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Our Xbox One Review of Castway Paradise Lets get this out of the way first. If you have ever played Animal Crossing then you have played this. As someone who played a lot of Animal Crossing on the Nintendo DS I was hoping one day that a game similar would make it’s way to Xbox. ..

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CASTAWAY PARADISE – XBOX ONE REVIEW

Our Xbox One Review of Castway Paradise

Lets get this out of the way first. If you have ever played Animal Crossing then you have played this. As someone who played a lot of Animal Crossing on the Nintendo DS I was hoping one day that a game similar would make it’s way to Xbox. I think the phrase ‘Be careful what you wish for’ comes into play here because it’s not really what I was hoping for.

First off, if you don’t know what Castaway Paradise is, you arrive on an island with very few people. There is usually a couple of shops, a town hall and a museum. As well as this there is usually a mayor, shop keeper and other villagers. You’re job is to enjoy yourself, there is so much available for you to do that you won’t know where to start.

When you first arrive you will be greeted by the Mayor of the city, she will explain where you are and what’s happened. She will also give you a tent which will be your home for the time being. You can upgrade your tent at end time as long as you have the money to do so. You will be able to upgrade your home a few times and each time it will cost more to do so. You can earn money by doing quests for people (we will get too) and by selling items or fruit to the store.

You can grow trees whenever you want as long as you have an apple to plant. You will have to water them and wait for them to grow before it gives you more fruit but surprisingly it doesn’t take too long. I like this feature because it can be fully grown within a couple of hours, something that makes it even better is that you can’t ‘Pay to play’. So you can’t get more gems to make the activites go faster.

I mentioned earlier about quests, I also mentioned earlier about other villagers. Well if you put these both together you get villagers that have quests for you. These quests can literally be anything, plant some trees, collect some parcels, catch some fish, literally anything. You can also get a lot of different rewards for doing these, Exp is a big reward as you will get this almost every time. You can get money from these quests too which can be a good way to make cash if that’s what you’re looking to do.

One of my favourite features Castaway Paradise has, is the fact that the whole map isn’t accessible from the start. This seems like a strange thing to be my favourite but I just love it. The island is split into 3 sections, each are unlockable in a great way. The bridges connecting the island have all broken. If you click the sign nearby the load up a bunch of question marks. These marks can be removed by using puzzle pieces. Puzzle pieces can be found via quests but are also sold in the shop for 2,500 each.

The shops offer different items for sale each day, as well as this you can also sell to the shopkeepers anytime you want. They buy everything from furniture, fruit, fish and even bugs. I mentioned earlier about how to get fruit but now it’s time to talk about fish and bugs. You have a fishing rod and a net which you can equip whenever you want. If you ever see any type of bug, simply equip your net, sneak up to the bug slowly and then swing your net. Fish are a little more complicated but not too much. Walk along the beach and if you see a silhouette of a fish, throw your rod near it. Wait for the fish to swim near the bait, once it eats it, a slider will come on screen. Once the slider is in the green, reel in to catch fish.

All in all, I liked playing Castaway Paradise but didn’t find it too amazing. One of the most annoying features about Castaway Paradise is the achievements. A lot of the achievements are numbers that aren’t 5 or 0. As an achievement hunter this really bothers me and I know a lot of other Achievement hunters that don’t like this either. As a game though it is fun to play and feels similar to Animal Crossing. For £10.39 it is definitely worth it, but for a higher price I would rather play Animal Crossing.

Price – £10.39

Publisher / Developer – Stolen Couch Games

Review Code Supplied by Game Drive

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