WELCOME TO THE ISLAND This LP features The Sims Castaway Stories, which is a game I hadn't even heard of until last week. The Sims Stories series features three games. They are basically stripped down versions of The Sims 2, and were designed to run on laptops. Each features a story mode and free play mode. In Sims Life Stories and Sims Pet Stories, there is an introductory story that primarily serves to teach you how to play. The story is linear and there's no choices for you to make aside from the simple day-to-day priority management. The second story expands on some game mechanics and lets you make a choice at the end that impacts that household in some way when the game ends the story and moves the household into free play. Each game also comes with a sandbox neighborhood, should you decide to skip the story mode (though the incentive to play through the stories is the ability to unlock special items). The Sims Castaway Stories is a bit different. Though the storyline is still linear, the game gives the player the sense that there is more control over the story outcome. Additionally, there is only one story instead of two (though it is quite longer than other stories). In general, story mode does not let you pick your gender, skin color, friends, or let you enter build mode. The console is also neutered (so no cheats!). Castaway lets you choose which of two characters you want to play as, but I've already chosen since I'm the one stuck with the household when the story (and LP) concludes. ETA: Apparently you can choose a custom Sim to start out, but I didn't know before I started. Whups! This LP is blind. I've played the other two games and finished their stories, but I've never played Castaway or any games like it. (Are there any Sims 2 expansions like it? I only have Nightlife and University.) We will be playing as Jessica Knight, a sassy redhead from "the city" who goes on a singles cruise to find TRUE LOVE or something. Predictably, the ship crashes and she washes ashore. Well, we're off to a great start!