Stranded Without A Phone Review
- Original and fresh game concept, use items around you to make new items and survive a desert island.
- Players can use their iPod during gameplay.
- Games are randomised every time you play a new game.
- Constantly inventory juggling is a real hassle and slows down the gameplay.
- The rate at which you lose health, nutrition and hydration seems too fast.
- The game has a basic instructions section on the home screen but doesn’t explain everything.
While Stranded! is a very challenging puzzle game, the frustrating inventory, annoying sound and lack of proper instructions may leave you disappointed at your choice to purchase it.
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- App Store Info
Stranded! is a puzzle game where players take control of an oddly shaped, old man as he waits to be rescued from the a deserted island. All you have available to you is what you find on the island. It’s up to you to collect various items and stay alive long enough to be rescued.
The gameplay consists of you walking around searching for items to combine into new and better items. For example, to make an axe you’ll need to combine a stick with twine and a sharp rock. This concept is great but as players are limited to a six slot inventory, you’ll constantly be juggling items, which gets very frustrating.
The game ends once your health, nutrition and hydration deplete but if you can build larger items like a fire and shelter, you’ll be able to regain lost health. The game is well presented in 3D (despite the weird walking animation of the old man) and consists of a rather annoying soundtrack of waves crashing up against the coast, but you do have the luxury of using your iPod during gameplay.
Stranded! is a puzzle game with a fantastic concept but still needs work. The gameplay is hardly explained and once you do get the gist of it, the constant swapping in and out of items becomes incredibly annoying. The touch based controls are simple to use, and new games are randomised every time you play; keeping things fresh. But the game’s issues leave it as one you might play for a bit, but soon move onto something more exciting.
DescriptionStranded Without A Phone is a desert island survival game set in the Space HoRSE universe.
Four passengers on a space ship were on a mission to colonize a new planet when the ship crash landed on a planet that is almost completely covered by ocean. You are the only survivor - an upper-management executive from the Decoo corporation, the company that sponsored the original mission.
Now you must use your survival skills to stay alive long enough to get rescued. Build shelter, find food and drink, and collect salvageable parts from the wreckage that wash ashore. Use the parts to build a space radio and call for a rescue team to win the game.
Search for natural resources, then use them to create other items using various combinations.
- Familiar RPG-style inventory system.
- Over 70 different items.
- Randomly generated map with each new game.
- Day/night cycle.
- Rain storm weather effects.
- Boar hunting & trapping.
*** Reviews ***
Stranded is a well designed, fresh take on the iPhone RPG genre. 9/10
- The iPhone App Review
Overall I'm having fun with this game and am impressed with the whole setup/gameplay. Graphics and sounds are good enough. Presentation is decent. The game is interesting. A worthwhile game. For $2, I recommend it, I give it an 8/10.
Stranded is a unique addition the offerings in the App Store... The game's excellent graphics and sounds are noteworthy, and the controls are easy and intuitive to use.
- Game Itch
*** Hints ***
-Search dirt areas for small boulders to build a fire pit.
-Use coconuts as an immediate source of nutrition and hydration, but also find fish in shallow water.
-Boar meat provides the best nutrition and health.
-Search beaches often for useful items from the shipwreck.
See the item guide at www.gilligames.com/stranded_items.php
My apologies go out to earlier buyers of the game that ran into a bug in the 1.32 update that would crash if running iOS 3.1.3. Apparently Apple doesn't actually test on all versions of their OS like you'd expect during the 2 week approval process. Note to self: Get an old iPhone device for future testing.