For this entry, I’m going to review a game that I’ve been playing for awhile: Castle Crashers. The second title from Newgrounds to be on Xbox Live Arcade, Castle Crashers pays homage to the old button mashers of the 80s and the 90s. The premise of the game is to rescue princesses that have been kidnapped during a raid to steal your castle’s magicalâ€¦rock thing. The fighting system is very simple: each character has a strong and weak attack that can be strung together in combos. Also, every character has magical attacks based on their element.
Playing alone, the game can become very monotonous. While the jokes are very entertaining, the game play breaks down to staying airborne for as long as possible and then using magic while on the ground. However, the characters ‘level up’ much quicker during single player, since there is only one person to eliminate the baddies, so at least the game isn’t extremely difficult alone.
The multiplayer is a completely different story. Working with up to three friends (either in your room, from around the world, or a combination of the two), there are so many strategies that can be used. The bosses are made tougher to scale with the amount of players in the game, so losing a friend during the level has severe consequences at the end. Also, every time your team rescues a princess, the surviving knights duel to the death for her favor. The multiplayer and the insane mode available after beating the game add to the replay value.
Overall, this is a great game. At 1200 Microsoft Points (or $15), it is one of the most expensive games on the arcade. However, it is well worth the cost. I give this game an 8/10.