Hack, slash, and smash your way to victory in this award winning 2D arcade adventure from The Behemoth!
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Overwhelmingly Positive (730 reviews) - 95% of the 730 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (31,146 reviews) - 96% of the 31,146 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 26, 2012

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June 23

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May 4

Castle Crashers Steam Update 2.6

We just did a minor update to Castle Crashers Steam today to address a couple issues people have been reporting.

Fixed: Nyko Air Flow now working correctly with Castle Crashers!
Fixed: Rare MAC settings file issue causing a crash at boot.

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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Overwhelmingly Positive (730 reviews)
Overwhelmingly Positive (31,146 reviews)
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( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
let the button mashing festivities begin !

great co-op party game. even over the internet.
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[SpAdQt] Fewshin
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Have you ever wanted to beat the sh*t out of literally everything in the most bloody way? Then get the party game literally everyone has and join the bloody fart of a game this is. Beat the ♥♥♥♥ out of everything in the most effeicient way as you arrow/magic/spin spam your way through the game. Lots of bosses, lots of loot, and lots of princesses.

0/10 Needs more poop jokes.
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Foxy Hacks (´・ω・`)
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
It's a very aswome co-op game!
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( 29.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Hey i need help can you please update the game and fix a couple of issues my issue is that, i beat the game (and i did it with my friends and by myself) and i did not get my character nor insane mode. it really got me mad and confused and posting a comment about my problem is the only solution please help me and contact me if you respond to my comment
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Mr. Blue Sky
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
It took me a whole day to realize the Catfish boss was supposed to be a pun.
I was in the shower when I realized it.

10.1/10 Best game ever.
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( 20.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
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( 57.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This game, while being easy, is extremely fun to play. I enjoy it greatly its a nice game to fall back on after playing so many shooters. It is also a "casual" game which may not seem appealing but its nice to be able to play though a game in a single day. Plus it has insane modes which is really fun.
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( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
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( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I recommend this game to people who understand that you have to try again sometimes. It's fun has a lot of great humor and overall amazing to play. Finding secret characters is so satisfing. Getting new weapons and pets are cool especially when the pets and weapons look like differents things, like the blacksmith's horns and the install ball. This game is a real treat.
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( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
LUV ZO MUCH. It is a very fun game to play that will keep you entertained, and you can play it with your friends!
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42 of 47 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I'm going to look at Castle Crashers from two points of view: casual and hardcore. Now I'm fully aware that "casual" is a dirty word when it comes to videogames. Honestly, I think a game being casual is a good thing. If I'm playing a lot of hardcore games, the kind with a lot of depth, high punishments for failure, and an extreme level of difficulty; I'm going to want something to fall back on. In this regard, Castle Crashers fits the bill.

However, a lot of games - sometimes the best ones - can appeal to both the casual and hardcore gamers. These titles offer a perfect learning curve and are enjoyable at any skill-level. There are multiple methods for playing through them. The challenge can range from easy to improbable. It all depends on how the player approaches these games. Though it tries, Castle Crashers can't bridge this gap. It's a fine game for a friendly get-together, or a time-sink on a slow day. If you're looking for a quality brawler, the kind you can keep coming back to again and again, then look elsewhere.

I hate to say it, but this review isn't over yet.

Looking further, Castle Crashers works as a casual game due to the constant thread of "niceties". These are moments that make you say "Oh. That's nice." when they happen. Leveling up, the discovery of a new weapon or animal, a dead enemy dropping a valuable crystal instead of a mere coin; these are all examples of niceties. The game is further bolstered by simplistic but charming hack & slash action. Through the combination of both elements, as well as flavor touches like the set-piece battles and action sequences, this game works. It just plain works.

Even with this casual approach, you're still bound to run into problems. The balance between strength, magic, and agility is crap. Magic and agility require huge investments to attain any noticeable effect. Strength is an absolute necessity, unless you want to juggle foes for several minutes at a time. The ranged options are only forced onto the player by the rare appearance of giant enemies. You know who these jerks are, because you can't get close to them, without being grabbed and thrown.

Also, while the niceties are appreciated, I believe that Behemoth could have done a little better. Character-unlocking is just plain awful after a certain point. Having to replay the entire game with character F to unlock character M is maddening. It's especially bad when A) all characters behave the same outside of spells B) every character starts at level 1 and C) there aren't any methods for passing experience onto new characters. Dynasty Warriors is a franchise with gobs of playable heroes, and usually there's some method for strengthening unused characters, so everyone remains at a level playing field. In Castle Crashers, this -admittedly not all that important - element was overlooked, and it's pretty annoying.

The insane mode is ironically where hardcore gamers are liable to get the door slammed in their faces. This is also where the game almost completely falls apart. A high difficulty mode is fine, but it needs to make sense. Insane difficulty features faster and more aggressive enemies, so it's good on that front. Unfortunately, their HP and especially their strength have recieved a massive multiplier, and that's really bad. A number of enemies and bosses go from non-threatening to entirely absurd. For most players, insane mode ends with the large troll of the Thieves' Forest.

This is my third play-through of the game, and I still don't understand why insane mode exists. In the original Xbox 360 version, insane mode was somewhat mitigable, due to a prevalent experience glitch (involving the troll boss). This is one of those rare glitches that actually made the game worse when it was fixed. Depending on how you look at it, abusing an XP glitch to make a game easier probably isn't very hardcore. As far as I'm concerned, insane mode is where the game actively cheats. Everyone has too much HP and does too much damage, but apparently it's unfair for players to have something to fall back on.

Personally, I would have suggested difficulty modifiers (ala Bastion) instead of a difficulty mode, but this a 20/20 hindsight suggestion. I certainly didn't have the idea, when Castle Crashers was released, back in 2008. All told, this game is still pretty enjoyable and even better with friends. Just don't invest too much of your energy, because the pay-off isn't worth the effort.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
i somehow beat this game with the help of some guy i found on an ♥♥♥♥♥ board for femboys

okay cool sure i'm down yeah
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
spent whole nights playing this game with friends.
good alone
great with friends
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
217.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Great game if you're friends don't have bad tempers and can accept the bitterness of defeat.

10/10 would use a keyboard again.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
44.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
i find the most satisfaction in fighting my party member to the death for a kiss and UNLIMITED bragging rights.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
This game is super fun, i recomend giving it a try, it has smooth graphics that is very cartoony, the only downside is the online multiplayer, i tried to do a multiplayer game mode but not much people are on.
DISCLAIMER: I've only been playing it for a bit, so their might some things i missed out.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
jump, light attack, rinse and repeat.
game over.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Very fun game! I think it's funny and an awesome game I love how you first ahve 4 main characters and as you go down the road, you can unlock more characters so you don't get bored! Lets say you've unlocked all characters and beat the game, probably gets boring but then they have insane mode! Insane mode is great, it's super difficult and if you tihnk you're up for the challenge, then go for it!

Overall great game and I reccomend you buy this game, even right now since there is a Summer Sale! $3.00 is all it is for hours on end fun!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Played it for many hours at first on Xbox 360 and some time after, at some sale, started to play it again on PC. I can say for sure that Castle Crashers is one of most interesting beat 'em up games I have ever played. Graphics might look like some kind of game for kind but don't be mistaken - kids, teenagers, adults, everyone will have great time playing this game. With so many characters (few at start, many to unlock) to play, so many levels to make, many weapons and secrets to find, you won't be bored after beating once, or twice, or until you will reach max level with every character. You can enjoy it alone, or with friends on 1 PC or over internet. Castle Crashers isn't not only filled with action, but also with humour, and what's better, the one that will for sure make you laught, unless you take everything too serious. Sure, some people will say it get's boring quickly or it's repetitive but if you ask me, I didn't get bored even once in those 50 (at the moment I'm making this review) hours. And I'm sure I will play it at some point again, and again, and again... and again. It's really easy to get addicted to this game.

In my opinion, it's worth full price but sure, there are people who might not know what Castle Crashers is, or what kind of people made this game. If you are fan of beat 'em up games, then you must grab it at sale. Look at the number of reviews this game have received, and look at what number of those are positives ones - there is high chance that another positive review will be coming from you.
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