The game itself is very simple, an ode to the old 2D side scrolling beat-em up's like Battle Toads, but that's what is so refreshing about Castle Crashers. The game play revolves around moving left, attacking enemies with your weapons and magic, and moving left some more. The characters are hilarious, with no dialogue, but overly animated actions to tell the story of how they are feeling keeps in tune with the simple style of the game. Each player has a unique elemental magic that can be upgraded upon leveling up. The player can also augment his/her strength, defense and speed. Weapons are found in battle or bought from the shops, but a weapon can only be equipped when quickly picked up in battle. If you do end up equipped with a new weapon you do not like, you'll have to wait till the end of the level and go back to the blacksmith toad.
|Simplicity at it's Best|
The art style is a unique blend of cutesy graphics mixed with violent enemies that blends together really well with the stark colors to create a very vivid and interesting world to play through. Environments range from forests and caves to castles and the deserts and even a space ship so the player(s) are constantly moving through interesting locals. The music is subtle, but nothing too new or exciting enough to blow players away.
The game adds replay value by allowing the players to unlock more playable characters to play as and upgrade as well as various battle arenas that can also be played online against other teams of knights and monsters. And with multiple download backs that include more characters and weapons, this game can enjoyed long after it's completion.
|Giant Evil Cats. Just one of the Many Awesome Battles.|
8 out of 10 (Xbox Live Version)
Here are some interesting links for more information about Castle Crashers:
The Game Official Page: http://www.castlecrashers.com/
The Wiki Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Crashers
IGN.com Review: http://xboxlive.ign.com/articles/903/903047p1.html
Gamespot's Review: http://www.gamespot.com/castle-crashers/reviews/castle-crashers-review-6196908/