Maldita Castilla EX - Cursed Castile

Rating Summary

Based on 20 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

95%

Critics Recommend

Based on 20 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

Top Critic

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

Top Critic

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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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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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 / 10.0
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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84 / 100
Nov 18, 2017

Cursed Castilla is a refined Ghost'n Goblins, with a fair and appropriated level of challenge. The story is a mere background and little instigates the curiosity. The graphics and soundtrack are simple, replicating the rudimentary elements of its source of inspiration. However, the action and the core of the gameplay are rewarding, and in the end, that's what matters most to a video game.

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8 / 10
Jul 26, 2016

Graphically Maldita Castilla EX is beautiful; so much love and care was put into every pixel on the screen and the addition of scanlines create an almost perfect arcade experience

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