Castle Crashers Reader Review
Alright. Castle Crashers then. A back-to-the old school hack-n-slash em-up. Had this been released in the 80's, you would have started with three lives, it would have had ten levels and it would have taken, at most, two hours to complete.
As it stands it's provided me with several days entertainment, and is still going. It's fun from the off, and there's hidden depth here - somehow it sucks you in to the point where hours can pass timelessly. The sign of a good game if ever there was one - and certainly necessity if you intend to get the most out of what�s on offer here.
A particularly attractive feature of this game, and one that made it a winner over Christmas, is it's the kind of game that�s playable by both adults and kids at the same time. Yes, if you're in your thirties, and you have small children of your own and have been looking for a game you can play them with that�s still fun. this could just be the game for you. It even managed to lure mine away from Lego batman - an impressive feat.
To give credit where it's due, it does a great job of modernising the classic 80's beat-em-up genre with some more modern concepts - levelling up, unlockable characters, moves, weapons and special items. It certainly has more variety than any of the 'classics' from yesteryear. Youngsters of today will take to it like a duck to water.
So what�s wrong with it? Well, first off, there's the undeniable suspicion that more often than not, rather than executing a calculated strategy or sequence of moves to inflict massive damage - you tend to default to button mashing and joystick waggling; the combat does lack precision and if you're a pedant like me, you may find the slightly inaccurate feeling detracts from the depth of experience. However, it's all about balance, and this is also no doubt why my 5 year old nephew was able to participate so fully.
It's also an inescapable fact that the game is at it's most fun while chopping the more standard enemy foot soldiers into little pieces. Later attempts at variety results in enemies that just aren't as much fun to kill.
The large quantity of unlockables can also serve as something of a turn-off for those of us with limited time. Bizarre as it may sound, it's always desirable to feel as though you're making the most of a purchase, and with Castle Crashers you can't help feeling that only students and recent victims of the credit crunch will find the time to make the most of what�s on offer here. Granted that�s hardly going to be a complaint for most.
However, in all you can't help being won over by Castle Crashers. The quality of the game is undeniable - the attention to detail in the backgrounds, the character design and overall style of the game is nothing short of charming. It's worth a splurge in my book.
7 / 10