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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Hack, slash, and smash your way to victory in this red-hot arcade adventure from the award-winning development studio, The Behemoth. Featuring hand-drawn characters, Castle Crashers delivers unique hi-res illustrated visuals. Play with up to three friends locally or over Xbox Live and discover the mind-boggling magic and mystery in the amazing world created just for you. Save your princess, defend your kingdom, and crash some castles! Play with more than 20 unlockable characters, 40 weapons to customize your hero, and an arsenal of combos and magical attacks to choose from. [The Behemoth] Expand
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  1. Positive: 40 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. When you play this game with a room of other people, and you find yourself laughing at all the gags and references to old games, you’ll be in love with this XBLA treasure.
  2. A great swan song for the Summer Live releases, don’t be put off by the faulty online modes as it should be fixed soon, and anyway the single player is worth your points alone.
  3. 90
    Castle Crashers takes the best elements of traditional side-scrolling beat-em-ups and adds lots of flair.
  4. 85
    If you want a co-operative multiplayer game that will keep you hooked for hours, this is the one for you.
  5. Gloriously imaginative and heaps of fun. [Nov 2008, p.100]
  6. The only things really holding Castle Crashers back are some unfortunate technical problems, but they're not enough to entirely suppress the game's gleeful abandon for both hacking and slashing.
  7. Castle Crashers is an entertaining brawler, but the replay value is chopped into little frustrating bits by a horrifically painful online experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 57
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 57
  3. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. Jul 31, 2012
    10
    A great game that somehow reminds me on the old consoles where I use to play when I was a kid, anyone remembers Double Dragon, Shinobi, etc ?
    It's a great game, highly recommended !
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  2. Dec 3, 2012
    10
    One of the best action RPG games I've ever played on a console.
    Too much fun, full of interesting challenges and crazy enemies.

    This game
    deserves a sequel. Expand
  3. Nov 2, 2013
    10
    Castle Crashers brings us back to why we love games. It is reminiscent of old-school side-scrollers like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of regular Nintendo back in the early 90s. It is a simple game, so anyone can play it. I play anything and everything and this game had me addicted for the longest time. While the length isn't super long, it is still one of the longer arcade games. It has high replay value, so it is much longer. The game is best with friends, but you can solo it as well. I've played this game more than most full retail games and I highly recommend it to just about everyone. Expand
  4. Mar 19, 2011
    9
    Castle Crashers is a fantastic XBLA game that is great to play with friends over. The humor and artwork allows CC to stand out from the crowd and make it a genuinely charming game. The multiplayer component just adds to its replay value. This is an essential Arcade game. Expand
  5. Jan 21, 2012
    9
    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome, picked this on sale through xbox live for 600 points and it was worth it. Co-op is where its at once again! The game has an addictive leveling system where you'll want to level up all the available characters, as well as replay levels for hidden secrets! Buy on ps3 or 360! Expand
  6. Jul 25, 2011
    9
    I'm amazed that XBLA has a lot of better games than some of the typical games in retail part. Such a simple studio, can create addictive games, with good humor. The Co-op is a blast, if you don't play to much online games and want a cheap but great game, well this is for you. Expand
  7. DME
    Mar 21, 2011
    8
    It's a lot of fun and designed very well. Rockin' graphics, fun special abilities, good sense of humor, awesome multiplayer, etc. The only problem I have with Castle Crashers is that it's extremely repetetive. Expand

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