Castle Crashers is a game that has been out for a few years already on the 360 and the PS3, but now it’s available on Steam! Crashers was originally an amazing experience to enjoy on consoles, but now PC gamers can spend countless hours playing through CC over and over again with every character.
Castle Crasher’s gameplay is so relaxing. It’s simple: Go left to right, save every princess, and beat the daylight out of anything that moves; except pooping deer of course. There are dozens of weapons to collect and use, each being a creative item in the shape of a sword, such as a carrot or lollipop. Besides collecting weapons, you will also collect animal orbs to use. Animal orbs are miniature versions of various animal species, in a spherical shape. These creatures follow you around loyally, and each one has a different stat booster or effect. While most are useful in many situations, others, like the seahorse, seem to only be helpful in 2-3 levels of this huge game.
The spot where the RPG elements come in is in the battles. While fighting and defeating hundreds of enemies, you will gradually level up your character, and with each level you get points to spend on upgrading that specific character. You can level up your health/defense, strength, magic, and agility/range. It is obvious to see that certain playable characters are designed to be leveled up in certain fields, such as the red knight with its over-powered lightning magic. Even though you are leveling yourself up, the game makes sure to balance your stats with the later level’s enemies. It never gets too easy as the game progresses.
When it comes to the graphics and soundtrack, my eyes and ears haven’t had such a good time together in a real long time. The art style is cartoonish, yet beautiful. The original soundtrack is just soothing and fun to listen to. Almost every time I boot up the game, I end up humming to the tunes. It’s insanely catchy, and the visuals just add to the mood.
The instant I played the original a couple years ago I fell in love. Well it has been a while, and the second it loaded on the PC, that love came back in a flash. The Behemoth has made a perfect port of Castle Crashers, and it is an absolute must buy for PC gamers.
I give Castle Crashers a strong 10/10