10 Best Games Set On An Island

We take a look at some memorable (and forgotten) video game island settings on all systems including the PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3.

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The remote or abandoned island seems to be one of the most used — and most useful — settings for stories in any medium. From Daniel Defoe’s groundbreaking novel Robinson Crusoe to Ubisoft’s best-selling FPS Far Cry 3, humans have been using islands to explore various ideas and themes for centuries.

This is especially true in video games, where islands cut off from the rest of the world are the perfect places for mystical adventures, insane terrorists, and quiet puzzle solving. They can serve as places to escape to, or prisons for characters to get trapped on. Including both the serious and the silly, here are the ten best games with island settings.


#10 – Crash Bandicoot

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Like most who grew up during the PSX era, the most memorable aspect of Crash Banidcoot is the orange mascot’s choice of jean shorts (or jorts) as his only article of clothing. But there is an island setting here: the game’s antagonist, Dr. Neo Cortex, needs three isles to house his army of mutated animals. Crash’s adventure takes him through jungles, across beaches, and into temple ruins in order to stop Cortex’s nefarious plan. Naughty Dog’s breakout hit may be remembered more for its protagonist than its setting, but the game’s Wumpa islands both narratively and literally serve as Crash’s home.