game. It is only the second game from the developer that I find on Steam, and the first one that is a major project. The developer loves this game, he makes events for it, gives out free DLC every now and then. So as far as I can tell by this review, it would just be worth buying for that reason, just like Nation Red was back in the day.

As for the recommended price at which to buy, I can't tell. Personally I feel fine with the 5 Euro I paid, but depending on what you expect and how much you get involved in such games - or if you like it at all, it is as much a hit or miss at all or at any price I would tell. You must decide for yourself.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
Normally, I write reviews after I am done with a game. However, I don’t think I will retire or complete this game in a near future and I believe it deserves more attention, I just write down some thoughts now. May edit later.
At first glance, Castaway Paradise resembles the famous Animal Crossing game a lot. They indeed have serval things in common, but CP has its own selling point too, like farming and its unique square art-style.

+ A lot of furniture and outfits to get/change. I really mean a lot of. XD
+ Free DLCs and festival updates. These introduce new contents, including items, island decoration and more, in the game and are often time-limited. I myself is busily farming gems to buy all the Thanksgiving items now.
+ Various ways to make profit. You can farm seeds, grow trees, catch fish, water flowers, sell stocks or help out the island dwellers. By doing so, you are well paid back.
+ Daily challenges: This is by far my favorite part. Completing daily challenges to get new dress, gems, and even new bandages. Why not? And even better, bandages can be displayed in the mysterious room now! I’ve always been curious what function that room will serve.
+ Easy control. I play Animal Crossing on 3DSLL and also tried CP on phone. But Steam version is far easy to control. I usually use both keyboard and mouse.
+ Colorful art-style which makes me really happy.
+ Welcoming comunity and responsible devs.
+ No microtransactions or social media accounts needed.

What I think will be better if added/modified: (Some of these features are beloved ones in Animal Crossing)
- Multiplayer. It will be much better if we can visit our friends’ islands.
- Larger fish/shell/bug variety. Seasonal fish or bugs.
- Ability to decorate more houses. Like town house and other dwellers’ houses.
- More dwellers.
- Use the boat to travel to other island.
- I want to be the mayor! XD

In sum, this game is fantastic especially for casual gamers! If you are into cute and colorful things or if you have some minutes to spare or if you like farming/decorating/dressing, give this game a try. It will amaze you.

9/10 for me.
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7.3 hrs
Posted: September 22
The game is fun, If you like Animal Crossing you may like this.

My Review is mainly for those reading the Negative Reviews... Don't be fooled!

There are 0 Microtransactions. The VIP System is not a Paid Service, Once you hit level 15 you become VIP (FREE)
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Kid Icarus
24.9 hrs
Posted: September 6
A great casual game that I or my 8 yr old can pick up and have fun with. No fear or death or starvation, just you, your island, and the NPCs. Complete some quests, do some farming or go fishing, all to earn experience and money. Once you're rich castaway, spend your hard earned money to decorate your island, your house or yourself any way you see fit. Sit back relax and enjoy the ride.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
ATTENTION: There are absolutely NO micro-transactions in this game. The negative reviews stating this are incorrect. This is a PC adaptation of a mobile game that does have micro-transactions, and when the developers released it for PC, these transactions were changed to use in-game currency as a means of progression. So to be absolutely clear, you are paying for the full and complete product, which gradually unlocks like a mobile game -- except for free. I don't think there is even a way to use actual money in this version of the game.

It's too early for me to review this game as I've only played half an hour, but thus far I am really enjoying Castaway Paradise. I'm head-over-heels in love with Animal Crossing, and this game certainly gives off the same vibe -- a daily life simulator with a touch of collectivitis and progression. It's a little simpler and more focused than Animal Crossing, but still much fun.

I'll return to finish this review after I've played ~8-10 hours, or however long it may take to generally see the experience.
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48.6 hrs
Posted: August 19
I really enjoy this game! I'm bad at writing reviews 'cause I ramble, but hopefully my input helps potential purchasers.

Can I clarify something for you all right off the bat? This game is NOT pay to win. (This is not a game you beat or "win" anyway, at least not in the 45 hours I've played so far.) VIP status automatically happens when you hit level 15. You earn XP for everything - farming, weeding, fishing, completing villager's quests, etc. So getting to level 15 and VIP status wasn't actually that hard. (I'm level 19 now.) I haven't found a way to put money in this game after you initially buy it, so I don't think it's possible. (You do earn in-game "gems" for doing quests and selling crops and other items, and you can use those gems on timers to speed up your crops. It is NOT using real money.)

I don't have a Nintendo system, but I love Harvest Moon style games, so I was excited when I saw this, and bought it during Summer Sale (Yep, I'm a cheap-o). This game goes less in depth than Harvest Moon games, and there doesn't seem to be a story line or ending beyond the fact that you got dumped on this inhabited island, but I was surprised that each character has a unique background and personality. It's easy to spend an hour every day or two messing around on my island. The developers still add DLC occasionally (new item theme packs), and it is all FREE! Some reviewers have complained that this is just an item placing game, but that's actually what I like about it. You can't move buildings, but you can add trees and flowers, fencing, pathways, statues, etc. Also you can decorate the inside of your house with wallpapers, flooring, and furniture. Yes, you can farm, fish, and catch bugs, but I only do that to earn money to buy more stuff to decorate my island, lol!

What else to say? No, I didn't care for the art style of the villagers either, but I got over that very quickly. There are no bugs or glitches, the graphics are bright, crisp, and cheery, and I actually don't mind the single music track. Oh, one thing I would like to see added is a day/night cycle. There are animated torches and campfires that would look really nice at night, and then those poor villagers could get some sleep!
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Lora Rolla
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 13
I read the reviews for this and bought it on sale. Even on sale I feel I paid too much. I can't imagine someone would pay 15 dollars for this and be satisfied.

The visual style of the game is hideous to me, but I figured I would get over that if it's enjoyable. I mean, I enjoy Minecraft. I'll leave the looks of the game as something subjective. The content of the game though, that's a total cash grab.

You already pay 15 dollars, but everything appears to have a paid option, and VIP status and timers. Even in your house, you go inside your tent and there's a giant roped off area telling you you can live there if you get VIP. You go into the menus and everywhere it's telling you to become VIP. I already bought the game.

The gameplay is painfully slow, a little clunky feeling. The UI feels unintuitive, the characters are incredibly bland, I was turned off immediately by every single aspect of the game. When I looked over the negative reviews I saw this was originally Free to play FB/Mobile game, and it all made sense.

Don't pay 15 dollars for this game.

Edit: There actually are no microtransactions in this game. Rather, they adapted the VIP system from the mobile title. So there's simply writing everywhere claiming things are locked behind a VIP system, and telling you to become VIP.
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33.8 hrs
Posted: August 9
What a pleasant game! I'm a fan of animal crossing & harvest moon, so this game was right up my alley! Love the leisurly pace. I wouldn't recommend this to hard-core gamers though as you can't actually blaze through it, most activities have a wait time, so it's more suited to casual play styles. Thumbs up from me!
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 8
Pay to win!
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8.6 hrs
Posted: August 1
Decent alternative to Animal Crossing with frequent free updates / DLC and great support from the devs.
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6.3 hrs
Posted: July 31
Fun/addictive game worth your time IF you enjoy games similar to Animal Crossing.
The villagers don't have quite the personality as in AC but they still have a charm about them.
The gameplay hook keeps you coming back.
It's unfair for ANYone to expect this game to be EXACTLY like Animal Crossing/Harvest Moon/etc..
It's good in it's own right.
Definitely worth the time.
Good on the developers.
They ticked a box of nostalgia that isn't easy to find.
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