Maldita Castilla EX - Cursed Castile

Rating Summary

Based on 19 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

95%

Critics Recommend

Based on 19 critic reviews
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8.7 / 10.0
Jul 19, 2016

Featuring new levels, bosses and soundtrack, Maldita Castilla Ex has become one of the best arcades of the market.

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TheSixthAxis

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8 / 10
Jan 9, 2017

Cursed Castilla is one of the best modern retro games that I’ve played, successfully capturing the look and feel of its influences but also improving on the controls and level design. It feels just like the way I remember the arcade originals. Add in the extra challenges from trophies and you have a great retro title with bags of replayability.

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Ken McKown

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8 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2016

While the name may be confusing, this could easily be a blueprint for the successor to Ghosts ‘n Goblins, which is what it seems they set out to do, and they nailed it. If you are like me and grew up pulling your hair out at these punishing side-scrollers, this game is an easy purchase. It captures the magic, while bringing enough of its own charm to make it feel fresh. Plenty try to capture that magic, but few achieve what the team at Abylight Studios has managed to create here.

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90 / 100
Dec 30, 2016

Maldita Castilla EX its great game for those who love old school titles that offer challenge, require skill, and represent a journey to nostalgia. You will enjoy its level design and immersive setting. Highly recommend.

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8 / 10
Sep 20, 2017

Cursed Castilla EX certainly feels like the kind of game it tries to be and it's certainly very good at creating a tough as nails sidescroller that could have perfectly been made in the 1990s. Thanks to its magnificent level design, large amount of content, replay challenge and overall incentives to keep playing, this is one of the most welcome efforts in the contemporary sidescrolling genre.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2017

With its unforgiving retro platforming nature, Cursed Castilla EX will undoubtedly be a divisive game. It has its minor flaws and blurs the homage line on occasion, but fans of the genre looking to step back in time to the classic days of coin-munching arcade games will find this recreation of that era to a be a treat. A treat that may just leave you contemplating murder on occasion.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2017

If you are fan of the oldschool classics like Ghost ‘n Goblins, Cursed Castilla will deliver similar experience. For some players it may be too similiar.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2016

A pure tribute to the arcade games of the 80s, like Ghost'n Goblins or Rastan. It is a not a mere copy but it has a own soul, universe and mythology inspired by the medieval spanish tradition.

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8.5 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

The whole time it felt like I was playing a classic SNES Virtual Console game, with a killer soundtrack and added 3D effects. If simple old-school gameplay, beautiful pixel art, and a hardcore difficulty is up your alley, then this game is a no-brainer. So take your sword and expel the curse of the land, not for the King, but for Castilla!.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jan 19, 2017

Cursed Castilla: Maldita Castilla EX is a perfect example of the kind of well-crafted, hair-pulling experience that adventure fans know all too well. Controls are precise, the retro look is as authentic as you'll get without modern flourishes, and the gameplay feels perfect, even if it is highly difficult. Some will dislike the tedious means of getting a better ending, but those who cut their teeth on the 16-bit era of platformers will be right at home here.

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