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The Island Castaway: Lost World - Review

We think it is fair to say that G5 is trying to transform every franchises from Awem into Free-to-Play, their previous attempt with Letters From Nowhere was quite remarkable; how about this hit strategy franchise?

 HD for iPad

Name: The Island Castaway: Lost World
Release Date: 27 February 2014
Developer: Awem Games/SAMPAD/G5 Entertainment

After a shipwreck, you and your mates are left on a seemingly-abandoned island. As with the other games in the franchise, your objective is to explore the island, gather essential resources, meet with local characters and the most important of all, survive! Lost World is very similar to the previous installments, same style of presentation and gameplay; the only different is that is one is Free-to-Play and it seems to be endless.

But that is the point of F2P isn't it? Try to get the players hooked to the game as long as possible so the developers can keep adding new content and generating more revenue. Well, the attempt on the latter point might be a little too obvious in this game as we constantly feel 'forced' to purchase the in-game emeralds. As the game progresses, you will feel more need to buy those emeralds - and if you want to keep playing the game for 'free', you can only play a little bit each day, wait for a day, and come back the next day. The game's energy system is also very frustrating as it recharges rather slowly although the developers are kind enough to include quite a few energy items in the game. Moreover, the enemies combat mini-games are huge energy-wasters as one wrong click can cost you 10 energies!

Nonetheless, the survival part of the game is still fun. There are loads of stuff to do, hundreds of quests, thousands of items to collect and interesting characters to interact with. Despite its ho-hum base story, the story amusingly develops through well-written dialogues which are nice to follow. The visuals are hand-drawn style cartoon, not spectacular but still appealing.

The Island Castaway: Lost World is going to be enough to keep the fans of the series busy for a long time. However, due to its unfair in-app purchases, the pace of the game is slow and that sucks out all of the fun.

Graphics: 3.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 3.5/5 Stars
In-App Purchase: 2.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3.5/5 Stars


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