Hack, slash, and smash your way to victory in this award winning 2D arcade adventure from The Behemoth!
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (29,419 reviews) - 96% of the 29,419 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 26, 2012

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February 4

Valentine's Day Fan Art Contest 2016

Feeling creative? Share your fan art with fellow Behemoth community members. Submit creations that include any character from any of our video games. We'll select our favorite 3 submissions + 1 winner based on votes, and those winners will receive a Castle Crashers Pink Knight plush!

Limit to 1 entry per person, per day. Must include at least 1 character from one of our games. Full list of rules are on the contest page.

To enter or vote on entries, go to http://www.facebook.com/thebehemoth and find the Fan Art Contest tab. It should be under "More."

Best of luck to everyone! Can't wait to see all of the awesome entries :)

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January 12

Castle Crashers Steam Update 2.5

We just updated Castle Crashers Steam today to address some controller issues people have been reporting.

Fixed: Saitek and Nyko controllers now work correctly with Castle Crashers!

Happy crashing!

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About This Game

Hack, slash, and smash your way to victory in this newly updated edition of the insanely popular 2D arcade adventure from The Behemoth! Up to four friends can play locally or online and save your princess, defend your kingdom, and crash some castles!

With the new Barbarian Makeover Update, Castle Crashers now delivers uncapped framerate and a new Ultra texture quality mode. We even built a new, fast-paced multiplayer minigame just for you and your friends!

Key Features:

  • (NEW!) Back Off Barbarian mini game: Jump and hop across the level to avoid the enemies!
  • 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 Pack (includes Necromancer and Cult Minion characters)
  • King Pack (includes The King and Open-Faced Gray Knight)
  • Also includes: Alien Hominid playable character

Ultra Graphics:

A new optional texture quality setting located in the Game Settings Menu. Once the game has been updated, this mode will not be on by default. Players must go to the Game Settings menu and manually toggle it on. Please note, this setting will not perform the same on all systems. It is intended for use on high spec gaming systems and requires a 64-bit OS. So use at your own risk!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • Additional:Ultra Graphics Mode requires a 64-bit OS, at least 4GB of RAM, and a 2GB VRAM.
    • 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
    • Additional:Ultra Graphics Mode requires a 64-bit OS, at least 4GB of RAM, and a 2GB VRAM.
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125 of 130 people (96%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2015
Summary (TL;DR)
This is by far one of the best purchases I've ever made on Steam.
I'm very pleased with this game, the gameplay is fun, and this game makes you want to play with others.

It's about 6-8 hours of gameplay per character, and there are plenty of characters to choose from.

If this game is on sale, be sure to grab it.
You will not be dissapointed.

  • DLC goes to charity
  • Fun co-operative play
  • Decent sized storyline
  • Original graphic style
  • Many unlockable characters
  • Large selection of weapons
  • Many pets which give different advantages
  • Controller Support
  • Steam Trading Cards
  • Fun soundtrack
  • Pays homage to The Behemoth's "Alien Hominid" and "Battle Block Theater"
  • Very well priced

  • Very difficult solo
  • No drop in/out system for online games
  • Online games occasionally have connection issues.

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52 of 54 people (96%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
Social & addicting // Recommended if playing with friends

*A controller is highly recommended for this game

+ Art & visual style; endearing & aesthetically pleasing, to say the least
+ Melee combos are fun & easy to implement; there are additional combos unlocked throughout play
+ Magic complements melee combat &, as with the former, more spells are unlocked through play
+ Audio design & soundtrack is absolutely spectacular
+ Classic side-scroller mechanics; makes for a very nostalgic feel, while bearing the refinement of a newer title
+ Myriad unlockable characters, each of which feel unique in terms of play-style
+ Positively addictive gameplay, further enriched by the addition of friends
+ Makes use of some run-of-the-mill RPG elements, such as leveling and basic stat increases
+ Each level feels unique & entertaining in its own way
+ Multiplayer is the true meat of the game, & every aspect is enhance with a full party of friends
+ High replayability, due to sheer number of unlockables, & the entertaining nature of the content
+ Fun & interesting boss battles, each is just a bit unique in comparison to the last

- Noticeable lag in multiplayer, on several occasions; was not able to remedy or work around this for the most part

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38 of 38 people (100%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2015
Castle Crashers is an entertaining Beat-Em-Up style game filled with witty humor and a very comical atmosphere.

I don't think I can review this game past " I just power farted on an enemy and a bear rocket-pooped into space".
Castle Crashers is a classic, and a must have for any gaming library. With multiplayer compatability and a plethora of unique playable characters, I'd say it's a cut above the rest. The developers obviously had fun and this translates well within the game.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
The best part of Castle Crashers is exploring the world - there are tons of levels that look and play completely differently. Though it can be done, single-player assaults are more frustrating and less enjoyable than teaming up with other people. The biggest issue in trying to take on levels solo is that multiple enemies can assault you with ranged attacks, making it difficult to even stand up before being knocked down again. Animal orbs are probably my favorite thing in Castle Crashers because they're just so damn cute.


The story is straightforward and the game is easy to pick up and play.


Everything is beautifully drawn and animated.


The digital, techno tunes are upbeat and perfect background music for raising hell.


Classic side-scrolling brawler gameplay mixed up with fun boosts and magic makes for a great time with friends. Slightly busted multiplayer is a downer though.


The campaign is short, but there are multiple characters to unlock, lots of weapons and animals to unlock and 99 levels to max out, making it a game you can spend some serious time with.

Two other negatives:

The game is not worth the high price. Buy it on sale instead.
It can be rather repetetive.

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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
55.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
This game is what I would call a classic of the modern gaming era. It's not exactly new, but it still manages to keep a certain freshness to it, which is actually quite impressive.

When I say "classic", I mean a game that is a sort of important pillar to gaming in general. Now, I wouldn't say that it changed the whole industry per say, but I still consider this one to be a game that is part of my childhood to an extend. Many can possibly relate to that thought, I'd wager.

Now, what exactly is Castle Crashers? Well, to resume the whole experience in a single sentence, it's basically a "smash right through the enemies, save the princesses and defeat the evil king". Sounds simple, doesn't it? That's no surprise; because this game is simple.

The true experience truly comes to life when you bring a friend or two along the ride. As most multiplayer games, having someone to play with you really is a must to enjoy the full adventure. Honestly, playing through this game alone is kind of boring, and considering that the designs of the levels highly support multiplayer, trying to go through the game alone can prove to be a chore. Then again, I did play and finish it alone the first time, but when I replayed it with a few folks, my overall opinion changed drastically.

This game is huge. Don't let the tiny sixteen bucks tell you otherwise; it's probably one of the biggest adventures I've seen for a Smash 'em up. The adventure itself isn't much to speak about, my friends and I started from the beginning and finished after around four sessions of one hour each. What makes this thing so huge is the unlockable content. There are a ton of them, such as characters, pets, weapons, levels, and even a secret difficulty. You'll be grinding and repeating the same levels many times to find rare items and weapons if completion matters to you.

I'd like to speak about the difficulty, since I feel like difficulty is something that matters for many players and buyers. The game in itself isn't harshly hard. Most bosses have simple patterns, the level designs can be either fair or sometimes overwhelming, and the overall product will not make you frustrated to the point of screaming. Of course, I won't say that it is an easy game either; sometimes it feels like the game throws so much at you, I find it almost unfair. Without spoiling too much, the final boss in particular has a lot of annoying patterns that can drag for a while, especially if alone.
Upon finishing the game, you will have the option of changing to an even harder difficulty. I will warn you : It is cheap. Enemies are insanely powerful, and quite frankly, it's not fun. If that sounds appealing to you, then go ahead and try it. I, for one, will stay away and advices you to do so as well.

The game has two primary mechanics : Physical attacks and Magical moves. Physical attacks are, as the name says, attacks with weapons. The damage that you will do to enemies is generated by how much points to give to your Physical stats. Magical moves are attacks composed of magic. Giving points to this stat will not only grow your magical abilities and make them more powerful, it will also make the range and overall usefulness much more adaptable.

The best idea would be to try to make a balanced knight, since enemies later on will either be extremely resistant to Physical attacks or highly resistant to Magic. You always need to have an alternative, or else it becomes truly bothersome.

I believe that I mentioned every aspects worth mentioning. This game is great, and while not a masterpiece by any means, it should prove itself quite worthy of your purchase. Do not forget to try and ask a few friends if they wish to play along!
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