Hack, slash, and smash your way to victory in this award winning 2D arcade adventure from The Behemoth!
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Release Date: Sep 26, 2012

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"A Arcade Style Beat 'Em Up, if you don't already have it pick it up and play with some friends. And if you have a crude sense of humor you will love it."

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December 2

Shippy McShippington’s Holiday Deadlines



The holiday season has arrived! Many people enjoy partaking in an activity called shopping during this time of year. If you are one of said people, we have a few dates to share with you! (The numerical kind, not the human kind)

Our online store is open 24/7, but the shipping options are not. To stay ahead of the game, here are some dates to keep in mind if you want to get your packages delivered to you by a specific day.

SHIPPY MCSHIPPINGTON SAYS…

Domestic Shipping (Within the U.S.A)

  • Tuesday, Dec. 2: Hanukkah begins on December 16th, so mail now to get it by the first day!

  • Saturday, Dec. 20: Deadline for first-class and Priority Flat-Rate mail to arrive by Christmas.

  • Monday, Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express.

  • Thursday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day: No regular mail delivery. But packages via Priority Mail Express will be delivered.




International shipping: International shipping varies on the destination country.

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  • Tuesday, Dec. 9: Asia/Pacific Rim, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Middle East.

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November 26

Castle Crashers Plush Knights For Sale

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Plush Poll this past weekend! The results came in and the community was quite divided, but Pink Knight won with 27% of the votes!



The plush knights are now available in our online store for anyone who would like to get cuddly with any of these little ones! Get them for $15 each or get all five in a bundle for $65!

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About This Game

Hack, slash, and smash your way to victory in this award winning 2D arcade adventure from The Behemoth! Featuring hand-drawn characters, Castle Crashers Steam Edition delivers hi-res visuals like nothing you've seen before. Four friends can play locally or online to save your princess, defend your kingdom, and crash some castles!

Key Features:

  • Unlock more than 25 characters and over 40 weapons!
  • Intuitive combo and magic system: Unlock an arsenal of new attacks as your character progresses through the game.
  • Level up your character and adjust Strength, Magic, Defense, and Agility.
  • Adorable animal orbs are your companions. Each adds different abilities to aid you on your journey.
  • Arena mode: Battle other players in free-for-all or team matches!
  • Insane Mode: Test your skills in the ultimate campaign challenge
  • Necromantic Booster Pack (includes Necromancer and Cult Minion characters)
  • King Booster Pack (includes The King and Open-Faced Gray Knight)
  • All You Can Quaff Mini Game
  • Also includes: Alien Hominid playable character

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 /
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ or better
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB video card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:255 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Supports Microsoft® Xbox 360 controller or Direct Input compatible controller
    Recommended:
    • OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 /
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ or better
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB video card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:255 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Supports Microsoft® Xbox 360 controller or Direct Input compatible controller
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.5 - Leopard
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ or better
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB video card
    • Hard Drive:255 MB HD space
    • Sound:Mac compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:With the right drivers the game supports Microsoft® Xbox 360, Sony PS3, and Logitech controllers
    Recommended:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.7 - Lion
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ or better
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB video card
    • Hard Drive:255 MB HD space
    • Sound:Mac compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:With the right drivers the game supports Microsoft® Xbox 360, Sony PS3, and Logitech controllers
Helpful customer reviews
299 of 315 people (95%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Do you like?
  • Brutally slaughtering your friends to get a kiss?
  • Making people explode?
  • Poop jokes?
  • General hilarity?
  • Sandwiches that not only taste great, but also are packed with steriods?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then this game is for you

In short castle crashers is a medieval hack and slash adventure which you can play by yourself or with up to 3 friends (Four player Co-op). It possesses an amazing cast of unlockable characters, enough stupid moments to last a decade, and cartoony graphics which will never get old.
Highly Recommended!
8.9/10
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183 of 209 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
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Graphics:
+ harmonious comic style
+ creative character design
+ gaudy effects
- higher resolutions stretch only native console resolution
- backgrounds sometimes fade

Atmosphere:
+ insane game world
+ crazy figures
+ funny co-op battles
- no background story to the world or figures

Sound:
+ varied soundtrack
+ matching battle sounds
- hardly voice output

Balance:
+ easy to learn
+ gentle introduction
+ challenging bosses
- alone significantly heavier than the co-op

Level Design:
+ varied environments
+ many bosses
- mostly linear kill from A to B

AI:
+ enemies use magic and ranged
+ boss enemies with their own strategies
- many enemies remain cannon fodder

Weapons & Extras:
+ many unlockable melee weapons
+ melee combos and magical attacks
+ bombs, potions and other items
+ hidden treasures
- no different ranged weapons

Story:
+ wacky humor
- no notable story
- few cutscenes

Game Size:
+ unlockable characters
+ high replay value
+ insane Mode of increased difficulty
- short main story

More than three million console knights in Castle Crashers already saved the kingdom. In the test, I fight me through a colorful adventure full of black magicians, catfish and porting problems.
The game is hack and slash with RPG elements. You have four different skills (strength, magic, defense, and agility).
You get one talent point every time you level up.
You can assign these points to increase your strength to do more damage, increase your speed and improve burning bow expertise, or improve your magic to more damage , or recharge your display faster. Each character has their own magic, elemental spells, there are poison attacks and rain of arrows and spears. You can buy or find power ups, enabling you to throw bombs or, by eating a sandwich, transform into a hulking brute capable of smashing down impassable doorways. Animal Orbs, cute little support characters that follow you and help you out. When equipped, Animal Orbs bestow status buffs to your strength, defence or agility, as well as additional attack options or the ability to find previously hidden items.

The overall design of Castle Crashers creates an intensive, charming area with dark feelings. While the backdrops often feel quite enclosed, and aren’t enticing as similar games like Golden Axe, that boasts vast fantasy settings, Castle Crashers does have a broad range of enemies and aesthetics to keep play engaging. The world of Castle Crashers is a bizarre world, but one that play so much fun that is just looking at the variety of environments is mesmerizing.

The best part in the game is the coop mode, rush the castles with your friends. The combination of silly humour and the raucous atmosphere of friends playing together. It's mostly a co-operative experience, but there are PvP arenas, and every time a princess you are fighting among you for the right to kiss her.

It's a big, bright and bold portion of fun, and it could have a little bit more attention to the finer details. I can’t help but love Castle Crashers. Played it many many hours on my playstation 3. This is an absurdly hilarious romp you won't soon forget.

Score: 79 / 100
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115 of 125 people (92%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
A great game to play with a room full of friends, a pizza, and some drinks. The game is decent by itself, but with friends in a local coop setting, it's wonderful. The game is mostly you verses monsters, but occasionally you have to duke it out amongst yourselves for the hand of a lovely maiden. It has wonderful items, and challenging gameplay. I'd highly recommend picking up a 4-pack on sale to play with your buddies some time.
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68 of 72 people (94%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Castle Crashers is a 2D beat 'em up with some RPG elements. I'd heard a lot of people talk it up and even tried the demo before deciding to get this bad boy when it was on sale for Halloween. You get four characters to choose from, so you can potentially play a 1-4 player game right out of the gate. Each character has their own starting weapon, magical element, and appearance. You go through levels beating up bad guys and trying to save princesses. Along the way, you'll find some cool weapons and animal orbs that give you special perks, You can switch between them between levels by visiting the blacksmith. I don't typically enjoy beat 'em ups. They tend to get stale and boring, despite how many combos or different weapons the game wants to throw my way. But Castle Crashers adds in some RPG elements to keep it interesting. Sure, the different weapons, different characters with their magic, and different animal buddies all add some customization, but the leveling system is what truly gives this game replayability and a sense of progression. Upon leveling up, you'll gain points that can be put into any of the four stats you have, strength, defense, magic, and agility. Depending on what kind of playstyle you want to use or what role you have on the team, you can build accordingly. Do you want to focus on one or two stats? Or would you rather be more well rounded? How will you compliment your teammates? Or what is best for solo play? It gives some complexity to the otherwise simple concept, which is great.

The ability to play locally, cooperatively, or solo is nice for varied options and experiences. Essentially, each character you use equals one campaign. And there are a lot of unlockable characters, so this game does have a lot of replayability and lifespan. I also like the simple cartoony art style and some of the music is pretty cool. The main game with single and multiplayer, insane mode, two mini games, achievements, there's a lot of hours to be had with this title.

However, I DO need to point out a few flaws in the game. Castle Crashers is a game of diminishing returns. When you start, there's lots of new and exciting things to keep you hooked. New characters, new weapons, new animal buddies, new secondary items, new levels, and a blank slate to upgrage how you see fit. But after a while... it loses its luster. There are only so many characters, items, animal buddies, weapons, and levels in the game. Your upgrades get harder and harder to improve as the game goes on and you will start to gain less points per level. You max out at 78 and from then on it's very little change between levels. Insane mode, aside from a few exceptions, is basically the same as the normal game... excpet enemies take longer to kill and can kill you faster. More frustrating and time consuming than an increase in challenge. Also, the online isn't always the best. It depends on game settings, connection speeds, and the locations of the players for sure, but laggy games can be tough to get through, especially in crucial moments the requre precision. Not to mention that when the game literally has to stop and wait for the other players, it can get very annoying and tiresome. So I'd recommend finding people close enough for online, or simply doing local play if you're going to do multiplayer.

I like Castle Crashers. Sure, it has diminishing returns, and if you want to complete it with everyone at maximum everything... you'll be playing longer than you enjoy. But playing in moderation, trying to win rather than max everything, playing with other people... all of this can easily extend the playtime of the game while keeping it fun. Is it worth $15? Well... it really depends. If you like beat 'em ups a lot, then probably. Try out the demo and gauge your excitement. I'd say this game is probably worth about $10 generally, and when it goes on sale it tends to be cheaper anyway, so definitely go for it. I'd give Castle Crashers a solid 7/10. A good game, great for fans of beat 'em ups, but still alright for people who don't much care for them as well. I'm sure I'll get lots of hours in this game over the years, and you might too.
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58 of 65 people (89%) found this review helpful
96.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Side scrolling beat ‘em up adventure that is amazing solo or co-op with amazing animation style and smooth game play. I couldn’t honestly ask for more… well other than I do wish there was a way to readjust your skill points in a way other than a character reset, but that’s no big deal it’s kind of fun to start fresh.
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299 of 454 people (66%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
It's like Skyrim but with sandwiches. 10/10
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48 of 56 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Probably one of the best 4 player co-op games you can get in the Steam Store! (Apart from Left 4 Dead.) Castle Crashers has a lot to offer to those special groups, composed of four friends, as you'll find your team gaining experience, learning new unique moves in combat and fighting to the death of every chapter, all with a touch of humour. This game reaks of Indie-goodness and it goes for a fact that I love that type of game producing and development; Independently made, tying in nicely together, to make a labour of love.

I love the particular 'crude' and simplistic art style this game has. Coming from the beloved artist, Dan Paladin, his ingenuis creativity is best said as beautiful and completely staggering. Every character has a ''comic-component'' to them, including their emotions being presented in that of a slap-stick type of fashion. Interaction with random NPC's and the wacky medieval environments are top-notch and goofy and the rest can be left as fun. What more could be said?

The game's appeal and genre, being in the typical 2D Adventure Beat 'em up section, relates to the classic beat-em-up's like Golden Axe for the Sega Genesis, the classic Arcade game, Final Fight and even dating way back to Double Dragon for the NES. All of which shrouds you in the heavenly past times, while this game adapts to its own heartwarming and charmful stylish nature.

The game's mechanics are very immersive and easy enough to navigate. Most battle systems work in waves; with a certain number of enemies that increase in power as you progress and defeat all enemies in a specific wave, which lets you advance further within a level. Most levels end in with a big boss battle, where your techniques and agility is put to the test, as you'll take down numerous tyrants and beasts, again with all a touch of humour and creative atmospheres. All of this, to uphold the traditional tale of medieval times, where a brave knight will rise up and save the princess, either from that those said tyrants or beasts, and the much darker figure that is behind the game's plot overall.

Not to mention the game has a rocking soundtrack, that is really pushing the name 'Indie' way past its limits. Breaking the boundaries of anything ''independent'' whereas it is an Independent project is a truly massive feat. Every musical piece fits the individual place, map and background so well, and you will soon find yourself humming these catchy tunes to yourself, as you slaughter away vikings and theives alike.

Though this game is incredibly sensational and fun with friends, this doesn't seperate itself from its own fair share of problems. First of all, I find the controllability with the keyboard a little finicky and hard to manoeuvre when you're on the battlefield. Understandably, the game does warn you right from the very beginning that a controller is highly recommended, but it doesn't distinguish the fact that a keyboard is optional and here's where I think a little more work should've been in my opinion. Another problem I keep running into is the multiplayer connectivity. Me, neither of my buds who I've played Castle Crashers with had no internet connection problems at all, while the game seems to freeze, not respond and generally lags while in-game.

To me, this game is one of the biggest icons, to serve off as inspiration to even those small Independent game developers who will hopefully get their projects recognized around. As well as a big Indie-icon, a definite recommendation from me, to those who want a smile spreaded across their faces immediately.
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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
126.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Castle Crashers
Defend your kingdom! Beat up baddies! Crash their castles and fight for honor and love! Hack n' Slash your way to glorious victory with a few poop jokes along the way.

Castle Crashers is an Action Co-op Beat 'em up Flash game!
Developed by The Behemoth, originating from their popular website, Newgrounds.com. Knowing that, the game comes with hilarious, but crude sense of humor, which is all part of the game's special charm. The game is all hand-drawn in Flash, giving it a nice and colorful artstyle that adds a cartoonish appeal to the game. Additionally, most of the music in Castle Crashers are submitted by loyal Newgrounds fans!

Hack! Slash! Smash! Abracadabra!
The gameplay is what makes this game great. It's your usual beat 'em up formula, with light and heavy attacks, performing combos and such. But in addition to that, you have the ability to cast magic! Controls the elements as you spark fire, summon icicles, conduct electricity, fling poison and throw buzz saws? Castle Crashers also features RPG elements, as you gain EXP for every hit, and with enough EXP, you level up! Granting you points in which you could assign to either physical or magical power!

The Evil Wizard has kidnapped the King's daughters!
The story can't be much simpler than this. As your king's loyal knights, you venture off to save the 4 princesses that has been taken away by the evil clutches of the Final Boss! You journey through war fields, forests, deserts, snow lands and many more as you battle various bosses such as barbarians, trolls, robots, dragons and aliens! Whenever you save one of the princesses, the true battle begins, as you and your friends fight to the death to win the princess' kiss! During your free time, you're free to participate in other game modes such as Arena; as you duel your friends gladiator style, and All You Can Quaff; where you and your friends race to who can "Quaff" their food the fastest!

Journey alone or adventure with your buddies with up to four players!
Either local, online, or hell, even both! You can select from a variety of knights, each with their own unique magical element, with many more unlockable characters as you play through the game. You can also select from a variety of weapons and pets, or "animal orbs" as the game calls them along the way, as most of them are cleverly hidden all across the map. However, this becomes a problem for most unlockable characters involve beating the game as certain other characters, then beating them game with those newly unlocked characters. Most of the characters are pretty much the same anyway for they share similar magic, while certain ones break the game from how Overpowered they are. While the game is relatively short and fun, it could be bothersome to most who plans to unlock everything.

Final Verdict!
While the game is fun alone, it is strongly recommended playing with friends. The game is unfortunately dying, so there are not many people playing online that often, so it's best to just host private games with friends. While unlocking more characters, animal orbs and weapons can be fun, it's still dependent on the player if they're into that sort of thing, and if they're willing to play the game numerous times just to achieve them.

Grab the game when you can! Get the 4-pack, even! The game went as low as 90% off on sale, so you have no reason not to get it! And when you do start playing, don't play as any of the DLC characters for your first playthrough, for they do not unlock any new characters if you beat the game as them. Despite all these flaws, I'm a fan of it myself, so if you need someone to play with, give me a holler and we'll crash some castles together!
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
34.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
A great hack and slash game by Behemoth.
An awesome game to play with friends.
A lot of hours of good fun!One of the best games on steam.
A great storyline,awesome characters,good upgrading system,a bunch of weapons and animals(pets) to collect!
I recommend this game to everybody that likes hack and slash games.
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137 of 213 people (64%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Killed my friend for a clown.
11/10
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
125.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
This game was just a riot for me! I laughed my ♥♥♥ off at some of the jokes and some of the characters are just so stupidly funny, that i could not stop playing. I started off as the blacksmith *SPOILER* His magic really made it just more funny! I'm now a level 52 blacksmith and I'm STILL PLAYING JUST FOR THE LAUGHES! To the creators of this game, you are the coolest guys ever, i can't wait to get battleblock theatre! To anyone who ISN'T playing this game, START PLAYING MAN! send me an invite to help you out.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
54.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I highly recommend this to people who loves meele, 2d ish.
This game is a lot of fun with a lot off sercrets. Sometimes the game gets challangeing, but that just makes it even more fun to play. To top the whole thing. You can play up to 4 players together!
Buy this game, its worth the money!
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Castle Crashers is a coop, 2D/side scrolling hack n' slash game. Lots of levels, cool weapons and ADORABLE AS ♥♥♥♥ PETS. 4 starter characters that you can level up and build their stats the way you like. There's plenty of other characters to unlock after you finish the game. The animations are as pretty as they can get and sometimes the game is just plain hilarious. The game puts up a good challenge even in coop, you'll find yourself having to grind a bit after encountering some of the game's bosses/difficult levels.
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
Just like playing RPG Game (Dark Souls, Dragon Age, ect.) with Pyrovision Goggles

10/10 for Kawaii Knight
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
92.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
This game is totally worth buying!
You start out with four characters,
red (Lightning), orange, (Fire), blue (Ice,) and green (Poison).
Four princesses have been captured and you must rescue them to finish the game.
Complete the game with the knights above to earn more characters.
There are many bosses to fight, pets to collect, and swords to discover.
Upgrade your strength (Damage), magic, defense (Health), and agility (Speed and arrow damage),
as you progress through the game.


The graphics are nice and fit the game well too,
gameplay is really good also.
If you buy it you should probably get a controller.
It works using a keyboard, but is alot easier with a controller.

Overall, I would rate this game 10/10.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
A great Hack n Slash game developed by the Behemoth. Featuring a fast paced Electronic, Ambient and Polyrhymic soundtrack. A fantastic game to play with friends.
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98 of 165 people (59%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
i ate a sandwich and i turned into the hulk

10.5/10
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Fantastic coop game.

The only problem I have with it is that now I want Castle Crashers 2.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
BEWARE: THIS GAME MAY POTENTIALLY GIVE YOU GOOSEBUMPS THROUGH AN EPIC ADVENTURE

An amazing casual game best played with your friends and family.

Finished the game within half a day.
  • Storyline was simply interesting
  • Fun environment/background layout
  • SUPERB OST (reminded me of Digimon World games!)
  • Not to mention the MAGICS!

Loved the whole arena fight as well!

Totally a recommended game to play with your buddies or closed ones! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!! :D

On a side note: I DEMAND CASTLE CRASHERS 2!! <33
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Honestly it's worth the $15, the gameplay is smooth (if not a little short) the story is enjoyable and all around it's a great stress relieving Beat 'em up.
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