Castle Crashers

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a game by Behemoth
Platforms: XBox 360, XBox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 3
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Castle Crashers
Castle Crashers
Castle Crashers

Castle Crashers is a colorful and hectic beat 'em up game, sending you and up to three friends on a wacky medieval/fantasy adventure. Playing as one of the four elemental knights, it's your job to rescue the four princesses of the kingdom, who have been kidnapped by an evil wizard. Packed with unique levels, crazy ideas, and loads of replayability, Castle Crashers is one of the best beat 'em ups of all time. Similar to games like Streets of Rage 4 and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, Castle Crashers blends retro-style action with a sleek visual style, resulting in hours of frantic button-mashing fun.

Main Game Features

  • Casual yet addictive beat 'em up action
  • 4-player co-op
  • Tons of unlockable weapons and characters

Story

The story in Castle Crashers is simple and straightforward, echoing classic fantasy stories throughout its roughly 8-hour adventure. At the start of the game, you and your knight friends are celebrating with the rest of the kingdom, partying it up at the king's castle. Suddenly, a levitating wizard with a stolen crystal kidnaps the four princesses, dragging them away to various parts of the kingdom. In order to save the day, you and your group will have to travel far across the land, battling various enemies as you rescue the princesses one by one. The game's story is told with no dialogue, with the main focus being on the wacky antics the knights endure on their adventure. Full of life and color, Castle Crashers is a retro-inspired story that holds up to this day.

Gameplay

Castle Crashers blends classic beat 'em up gameplay with a great progression system, offering an addictive combat loop. Starting at the king's castle, you must progress through the kingdom level by level, displayed on an overworld map similar to classic games like Super Mario Bros. 3. You'll fight your way through forests packed with fantasy animals, trek across a barren desert, and even climb a volcanic mountain. Along the way, you'll fight a huge variety of enemies, including other knights, hulking enforcers, and of course, massive bosses. Each level feels wholly unique in both design and tone, with new enemies and weapons appearing as you progress.

The defining features of Castle Crashers are the progression system and unlockable weapons, both of which keep you engaged over multiple playthroughs. At the start of your journey, you'll pick one of the four knights to play as, each with special elemental magic to use. For example, the red knight can shock foes with his electric magic, while the green knight uses poison to defeat enemies. As you kill baddies and beat levels, you'll earn experience points toward your overall player level. As you level up, you can spend points to increase your speed, strength, defense, and magic power. There are a bunch of secret characters to unlock as well as new, more powerful weapons, constantly encouraging players to retry stages and continue leveling up. Your knight's experience level is carried over between playthroughs as well, letting you max out their abilities by completing the game multiple times.

Conclusion

For fans of retro beat 'em up arcade games, Castle Crashers is a vivid and incredibly enjoyable blast from the past. Whether you're playing solo or with a full group of friends, Castle Crashers is easily one of the most energetic and personable adventures around. Finding new weapons and leveling up your character never gets old, and with dozens of unlockable goodies to discover, there's more than enough content to keep you playing.

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While the story itself might be extremely silly, Castle Crashers offers an unforgettable adventure packed with heart and charm. If you're looking to relax and kick some medieval butt or simply enjoy a wild and wonderful adventure, you should definitely play Castle Crashers.

Pros:

  • Cartoon animated art style
  • Wildly imaginative levels and enemies
  • Lots of replayability

Cons:

  • Tough difficulty spikes
  • Some bosses feel unfair
  • A few underwhelming characters

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XBox 360

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

XBox One

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Nintendo Switch

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

PC

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Playstation 4

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Playstation 3

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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