Hack, slash, and smash your way to victory in this award winning 2D arcade adventure from The Behemoth!
User reviews:
Overwhelmingly Positive (894 reviews) - 95% of the 894 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (31,324 reviews) - 96% of the 31,324 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 (894 reviews)
Overwhelmingly Positive (31,324 reviews)
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( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Highly recommend it~~ When I received this game from my friend I thought he was gay, turn out im the one who ♥♥♥♥ him.
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( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
So fun, especially when playing with friends. Ive recently bought this but Ive played for quite some time *feel sorry for not buying earlier*
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( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Midevil times on crack.
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( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Wow this one really tickles my tum tum, and gets a goof outta me when I get in the groove 10/10 Frosted Flakes
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( 27.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Many people choose to fight to death to kiss the princess, but when I get to the end I let myself get shot to death by an archer cause im not about that clown life.
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( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
cool a waste of time
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( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I am not the person who decides on the games that you play, you are!

Personally, I would highly recommend this game. However, it does have some flaws to it...
Let's start with the good stuff:
> The game has an amazing soundtrack (And yes, I do know that the music was made by waterflame)
> Great concept, but not very original
> Lots of characters with different spells to suit your play style
> The game has two DLC's: Pink Knight and The BlackSmith heroes

Now lets go onto the bad stuff:
> The game seems very grindy, meaning that if you want to be able to play this game you are going to have to spend your skill points wisely and after a certain amount of levels instead of getting 2 skill points you only get 11, meaning that you have to grind more.
> Even though the game has two DLC's, I would not recommend to you that you should buy these because each of the heroes have magic to use against their foes. However the Pink Knight's and the BlackSmith's magic are just re skins of the original magic attacks. With the Pink Knight shooting rainbow's and stuffes animals and the BlackSmith have the armoury frog and a Hammer to throw.
> The DLC's do come with weapon's suck as the lollipop for the Pink Knight and the hammer with antlers for the Black Smith, but honestly, these weapons aren't even top tier weapons, I guess the lollipop is good with it's huge agility bonus, but agility isn't one of those skills that you woud want to devote your skill points into when you could actually be putting skill points into magic by using another weapon so that you can explore the DLC's spells.
> Final point for the DLC heroes weapon's is that if you have completed the game before, it's just going to be the same story meaning that you are probably going to have quite a few pets and very high tier weapons, so even though you have your DLC weapon, there are still weapons that are going to be much better.
> When this game says that they recommend a controller THEY MEAN IT! Personally I found the keyboard controlls extremely uncomfortable so I changed them to the Dota 2 ability shortcuts.

But so yeah, that's a review that I hope will enlighten some of you who actually bother to read this review when there's probably a much better review out there...
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( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Product received for free
good game, very fun when playing with friends
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48 of 56 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 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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22 of 24 people (92%) 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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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
19 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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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
217.3 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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
11 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
One of the best beat em up games ever known
Amazing combat system
decent cartoony Characters
Really fun to play with friends
Not bad to play alone
funny adventure
satisfying sounds
If you have friends all the cons i have stated are nothing for you to worry about

Not many people on multiplayer
Constantly reminds you the you lack friends
Constatly reminds you that you have no girlfriend
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19 of 33 people (58%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
its wery good geme with absolutly perfect humor.....i recomend it for everybody who wants to have fun alone or with frends.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Zoom! Ok. This is all I can write. I have nothing nice to say about this game nor anything bad. It is a side scrolling game of dosh simulation. It was fun for an hour and now I am going to play something else.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
598.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Such a great beat'em up game. My first game on Steam and this really was worth the $15 paid (I know, I'm an idiot for not buying during 'SALES'). Extremely recommended, especially since the HD update a while back has made the experience more breathtaking!
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