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Shaaady Souljah
05-10-2007, 08:23 PM
In Castle Crashers, you play as one of four available knights on a quest to do, well...chivalrous things. You know, bashing in the heads of goblins, rescuing princesses, and collecting loads of loot--that sort of thing. Each of the knights has his own primary weapon, such as a mace or a sword, and can access a couple of different secondary weapons, such as a bow and arrow or boomerang for ranged attacks. The heroes are also equipped with magical spells, and each knight has a different spell set. The red knight uses lightning-based magic; the blue knight can use ice; the green knight uses poison; and the orange knight has fire powers. The spells have different effects--the blue knight, for example, can toss huge spikes of ice, freeze his enemies temporarily, and shoot a massive ice fist.

Gameplay in Castle Crashers consists of you and your knight pals clearing screen after screen of enemies in the side-scrolling adventure.

The graphics in Castle Crashers feature the same style of squat, charming 2D character designs from Alien Hominid, but the various combat moves displayed by the knights show off a seemingly greater variety of animations than in the older game. The levels, too, have a great look--you'll progress from the innermost portions of the castle over wood-plank bridges and, later, run a gauntlet of bad guys ending in a boss battle with a huge orclike menace wearing a spike-laced shield on his back.

Through its charming characters and action-packed level design, Castle Crashers features a great sense of humor that kept a smile on our face the entire time we played it. For example, just after beating the huge boss described above, we had to slug it out with our fellow knights to win the heart of the kidnapped princess. Elsewhere, we saw a later level in the game that featured the four knights running from a huge beast chasing them through the halls of a castle...while riding delicate little fawns. It's good stuff and certainly good for more than a few laughs.

With multiplayer support for up to four players, charming visuals, a great sense of humor, and more enemies than you can shake a +2 bastard sword at, Castle Crashers looks like it's going to be a fun time when it's released on the Xbox Live Arcade later this year. Expect to see more on the game soon.

Misterjiggy
06-25-2012, 07:48 PM
You have convinced me i've been wanting to get this for over 2 years.. This has made up my mind... Sounds awesome!!

xiangpan64
11-04-2012, 09:57 PM
this game is really funny and addictive! anyone played it should say the same!