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tl;dr? Aajwdlijf ajw dhrugdh 11/10!!
'Now considering I took a 4 year hiatus, I'm sure a relatively large sum of you guys reading this review are in the same position as me.....'
I was first introduced into the wacky world of Castle Crashers back in 2008 via the mini flash-game Castle Crashing "The Beard." Back then, Kongregate was the king
and it quickly became my favourite platformer
. Despite the simplicity of the artwork and game mechanics, the game had character and it was obvious that the developers weren't afraid to show off their work against the smorgasbord of stereotypically depicted knights, castles and overworked medieval warfare.
Well a few months later, it was announced that Castle Crashing "The Beard" would fully mature into a proper side-scrolling beat-em-up platformer with an actual
story (like fighting a giant beard would be believable lel)! While I was quickly swept away by the hype, I wasn't an Xbox owner and the prospects of getting one just for Castle Crashers weren't high. And so after beating the flash version a few times, I slowly let go of the unattainable and moved onto other things.
4 years later, things had certainly changed; games were easily attainable now that I had become a successful Steam trader and suddenly out of the blue, Castle Crashers appeared on the Store page! So much time had passed that embarrassingly, the switch inside my head didn't immediately click... I saw the 4 knights and noticed the mellow colours but couldn't put my hand on why they were so familiar.. After a quick google search of "Crashing beard game" my mind became frantic, the impossible was finally possible, I HAD to play this game!!
Now considering I took a 4 year hiatus, I'm sure a relatively large sum of you guys reading this review are in the same position as me. While the flash-version was extremely addictive, Castle Crashers is a refreshing rendition.
Here are a few reasons for which Castle Crashers is a must-buy for people in the same position as I was:
- The simplicity of the fighting mechanics and overall movement has been entirely conserved.
- Artwork and soundtrack stays true to the original version :).
- Extensive storyline that will take you through an epic journey where you will meet the most creatively designed foes.
- Local and Online Multiplayer!
- Ability to play as other characters other than the 4 knights including...Pink Knight :D:D:D (Yes, Pink knight from Crashing Beard is in this game with his lollipop sword!!!!!)
Now unfortunately there are a few downsides:
- Latency issues and lag when playing with others across the world (Yes it's an old game, luckily its smoother with peers who live closer to you).
- Few features and special attacks are missing from the flash-version including Orange Knight's special pheonix attack.
- Grinding: there will be unavoidable moments where you will need to grind certain stages of the game in which you will need to repeat certain levels to kill enemies due to the simplicity of the game's levelling system. For each character, you will need to spend a few hours on the same level to be able to play insane mode.
Fortunately a few of these issues will be addressed in the Remastered edition to be released later this year (2015) including performance improvements - especially in online multiplayer. If you don't enjoy the grinding, just play with a friend, the social interaction will definitely put the boring aspects of the game to ease ;)
Overall, I definitely do recommend Castle Crashers, if you loved the game on Kongregate or Newgrounds and don't trust the "overwhelmingly positive" review rating, let me assure you that it is undeniably worth it's weight in gold.
Also the game does
drop to $1.49 and usually below $5 during the Steam sales so there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't give it a try!