The Castle Doctrine is a massively-multiplayer game of burglary and home defense. It's 1991, and things are bad. You're a guy with a house and family. Other players are coming to take what's yours. Build security to stop them. Study their houses, buy tools, and break in to take what's theirs. Everything you do is permanent.
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Дата на излизане: 29 януари 2014

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"A merciless and thoughtfully-designed online strategy game whose clever systems enable a unique and troubling experience."
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“A powerful, memorable game.”
Alec Meer --- Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Merciless and thoughtfully-designed... A brilliant but horrifying depiction of a risk society at war with itself.”
85/100 – Patrick Carlson --- PC Gamer

“The most disturbing game I've ever played.”
Russ Pitts (discussing his 5/10 Polygon review)

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The Castle Doctrine is a massively-multiplayer game of burglary and home defense. It's 1991, and things are bad. You're a guy with a house and family. Other players are coming to take what's yours. Build security to stop them. Study their houses, buy tools, and break in to take what's theirs. Everything you do is permanent.

I'm Jason Rohrer, and The Castle Doctrine is my 10th game. It's a bit hard to describe, because there's never been anything quite like it before. It's a brutal game in terms of its perma-death and perma-destruction consequences, and it is turn-based, so it's rather Rogue-like. But building such a brutal game in a multiplayer context, with absolutely no cushion between players to stop them from brutalizing each other, is quite strange and new.

Everything is real in this game. When you rob someone, you are actually hurting another player in a permanent way by destroying and stealing their hard work. When someone dies in this game, they lose everything and start over. If you devise perplexing security systems, you can perma-death other players when they come to rob you. Watching those security tapes, where someone gets what's coming to them, is an exhilarating experience. On the other hand, you just killed someone and perhaps caused them to lose days of their hard work. And you've been on the other side too, losing everything because of some thoughtless move you made in someone else's house.

But there is no randomness in this game, so everything is fair. When you die, it is always your fault. When things get dicey, you can always retreat back out the front door to save your own neck. Of course, human folly will get the better of you.

Here's what you get when you buy the game:

  • A lifetime account on the central world server that I'm running.
  • Access to the full game source code (after launching the game on Steam, go here).
  • Everything you need to run your own game server (requires a PHP/MySQL web server, download the source bundle to get started).

Системни изисквания

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP or later
    • Processor: 900 MHz
    • Memory: 40 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Onboard Graphics
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 10 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard Audio
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 900 MHz
    • Memory: 40 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Onboard Graphics
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 10 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard Audio
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 900 MHz
    • Memory: 40 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Onboard Graphics
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 10 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard Audio
    • Additional Notes: Binary was built on Ubuntu 12.04
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6 от 6 човека (100%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
24.7 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 6 януари
If this game was about $1 I would say go for it maybe at that price the community would come back to life. But sadly this game is $16 and the Developers have long ago abandoned it along with it's entire community. The Idea of this game was really great and I enjoyed it greatly but it had a very big flaw in the game where it was extremely hard to get more money except for waiting for new players to join and not know how to play and steal their stater 2k. If you some how got lucky and had tons and tons of money you would end up making this crazy impenetrable fortress of timers and traps that no one could ever break into. The Poor would stay poor and the Rich would get richer. I greatly enjoyed the satisfaction of making a maze full of traps and watching people try my maze along with finally breaking through a house but it was very rare it was either rich people or broke people and the Developers did nothing about it and let the game die and kept the price for the very low developed game very High. This game is impossible to play with out other players and it's dead don't buy it unless it's $1 for that faint chance they try to save this game.
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6 от 6 човека (100%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
4.0 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 28 януари
The Castle Doctrine has been out for a year, and it's dead. The developer's statement "Sales screw your fans" means simply that this game has not seen any new players and any old players have long since stopped playing. This game requires players to be worth anything. Right now it is a ghost town. When it first came out, I would have certainly suggested a buy, but that's when there were people playing.

I ask, what is more important for your customers: making sure the game they purchased stays relevant and populated, or "screwing" your fans with a sale later in its lifecycle?

Don't buy this game. It doesn't work as intended. It won't work because the developer decided so.
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12 от 18 човека (67%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
1 човек намери тази рецензия за забавна
78.3 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 24 април
I'm not sure how many of you will see this, but here it goes... I imagine you're asking yourself "do I want this game?" and having second thoughts after reading a handful of negative reviews about how "dead" the community is.

This, DOESN'T MATTER. there are active players and they will be enough, trust me. In the brevity of time I spent on the game it consumed me. It was the only thing on my mind until I accidently killed myself and walked away.

I was always checking if someone had attacked me, had they succeded, improving my defenses, repairing damage done. It is incredibly addicting, you have been warned.

Within two weeks I had spent 77 hours on this game, it may have been just one week... I can't really remmeber. I would have Castle Doctrine open on the side while I played other games, checking every time I finished a game of League of Legends or Hearthstone. Had I been attacked? What happened?

The message I'm trying to tell you is that while there might not be too many people running around, they are there, and you should be afraid. Just because you're not online doesn't mean you can't be attacked. As well as the fact that this game can be insanely addicting, (it was for me).

... Oh god writing this review... I've been drawn back in.

*Edit* The game is always hardcore, you die, you start over from scratch. The game isn't afraid to drop you on your head and let your brain spill out. You died verifying your own defenses? Start from scratch, died trying to rob someone? Start from scratch, somebody killed your family, stole all your possesions, and now you have no reason to live? Suicide and enjoy starting off with a new family. a new safe, an empty house, and 2k (scratch, square one, however you want to say it).
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3 от 3 човека (100%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
11.2 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 21 февруари
Very repetative, very fast. It'd be nice if you had a save design feature.
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3 от 3 човека (100%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
2.4 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 2 март
Do NOT buy this game! At this point, anyone that buys this game is being robbed. The game revolves around being able to steal items and money from other people to build up your own defences. Sounds good right? It would be, but the few people that are still in the game are near impossible to rob with the crap items you are able to buy straight off. You are able to rob less than 20 people at the moment. These remaining people range from being so easy that there is no reward, or a complex structure that will kill you if you make a single mistake, there is NO in between.

Back in this games golden days, this could've been an entertaining game. It had an interesting concept with only one problem, it RELIES on people playing the actual game! there are no NPC's that you can rob for a small ammount of cash, and there's nothing to get you off of the bottom of the food chain.

You lose the game the second you click the buy button.
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