Castle Crashers is a beat ’em up 2D game with a set “story” about the questing of four debonair knights.
Very similar to Rampage Knights, but it’s a lot more linear (not a roguelike) with consistent levels.
Castle Crashers Gameplay
Castle Crashers consists of running around and hitting things. That’s what’s meant when someone says it’s a beat ’em up – all you do is beat things up.
Unlike Rampage Knights, Castle Crashers has solid 4-person multiplayer capabilities. It’s also a side-scroller with different stages/levels and progression options for the characters.
Full disclosure, Alex played this a lot with his best friend in college.
He is really good at this game.
And I am really not. I am really bad at both Castle Crashers and Rampage Knights and most beat ’em up style games. For whatever reason, my brain starts to shut down and I end up dying rapidly in most levels while Alex carries us along with minimal complaints.
But this game is a classic co-op option as it’s been out for over a decade and it’s pretty manageable for most anyone to pick it up. The controls are decent for keyboard (but better with a controller) and it’s one of those games like Left 4 Dead that most everyone has at this point.
It’s a really quirky game, too. The sense of humor and the art style is weird. It’s not my favorite. But Alex loves this game and has played it so much over so many years.
If you’re looking for something relatively simple but still pretty humorous and engaging, pick it up. You’re bound to have a few other friends on Steam who already have it if you’re playing it online and it does get better (albeit more chaotic) with more players.
Our rating: 8/10
Title: Castle Crashers
Developer: The Behemoth
Game Type: RPG, Beat ‘Em Up
Bartle Type: Socializer, Explorer, Achiever
Player Count: 1-4
Average Play Session Time: 30 minutes
Type of Co-Op: Online, Couch
Platforms: PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3