Welcome to the world of CastleStorm, a super genre mashup of 2D physics destruction mashed with tower defense brawler! CastleStorm was born out of the fond childhood memory of building and destroying LEGO castles.
User reviews: Very Positive (863 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 29, 2013

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"CastleStorm draws from a seemingly unmanageable array of inspirations including real-time strategy, tower defense, and Angry Birds, and does so with remarkable virtuosity and humor." 8/10
--IGN

"CastleStorm doesn't try to hide its inspirations, and it doesn't need to. There are enough of them to morph this action strategy into something fresh and exciting. It's warm, frequently funny, and stylish It's just hard enough to keep you biting. And most of all, it's just bloody great." 9/10
--OXM UK

“In what is easily one of the greatest moments of my gaming career, I once used my ballista to shoot a dragon out of the sky. The massive lizard corpse fell to the ground, killing three of my opponent’s soldiers. Thank you for making that moment possible, Zen Studios." 83/100
--VentureBeat

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About This Game

Welcome to the world of CastleStorm, a super genre mashup of 2D physics destruction mashed with tower defense brawler! CastleStorm was born out of the fond childhood memory of building and destroying LEGO castles.

The clouds bring rumors of war…It’s Knights vs. Vikings in CastleStorm, where medieval warfare meets 2D physics-based destruction! Controlling the battle in real time, players will harness the power of medieval artillery, manage a fearsome ground attack, and cast powerful spells! CastleStorm features a story-driven solo campaign, a custom castle editor, online multiplayer, co-op modes, and more. Building castles and knocking them down has never been so much fun!

CastleStorm is a physics based tower destruction game, combining elements of real time strategy, resource management, and a beautiful blend of challenging gameplay scenarios.

Multiplayer battles and Co-Op. CastleStorm features multiple modes of multiplayer action for both local and online play:

• 1 vs. 1 split-screen mode, simply try and beat your opponent
• Survival Co-op: Two players team up to fight off waves of enemies together! One player will control the ballista, the other controls ground forces
• Last Stand Co-op: Both players control a hero and fight off endless waves of enemies together!

Build your own castle! CastleStorm features a tower construction editor allowing players to construct their own custom castles that will be used in battle. Castles must be constructed wisely, as choices determine which types of troops and resources will be available during battle!

Twelve incredibly beautiful environments and a comical story. Sir Gareth leads his troops into battle against the raging Vikings to recover the stolen gem and bring peace to the realm!

Multiple paths to victory. You can choose how to defeat your enemy. Capture the flag, destroy their castle, or complete another predetermined level objective in order to claim victory. Each level features multiple objectives, each with their own rewards!

An arsenal that would make any medieval warrior proud! Harness the power of medieval ballista weaponry, and launch an assortment of explosive weapons including Morningstars, Apple Grenades, Homing Eagles, and even flying sheep to defeat an onslaught of enemies trying to capture your flag and destroy your castle. Deploy a fearsome ground attack of swordsmen, knights, and donkey riders in order to protect your castle gates, and if all else fails, call upon powerful spells to help keep the enemy at bay.

You’ve won the battle, now power up so you can win the war! As you power up in CastleStorm, new weapons and troop classes become available for use in battle.
#StormingCastlesIsSoMuchFun

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor:Single Core CPU @ 1.6GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 6600 / Radeon 9800 / Intel HD 2000
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor:Dual Core CPU @ 2.00GHz
    • Memory:1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 8600 / Radeon HD 3670 / Intel HD 4000
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:800 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
A hybrid of castle defence and Angry Birds, and they mix really well. You get to send your army to capture the flag or even destroy the enemy's castle to win the match or round. Different items, castle layouts (you can even build your own, but it takes a bit of a learning process), and upgrades will be available to better suit strategies towards victory against the Vikings. (Let me axe you something!)

The pinball equivalent on FX 2 is really good as well.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
I bought this game in the Weekly Humble Bundle not being aware of what the game is actually about.
This game is a Worms-like real-time strategy tower defense, which brings u the kindness look of the worms series, with a 2D non-roundbased fightingsystem.

After a brief introduction into the story of the game, its very easy to get into the flow of the first stages. You'll start defending your castle against a couple of bandits, that are real easy to handle.

You'll learn all skills of your heroes, including different kinds of projectiles, moving out troops and even teleporting yourself onto the battleground while swinging your sword and using your bow.
Moving further on, you'll be defending your castle against wolves, vikings and other shady characters.

If u like the worms-series and are a fan of medieval games, you should defnitely purchase this game, even for 10 bucks, it's a great experience and very challenging in the later stages of the game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
This is a very decent little game that looks like it's suited to mobile platforms, but has far more depth than that.

Castlestorm is a mix of real-time tower defense and sidescrolling hack'n'slash, but the former is much more prominent when you actually play the game. The gist of it is that you need to prevent enemies from walloping down your castle gates and taking your flag back to their own castle - everything is on a 2D plane, a straight left/right path. You can do this in multiple, often very creative ways - but the three staples are using your castle ballista to shoot enemies manually, sending out your own soldiers to die valiantly in the line of duty, and controlling your own powerful general out on the battlefield. While the latter is fun, the castle projectile system is what you'll be using the majority of the time.

You'll be using your array of projectiles to deliver more headshots than Liebovitz, but it isn't just limited to bog-standard ballistas. Yes, you can fire a potion to turn that enemy griffin into a harmless turkey, and yes you can shower that viking brute with a barrage of kitchen utensils. The options are surprisingly varied and most of them have their uses, with different factions having differing projectiles available. You unlock these, the soldier classes and other spells/buffs by accumulating gold throughout the campaign and skirmishes, which are then used to upgrade your wares. These also include castle rooms - ballistas can fire at the opposing castle as well as enemy units, and if a room in the castle is destroyed, then whatever benefit it gave to your forces is immediately gone. This can include your army, of course...

The campaign is a good length, and the missions are reasonably varied although it might get slightly wearing towards the end. I would say that the DLC is worth it if you enjoy the game, as it's pretty cheap but opens up two new campaigns and factions to play around with. The story is pretty standard questing fare, although it plays around with tropes in good humour. Multiplayer is almost completely dead, so count on a single player experience only.

On the whole, Castlestorm is a good game that defies expectations. It looks like a kiddy iOS game, but actually gets quite difficult at points and utilises its own game mechanics well. I'd recommend it to most people who fancy a somewhat casual 2D tower defense. Also, Freia is awesome.

'They've smashed ah rhume in yer cah-sull!'
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Personal rating: 7/10

PROS:
+ nice UI
+ cool art style
+ lots of levels in 2 campaigns (even more with the 2 DLCs)
+ fun & easy gameplay
+ tons of units, powers & projectiles
+ nice story in campaign mode (and in both DLCs)

CONS:
- the multiplayer is almost non-existent
- wobbly difficulty curve for levels
- frikkin' turkey levels
- some useless powers/projectiles

Comment:
Got this game when I received a coupon for a discount. I knew nothing about it except that the art style looked nice. After several months I finally decided to install and play it ... and it was LOADS of fun. It clearly looks and feels like a port from a mobile version but for this genre it does not matter at all. The gameplay is sold and consists of level missions, usually knocking the enemy castle down or taking their flag. But there are some other mission too. Right off the bat I can tell you to play on Hard if you want to play the game as it should be played. Because if you want 5 stars for each level you gotta finish it on Hard. I personally really liked the story of the campaigns in both the main game and the DLCs. The problem with this game is that the mulitplayer is dead, the skrimish with AI is lackluster and there is nothing else after you finish the campaigns. So no real replayability. However it is a fantastic game that maybe won't be in your memories for a long time but it is fun to play. Also worth mentioning is that to get the 3 MP achievements you gotta find a friend to help you out. Overall I recommend this game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
CastleStorm is a hybrid game. It plays like a combination of Angry Birds and a castle defense game. You build and design your own castle to your ideal defense and spawn troops to send at your enemy’s castle. You even get this nifty ballista able to fire a variety of weapons. It can get quite addicting. The campaign story is hilariously entertaining, which I found to be an important part of CastleStorm holding my interest.

Usually in strategy games I like to skip the campaign and go straight to the skirmish mode but CastleStorm doesn’t allow you to do that. Instead you have to play the campaign to unlock skirmish mode content which threw me off abit, but in the end I must admit the campaign is way more fun than skirmish mode. Overall I’d say this is a fun game.
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137 of 160 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2013
CastleStorm took be by surprise. If you ever played Swords & Soldiers, Angry Birds and any other tower defense game - and enjoyed them - CastleStorm is the game for you.

What it basically comes down to, if you haven't played any of those games, is this:
You're the good guy, you own the castle on the left (or right, depending on the mission). Your opponent owns the other, opposite, castle. You both own a ballista that can shoot about 9 or so different ammo types.

The goal is usually to destroy the other castle. This can be done by shooting projectiles at it. Damage it enough and the physics will take over, destroying rooms in the process. These rooms are filled with troops, by the way. Destroy a room with a specific troop and your enemy can't summon those anymore.

Troops can be send to help destroy the castle gate, after which they can then steal the flag. Capturing and returning a flag also results in victory. You can also send your troops to just distract your enemy.

You also own a hero that can be spawned on the battlefield to slay the troops of your enemy. You can summon them for about 20 seconds; after that they disappear and you have to wait a certain amount of time before you can summon them again.

Missions have secondary objectives, keeping the missions fun and varied, while also giving them replayability.

Of course, a tower defense game isn't a tower defense game without upgrades. Thankfully, there are plenty of things to upgrade; projectiles, troops, heroes, spells, your castle, you name it.

The sounds are funny and the textures are beautifully sharp and detailed. It's a gorgeous looking game, in its own way, of course. You can't compare it to, let's say, Crysis (obviously). That would just be silly... ...

Like I said CastleStorm took me by surprise. It's been a long time since I had so much mindless fun with a game ♥

[Rating: 85/100]
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2013
Kind of like Swords & Soldiers (or other 2D lane pushers) but actually good. Pump out troops, cast spells, load the ballista with weird ammo and assume direct control of heroes to wipe the battlefield. The best bit is the artillery, lob stones to smash enemy spires to loose parts which then will hopefully crush the enemy army as they are leaving their castle. There are four factions (with DLC) with different troops/spells/artillery. You can either try to storm the enemy castle with troops, stealing their flag and bringing it home in a tug of war, or you can just simply smash the enemy castle with boulders until there's nothing left. It's just fun and the physics are meaty enough, who wouldn't enjoy breaking things? Lots of opportunity for amazing skillshots or stupid accidents when your ballista hits your own troops. You can also design your own castle, the room choices affect your troop loadout and bonuses.

The four singleplayer campaigns were good enough, but when you enter multiplayer the game commits suicide. Local splitscreen can only be done in tiny windows, leaving lots of the screen unused and black. It was probably to preserve the FOV ratio but the end result is completely unappealing. Online multiplayer then is tied to playing ranked matchmaking, if you want to customize and upgrade your loadout playing with just friends doesn't earn you anything. I don't know why they went this way, did they expect to turn this into e-sports? Multiplayer seems quite dead even during sales...

All in all a very enjoyable time, for some reason I'd compare it with Orcs Must Die even though it's a different type of defense game. The art, humour and design is somehow similar and very polished. There's a nice pile of content and game modes in the complete pack for singleplayer, however if you're interested only in multiplayer I'd say skip it and get something like King Arthur's Gold instead.
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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
42.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2014
This game is super-addictive! If you like games like the Worms series, or Swords & Soldiers or any kind of tower defense games, take a look at this masterpiece!

Even my wife loves it and she's losing her feeling for time on a regular basis with this game.

Singleplayer has four campaigns and it's not just "destroy the enemy castle". There is surprisingly a high variety of different mission types.

Give it a try, it's worth your time and money!
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38 of 45 people (84%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
I like this game. I've been addicted by it straight away from the beginning. It's sometimes rare for a game that you start it and you don't want to quit it already after 10 minutes, because there is just something taken away your motivation. Actually, I would say that more than half of my library gives me this feeling not to continue playing after some minutes. But CastleStorm just does everything right you would expect from such an angry birds, Ballerburg, etc. mix. You can level up, the design is pretty, a lot of levels, you improve your skills, your tactics, etc... okay, the story part is redundant, but does not bother you further as you can easily skip it. So it is not annoying. I got the game for 5 EUR and I simply say, it has been the best 5 EUR I spent on this winter sale. I give it clearly 8 / 10 points and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys simple games with great ideas.
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89 of 130 people (68%) found this review helpful
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2014
Thumbs SIDEWAYS... the single player campaign is a fun mashup between a tug-of-war, tower defense, and scroller rpg. You play to ear credits to level up skills and can even build your own castle. Eventually you get all stars on all maps, and all skills, and you are still left with an onsluaght-style game which is chaotic and challenging. Single player? Thumbs Up!

Multiplayer however, is a seriously broken, unfun joke. You are given 20k credits. Once you spend them, they are gone - you cannot gain new skills, you cannot reset your 20k to buy different items... EVER. Playing against friends? You gain no credits, so theres no reason to play with them.

The only way to get new credits is to play "ranked" matches which pit you randomly against other players (level 1 vs level 100 anyone?)- and in ranked matches you cannot even choose your opponents, so forget about ever playing with friends.

Multiplayer is horribly designed and very broken, slow and utterly fail, and unless you get this game at a steep discount, or dont mind playing by yourself, I'd say "avoid"

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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2014
Started to play this game and thought "Ok its alright but not that good",played it some more and "THEN" i changed my mind.
This game is deceptively easy when you start and then just gets harder,if you dont upgrade your units and your castle then facing off against some of the later enemies and challenges is futile you will lose and lose again until you upgrade the units and also the castle you have chosen.
The graphics are really nice and suit this game to the ground (some of the cutscenes are like watching a cartoon),the sound and music is also really good and suits this style of game.The balance of gameplay is really thought out and like i have said you either upgrade the units and other things you have (like i have said) or you will be stuck on the level you are for some time.You do have to grind a bit at times to beat some levels and challenges (DAMN TROLL) but when you do you feel like you have acomplished something and then the next challenge awaits you.
When i finished the main game i was like "AW IS THAT IT I WANT MORE" so i went straight and bought the DLCs and again wasent dissapointed,its more of the same which in this case is certainly a good thing.
Lets hope that they make a sequel soon and that it is as good as this game if not better.
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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
WAAAAAAAGH! Well they may not be Orks from the Warhammer universe, but the Vikings are coming to storm your Castle. Prepare to defend yourself from these brutes of the North. Do you have what it takes to lead your kingdom to victory? Do you have enough units, food, gold, structures, and sheep…Bbbbbaaaaahhhhh? Load the catapult with the sheep and prepare to fire! Welcome young knight to CastleStorm.


30 Second Review

+ Complete & fun experience

+ Unique game

+ Single player, multiplayer, and coop game modes

- Multiplayer is more fun with friends then without.

- AI isn’t as challenging as it could have been.

Click the link below to read the full review!
http://everydaygamers.com/2014/06/13/review-castlestorm/#more-29676
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26 of 36 people (72%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2013
When it comes to fun, pick-up-and-play games that keep you coming back for just one more go, Zen (the devs responsible for this game and Pinball FX2) really have got it sussed. By keeping the gameplay simple and fun and injecting a good amount of humour, Zen have turned what is a very basic game that plays similarly to Angry Birds into a great title that keeps the player interested throughout. A great game worthy of your money.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2013
My thoughts on Castlestorm:

You'll be playing the good guy knight who's charged with the heroic task to defend the king's castle from the evil attackers. To do so, you're given four tools: an army, a ballista, yourself and the castle.

Let's start with the castle editor. You'll be given a set of pre-made castles that you can use or edit, but you can also build your own castle from scratch. To do so, you have several rooms, each representing a certain kind of soldier or creature that may only be used in battle if its room has been built into your castle. More rooms are unlocked throughout the campaign, and you'll have some sctructures for visual und defensive purposes.
During the campaign (or multiplayer) you can now use all those units whose room you've added to your building to fend off enemy units. The are knights, archers, birds and dragons, rock giants and other cool stuff to throw at your enemies gates. The stronger the unit the more expensive it is, so summoning the right amount of them and the right composition is crucial.
Speaking of throwing: Your ballista does not only shoot arrows but can also be equipped with rocks to damage the enemy castle, rainbow farting sheeps, exploding apples and several other things to defend your gates. At some point I felt like the ballista was too strong of a weapon because if used correctly it can kill some of the most expensive units by itself.
If things get harsh you can summon one of several heroes onto the battlefield, controlled by yourself, to slash through the enemy troops. After a certain amount time or once your hero dies you'll be back to shooting the ballista and summoning units.

The game is won/lost, once an army has managed to either break into the opposing gate and steal the flag, or a castle has been destroyed to the point where no room is left and thus no units can be summoned anymore.
Throughout the campaign you'll have some limitations, like you'll only be able to use the ballista, or you may only use soldiers, but that's as far as variety goes. There are some levels with a special boss, and some where you have to fulfill a certain task, but that's it.
Each level gives you gold depending on how well you perform, and you'll get some extra gold if you could complete a challence like never miss an arrow, let the flag steal by a certain kind of unit and so on.
Most of the time, there is nothing special though. What makes the game so addicting is the joy of hitting a headshot with your arrows, the fun dialogues between the levels and the several unlocks like new rooms or even a new race (is exactly the same but looks different).

Graphics are good and so is the music. Okay game for killing some time, not good if you plan on playing it for more than two hours at once because most missions feel the same.
Buy it when on sale!
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30 of 45 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
Fun very much like an old table top castle smash game. Wish the character actually talked outside of thought bubbles though.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2014
A fun little game, full of destruction, vikings, guys to fight for or against you. Protect your castle, bolster the moral of your troops, oh and would someone please make sure there are enough privies. ;)

All in all it is an entertaining game, one that you can pick up quickly. It does take some practice to get the best score, or fulfill the bonus achievements, but it's worth it. The game has an online high score table so that you can go head to head against your friends and see who gets the highest score.

Back I go to try my hand at the next challenge, as long as my swordsmen stop jumping in front of my arrows at least. :)
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
32.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 3, 2014
Kind of a cross between castle crashers and horde mode
Design your own castle, level up your projectiles, troops and spells. Destroy the enemy castle with the catapult or your troops.
Multiple story lines, online leaderboards and bonus challenges. Really good for a short and sharp gaming session or a longer one if you like
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2014
Pros:
-Combines tower-shooter, 3rd party RPG, troop deployment/management, and does all three rather well.
-Build and defend a castle while attacking the other, at the same time the enemy is doing the same. Customize your castle.
-Most quests can be won either by castle destruction or flag capturing.
-Support your troops by firing on the enemy troops instead of the castle, juggling priorities on the fly.
-Multiplayer; online, local, vs xbox, and in several different modes.
-9 upgradable troop types, spells, rooms, and shots each.
-Good music, good graphics.
-Funny-as-hell comments from troops in-game. also, the cutscenes are quite funny as well.
-Full-Story plot. The ending of the main plot is as epic as any viking tale and fits well with the DLC.
-Campaign is split; 1st half is knights, 2nd half is vikings, so you get to know and love both sides.
-Each DLC provides one additional campaign to add on to the end of the main campaign. Each campaign giving a upgraded version of either the knight-side or the viking-side.
-DLC campaigns have more focus on the hero and add more depth and closure to the main story line.
-Moderate replay value.

Cons:
-Moderate voicing. Not bad, but it's not full-speech animation.
-DLC shot types are overpowered, particularly the Viking Elite. Makes for rather unbalanced play.
-Difficulty is a little low..... Easy = Let my 5-year old play, Normal = Easy, Hard = Normal.
-If you barrel through it, it's rather short.

All this said:
Good game for the price, even if you dont catch it on sale.
I can see this being a ROCKING multiplayer game in VS mode.... if you can find anyone who knows the game exists. I can see it doing very well on gaming-systems for this reason.
Great game and type-combination but it needs an online community.... badly.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2014
Amazing and Fun game with simple control, and very and tons of Fun!!

jogo perfeito excelente e altamente recomendado!!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2014
11/10. A fat friar asked me to polish his "ballista" with dragon excrement.

Seriously, the only complaint I have about this game is that you pretty much have to complete the campaign to be viable in multiplayer. This is because you unlock most of your weapons / troops / etc by playing campaign mode. If you watch TotalBiscuit's review of the game, he agrees that this is one of the main "aggravations" of the game.

Overall the game is fun, but be prepared to spend 4-5 hours beating the campaign before stepping in to demolish your friends. The campaign itself is written well, with a load of hillarious cut-scenes, and fun missions that give you a different obstacle to overcome each time (use different weapons, use only troops, etc).

The mix of gameplay is something pretty new to me. At it's heart it is a castle-defense game, but it has parts where you'll be playing a hack-and-slash platformer too. And during heated battles, it begins to feel more like an RTS than anything else.

Here's hoping more people pick this game up, as the multiplayer is sort of under-attended and very under-rated at the moment.

I look forward to playing vs you in the future. Now, go buy this hidden gem.
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