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 (1,842 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 23, 2013

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December 19

Castle Story Patch 0.3.1 is ready for download!

Hello everyone, we’ve recently launched a massive update for the game, but as many of you pointed out, it had several issues. This patch addresses the more urgent bugs such as the holes in the big island map. Stay posted for more patches as soon as we can make them available!
Don’t forget to watch our new trailer showcasing what was changed in the 0.3.0 update:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONWpKjqI44c

Here are the bugs fixed in this patch:

  • Fixed world hole issue caused by Alt+Tabbing.
  • Fixed sizable memory leak in survival.
  • Now preventing dynamic objects from falling through the ground when loading a game.
  • Hp of the Crystal is now properly saved and loaded.
  • Prevented the resized radius of the Lumber Task to be deleted on load.
  • Fixed a race condition with the Old Bricktron AI, where multiple Bricktrons destroying an object at the same time could end-up broken.
  • Fixed horizontal log blueprints being saved with the wrong orientation.
  • Fixed some teleportation issue on the Lumber Task with the New Bricktron.
  • Fixed multiple Anti Blueprints bugs on loading a game.
  • Fixed planks being always buildable.
  • Grayed options not yet supported by the new AI.
  • Fixed missing cursors when placing and removing blueprints.
  • Fixed anti blueprints not appearing right away on terrain when holding Shift.
  • Fixed flickering when hovering a beacon while moving it around at the same time.
  • Fixed the bricktron's pie menu remaining stuck on the mouse.


We’re still working hard on other issues, such as survival bugs. You can expect another patch very soon.
Thanks for all your feedback and bug reports, it really helped us, keep them coming! Enjoy!
- Team Sauropod

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December 18

Castle Story - 0.3 Update Trailer

http://youtu.be/ONWpKjqI44c

The latest update for Castle Story has been released! This video shows what you can expect to discover in version 0.3.0

Thanks for watching! Let us know what you think in the comments below, and don't forget to visit our Steam page for further updates!

PS: You may want to watch it in 1080p 60fps.

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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
157 of 188 people (84%) 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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107 of 127 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Early Access Review
Castle Story is a "choose your own adventure" with one possible outcome: The developer continues to offer excuses for years as to why they are incapable of finishing their damn game, your money is wasted and you feel a burning sense of shame come over you for funding yet another failed early access title, the end.
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69 of 76 people (91%) found this review helpful
113.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Early Access Review
This game cost me $20 USD or so, and gave me 113 hours of enjoyment. That's over five hours of play per dollar -- certainly more than I've gotten out of some AAA titles that cost me three times that much. It was a fun little game.

So why the thumbs down? Well, because despite being a somewhat *fun* game, it's not a *complete* game. And at this point it is not clear to me that the game will EVER be complete.

The devs posted this disclaimer long ago: http://www.sauropodstudio.com/steam-early-access-disclaimer/ stating the features that work and those that are planned. The disclaimer is pretty accurate, it doesn't lie about what's working and what's not. The problem is that the "what's working" list has not grown by a single item since I bought the game -- litterally the ONLY feature of any note that has been added was a pause function -- which would have been greatly appreciated if I hadn't worn out the gameplay many months ago -- but they haven't made any visible progress towards that complete feature set they said they were planning.

Some of this is understandable. It's a young studio, this is their first game and the developers are less experienced than those on a lot of other games. They made some early mistakes and had to refactor the code base, which took a long time. Normally, refactoring (while frustrating for end users because it consumes time with no new features) is useful because it reduces future bugs and makes implementing new features later much easier. But these things only matter if you RELEASE UPDATES after the refactoring.

As I said, this is the studio's first game, and as you can see it's not going super well. It's entirely possible that they are out of money and about to go bankrupt for all I know. So it's impossible to say when or even if this game will get another update, or if a hypothetical update would even contain any significant improvements.

So while it really boils down to the typical early access mantra of "Only pay for it if you are happy with the CURRENT state of the game", and while the current state of the game WAS worth the money I paid for it, I can't really recommend this game because I know that most people are less easy to please than I am, and want a finished product. This game may never be that.
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44 of 52 people (85%) found this review helpful
48.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Early Access Review
With over 48 Hours put into this game, I feel like they should change the description to this:

Give us your money! Enjoy Castle Story, the monumental project where you control emotionless yellow blobs, watch as they toil away gathering sticks and bricks for endless minutes of slave labor fun! Get psyched as they bring your very own castle to life with broken physics brick by brick!
Introducing such features as:
- Broken AI, your children will have hours of enjoyment watching these blobs get stuck and hault productivity.
- Pause Button, stop all the action so you can wait even longer!
- Torches, make your fortress the center of attention with awesome lighting props!
- Blobs with Hats! Love Team Fortress 2? Join in the fun with epic patch updates like hats!
- Watch your blobs defend against equally broken AI enemies!

Tired of constantly updating your game? NO PROBLEM!! You have our solumn Sauropod guarantee that we won't be cluttering up your download list any time soon.

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!! ... wait ... no, no there really isn't.
Seriously...blobs with hats, and torches...that's the extent of this game...do not recommend purchasing ever.
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26 of 30 people (87%) 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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25 of 31 people (81%) 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 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Early Access Review
Good concept of a game but the A.I is just too stupid
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Early Access Review
Sadly, I will have to also join the crowd of "Do not buy" reviews. If the developers get their act together and release an update, I'll reconsider.
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10 of 12 people (83%) 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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10 of 12 people (83%) 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Early Access Review
This game has a good idea going on but it does not do a good job of building on to that idea in order to make the game interesting and fun. The controls are too complicated and it really isn't fun. I played the tutorial and started to doubt if I should have bought the game or not. Until this game gets better and is actually fun to play for a longish period of time to keep the players hooked, you should be ABSOLUTELY sure you want to buy this game before purchasing it!
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
63.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Early Access Review
archers still kill themselves and other units and stockpiles.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Early Access Review
I really do love this game because of its creativity. However the devs, who after 1 update decided to practically abandon it make it not worthwhile to play.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Early Access Review
I regret buying this. I thought my money would help them make updates but it's been over a year and there has literally been no major changes. The current game IS NOT A QUALITY PRODUCT. DO NOT BUY.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
54.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Early Access Review
It's been in dev for so long... and yet no real changes have been seen... just put it out of its misery or get to hard working instead of Jewing more people out of their money.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Early Access Review
this game honestly has a lot of potential, it has a great concept and what looks like to be great gameplay but unfortunatley this game is unplayble. The A.I. in this game makes you want to kill yourself and the fact that the game developers haven't changed anything about this game makes me very mad. Absoutley zero updates.

TL;DR: A.I. is trash but the game has lots of potential.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Early Access Review
The developers love their community like EA loves their games (wich is baad)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Early Access Review
Not one single update don't bother with this. 20$ could buy you binding of isaac... just saying.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Early Access Review
Honestly not a terrible game, but limited. Only one map is available for sandbox or survival. I play survival much more often, and the AI is....well it's brainless really. Workers stand still while being killed, and occasionally freeze up for no aparent reason otherwise. Very much a work in progress....but like other reviews mention, there is tiny amounts of that. I bought this game over a year ago and the only notable improvement has been a pause nutton. Yes, pause needed to be pathced in, oh and was so complex that save files were wiped for it.
If this game had even 1% the updates of something like Space Engineers I might recommend for the novelty.
But as it stands many more games deserve your attention and money.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Early Access Review
Almost no updates and i still can't play the game because they have not optimized it at all.
Do.
Not.
Buy.
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