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Island Saver (2020) is an action-adventure about cleaning up litter and goop to make money. It was created by Natwest with the aim of teaching children how to manage money. Unusually for a game with ideological ambitions, it's also a lot of fun.

You explore island areas, collecting letters for coins that unlock more areas. There are 42 animals to save and then ride to new areas. There are also egg-collecting side missions to help the Kiwi. You gain coins by cleaning up litter and goop depositing them with animals that balloon up with coins like a piggy bank. This starts the journey of learning about saving which extends to the fundamentals of using a bank account, paying taxes and earning interest.

If Animal Crossing is a capitalism simulator, then Island Saver is its banking-based cousin. Games like this are good at helping teach children about the value of money.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Island Saver 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 10 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure game with Collecting and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up.


Island Saver

XBox Store Xbox One Free
PlayStation Store PS4 Free
Steam Store PC Free
Switch Store Switch Free
App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game includes adverts. This varies in form but watching ads is often incentivised by unlocking additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
Natwest advertorial branding appears all over the game, associated with bank interactions and currency. Two downloadable expansions are available with the proceeds going towards the charities Special Effect and Young Money.
  • Dinosaur Island expansion adds a new adventure with dinosaur animals and a new character Newton, who helps you use your money sense to help him escape his debt.
  • Fantasy Island expansion adds Floating Islands with mythical creatures. You can also use your money sense to help Rainbow Cat’s smoothie business get back up and running. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Price: Free

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure (Collecting and Simulation)

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Developer: Nat West Help (@NatWest_Help)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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