Teen Game Review: “Castle Battles” PC

Wow, it’s been far too long for me and writing. It’s kind of weird coming back after all this time, but I’m good now! I’ll skip the pleasantries and get right back to it. Castle Battles is a strategic, single-player RPG-esque game that was released last December (December 16th, 2016 to be exact). For the previous viewers, and of course the new ones, I grew up playing an assortment of games. Any kind of strategy games were among the top of that assortment. Even though I wasn’t winning every game, trust me, I guarantee I lost 20 in a row before I won a single match, I loved every second of those kinds of games. Castle Battles is no different. Created by Light Arc Studio Ltd, this 4X style of gameplay can be really addicting, really fast. What’s 4X you may ask? Seminar time! Wait…nobody came for a seminar.

Without getting too far off, the game will be coming out April 25th for iOS and Android devices, in their respective app stores. Here’s the trailer for that, plus it gives you some looks into the game itself.

4X simply stands for “eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate”, so, the 4 X’s to be exact. Without the extremely precise details, 4X games usually are fairly difficult and quite consuming of your brain energy. Not to say they’re bad or impossible, they just take some extra thinking. Take it as you’d be playing chess when you play a 4X game, instead of a normal strategy game where you’re playing Hungry Hungry Hippos (You thought I was gonna say checkers, didn’t you?). That doesn’t make any sense, and I don’t really even care. If it’s simpler, just take out my Hungry Hungry Hippos thing and replace it with checkers. I actually never really played many of these kinds of games, so it’s quite new to me. I really like the design as a whole. The game looks nice, the music is great. There’s 40 different levels with 4 different campaigns, each one I wouldn’t suggest more than the other.

Here’s the launch trailer for the game as well:

It’s simple, yet makes you think. It’s futuristic, yet medieval. It’s simply difficult futuristicly medieval-ish. Wow my descriptions have gone down the drain, haven’t they? There’s 4, well like I said, 4 campaigns which also means there are 4 different factions. The factions are “Les Moustachiers,”  “The Clearly Evil Empire,” “The Purperilous” and “The Order of Awesome.” I couldn’t make these names up if I tried. These honestly fall under my favorite named things across any game I’ve played. You don’t get the short stick with the comedy as you can see, trust me, there’s a great amount of it throughout. I’m not saying you’re gonna fall out of your chair or roll around the floor crying, but you’re gonna have plenty of times to be smiling a bunch. You fight within “The Great Tapestry,” the land in which well, you, fight…yeah I should’ve made that better. I said previously, I really like the layout of the maps. It’s an all around great game, is the best way I can put it in a sentence. Few times are there well-balanced overall games like this. Most of the time, I’d have a complaint or two, but there’s none. This isn’t game of the year, it’s not Fallout 4 we’re talking about here, but it’s surely something to behold.

I only mentioned the music in passing, but it’s produced by Ex-Static. Their tunes are extremely catchy and it only heightens my enjoyment of Castle Battles. The upbeat, electronic, almost dance club kind of music, oddly fits really well. I couldn’t say there’d be a better fit for the game. I love music that works for the game as much as anything. A game cannot have great music without great gameplay, and a game with great gameplay cannot be without great music, and it unfortunately happens a lot. In this case, it meshes perfectly in my mind.

I don’t know how much I actually did say of the gameplay, put it’s pretty simple. You get resources, you build things, you wanna destroy other things and you wanna win. I don’t want to just entirely disregard it or not mention it of course, but it isn’t massively complex, which is perfect. It is a game for every single person to enjoy. It does at sometimes get pretty action packed, as you can see in the photo above there, so for some people that may be difficult. For the most part, it isn’t a game that only teenagers or people with amazing keyboard skills can play. This game is one of those that you can pick up and enjoy it just as much compared to a person who’s played it for several days in a row. I highly suggest giving it a shot. There aren’t many indie games out there that I would personally put a stamp on, but this one I honestly would. It’s only 13 US dollars on Steam right now, and it’s going to keep you entertained for PLENTY of hours. So you can go watch a movie if you want to, or get some food at Wendy’s instead, but I’d personally rather spend my money on a game, where I know I’m going to get my enjoyment out of it for much more of my time.

Disclosure: We received a copy of this game for review purposes. All opinions are our own.

8.6

Visuals

8.5/10

Music/Sound Effects

9.0/10

Gameplay

8.5/10

Replay Value

8.5/10

Value

8.5/10

Pros

  • A great game for anyone to be to enjoy it
  • Great music
  • Some really nice artwork
  • All around really fun

Cons

  • There isn't anything too much to complain about
  • Only thin I can think of, is it would be better if it were longer
  • or maybe had multiplayer. But honestly, those are very small complaints

Clayton Crooks III

Clayton Crooks III (aka Ghost) is a regular contributor to the game section of Dis411. He enjoys watching his favorite teams (Lakers, Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and TN Volunteers), playing video games, traveling to Walt Disney World and playing with his two cats: Cassie and Sylvester.

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