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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Very Positive (14 reviews) - 92% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (241 reviews) - 89% of the 241 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 19, 2015

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June 24

SUMMER SALE!

The SUMMER is magic and it is HERE! Go stroll down the beach in your new bathing suit. Get Castaway Paradise now for a discounted price!

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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!

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SUMMER SALE

The SUMMER is magic and it is HERE! Go stroll down the beach in your new bathing suit.

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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Joshua
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Cute, simple fun.
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KidKota11
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Ok, I gotta be the negative review guy because there definitely needs one.

First of all... There is only one freaking song and it will drive you crazy...

Second: It's not magical like Animal Crossing. Theres no hidden gems like UFO's, contests (fish catching, bug catching, etc..), A.I. rankings for how well your room is decorated, or how well your town is beautified. Not even a day and night cycle were different things happen..

Third: You don't feel like your achieving anything, even for a casual game. You get all of your tools in the first, like 5 quests. They can't be upgraded and there's nothing special about them. The only thing you can achieve is decorating your house and dressing up your person (put on dreads, a hawaiin shirt, and sunglasses and I'm done for the rest of the game).

Fourth: There is no challenge at all... The hardest thing in this game is catching a bug when it's right next to you (it will run away for about 3 seconds).

Fifth: The quests are pretty repetive and there is nothing special to achieve besides more clothes and more decor (which there is plenty and plenty of, which is very nice).

It's essentially a skeleton of a game. The stock market is cool, but besides collecting badges clothes, furniture, bugs and fish... That's about it... Oh did I mention that you can grow virtual crops? It's like the biggest pain in the *** having to rake a field, and slowly, akwardly water 5 califlowers 3 times in a row.

But I bought it on sale, so hey if you can get the deal, try it for yourself.

This is definitely not a $15 dollar game!
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Shmooks
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Bought it for luls then couldn't stop playing...
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Kritigri
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This one's a weird one. It's a port of a microtransaction-driven mobile game, with the microtransactions removed. However, as it was built with microtransactions in mind, some of the game feels strangely unbalanced, such as being able to make and absurd amount of money by growing a large number of coconut trees in a short space of time (the growth of the trees and cococunts are time-gated, but the previous restriction was to do with the 'energy' of using tools which has since been removed). You'll find lots of odd little imbalances and redundancies throughout (such as the occasional quest which rewards more gems than the amount used to skip it + claim an easy reward) but most of them can be overlooked.

Balance issues aside, you're looking at the closest thing there is to a worthwhile Animal Crossing clone here, and I personally think it's worth full price. As of the time of writing, however, it's 75% off, and I very much recommend snagging it now.
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Noxy
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game is very similar to those Facebook/App style games where you plant a tree and either wait 2 months to harvest it or pay £10 to harvest it RIGHT NOW! That's not a bad thing, it's actually really awesome.

The only thing that made me close those Apps were the paywalls but now there isn't one and I haven't closed it for 4 hours. Not sure if I ever will, send help!

Really great game if you enjoyed Farm for your Life, Farmville etc. Typical Plant this/Grow this/Sell this/Fish for this game but very addictive and chilled out. Definitely worth the current sale price £2.49 not sure about full price, although considering how much Farmville type games make this is a bargain.
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Kortal
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
i Need V.i.P to write this review.

i Need to solve a puzzle to post the review.

Purchase V.i.P to Buy the last puzzle

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( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
very good game not that it is perfect but most issues are solved on the steam release and i can say it has some very nice gameplay but the biggest issue is that you get discouraged before you reach the level in which you get alot of free benifits if you are going to force yourself to play this is a good buy.
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Morbius The Stoned Menace
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
Bought this in a drunken mood for some achievementhunting
This game is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ just as me for buying it, but easy achievements so that's an upside and the reason why I'll recommend it.

I would only recommend to play it while you're high or drunk.
If you're a minor, ignore what I said and stay in school
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Kida
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
About the only problem I have with the game is that I pretty much get penalized for cleaning up the island early but a lot of games like this do that and they probably will regenerate eventually... hopefully otherwise I will have to wait til I unlock the next island.
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necromaster
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Best game ever for my 5 year old daughter
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
best advance birthday gift i received from my bestfriend.
still playing until now.
i enjoyed planting crops, trees and harvest them :3
if only this were in real life, i would be rich already.

why can't i own my own island? T_T

life can be unfair at times.

sadlife.

10/10 would play this again in a heartbeat <3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
About the only problem I have with the game is that I pretty much get penalized for cleaning up the island early but a lot of games like this do that and they probably will regenerate eventually... hopefully otherwise I will have to wait til I unlock the next island.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This game is very similar to those Facebook/App style games where you plant a tree and either wait 2 months to harvest it or pay £10 to harvest it RIGHT NOW! That's not a bad thing, it's actually really awesome.

The only thing that made me close those Apps were the paywalls but now there isn't one and I haven't closed it for 4 hours. Not sure if I ever will, send help!

Really great game if you enjoyed Farm for your Life, Farmville etc. Typical Plant this/Grow this/Sell this/Fish for this game but very addictive and chilled out. Definitely worth the current sale price £2.49 not sure about full price, although considering how much Farmville type games make this is a bargain.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
This one's a weird one. It's a port of a microtransaction-driven mobile game, with the microtransactions removed. However, as it was built with microtransactions in mind, some of the game feels strangely unbalanced, such as being able to make and absurd amount of money by growing a large number of coconut trees in a short space of time (the growth of the trees and cococunts are time-gated, but the previous restriction was to do with the 'energy' of using tools which has since been removed). You'll find lots of odd little imbalances and redundancies throughout (such as the occasional quest which rewards more gems than the amount used to skip it + claim an easy reward) but most of them can be overlooked.

Balance issues aside, you're looking at the closest thing there is to a worthwhile Animal Crossing clone here, and I personally think it's worth full price. As of the time of writing, however, it's 75% off, and I very much recommend snagging it now.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Cute, simple fun.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Ok, I gotta be the negative review guy because there definitely needs one.

First of all... There is only one freaking song and it will drive you crazy...

Second: It's not magical like Animal Crossing. Theres no hidden gems like UFO's, contests (fish catching, bug catching, etc..), A.I. rankings for how well your room is decorated, or how well your town is beautified. Not even a day and night cycle were different things happen..

Third: You don't feel like your achieving anything, even for a casual game. You get all of your tools in the first, like 5 quests. They can't be upgraded and there's nothing special about them. The only thing you can achieve is decorating your house and dressing up your person (put on dreads, a hawaiin shirt, and sunglasses and I'm done for the rest of the game).

Fourth: There is no challenge at all... The hardest thing in this game is catching a bug when it's right next to you (it will run away for about 3 seconds).

Fifth: The quests are pretty repetive and there is nothing special to achieve besides more clothes and more decor (which there is plenty and plenty of, which is very nice).

It's essentially a skeleton of a game. The stock market is cool, but besides collecting badges clothes, furniture, bugs and fish... That's about it... Oh did I mention that you can grow virtual crops? It's like the biggest pain in the *** having to rake a field, and slowly, akwardly water 5 califlowers 3 times in a row.

But I bought it on sale, so hey if you can get the deal, try it for yourself.

This is definitely not a $15 dollar game!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
87 of 94 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
77.5 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 95 people (84%) 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 83 people (87%) 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
41 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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