Review: Island Time VR (PlayStation VR)

After a ruckus journey at sea, you are shipwrecked on a tiny island. Using your wit, ingenuity and the advice of your new buddy, Carl the Crab, you’ve gotta find a way to keep yourself from starving and survive as long as possible. Craft tools, fend off creatures, try to signal an airplane… or you could just give up and die? …Maybe, just enjoy the sunset while you can. Almost makes you forget that you’re in a desperate struggle against your own mortality.

Pros:

  • Cartoon graphics, Almost Pixar.
  • 489.3MB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Uses move controllers (2)
  • Survival gameplay. Hunger system in play.
  • Craft tools.
  • Catch fish, Cook them, Hit Birds away.
  • Random supply box washes up randomly. The keyword here is random.
  • Hilarious crab sidekick, Hilarious and sometimes helpful he stops you from losing your mind.
  • Controls- Each move controller is your hand.
  • A Timer comes up to show how you are getting on.
  • Fun to work it out- You get a few hints but generally you are left alone to try and work out how to craft, cook and survive on your own.
  • Excellent animations.
  • Island has trees which grow coconuts etc.
  • Day/night cycle.
  • Fun to play.
  • Doesn’t require that much space to play.
  • End of life (game) time comes up.
  • Things happen in the distance like boats or birds.

Cons:

  • No tutorial.
  • Die with no explanation.
  • Initial setup of the game is hard as you need to be able to access to the floor a lot.
  • A lot of downtimes.
  • Can accidentally lose things whether it’s you throwing it away or clipping.
  • No HUD or guidance.
  • You do not stay full for long.
  • Very short limited experience.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 5/10
    Length - 5/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
6.8/10

Summary

Island time is fun, Pure and simple fun. Exploring the crafting for yourself is fun eventually but when you are first starting out its hard, You lose many lives just learning the basics, It doesn’t set you up for a nice time. The crafting is very basic though and the game really lacks any depth or variety. For me the sidekick is the only real redeeming feature, He’s brilliant fun and has some great writing. This is a game you would play for a short time or show off to friends then never play it again. Shame but its a great idea but short on anything else.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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