Castle of the Winds

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It's a top-scroller that uses a "Your move-My move" system. This is multiplied about 30 times because every enemy on the level is allowed a move for every one of yours, but they don't all know where you are right away. It has a good and somewhat optional storyline, for the replay factor. When you create a new character you can distribute ability points between three characteristics, and select their gender and name. The levels and weapon abilities are randomly generated for an extremely high replay value.

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  • A cast of thousands [well, hundreds maybe]



Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 23 ratings with 3 reviews)

Classic rogue-like RPG

The Good
There were a lot of magic spells, and weapons. There are a lot of monsters and the graphics are good for a rogue-like.

The Bad
There wasn't any sound.

The Bottom Line
You are a little man or woman and you go around slaying dragons and picking up various items.

Windows 3.x · by Attila (553) · 2001

I'm addicted!

The Good
I have played this game about 100 times or more since it first arrived. It is a simple but well working RPG - the type that lead to later games like Asherton's Call & Diablo. Castle of the winds was freeware & Castle of the Winds originally was payware, but is now also free for download. The original Castle isn't nearly as good as the sequel, but gives you an introduction into how to play the game.

The Bad
No real ending for Castle 1 - never knew if I was finished. Castle 2 is better, and has a definate ending.

The Bottom Line
Older game simple graphics, but can be played & enjoyed over & over - what more can you want for free?!

Windows 3.x · by Pat White (4) · 2002

One game I will play my entire life

The Good
Everything. Especially the replay value. The completely randomized maps and item drops, the different styles of monsters. Like diablo (original) you get subtle differences in the quests and groupings of enemies on different playthroughs. Despite having the latest Xbox games, etc. I started playing this game as a little girl, and I still play this game on a regular basis almost twenty years later. It's so much better than the silly mobile games on my phone or laptop and yet it has miniscule resource cost to run. It also is actually difficult on the hard settings. The art is, in today's world, ancient - but it is very cohesive within the game. There is nothing that jarrs you out of gameplay.

The Bad
Unfortunately the fact that it won't run on 64-bit systems unless we can get a recompile from the developer!

The Bottom Line
Immersive, entertaining, creative, and still exciting after nearly twenty years of playing this game.

Windows 3.x · by Elysia Todd (2) · 2012


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Roguelike? Cavalary (11397) Apr 27th, 2014
Platforms: DOS? Dae (6755) Jan 6th, 2009



Before the shareware version was re-released as freeware, it generated about 13,500 game registrations.

Shareware release

The game was originally released in two parts, Part 1 was shareware and downloadable from Epic Megagames. Part 2 was a ~$25 purchase, and continued the storyline.

Part one was subtitled A Question of Vengeance, part two was Lifthransir's Bane. It had a Norse mythology theme, as opposed to the usual Tolkienesque style.

Information also contributed by Xoleras

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Game added by ugetab.

Additional contributors: PCGameGuy, Xoleras, Pseudo_Intellectual, Patrick Bregger.

Game added February 8th, 2000. Last modified August 17th, 2023.