CastleStorm PS Vita review: a cornucopia of gameplay elements
24 March 2014
Excerpt: It's hard to describe CastleStorm . I'll start with this: when I look for a game on the PS Vita, I either want one that has some depth but is still a short session title, or I want something that will allow me to play for hours. CastleStorm is a little of both. Zen Studios CastleStorm is a hybrid of tower defense, RPG, strategy, troop management, hack-n-slash, and throws in comedy.
Excerpt: CastleStorm is one of the most unique games to be released this year and it’s not only super fun, it’s super addictive, formed from a combination of so many different games that it is in a genre by itself. The game has also received some added gameplay via the themed downloadable content, the most recent of which is ‘The Warrior Queen.
Conclusion: For a company so well known for it’s console-spanning pinball franchise, Castlestorm is as beautiful and precise as any one of their fantastic tables. It’s easy to use mechanics serve to make every skirmish a mix of fun and stress, but it’s the personality of the individual units, and the multitude of options for both offense and defense that really make this diamond shine.
Review: CastleStorm is a polished game that doesn’t know what it wants to be
5 July 2013
Excerpt: If the genre of “hardcore medieval-inspired arcade action strategy games” exists, CastleStorm , the newest offering from pinball kingpin Zen Studios, falls right in line with it. It’s sort of a tower defense game, but not really. It’s sort of a 2D action game, but not really. And, oddly enough, it’s also very close to Angry Birds in some ways, but again, not really.
Excerpt: CastleStorm is a fun physics strategy game where your goal is to typically destroy your opponent’s castle with your ballista. Your ammunition varies from javelins, garbage, chunks of ice, maces, sheep, boars, bombs, laser crystals and more. Alternatively, you can send your troops and bring their flag to your castle to clinch a victory. If you’re the kind of person who likes to get their hands dirty, you can momentarily spawn a hero into the fray to crack some skulls.
Pros: Fun concept with multiple paths to victory.
Cons: Some levels are challenging, but they make you stronger in the long run.
Excerpt: Castle Storm is, at it's core, a tower defense game. And upon starting the game, I honestly didn't much care for what was taking place on my screen. The Ballista controls were just horrid, and the games humor seemed to be aimed towards a younger crowd, despite the T for Teen rating. I even sent a text to one of the other writers here telling him how bad it all was and that he owed me something for playing this for all of you.
Conclusion: Concept: Take the physics fun of games like Angry Birds and combine it with some light tower defense strategy
Graphics: Colorful and goofy, CastleStorm’s exaggerated art style matches its silly charm
Sound: The stock fantasy soundtrack gets a little tiring, and the lack of voice work makes this the perfect game to listen to a podcast while playing
Playability: Navigating through your weapons and troops is simple, but the ballista controls are a little loose...
Conclusion: CastleStorm draws from a seemingly unmanageable array of inspirations including real-time strategy, tower defense, and Angry Birds, and does so with remarkable virtuosity and humor. Touchy ballista controls may mar the gameplay on occasion, but the charms of CastleStorm 's multiple gameplay modes, varied campaigns and units, and quirky presentation keep the action on track.
Pros: Intense strategy, 2 strong campaigns, Fun multiplayer modes