Time to take a trip to an island full of animals on the Nintendo Switch. No, not that game. Castaway Paradise is another simulation game where you move to an island and end up doing favors for animals. Is it worth checking out? Let’s find out in this review of Castaway Paradise for the Nintendo Switch!
Castaway Paradise is not Animal Crossing. You do live as a human on an island full of animals and do favors for them but the gameplay, overall, feels more like Harvest Moon or Story of Seasons. Though thankfully there is no stamina bar for activates such as fishing.
There is also no real time clock in Castaway Paradise. You do get rewarded for playing every day but there is no clock or day/night system in the game. The animals do not get upset with you if you miss playing the game. And plants and other things grow fast like in Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons.
The objects you collect in Castaway Paradise are a lot like what you’d find in a Harvest Moon game: they are not interactive like Animal Crossing.
The animals themselves will remind you of early Animal Crossing though. Angus, a bull-like animal, is very rude. Much more rude than what you find modern Animal Crossing. I like it! The dialogue in the game is good so far.
Castaway Paradise seems to be a pretty big game so it would take a really long time in order to see everything it offers. The part of the island you play in is small at first and then you can expand to new areas of it. There are a lot of things to do.
You can do favors for the animals, collect objects, decorate your island, fish, bug hunt, and more. The gameplay should make fans of simulation games happy.
Castaway Paradise is a cute game. Its graphics are not on the level of Animal Crossing or any of the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons games. The graphical style is a bit Minecraft like. There are occasionally some framerate issues too.
If you like simulation games, especially Harvest Moon type games, than you should like Castaway Paradise. Its most likely better than modern Harvest Moon but not as good as Animal Crossing or Story of Seasons. Even so, simulation game fans will want to check out Castaway Paradise.
Castaway Paradise gets a 7.5 out of 10
Thank you to rokaplay for providing a digital code for this review. Castaway Paradise is now available on the Nintendo Switch eshop!