We just released a Feb. 5 '89 prototype of DuckTales for the NES!
If you'd like to support our preservation efforts (and this wasn't cheap), please consider donating or supporting us on Patreon. Thank you!

The Sims 2: Castaway (PlayStation 2, Wii)

From The Cutting Room Floor
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Title Screen

The Sims 2: Castaway

Also known as: Die Sims 2: Gestrandet (DE), Los Sims 2: Náufragos (ES), The Sims 2: Autiosaari (FI), Les Sims 2: Naufragés (FR), The Sims 2: Island (IT), De Sims 2: Op Een Onbewoond Eiland (NL), The Sims 2: Bezludna Wyspa (PL), Os Sims 2: Náufragos (PT), The Sims 2: Skeppsbruten (SE)
Developer: The Sims Division
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: PlayStation 2, Wii
Released in US: October 22, 2007
Released in EU: October 26, 2007
Released in AU: October 25, 2007

CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

The Sims 2: Castaway is an odd spin-off where your Sim crashes onto a remote island and must survive by making a base, cooking food, crafting items, and making friends with monkeys.

This was the sixth and final Sims entry on the PS2, and the second of three Sims games for the Wii.

To do:
  • The Sims 2: Pets leftovers.
  • Death Daisy Potion graphic oddity.


Sims2PS2-FIN floor editoggler.png
Developer Options
Plenty of debugging options left in the game.

Unused Graphics

As Castaway was built off of the engine of The Sims 2: Pets, most of the graphics (including unused!) from the game appear in the files.

All of the graphics for the Wants and Fears (including the new and placeholder ones from Pets) are present. Wants and Fears do not appear in Castaway at all and as no new ones were created, it was safe to say it was scrapped very early in development. It could be a bit redundant to upload them to this page, but it is still worth noting.

Xbox Controller Buttons

Sims2-Pets-Castaway Button xbx a.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Button xbx b.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Button xbx x.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Button xbx y.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX whit.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX black.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Button xbx I D.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Button xbx I G.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Button xbx I H.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Button xbx I I.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Button xbx l.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Button xbx r.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Button xbx I S.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Button xbx I V.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX Dpad.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX DupB.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX DrtB.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX DlfB.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX DdwB.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX Lanl D.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX Lanl G.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX Lanl H.pngSims2PetsPS2-FIN-cntr XBX Lanl I.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX Lanl L.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX Lanl R.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX Lanl S.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX Lanl V.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX back.pngSims2-Pets-Castaway Cntr XBX strt.png

The Xbox controller graphics are STILL present, all the way from The Sims 2. Considering that the last console was nearing the end of its life by this game's release, it is likely that the Xbox controller graphics are just leftovers.

GameCube Controller Buttons

Sims2-Castaway Button ngc a.pngSims2-Castaway Button ngc b.pngSims2-Castaway Button ngc x.pngSims2-Castaway Button ngc y.pngSims2-Castaway Button ngc z.pngSims2-Castaway Button ngc l.pngSims2-Castaway Button ngc r.pngSims2-Castaway Cntr NGC Dpad.pngSims2-Castaway Cntr NGC DupB.pngSims2-Castaway Cntr NGC DrtB.pngSims2-Castaway Cntr NGC DlfB.pngSims2-Castaway Cntr NGC DdwB.pngSims2-Castaway Cntr NGC Lanl.pngSims2-Castaway Cntr NGC Ranl.pngSims2-Castaway Cntr NGC start.png

The GameCube controller button graphics are present. It's possible that Castaway originally started development on the GameCube before being moved to the Wii (As they both share similar, if not same hardware) and those graphics were just leftovers. Also, the GameCube was discontinued at the beginning of 2007 (with the final game being released that Summer), so a GameCube port wasn't likely considered.

Unused Music

The Create-a-Sim, Build/Buy Mode, and other menu tracks from The Sims 2 and The Sims 2: Pets are present, leftover in the files. The leftover songs are as follows:


Unused Text

Lot Names

First Jungle - Likely a removed lot. The final game goes from First Beach to Deep Jungle, with no First Jungle lot in between them.

Urbz Lot Leftovers


Unused Files

For whatever reason creating copies of save files on the PS2 version are prohibited. But despite that, there's an icon for copying the save file which under normal circumstances would never be seen.


Looks very similar to the default save icon, except it has an extra sprout on the ground next to the buried plumbob.

And there's also a placeholder icon.sys and some unknown/unused slime1 - 3.ico save icons, which are also present in The Sims 2 and The Sims 2: Pets and can be read about here.

Development-Related Text

Compile Log

A log file with over 5MB of compile info is found in the root. It has quite a lot of information, nothing too juicy though.

Download.png Download The Sims 2: Castaway (Wii) Compile File
File: TS2CA_-_eorwb.rar (Compressed: 349KB; Uncompressed: 5MB) (info)


Found in log, this appears to be the remnants from a debugger/logger. How it was used is unknown.

Download.png Download The Sims 2: Castaway (Wii) Log Folder
File: TS2CA_-_log_.rar (Compressed: 8KB; Uncompressed: 26.5KB) (info)


Basically contains the version of the game.



Appears to be the build date of the SDK tools used to compile the game.


Lot Errors

Most of the compile file lists some error and debug messages, never seen in the game. Most of it is made up of various errors with lots.

 * Level lot_14 has routing islands for sims!
* Level lot_14 has routing islands for boars and chimps!
* Level lot_26 has routing islands for sims!

lBuild Confirmations

The log also has lines stating build dates, file conversions, and multiple error messages.

[8/23/2007 19:49:42] Building Datasets... [8/23/2007 19:49:42] Making Datasets... Making Datasets
Converting Maya files
Processing Maya files list from node Datasets
Maya file conversion time: 0:0.12
Converting Max files Max file conversion time: 0:-0.24 Datasets folder took: 0:1.01
Processing Time: 0:1.02 done.

Developer Notes

QA Read Me

A "readme" is located in scripts/qa/. It's pretty self-explanatory.

This folder contains Lua test scripts that were created by the QA/Autotest team.
There shoudl be no dependency on these files from the game side, but it's okay for these files to use files from teh game side.

-Eivind (ehagen@maxis.com)


Contains multiple notes from a developer on how not to compile code and layouts for the game.

// Must have a delay before doing the initial ReadCookie.  Who woulda figured that Javascript would
// have thread timing issues.   Sheesh.

A note explaining how to deal with a certain script error.

// Important Note: DO NOT modify this file in engine/logger/scripts unless you
// wish to change the default settings for everyone.  You should only modify the copy of this file in
// your output/disks/[platform]/logs directory.  When the game is compiled, a check will be done to 
// see if the version of this file in the engine/logger/scripts directory or the version in the 
// output/disks/[platform]/logs directory is newer.  If the version in your logs directory is newer,
// the global version of this file (in the enginer/logger/scripts directory) will not be copied and
// your version will be kept.  Thus, changes made to your local copy will remain unless 
//    1) the version in engine/logger/scripts is newer
// or 2) you erase your copy in your logs directory.

Another note warning the user not to delete the .js file.

Debugging Material

Throughout the logs are many sources and mentions of a debug mode being used throughout development, however it is currently unknown at this time if you are able to access these features.

log_level = info
; filter this channel from the debugger

(Above) Presumably settings for adjusting the debug channel.

log_level = all
formatter = simple
formatter_settings = none
GENERAL = none
MEMORY = none
SOUND = none
EDITH = none
CAS = none
UI = none
UI_CORE = none
APT = none
TIMING = none
ASSET = none
WEATHER = none

(Above) A complete list of toggled debug settings.

#nomenu = 0         # skip the menu?
#mute = 0         # mute the sound?
 #nocountdown = 0      # skip the countdown?
#fps = 0            # display fps counter?
#enableprintf = 0   # display debug text to console?

(Above) Even more settings.

Version Differences

Language Select

The Wii version has a significantly fewer amount of available languages in the European release. It's missing Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, and Greek.

PlayStation 2 Wii
Sims2CastawayPS2-FIN LangSelect.png Sims2CastawayWII-FIN LangSelect.png

The font texture font_frankfur_s24_p0 in the Wii release is identical to the one found in the PS2 release, meaning it still contains all the necessary letters for the languages that weren't included.

Sims2CastawayWII-FIN font frankfur s24 p0.png