PC - Windows
Stranded Sails - Explorers of the Cursed Islands8 critics
9.00 to 10.0
8.00 to 8.99
6.00 to 7.99
4.00 to 5.99
0 to 3.99
Stranded Sails is the perfect game for those who enjoy learning and structured game play. I found every new discovery exciting, cooking food for my crew rewarding and fishing as always put me in my zen zone but unfortunately I did not get the adventuring survival I was hoping for which is a shame really because it is also obvious that a lot of hard work has gone into this title as a studio and I look forward to watching Lemondrop evolve.
Combining a farming game with an open world exploration game seems like a great idea. Unfortunately stranded sails fails to provide much fun with farming or exploration. There is way too much hand holding combined with boring progression and a disastrous stamina system. Stranded Sails is a game of fetch quests with no reward or enjoyment to be had in between. Exploring a desert island seems like fun, but the game doesn’t want you to have too much of that.
If you're an experienced survival game player and you're looking for something to challenge you, Stranded Sails - Explorers of the Cursed Island will not do much to fill that need. If you're buying this game for a younger gamer in your life or you're brand-spanking new to the survival genre, then Stranded Sails serves as an excellent introduction. Stranded Sails is a great survival experience for young gamers or people new to the genre, but experienced players will find little in the way of appreciable challenge.
Stranded Sails stands out among a growing field of farm life games by involving more survival elements than others. This gives it not only a unique look at the genre, but a fun one too, especially when the many mini-games are all so smartly built. There's a clear lack of friend-making in Stranded Sails which feels integral to the genre, but it makes up for that missing ingredient by going its own way and infusing almost as much adventure as there is simple pleasure.
In summation, Stranded Sails feels like a lot of potentially interesting combinations of systems and ideas that, in execution, is just too shallow and tedious to be all that much fun. The game certainly feels like it knew it didn’t have enough substance to stretch for their desired run time and thus slowed down and over-repeated the same loops to last longer. That’s really the only excuse I can think of as to some of the decisions made here.
To sum up, Stranded Sails is a nice-looking, pleasant experience that has quite a bit to offer. The first couple of hours seem a little laboured, but after that it gets better. It isn't in the same league as other farming games, but it has more than just farming under its belt. If you're a fan of old school JRPGs or want something in the vein of Harvest Moon on the sea, maybe have a little look at this.