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Monday, May 4, 2009

Crush the Castle - Game of the Day


What is it?Crush the Castle is a physics-based action/strategy game involving a trebuchet and the destruction of various castles.

Who made it?Joey Betz and Chris Condon (Con Artists).

How does it play? – Players must use their French machine of war to sling various projectiles at some strange looking castles in an attempt to inflict severe bodily harm on their residents. The play mechanics are quite simple – click once to set the trebuchet in motion, and click again to release the ordinance.

Apparently built in the time before mortar was invented, castles will fall apart when hit by your stones and bombs. While not very realistic, watching a castle collapse due to a well placed shot is very entertaining and rewarding. As you progress, you’ll earn the ability to select larger stones or groups of stones to launch, or even the ability to lob bombs. Players who manage to complete all of the game’s 24 levels will unlock the ability to create and destroy their own castles via an in-game level editor.

Presentation – The graphics aren’t anything particularly special, but they do serve the game well. Sound is also fairly minimal, but also well done (particularly the yelps made by castle residents as they’re beamed by falling stone and timber).

Positives – The gameplay is simple, and watching castles collapse into piles of rubble never gets old. Players who manage to complete all of the game’s 24 levels will unlock the ability to create and destroy their own castles via an in-game level editor. While not something everyone will use, it’s a nice feature that adds some replay value for hardcore medieval demolitionists.

Negatives – Some of the levels seemed somewhat easy, and while the last level was certainly the most difficult for me to complete, the overall difficulty from level-to-level seemed to rise and fall arbitrarily.

Why you should play itCrush the Castle is like playing a game of bowling with a giant trebuchet where the pins are soldiers and royalty. If there’s a better game out there that lets you lob giant boulders at blue-bloods and their minions, I’ve yet to play it.

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