Castle Crashers review by Gañan
Do you want to relive that childish fantasy of being a knight, serving your king, saving the world and the princess, all the while you get stronger with better weapons, magic spells and pets? Well boy, this game is for you! Add into the mix some of the best music I’ve heard in a videogame and some sarcastic humor, and you got yourself Castle Crashers, a good game for solo play and a great one at cooping.
Easy and simple: smack bad guys, save the princesses, and make gold while you adventure around. The controls are very simple, allowing anyone to play comfortably even if they haven’t played videogames before. You can smack, smack harder, shoot arrows, and do some magic spells; the controls being simple doesn’t mean you won’t be able to pull out some sick combos once you level up and unlock new moves. Some enemies and bosses require you to use specific strategies to take them down, usually learnt by trial and error after being killed a couple times. While killing evil-doers, you will gain XP and gold- the first used to level up between Strength, Vitality, Magic and Speed, making your character stronger the more you fight around, and the latter can be spent on new weapons, pets, and items that will aid you on your quest to rescue all the princesses. The story is quite linear. You move on the world map and select which missions to get into with the road branching every now and then but usually getting to a point where you won’t be able to progress without a key item that you must acquire on one of the other paths. The game itself consists of fighting hordes of enemies while “moving right” and progressing in the level, finding loot, and eventually defeating the boss of the area, unlocking the next area and repeating. Although this might sound repetitive, it is not, as each new area brings forth new enemies and gear to kill them with. Once you do finish the game you unlock hard mode, a VERY difficult new game plus where you can unlock better items and pets locked to this gamemode, allowing for some degree of replayability. Furthermore, and this being the highest incentive to finishing the game, once you complete it with a certain character you unlock a new one to play with for the next run, with their own magic spells and weapon. This will keep the game fresh if you are looking to play with a specific character.
Music and graphics:
The graphics have a cute style, the same one The Behemoth (developers) have already used on several of their games, but the main seller here, as in most of their games too, is the music. The soundtrack fits perfectly in each of the areas you adventure around, the bosses you fight, and the shops you visit. It is so good that you will be looking it up on YouTube later and listening to it while doing something else- trust me. It has one of the best OSTs I’ve heard on a videogame, period.
There are a couple of DLCs in the shop, both for 0.99€, adding a new character each, a blacksmith and a pink cute knight with their own magic, pet, and weapon. With the amount of characters available in the base game, I don’t feel like buying any more is necessary, but for the cheap price they’re available for, if you like the game go for it.
Great fun to be had both on your own or with 1-3 friends/random players online. It’s a mainly cooperative game with droplets of competition here and there which keep the game spicy and fresh. Awesome music and sarcasm add up to make this game a great addition to anyone’s library.
– Simple controls, allows anyone to enjoy it.
– Cute artstyle and great music.
– Challenging bosses and some enemies to keep you on your toes- not just spamming the same attack on hordes.
– Play it either solo or with up to 3 more players, both locally or online.
– Cheap DLCs add some fun new characters, no cut content behind paywalls.
– The game has quite an easy difficulty progression, but at the end, some of the bosses can be quite challenging for the casual gamer to beat on his own.
– After a couple runs it can turn out to be a bit repetitive if played alone.
– Some characters you might want to play with are “locked” behind beating the game a couple times with some other characters to be able to unlock them, making it a bit of a grind.
– If you tend to die a lot you will be chugging up potions, and those aren’t exactly cheap, making your coin purse unable to buy some better, more expensive weaponry that you might be missing out on.
– The UI can be pretty basic, lacking a system to know who’s who, and if you are playing with more than one friend and any of you are using characters with the same model as the enemies, it can get a bit frantic and you might lose sight of who you or your pals are in the midst of battle.
Written by Gañan