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Stranded Sails - Explorers of the Cursed Islands

Developer: Lemonbomb Entertainment

Publisher: Merge Games

  • Price: $24.99
  • Release Date: Oct 17, 2019
  • Number of Players: 1
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  • ESRB Rating: E10+ [Everyone 10+]
  • If you can get past the somewhat slow returns on quite a bit of grind, it has some survival appeal

    Survival games and cultivation simulators are somewhat of a niche, but with periodic stand out titles like Stardew Valley that manage to get the formula right in a way that can break out into the mainstream they can make a big splash if done right. Stranded Sails aims high and attempts to use a shipwreck as the basis for your needing to start things up from scratch to build a thriving village from limited resources, and to a degree it is successful. Once you get the lay of the land and understand the systems you’ll be able to cultivate, collect, and craft your way to success. Where it struggles is in helping to compensate for the inevitable grind that you get stuck in for titles like these. Where some titles use engaging stories, a little more variety in game systems, or even fair doses of humor to smooth things over Stranded Sails feels a bit too rote and generic, lacking that polish of charm. Still, if you’ve got the itch for building things up and getting your ship’s crew back on its feet it can be satisfying.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Fair [6.5]

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