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[iPhone] Rebuild society on a desert island with Robinson’s Island
Posted By Tucker On March 20, 2013 @ 1:20 AM In iOS | No Comments
From “Robinson Crusoe” to “Gilligan’s Island” to “LOST,” Western society has had a centuries-long love affair with stories set on desert islands. I think we’ve all thought about what life would be like on a deserted island from time to time. Now, there is a game that will let you live out your Robinson Crusoe fantasy: Robinson’s Island.
Robinson’s Island is an iPhone game where you plant crops and build a city.
After your plane crashes down on a deserted island, you’ll discover that the island is not as deserted as it first appeared. You will be aided by Friday, a sexier version of the classic Friday character who helped Robinson Crusoe. She will walk you through the tutorial process.
Throughout the course of the game, you will need to clear land, raise animals, build shelter, grow food, and solve mysteries. There is a real sense of pride when you figure out how to fashion new technologies from the primitive items on the island. For example, once you build a workshop, you can work a piece of ironwood into a hefty club. Fasten a knapped quartz rock to it, and you get the hand-axe you need to ward off that pesky wolf.
Despite being a fairly fun game, there are some weird colonialist undertones, what with Friday being so subservient and referring to the player as Master all the time. Interacting with Friday can be a little weird at times. The difference in skin color between the player character and Friday is pretty obvious, and the player character can’t change their own skin color from what I’ve seen.
The tutorial is a little heavy-handed: with all the directed tapping you’re forced to do, it doesn’t really feel like you’re in control of the game for quite some time. However, at least the tutorial is thorough.
Given all the flak that the new version of Sim City has been getting, there are a lot of disgruntled fans of the city building game genre who would like to find a new game to throw their energy into. If you’ve always like SimCity but wished it took place on a deserted island, this could be the game for you. But beware: this game owes as much of its style to FarmVille as to SimCity, and that might be a turn-off to some players.
Version reviewed: 1.81.1
Requires iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, iOS version 4.3 or later
Download size: 100 MB
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 Robinson’s Island on Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/robinsons-island/id475778545?mt=8
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