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 (1,565 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 23, 2013

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October 15

The Sauropod Studio Video Podcast - Ep.04

The Sauropod Studio Video Podcast - Ep.04 is now online

We are pleased to present the big island project. Benoît, programmer at Sauropod Studio, explains how this new feature works and what it means for the future Castle Story.

http://youtu.be/U2ylGolfHQw

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October 3

Get a chance to win a Carcassonne Big Box Edition!

As you might have seen on our Facebook page. We are running a small contest!

Get a chance to win a Carcassonne Big Box Edition!

Create a castle with a minimum of two protective walls and one courtyard.

Send us images of your construction at contest@sauropodstudio.com before October the 10th 2014.

Two winners will be selected by Z-MAN GAMES and will be judged on creativity and design.

Good luck!

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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
165 of 176 people (94%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I foolishly paid money for this game when it first came out on steam, in the two years since then they have done nothing of note to the actual game. They've been to PAX east, they've ordered in Castle Story T-shirts and Castle Story plushies, they've hired bearded men to make videos of people looking busy, they've deleted my posts on their youtube videos and they've deleted my posts on the community hub and banned me from posting there again, they've got new gaming rigs, they've painted the walls of their office with a cool Castle Story mural, they've been out in the woods making noises, they've played Magicite, once again what they HAVEN'T done is anything of note to the game itself.

The game in its current state is "OK" for a buggy unfinished alpha, not much content to speak of, certainly not worth £14.99. These developers sold everyone a pack of lies and hired people to censor out anyone that calls them out on their unethical, thieving and unprofessional behaviour. I can think of many games that have far more content and regular updates and better developers (in terms of listening to and communicating with the community) that cost far less. An example of their lying can be found in the trailer, you are led to believe that there are two types of enemies, it shows a larger corruptron throwing rocks at the castle. This is an outright lie, there is no such thing in the game. The only other game I can think of recently with this kind of unethical misrepresentation of the product is War Z with its crawling zombies in the trailer.

The future for Castle Story is bleak, most people who were going to buy it have already bought it long ago when it first came to steam, since then the developers have completely failed to deliver. Any criticism of their unprofessional behaviour by the community is ignored or censored. They have all the money they're going to get so there is simply no more reason to work on the game any further. Instead they are hiring more and more staff to sell it to people on the internet and make promises that will never be kept to create the illusion that they are still working on the game.

I expect that in time they will change the name of the game as War Z did to squeeze out those last few sales before it is consigned to the dustbin of history as yet another kickstarter project that made the devs very rich but utterly failed to deliver on its promises.

Do not give these unethical, thieving and unprofessional developers any of your money, to do so would encourage others to follow their lead.
Posted: September 4
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182 of 204 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
They haven't added a single substantial thing to the game since it was originally released in alpha. Every post on the dev blog is either a behind the scenes change that adds nothing for the player, a minor gui update, or another random person they hired to help with doing those things. This game has negatively impacted my opinion of both Early Access and Kickstarter as a whole. Would not reccomend.
Posted: June 26
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221 of 263 people (84%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
It's a fun game and it has a lot of potential, but the developers are amateur and their devblogs are rambling sophmoric messes.
Posted: June 24
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114 of 126 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game looks amazing. The video really made me rush to purchase it. Unfortunately it is a frustrating mess to play. The characters stand around like goons, refuse to follow paths or instructions, and after about 20 minutes of attempting to play they just stop following commands for no reason. I bought it ages ago and it hasn't got any better. The video appears to be a complete fabrication as you can't even mine for long before the Bricktrons glitch and stop responding, never mind build a castle. I couldn't get to any other floating islands, and even navigating the current island wasn't easy. Don't waste your money. This game doesn't appear to be improving at all.
Posted: June 25
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79 of 90 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Considering how long ago I bought it, there's been no discenable progress. It feels really minimal and unfinished and it very glitchy.
Posted: June 24
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1,769 of 1,895 people (93%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Fraud and Lies
OK I know that the mods are keeping a tight leash on the forums here and they are shutting down everything that is pointing out the truth so I am going lash out and hope that a few people see this before it gets locked or myself banned like many others have before.

There are a lot of Early Access games on steam. Most of them have a capable and dedicated development team behind them. We all know this, we are all playing their games. We know what to expect from Alphas, Betas, Early Access etc etc. And this isn't it. This game has changed very very little for more than a year now. And they are still taking peoples money for it.

The people that originally backed this game are for the most part gone - they check in every few months hoping that something has changed but it hasn't. At this stage the only people that are happy with this game are those that have recently bought it in the last couple of months and don't know that a patch isn't 'just around the corner', and those that are friends with the devs who jump on every negative review and defend it with the usual "Alpha", "Early Access", or "refactoring" excuses.

We aren't stupid. We have played plenty of Early Access games before. They all need to be refactored a couple of times during their development as the scope of the interest in the game increases. All the early access games we are playing are doing the same. Castle Story is NOT unique in this.

The devs just use refactoring as an excuse for having not produced anything notable for more than a year. This is rubbish. They have accumulated near enough to a million dollars to work on this project and all they do is stall.

I know there are a lot of others out there that are just as fed up with this rubbish, and I hope it serves as a lesson to everyone to be very careful as to what they back with Early Access games. There a plenty of good ones out the with dedicated developers, but there are also a few rotten eggs.

I'd like to hear from everyone that has been through the same ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥e and all those that were banned for speaking out about this, but I know they probably have given up on this game plus anyway it won't be long before this thread is locked down and removed anyway. I feel sorry for everyone that wasted their money - I had hoped for something special too.
Posted: January 10
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