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CastleStorm is a ballistics game with strong strategy elements. Knights and vikings are at peace, but when the knight's magic gem is stolen they suspect the vikings and go to war. The player initially takes the role of Sir Gareth in order to get it back; the story is told in humorous dialogues. The basic setup of most levels is simple: the playing area is shown from the side, each faction has a castle and tries to destroy the other one respectively steal the flag inside the enemy castle. The main instrument of war is a cannon: the player chooses the projectile (e.g. an exploding sheep), sets the angle and shoots. If it hits the target, the castle part is destroyed and the surrounding parts may collapse with a physics simulation.

The AI on the other hand mainly sends troops against the player's castle. Obviously these can also be hit with projectiles or the player buys own troops to fight them. During a mission, players can use up to five different units with certain advantages and disadvantages which are sent out into the field automatically after purchase. Also available are spells and a powerful hero unit which is controlled directly for a short amount of time. Between missions the player can use a castle editor to expand the castle which brings bonuses (e.g. a higher defense against enemy projectiles) or unlocks more units, but there are also pre-made castles available to use. Another important part to consider are upgrades for spells, units, projectiles and rooms. The money for all that stuff is earned during the missions, either simply by performing good shots or fulfilling bonus objectives. The campaign also has some special levels like target shooting or boss fights.

Besides the standard competitive and cooperative (one player for projectiles, the other for ground troops) mode using the standard gameplay mechanics, there also is the survival co-op mode which removes the castle, takes the directly controlled hero and sets two of them against an endless horde of enemies.


CastleStorm PS Vita Defending against enemy knight breaking through the castle gate (Trial version)
CastleStorm PS Vita This battle yielded a victory for us (Trial version)
CastleStorm PS Vita Main menu (Trial version)
CastleStorm PS Vita Spawn troops to halt the enemy's advance (Trial version)

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Alternate Titles

  • "城堡风暴" -- Chinese spelling
  • "CastleStorm: Free to Siege" -- Android / iOS title
  • "キャッスルストーム" -- Japanese spelling

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games xtreme Xbox 360 Jun 05, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Gamegravy Wii U Dec 27, 2013 8.3 out of 10 83
Nintendo Life Wii U Jan 11, 2014 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80 Xbox 360 Jun 09, 2013 7.7 out of 10 77 PS Vita May 05, 2014 15 out of 20 75
PC Games (Germany) Windows Aug 01, 2013 74 out of 100 74
Gameplay (Benelux) Xbox 360 Jun 21, 2013 64 out of 100 64
PixlBit Wii U May 22, 2014 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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