Castle Crashers and Castle Crashers Remastered
($15 – Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, Macintosh operating systems)
By Matty Mac
From Behemoth: Hack, slash, and smash your way to victory in this award winning 2D arcade adventure from The Behemoth! Play with up to three friends locally or online and save your princess, defend your kingdom, and crash some castles!
Old sword and sorcery titles of the 80s and 90s used to begin with the reluctant hero in a loincloth and potato sack being called to adventure and embarking into the wide open world. The color was drab, the sound awkward, the movement choppy, but we loved them. It was new, the graphics were “revolutionary” for the time, and the themes of magic and princess saving were familiar but still popular. Behemoth’s Castle Crashers (and Castle Crashers Remastered) has renewed that love we had for those sword and sorcery titles by morphing mythological worlds with anachronistic hilarity.
The game begins with an evil wizard forcing his way into your king’s castle and stealing his large crystal (riding it off into the sky rodeo style), while abducting four princesses at the same time. Your job is to hack and slash your way through the countryside until you have saved all of the princesses and retrieved the King’s crystal.
Players of the Castle Crashers title are immediately granted access to a good variety of characters from which to choose. Each character has its own flavor of weaponry and magic. From the red knight with his broad sword and lightning magic, to the Blacksmith with his battle hammer and splash/fire magic, players will not have difficulty finding a character from the cast with the weapon and magic that suits their gaming style. Many of the unique characters that were purchasable in the Xbox 360 version of the game are now free and immediately playable or accessible through regular or “insane” gameplay modes. There are 31 playable characters in all.
The soundtrack for Castle Crashers maps each land and conflict nicely. From the valiant gallop of chopping your way through a level to the driving beats of boss battles, the music layered masterfully within gameplay to trigger emotional responses, but not interfere with the player’s experience.
If you’re a fan of the sword and sorcery genre, but don’t take it (or yourself) too seriously this is a must play. The entire experience for a new player is both rewarding and enjoyable. The replay value is high with both character and “insane mode” acquisition taking place only after multiple play throughs. If you are a grinder type player you can probably finish the entire campaign, alone or with friends, in a few hours, but you’ll have a blast every second of it.
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– Matty Mac (Writer for GamingU)