Creatures & Castles Review
- Interesting take on maze-solving.
- Easy to learn controls.
- Difficulty scales appropriately depending on the score you aim for.
- Poor drawing detection; adds erroneous steps for no clear reason.
- Failing (which is easy to do) completely resets levels including paths.
The frustration felt while playing Creatures & Castles falls almost in step with how much of a perfectionist you are; if you're aiming to get 'three stars' on every level, you might just go mad.
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Do you fancy yourself to have a steady hand and god-like skills of timing? If so you might just be one of the few people Creatures & Castles by hiive intends to target as you plunge in to the labyrinthine depths of this puzzle title.The premise is a simple one that's easy to get behind as you're presented with room after room of maze-like designs that need to be explored to collect a treasure before exiting the level. The catch is that you can only move on a path that you have drawn prior to moving, with penalties being applied if you stop then start again. Enemies roam the levels, moving along fixed paths, making the success of each level dependent on drawing and timing your run efficiently, however tiny mistakes are penalized heavily as touching enemies will reset the entire level along with the path you've drawn.This can be especially frustrating on later levels as discovering the most efficient path isn't always difficult, but the longer a path is, the higher your chance of failure becomes and redrawing the entire path again and again is a harsh penalty to deal with. To compound this even further, the path-drawing system is fraught with detection problems that often cause bizarre random blips where your character dances around a spot and redrawing the entire path is no guarantee it won't occur again somewhere else.The idea behind Creatures & Castles is an elegant one that can (if things go your way) feel really satisfying as you carefully time and dodge all the enemies in your path. Unfortunately it rarely reaches the zenith of its potential, making it a hard game to recommend.
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"Creatures and Castles is a solid blend of dungeon romp and casual gaming." - 148apps.com
"The idea behind Creatures & Castles is an elegant one that can (if things go your way) feel really satisfying as you carefully time and dodge all the enemies in your path." - AppSpy.com
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Universal App (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)
Fiendishly difficult puzzles.
GameCenter Leaderboard Support (Achievements coming soon).
Arcade-puzzle game in which you help a young treasure hunter steal vast quantities of treasure from a medieval castle. Trace a path of magical footprints for the treasure hunter to follow and set them on their way to safety, avoiding traps and the treasure guards. The less magic you use guiding the treasure hunter, the higher your score.
* KIDS THESE DAYS!
Young Timmy and Susie love their bedtime stories about treasure hunters and wild adventures. So, in the dead of night they tiptoe out of the house and set off on an adventure to raid the nearest castle... and find themselves in a world of trouble.
*TO THE RESCUE!
Help them in their predicament by laying out a magical path of footprints for them to follow, steal their ill-gotten gains and escape from the depths of the castle...
What's New in Version 1.71REQUESTED FEATURE: Emergency stop. Tap the character while in motion to cause them to immediately stop in their tracks!
Interim release. Big update coming soon.
Lots of bug-fixes and code improvements.