Monday, March 21, 2011

REVIEW: Crashin' has Never Felt so Good: Castle Crashers (2008)

How many independently developed games have you played and actually liked? Most of them are too short and just don't deliver like the big dogs. However, that is not the case with Castle Crashers. Rescue the princess and fight your friends for her kiss. Man, I don't think I've ever had this much fun with a downloadable game on the Xbox.

Castle Crashers was originally released in 2008 on the Xbox Live Arcade. It was developed by The Behemoth and published by Microsoft Game Studios. Castle Crashers became a hit over night. For the price you get an extensive amount of game-play and entertainment. I have recommended this game to friends again and again.

You can play up to four players, locally or online. Fighting through multiple stages and monsters you get to play Boss Battles. Which are always fun and sometimes pretty challenging. At the end of every Boss Battle you get the girl.... well not if you are playing with friends....then you must FIGHT! And the winner gets to kiss the girl.

Each character has a special ability and as you level up your abilities get more powerful. The more crazies you kill the more XP you get and the closer you get to leveling up. Each level gained allows the player to allocate points towards four basic combat categories. Certain level advances also grant new combination attacks. Numerous weapons can be found in the game, each that have various effects to the character's attributes when equipped. There are also animal companions that can be found that may help out in battle, improve the character's attributes, or provide another special ability such as gaining more treasure from defeated enemies.

The art style is modern, fun and playful. I loved always seeing the new enemies and animals. The music is good too, although I personally prefer listening to my playlist on my Xbox while I play.

Overall it's a pretty fun game. You should check it out - at-least download the trial.
Oh and keep an eye out for the pooping deer - man those guys have endless amounts of poo.

I give this game 3.5 out of 5 bits.

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