Castle of Heart

7Levels

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
58
Top Critic Average
4%
Critics Recommend
Based on 24 critic reviews
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Castle of Heart

Rating Summary

Based on 24 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

58

Top Critic Average

4%

Critics Recommend

Based on 24 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchMar 23, 2018

Publisher: 7Levels

Castle of Heart, available exclusively for Nintendo Switch, is a classic action platformer at the genre’s best...and most challenging, with plenty of new twists on formula to experience. The players take control of a cursed knight, turned to stone by the evil sorcerer’s spell, but ready to prove that love and courage can conquer even the darkest magic. The brave hero must travel all the way from the petrified village to the dark ruler’s castle, mastering 20 levels set in four distinct environments – full of enemies who require different strategies to face them successfully – and sudden gameplay changes, which translate to exciting, dynamic action sequences. A selection of progressively more powerful additional weapons, from flaming grenades to a powerful magical arsenal, as well as power-ups, will help him in his quest. But remember – the body of stone has its limits! It disintegrates permanently as the knight loses energy, which he can resupply only by defeating his enemies. If his health reaches critical levels, he may lose one of his arms and the ability to wield additional weapons with it. Castle of Heart offers beautiful and detailed 3D graphics with changing landscapes, weather conditions and rich backgrounds. The game’s aesthetics and bestiary are in equal parts inspired by the Slavic mythology – with some locations derived straight from famous, mystical locations in Poland, the developers’ home country – and the dark fantasy atmosphere of the best action platformer titles from the golden age of the genre. All of this makes Castle of Heart a perfect mix of classic influences and modern approach, utilising the spectrum of Nintendo Switch features, which will enchant both fans of the genre and newcomers.

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Castle of Heart - village gameplay

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Castle of Heart is a generic, infuriating, and ultimately underwhelming experience. It doesn't even come close to emulating what made the old Castlevania games classics, as it just crams enemies and traps into levels and hope it works, rather than having coherent level design. If anything, all that Castle of Heart has done is reminded me of how good the old Castlevania games were and that this doesn't fill that void that has been left behind.

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Castle of Heart is a great indie for Nintendo Switch and it brings some great features from classic arcade games.

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An average adventure that fails to excite or entice.

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Castle of Heart is a fun platformer with an interestingly challenging twist. The levels are well designed, but depending on skill, they may not take too long. The story is your run of the mill " slay the bad guy and save the girl" plot, but that meshes perfectly with a world of knights and monsters.

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