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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Jun 28, 2016
Xbox OneOct 2, 2016
PCOct 9, 2015
Xbox Series X/SNov 10, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Whootgames

Publisher: Badland Games

Genres: Puzzle, Action

Featuring three modes of play (story, versus and survival) the game can be enjoyed individually or as a multiplayer. With more than 50 levels of randomized gameplay in story mode, you will never play the same game twice. You control an engineer, rather than the blocks themselves, creating a unique gameplay experience. Engineers must match three or more blocks of tools or colors in order to achieve each level’s goals. The 7x7 grid allows engineers to move around the perimeter of the central 5x5 grid where blocks fall from above. Snow, wind, fog, and storms challenge the engineers as they work non-stop through day and night. All the while King Edmund’s minions, equipped with menacing machinery, are bent on orchestrating the tower's demise. Castles tells the story of the ambitious King Harold, whose greatest achievement will be the tower you are constructing. As the tower grows taller and taller, more and more challenges arise along with it. Unpredictable weather combined with the efforts of the jealous and vengeful King Edmund, King Harold’s nemesis, may thwart your upward progress.

Castles Critic Reviews

Castles is in a very unfortunate release as it is highly derivative of a very tired formula, yet at the same time does things worse than most of the games that came before it. Having the player control a character that pushes the blocks leads to an enormous amount of undue frustration and makes this somehow even less palatable. Even when they try something kind of new, it just doesn't lead to the kind of pay off that it should. It is just a stale, uninteresting game in a stale, uninteresting genre. Perhaps the most rabid of match-three enthusiasts might get a kick out of this, but this castle is one that should just be torn down.

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Castles is an enjoyable little puzzler with a cute presentation, easy to understand gameplay, and a variety of fun modes.

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If you're a fan of fast paced puzzle games then Castles is the game for you, but I wouldn't buy it if you're expecting a lengthy playtime.

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This game is challenging in a good way. While it can be frustrating, I find that when I did hit that checkpoint, I had this great sense of accomplishment.

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Castles - Launch Trailer | PS4 thumbnail

Castles - Launch Trailer | PS4

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