Island-building and farming games such as Nintendo’s hugely popular Animal Crossing and the role-playing game Stardew Valley are having a moment – allowing players to build their own paradise and live off the land – but environmental issues aren’t exactly an important consideration.
Players will spot crops, fauna, and architecture native to the region: “We’ve included things like ruins and architecture that’s based on Balinese Hindu temples, elements that don’t get much exposure and aren’t seen often in games,” says Bramble.
For Bramble, Coral Island is both a nostalgic tribute to the games of his childhood and a gift for his daughter.
As players remove trash from the ocean, the in-game world changes: more fish, and rarer ones, appear in the water and fellow islanders react more positively to the character.
And with more than 50 non-playable characters in the game, Bramble says Coral Island comes with a diverse cast of faces and stories from “all walks of life”.