Electronic Arts' new Sims Stories brand kicks off with The Sims 2 Castaway. In a nutshell, the game brings EA's unstoppably lovable franchise to a desert island. Think Lost without people wanting to kill you and smokey monsters. Think Survivor without annoying presenters. Think... well, think The Sims on a desert island.
The game features a group of Sims who have found themselves in the unfortunate position of having been stranded on a tropical island while cruising off on their holiday. From there, they'll need to survive in the open sandbox that is the island.
Your first problem will be, quite simply, one of survival. Players will need to guide their Sim through the basic tasks of eating and finding shelter, allowing them time to get used to the controls and find their way through the game mechanic.
As time progresses, however, other needs will begin to creep in. The Sims will start wanting entertainment, and you'll need to get on with the task of forming a community with other survivors from your unfortunate set of circumstances.
Alternatively, you might want to take a more adventurous route. Players will be able to hop from island to island, piecing together clues that will eventually lead them away from the hell of idyllic island living and back to the pollution-clogged hustle and bustle of modern life.
Throughout it all, you'll see your Sim gradually change as they become more rugged and, well, shipwrecked.
If you've ever fantasised about getting stranded with Milky Joe on a desert island, this might be for you.