Look, I was as cynical as anyone. "Take down forts, castles and even a fire-breathing dragon in Catapult King - the King of castle crushers!" goes the iTunes blurb for this latest Chillingo offering. Yes, we've gone full circle. Crush the Castle begat Angry Birds and now the games that are jumping on the Angry Birds bandwagon are starting to look like Crush the Castle again.
The title alone pretty much spells out what you'll be doing. Pull back the catapult, aim and release, and try to use your limited shots to knock down structures, killing all the enemies in the process.
Are there different shot types? Of course. Standard rock-and-twine balls are good for demolishing wooden structures, but do minimal damage to those that are reinforced or made from stone. Metal cannonballs will plough through stone and wood alike. Is there one that detonates like a bomb? Naturally. And there's even one that splits into three, offering a wider damage spread at the cost of lower impact. All have their Angry Bird analogues, and all work exactly as you expect. This is not a game of surprises.