Castlestorm – Definitive Edition Review
Peace has been upon the realm for centuries. Knights and Vikings have forgotten past grievances, living in civilized coexistence, deriving the benefits of immortality from colorful jewels betrothed by the beautiful Peace Goddess. However, all good things must come to an end, and ominous clouds of war are on the horizon when the Knights’ jewel is stolen and delivered to the hand of the Vikings. It is time to take up arms, deploy mighty warriors, harness the power of the ballista, and master magical spells in your quest to recover the stolen jewel and restore peace to the realm. CastleStorm features colourful enchanted environments, magical spells, and an arsenal fit for above-average medieval warriors.
Set in a colorful medieval world, CastleStorm is a new breed of 2D archery projectile warfare and 2D physics-based structure destruction game. Players will experience a challenging mix of real time strategy, resource management, and a variety of different gameplay scenarios. CastleStorm features medieval ballista weaponry, allowing players to 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.
In addition, CastleStorm features a tower construction editor that allows 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!
CastleStorm represents a new breed of tower defense warefare, combining elements of real time strategy, resource management, and a beautiful blend of challenging gameplay scenarios. Multiplayer battles and Co-op play! 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
– Competitive multiplayer: rank up, battle for gold, and upgrade your army, castle and gears to
become the ruler of online battlefields.
– Co-op survival: team up with a friend and fight off endless waves of enemies together!
Now I hadn’t heard of this title before I was sent a copy to review so I’m pretty much a Tower Defense virgin and as such had no preconceptions about how the game could/should be.
Upon pressing A to start you are taken to the main screen where you choose either Single Player or Multiplayer. You can view Achievements and Leaderboards from here too and I suspect the Leaderboards will play a big part in most peoples thoughts as you try to beat your friends and get as high as you can on the Global scale.
Multiplayer gives you the option of Online or Local to try your skills.As this is a review copy the opportunity to try Online Multiplayer wasn’t available so I can’t comment on the speediness of finding a match or how it plays Online.
Single Player has 4 different modes to try, Campaign, Skirmish , Survival and Hero Survival.
Campaign is just that…. a story driven adventure that gently guides you through the basics that you’ll need to advance through the game.
Skirmish is where you try to defend your castle and flag against AI opponents and seems to be a good place to hone your skills and earn gold to use for upgrades (more on those later)
Survival is a mode where you have to defeat increasingly difficult waves of enemies to stop them either destroying your castle or capturing your flag.
Hero Survival is just you playing as Sir Gareth against wave after wave of training dummies and soldiers in an arena. The aim of this mode is to stop them capturing your flag and leaving the arena.
The gold that you earn throughout the game is used to upgrade your soldiers and weapons to make them do more damage or regenerate quicker.
Your main weapon is a Ballista that fires, among other things, Arrows(Javelins), Morningstars( Spiky Balls), Apple Grenades and Homing Eagles. There are 4 more slots that I have yet to unlock and I look forward to finding out what else I shall be able to fire. I suspect one of those things will be a Sheep as they seem to be in the campaign story alot.
The Troops you can use are fully upgradeable and there are 9 different types, although I’ve only as yet unlocked 3 of them.
Spells are another thing you can use on the battlefield but again I haven’t unlocked enough to go into any detail.
I’ve played all 4 modes and enjoyed them all and can see myself coming back to this game again and again.
The cartoony graphics fit well with the mood of what is going on on the screen and the background music and sound effects are satisfyingly unobtrusive. The sound your sword or arrow makes when it hits a fleshy target is a gratifying wet sounding thunk.
Control wise…..I can see how a mouse and keyboard combination is more suited to this type of game BUT saying that, I was surprised at how quickly I mastered controlling everything with a controller. The one bad point I would have to make is that the left stick is REALLY sensitive which sometimes makes aiming the perfect shot pretty difficult.
There is also a Tower Construction Editor included that allows you to build the perfect Castle to use in battle.
In conclusion I have to say that I would recommend this game to anyone and give it a healthy 80%. It’s fun to play and
Congratulation Zen Studios….you have my Tower Defense virginity and I didn’t mind giving it up at all.