Have you ever wondered whether you could survive on a deserted island for days, even weeks until rescue? Now you can test your survival skills from the comfort of your couch with the game Stranded Without a Phone (formerly called Stranded!). Created by Gilligames, Stranded is great for game players who love in-depth RPG gaming with a Survivor twist.
In Stranded, the back story begins when a group of people are sent to populate a distant planet, but the space ship crashes on an ocean planet, leaving your character stranded on a lonely island. Your character has a dramatic career shift when he goes from desk-bound executive to hunter-gatherer. Your goal in Stranded is to help your character survive on the island long enough to create a phone from space-ship wreckage so you can call for help.
Stranded is an RPG-based survival game where your character can collect an inventory of items (well over 70) and use them to build survival tools (such as an axe or a spear). You can search around the island for useful items, and you can tell the game which items you would prefer to search for. The search function often has to be reset each time you resume your game.
Your character has a health meter that keeps tabs on hydration, nutrition, and injuries. You have to keep a close eye on your on your health or you won’t live past 3 days. But even if your does character die, it is still possible to resume the game with all your progress intact. You can improve health by gathering and hunting food, finding fresh water, building a fire, and also by sleeping. There are several food options available, such as coconuts, lemons, and fish, and boar hunting (with the latest update). Stranded also features a day and night cycle, which marks the passing of days and reminds your character to sleep.
Stranded is a well designed, fresh take on the iPhone RPG genre. Each time you play the game, a random island map is created, making each new game unique. The inventory is extensive, with more advanced items to create from simpler ones. Stranded has a very thorough tutorial on how to play the game. To succeed at Stranded requires time, planning, and maybe a few new tries before you can get your character to survive past 3 days, much less create a phone. But once you have a handle on the concept, Stranded can become quite addicting! Stranded comes highly recommended.
Stranded Without a Phone is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch; requires OS 3.1.2 or later
Note: The latest update (v 1.2) added boar hunting and an injury meter to the game.