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.
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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
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BallsOfSteel
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
I bought this becuase I enjoyed the functional simplicity of the free Flash version of the game. However, I can't recommend this game. The upgrade system UI is downright confusing and unfriendly. The whole castle blueprint element of the game is a boondoggle. The ultimate conclusion one makes is hey, this is just a giant waste of my time and sanity. There is better stuff to waste money on than this.
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jasonzostov3
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Great game, has tower defense mechanics mixed with a angry birds touch, some basic third person (from side view) elements to.And you can build your own unique castle.


8/10.
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QuaeK
( 17.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
do you like destruction? do you like building? do you like killin stuff? then this is the game for you
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Mrepitome
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
One question:


Do you like Angry Birds?



























For PC?
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Supernatural Cookie
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Got it for the multiplayer. Multiplayer kinda.. sucks?

To explain, Survival modes are both incredibly bare bones. You cannot make your own castle first off. Having to rely on presets in order to do anything. Secondly, enemies upgrade after every wave, but you can not upgrade anything during a match. In fact, you can't even upgrade AFTER a match either. You have to close out a match entirely, make a NEW one, so that you can now spend your gold to upgrade things. Then you have to invite your friend back to play with you.. But wait! Its not that simple. If they want to upgrade their hero, they have to do it seperately as well.

Gameplay wise, the survival mode doesn't have anything honestly. Its just wave after wave of units slowly matching out of spawn to attack your base. Each wave has enemies getting stronger, but you staying the same. So much so that using units for anything but flag retrieval is pointless.

Hero Survival is basically the same, cept without the base to defend. Heroes are pretty bland, with only the norse chars even having a different special attack, and it all feels like the blandest beat em up you could ever hope to play.

Haven't tried the single player yet, but if you buy this to play with friends, I'd definitely give this a pass.
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VG Purist
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Fun game based on predicting the trajectory of your shots to kill invaders

https://youtu.be/t91uDtaTrP8
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OakenPants
( 21.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Fun game using a great mix of castle destruction ala Angry Birds style along with some Tower Defense elements thrown in with a little bit of beat'em up sprinkled in all combined with a great art style.

The campaign tells an enjoyable tale where each mission (of which there's even optional side missions) allows you to play a level a couple of different ways. You can win a level by destroying the enemy castle completely in an Angry Birds style where you lob various types of "missiles" from your ballista/catapult. You can also win by breaking down their castle door and sending troops in to get their flag and deliver it to your castle. There's a few other missions here and there where you also play the main here ala a hack'n slash, beat'em up, brawler.

Each of the styles are entertaining and no level is very long, and there's many many different levels so it remains an entertaining, changing game. Very well done.

In the typical level, you can focus on destroying the enemy castle using your ballista/catapult and it's various artillery it throws from the single spear, to the multi-spear throw, to exploding drums, to large rocks, etc. You select which types of missiles to equip at the start of each level, and also which to spend earned gold on upgrading them. So if you favor a particular missile, you can upgrade that one up to 10 times so it does far more damage. Generally the more damage a missile does, the longer the cool-off period.

Another way to win the level is by sending your troops toward the enemy castle -- breaking its door down, and bringing that castle's flag back to your castle. So instead of upgrading missiles, you can upgrade your wide-variety of soldiers by making them do more damage and have more health, etc.

So while you are using your ballista to knock the enemy's castle down and break down the door for your troops and also sending your troops to capture the enemy flag, the enemy is doing both of the same to your castle. If they destroy the room in your castle that allowed you to send forth your Archers, then you can't send out any more archers, etc. So each room in your castle has a function. Lose the room, then you lose that function or bonus.

Both styles of defeating the enemy are entertaining, and all done in a comedic story and appropriate artwork. Every level has a (skippable) video introduction, progressing the story along.

All this, and I haven't even mentioned the ability to design and create your own castles, or mentioned the various spells used to defeat the enemy troops, or placing yourself (ala the hero) onto the battlefield and fighting first-hand, or the many types of troops that you and the enemy have.

The Good:
+ Fun, entertaining game
+ Multiple play styles supported -- Angry Birds castle knock down, and Capture the Flag ala Tower Defense
+ Variety. Many variety of missiles, troops and enemies
+ Nice length. The campaign took me 8.3 hours and while each level is short, there's many of them in a wide-variety of missions and goals.
+ Artwork and style.
+ Well polished game. Animated intros on every level. Nice.
+ Design your own castle. So you can customize and protect your most valuable rooms the way you wish.
+ Castle rooms determine troops available.
+ Upgrade, Upgrade, Upgrade! You can upgrade, missiles, troops, rooms and their abilities, your spells, your "hero" character.

The OK:
~ No narration. The videos, while animated use text boxes for all speech.
~ The DLCs. The DLCs seemed to change the balance a bit and use much more of the hero fighting. Which is okay, but I prefer knocking down and storming castles! :-)

The Bad:
- Nothing comes to mind...

Overall: This is a great little family-friendly game where I found it highly entertaining to knock down castles along a lengthy, well-paced and varied campaign . 8 out of 10.
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Spitty
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
Lots of fun! That is if you like destroying castles. This has a 2D interface that still kind of feels 3D. I would recomend this game to you if you enjoy simple yet still challenging games. Easy physics to understand. Although the controls take a little getting used to, you can adapt pretty quickly and punish your enemies swiftly! Ugrades that are further explored in the castle development aspect definitely adds more depth to the game! Having a blast playing and I'll probably buy the expansions. =)
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Craftron Gaming
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
I like the destruction and shooting vikings with exploding apples!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Great game, has tower defense mechanics mixed with a angry birds touch, some basic third person (from side view) elements to.And you can build your own unique castle.


8/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
I bought this becuase I enjoyed the functional simplicity of the free Flash version of the game. However, I can't recommend this game. The upgrade system UI is downright confusing and unfriendly. The whole castle blueprint element of the game is a boondoggle. The ultimate conclusion one makes is hey, this is just a giant waste of my time and sanity. There is better stuff to waste money on than this.
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145 of 170 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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42 of 46 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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108 of 154 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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38 of 48 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.9 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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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
I still remember how few years ago 2D lane pushers appeared in form of free Flash browser games and got relatively popular. (If you don't know what I'm talking about - you fight opponent's fortress by spawning minions that want to do the hard work.) Zen Studios took this formula but added more to it, to make a great mashup of well-known subgenres. You don't just spawn minions to attack the enemy's castle, you also control the ballista of your castle to kill enemy minions, or to destroy the opponent's castle in Angry Birds style. But that's still not enough, your hero can also get off the ballista and go into fight himself. CastleStorm is a great combination that won't give you a rest, you'll still have something to do.

So, it's always a fight between castles with last man standing, is that all? Definitely not, there are many objectives that will lead you to victory - behind every castle's gate is a flag that will also achieve you a victory if your army takes it to you. In other levels, you have to protect yourself against waves of enemies, or you just have to hunt wolves (or deadly bosses). There are always two specific objectives for each level - one mandatory, one voluntary being usually something like "spawn swordsmen a lot" or "destroy enemy castle in three minutes".

The story revolves around a war between knights and vikings but there's nothing to be taken seriously since every cutscene have a gag prepared for you. That, with combination of nice graphics and sounds, make overall good comedy mood between the battles.

The fact that you use ballista to attack the enemy doesn't mean that you would just have to stick with big arrows. There are plenty of ammunition types to choose from, each upgradable! That applies also for your army and magic skills of your hero. Members of your army and passive bonuses are decided by rooms in your castle which you'll build yourself. Of course, you can use a pre-made castle, but it feels great to build your own, with your personal selection of rooms for the best strategy.

Conclusion:
CastleStorm offers good amount of levels to keep you entertained for hours, especially if you will try to beat all optional level objectives and finish side quests. The gameplay keeps being dynamic, as you'll have to switch between ballista, your hero, and control of your barracks (to spawn your minions). There are also two DLCs which add even more levels. CastleStorm is worth buying.


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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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.


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+ 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.

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