|a game by||Sauropod Studio|
|Editor Rating:||7.5/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown|
|User Rating:||9.3/10 - 3 votes|
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|See also:||Open World Games, Sandbox Games, Voxel Games, Crafting Games|
One of the first games on offer in Steam’s Early Access program, Castle Story is a part of gaming history when crowd-funded games were all the rage. With a similar vibe to Towns, Terraria, as well as many other indie games, Castle Story gives players a unique blend of Minecraft and a real-time strategy game. Players can expect a brightly coloured challenge as they fend off the invading hordes of Corruptrons with their fortifications, battlements and Bricktron soldiers.
Storm the Castle
The main meat behind Castle Story is the strategy. While the game does offer a sandbox mode for more easy-going players, the challenge comes in through the game’s Invasion and Conquest modes. While not exactly Starcraft, Castle Story does offer enough of a challenge to make it accessible to vast majority of gamers.
To start, players can use developer maps, user generated maps and even find maps on the Steam Workshop for an almost endless amount of new terrain to play on. After jumping into a given map, players will be plonked down on fresh terrain with a small number of small yellow people (bricktrons). In the Invasion game mode, it’s up to the players to command their bricktrons to build a settlement before the invasion timer reaches zero. Mainly, players will want to protect their starting crystal from damage, but they’ll also want to build stockpiles, defences, as well as other structures to give them an advantage over the marauding waves of enemies.
Each bricktron has a different role that allows them to fulfill different tasks. This means you’ll have to keep a close eye on who is who if you don’t want to quickly get caught out or frustrated when a bricktron won’t listen to your commands.
Build, Build, Build
In Castle Story, players build and upgrade their settlements through the gathering of resources. There are five basic natural resources to gather from the world around you: wood, stone, iron, brimstone and plant fiber. These basic materials can then be used in combinations to create more elaborate and more useful amenities. There’s several kinds of crafting tables such as the laboratory and altar, as well as structures like reinforced doors, bridges and even catapults.
The amount of materials and craftables on offer, the game can quickly devolve into a creative endeavour a la Minecraft. However, if players find they spend more time getting their stone archways just right, then they might prefer to play on the game’s sandbox mode, which allows players to freely create builds at their own pace without the threat of invading Corruptrons.
Unfortunately, Castle Story isn’t totally without any faults. Since the game’s inception on Steam’s Early Access, the development hasn’t been totally smooth. In fact, the game suffered from an extended beta period in which many of the game’s basic features were either difficult to use, or completely missing from the game. Over the years, the developers over at Sauropod Studio have managed to change this, and the game is now a fully-fledged game worthy of its price tag. However, the game does suffer from a slow release of updates, which is disappointing considering the potential the game showed in the mid 2010s.
This hasn’t stopped the game’s dedicated fan base. Even if updates from the developers are slow, players can enjoy the cornucopia of user submitted content through the game’s Steam Workshop compatibility.
- Pleasant art style and general aesthetic
- Tons of replayability and bonus content
- Appears simple but has a level of complexity
- Difficult to learn at first
- Controls can be unintuitive
- Updates are rare
Download Castle Story
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP