Saturday, August 30, 2008

Castle Crasher Trial Version Impressions

Castle Crashers is the most recent addition to Xbox LIVE Arcade, and there's a lot of hype surrounding it so I decided to give the Trial version a whirl.

And damn is it fun!

Castle Crashers is a completely flash animated game with a great sense of humour and style. It reminds me of a modern day re-invention of Teenage Mustant Ninja Turtles 1989 Classic Arcade with some RPG elements nicely balanced in. You battle several enemies at a time with a variety of button-mashing techniques, you can smash objects to find items in your environments, and there's a great big "Go" arrow that pops up telling you to move forward when you've cleared a screen. The entire game smacks of modern day retro, if that makes any kind of sense.

You play the role of a Knight who must rush and battle barbaric enemies threatening your king and country, in classic animated and side-scrolling arcade style. You gain experience by defeating enemies to level up, can gain different weapons, animal companions, buy items at stores, etc.

The only thing that's held me back from buying the full version is the price. 1200 Microsoft Points is rather steep for any simple Xbox LIVE Arcade game, and because of that I'm going to have to pass on Castle Crashers for now. Should it ever drop to 800 Microsoft Points though, I'll be all over it like that one Knight performing CPR on that other Knight with their helms still on. Too funny!

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