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Castaway is a retro-inspired adventure game where you play a stranded traveller attempting to rescue his dog. You explore a pint-sized world using your sword, grapple, and pickaxe to get around, defeat enemies, and clear perilous dungeons. It stands out not only for the twist on the retro-adventurer with interchangeable weapons but also for the different game modes you unlock that change how you play.

You play Martin, a young adventurer stranded on an uninhabited island after his spaceship crashes. You set out to explore the island and find your lost dog. Play involves using your three weapons to defeat enemies and traverse the world. Your sword attacks quickly, your grappling hook allows you to get across gaps and chasms, and your axe attacks slowly but does more damage. There are three dungeons where you must solve simple puzzles, such as pushing blocks around, and need to defeat all the enemies inside.

There are several different game modes which affect the way you play the game. The pacifist Mode removes all the enemies, shifting the focus more to traversal and the puzzles, and the Invincibility Mode makes you immune to damage. Unfair Mode increases the combat challenge significantly, and the Speedrun Mode challenges you to do things as quickly as possible. Once you've beaten the story, you also unlock Survivor Mode, where you ascend a 50-floor tower and must defeat small challenges on each floor. Every success moves you to the next flood, and as you play you unlock upgrades to increase your power. If you die, you have to start from the very bottom again, so gradually learning each challenge and mastering your abilities is crucial.

The result is a game that serves as a love letter to the first adventure games yet also offers a fresh take on combat and traversal. Paired with the multitude of ways to play and the challenge of making it to the top of the tower in one go, it's a surprisingly complete package.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Castaway 4 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Fighting game with Action, Narrative and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. There is some skill needed in using your weapons to defeat enemies, and you need to be able to uncover the way forward even when it's not entirely obvious. The Survivor Mode unlocked after completing the story is more challenging and requires more dexterity, as well as the ability to cope with failing.



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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: Coming soon

Coming Soon: PC

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Fighting (Action, Narrative and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Developer: Canari Games (@CanariGames)

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