Castle Story is a creative voxel-based strategy game in which you can build castles one brick at a time using an army of little characters called Bricktrons. Your goal will be to explore a vast landscape full of mysteries and dangers, and defend your castle against onslaughts of hostile creatures and possibly other players.
User reviews: Mixed (1,889 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 23, 2013

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December 23

Castle Story patch 0.3.4 is ready.

Hello everyone. In the past days we received a lot of tickets and comments about some instability while loading games, starting games, etc on Big Island. The bad thing was it actually never really crashed in the same spot. After lots of investigation we think we figured out the reason of all those random crashes. There was of lot of stability fixes in the new Unity Player Engine for 64 bit (our engine).

While it fixed the crashes we were able to reproduce, there could still be some left and we’ll eventually need your crash dumps to investigate. A big thanks to the user Malidictus for his time and help which enabled us to pin down the issue.

Also, some people shared that they prefered the pre-0.3.0 look. We have a feature in the options menu (in the main menu) which you can use to toggle between the previous and current assets.

Here are the bugs fixed in this patch:
  • Fixed a bug that a stockpile would accept multiple resources at the same time.
  • Fixed a Lumber Task loading bug.
  • Fixed multiple V2 Bricktron loading bugs.
  • Fixed some stability issues with 64 bit version of the game.

Thanks again for all your feedback and bug reports!

- Team Sauropod

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December 22

Castle Story patch 0.3.3 is ready, with another small feature.

Hello everyone, we’ve been working hard for the last days and we fixed some other issues.

We also introduced at the same time a small feature to the stockpile. It will now accept blue crystal pieces, so that you can build further away from the main blue (big) Crystal. The old bricktron will still prioritize the blue (big) Crystal albeit at a certain range.

Here are the bugs fixed in this patch:
  • Usability fix to the Big Island.(Leveled terrain for better construction)*
  • Fixed some issues in the construction task for the New Bricktron.
  • Fixed an issue where the corruptrons weren’t attacking the Crystal.
  • Fixed lumber Task bug when loading with the New Bricktron.

Thanks again for all your feedback and bug reports!

- Team Sauropod

*Only applies to new game in Big Island, not save games.

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Reviews

“Its promised blend of building and strategy looks great, the kind of thing to rekindle the very fondest of childhood memories...”
Kotaku

“... I’m having a nostalgia rush [...] Castle Story is the first new game that I shall be observing by means of a spyglass each morning throughout 2012.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Holy bags, Castle Story is looking amazing! I wish I had made it, haha. :D <3”
Notch

About This Game

Castle Story is a creative voxel-based strategy game in which you can build castles one brick at a time using an army of little characters called Bricktrons.

Your goal will be to explore a vast landscape full of mysteries and dangers, and defend your castle against onslaughts of hostile creatures and possibly other players.

The world of Castle Story takes place on flying islands, high above an infinite ocean. The islands are made of voxels, cubes made of various elements, which means you can dig, carve and build anything you can imagine in the landscape. Digging underground to gather resources, stacking bricks on top of each other to build a wall or even tunnelling through a mountain is all possible and even necessary to keep your Bricktrons safe.

Carefully designing your castle not only requires creativity and imagination, but thanks to pathfinding AI and physics simulations, Castle Story has layers of strategy and depth on top of an otherwise free-form sandbox experience.

Castle Story will be released for Windows & Mac (with possible Linux support once Unity4 is released).

Key Features


  • Build any structure you can imagine! Using 2x1 blocks, create structures that are not only good-looking, but also functional. Your Bricktrons need to be able to navigate your castle to build it and to keep the monsters out!
  • Physics! Watch a tower crumble to the ground realistically when its foundations can no longer support it. The entire world obeys to the laws of physics which means that you need to build cleverly so your castle can withstand attacks from projectiles and explosives.
  • Sandbox! Build a huge sprawling fortress, a single impenetrable bunker or a network of underground tunnels. The choice is yours. Castle Story rewards imagination and ingenuity.
  • Strategy! Command your Bricktrons as they build your castle brick by brick. Manage the way they work, what resources they gather, and the places they explore. Use your resources to build weapons and armor for your Bricktrons and all kinds of upgrades for your castle.
  • Combat! Using shields, swords, bows and lots more, your Bricktrons can defend themselves against the hostile creatures inhabiting the world of Castle Story. Lead your Bricktrons through tough fights, and use your wits to gain an advantage. You can even build catapults to rain destruction on your foes!
  • Magic! The world of Castle Story is permeated with all kinds of magic. Discover resources with magical auras and learn to mix them to create effects. Explore strange places and find mysterious artifacts left behind by unknown civilizations.
Helpful customer reviews
375 of 453 people (83%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Early Access Review
STAY AWAY FROM THIS GAME, i cant warn people enough, just dont even BOTHER thinking about buying this game, it will be a waste of your money, the game looks fun in all the stuff they promised. but its nothing more than a load of lies. there are NO updates. the game has had no content update since 2012. the devs dont even want to answer questions related to content updates. they are just there to milk you dry. please upvote this review so people wont make the mistake like i did. i sincerely beg you not to support this team of "devs"
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56 of 78 people (72%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Early Access Review
How many early-access games have been abandonded? Towns? Spacebase? Castle Story? I'm sure there are tons more. I HATE how steam allows them to be sold still. My patience and willingness to support for early games has been used up. I wish there was a way to get my money back for those crap titles!!!
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45 of 67 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Early Access Review
Utterly unplayable. There's been little to no progress since its Early Access release and I only wish there was some way to make them accountable and force them to return the money made on the sales of their product. This game is nothing short of a con.
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18 of 30 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
Game showed a lot of promise during Kickstarter. However actual development post kickstater has been minimal. Haven't played more than eough to get frustrated and uninstall every few months. I have moved on to other fort building games.
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21 of 36 people (58%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
Early Access Review
Worth the Wait
This game has so much potentional! When I first saw the game on steam I was immediately interested. The only problem with the game is that it is still in early access. This recent update has given me hope that the devs are not going to abandon this game. Bugs and all the game is still enjoyable. If you live controling people and playing sandbox games, than this is definetly for you!

Please note this game IS still in beta, so it won't be perfect.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Early Access Review
Currently it is not playable due to a horrible AI. Bricktons get stuck every minute and stop working until you assign new tasks via trial and error.
A new AI is in the making (regarding the developer posts) but until this proves sufficient don't buy it except you believe in the devs very strongly
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Early Access Review
No progress for months.

DO NOT BUY THIS GAME.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23
Early Access Review
What works in this game? Pretty much nothing.
And for a game that has been in "early access" for over a year, that's disgraceful.
Don't waste your money.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
Early Access Review
After playing the latest patch (The one claiming to fix the unit pathfinding issues) I can honestly say I am giving up on this game. It is a great concept and I truely hope the developers see it through but after their boasts that they fixed the pathfinding issues I can honestly say that it is clear they did not test this patch for more than 15 minutes because after about this long playing you will spend more time trying to fix anything that causes your units to get hung up. Which is just about anything. If the developers actually fix this pathing issues add new gameplay content to this game (something they have not really done in at least a year.... ( well excluding the halloween unit skins -__- )) I will gladly change and rewrite this review.
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
Early Access Review
Devs, why are you not in jail for making this scam-game?
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
I highly advise against buying this game!!!! The developers don't ever update the game and they never fix the glitches and bugs (which are plentiful). The A.I. is horrible and the characters are almost always running into each other and just randomly standing in the way for like 7 seconds at a time. I am pretty sure that the people who made this game took the money and ran. Don't buy this game unless you want to regret spending $20.
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12 of 22 people (55%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
Early Access Review
This is before the Holiday update, but the game is enjoyable. Don't fixate on developers or lack of updates, enjoy building a giant freaking castle and defending it from moving rock people. Ask a kid about minecraft he'll talk for an hour, ask him about Notch and he'll shrug.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
Early Access Review
THE AI IS SOOOOOO STUPID, im sorry but this game screams dont buy.

Exclent concept poor delivery.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 23
Early Access Review
I bought the game to play Multiplayer with a friend. Unfortunately after 3 years of development this game is still completely broken.

Why can't an i7 system with 12gb of ram, a gtx760 and an ssd run a basic small map past 20 blocks before it lags out completely?

Maybe in 2016 there will be a playable release.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23
Early Access Review
Good ideas... But don't worth the money spent for.
It's Steam sales for Christmas, and guess what... Developpers haven't made so much updates since few days than during all past year. Don't believe there is any regular developpment to improve the game.
My advice: wait some years and maybe this game, when finished, will worth the money... Which is not the case currently.

Bonnes idées... Mais ne vaut clairement pas le prix demandé.
Ce sont les soldes Steam de noël et devinez quoi... Les développeurs n'ont jamais fait autant de mises à jours depuis quelques jours que durant toute l'année qui s'est écoulée. Ne pensez pas que le développement pour améliorer le jeu soit régulier.
Mon conseil: attendez encore quelques années et peut-être que le jeu, une fois terminé, en vaudra la peine... Ce qui n'est pas le cas actuellement.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Early Access Review
A great concept, but unfortunately the team making this is in way over their heads. They refuse to discuss any details, and in two years more has been removed from the game than put into it. This has all the markings of a cash grab, and is not worth the money in it's current (most likely permanant) form.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
194.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 9
Early Access Review
I bought it pretty early ^^ I think something at version 0.1 about 1.5 years ago maybe. And I paid 5 Euro. :) That's okay.

It's a pretty funny game. I really enjoy this kind of gameplay. Build up a fortress and defend it against more and more enemys.

The only problem is, that the dev needs years to patch something. I'm not sure if there will be a full release in the next 3 or 4 years. So don't buy it if you don't accept a totally unfinished game!

I paid 5 Euro and had more then 100 hours of fun (with Map Editor for own worlds too) I do not regret those 5 Euro. But it's not worth 20 Euro on steam. That's a fact. Let's see what the big patch brings up in the next weeks.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
Early Access Review
The concept of the game is great, however, the game it self is buggy, very unoptimized and lacks support. Plus, the AI in the game (those little yellow blobs) are very stupid and lack intelligence. Controls are down right atrocious as you only use your mouse to move around and select different tasks for your yellow blobs. Untill the game gets more support form the devs and is ACTUALLY coded and patched right don't spend $15 on this game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Early Access Review
I'd have to agree with the people not recommending. The game only seems to update when there's a sale. Great PR scheme, but just a warning now to everyone.

-Actual Review-
There are numerous bugs in the game and the 'tutorial' doesn't actually help (that or the mechanics are so horrible that it is unplayable). There is so little content that it is laughable to call this even a product in the alpha stage. The game will suck you in for about five minutes until you realize there isn't much to do in this game except get frustrated about spending the money you did to have a 'game' in your list you won't touch ever again.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Early Access Review
Until improvements come to this game, I do not recommend buying. The gameplay shows real potential, but the clunky controls and extreme micro management bog down what ends up being a sandbox style tower defence game. Forums are loaded with suggestions for improvements but none appear taken for action. Developers are clearly AFK.
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