CastleStorm - Free to Siege Review
- Good direct control combat
- Range of gameplay options provide lots of tactical variation
- Good story and visual design
- Agressive ads
- Construction doesn't offer much flexibility
Castlestorm: Free to Siege’s handsome and ambitious take on the tower defence genre will appeal to fans of both strategy and action games.
- Full Review
- App Store Info
Castlestorm: Free to Siege is a smorgasbord of gameplay styles. At its core it is a tower defence game, but it ladels in construction, brawling, and even physics destruction elements in its gameplay stew.
You begin each stage facing off against your medieval enemy along a 2D path. Sometimes your goal will be to stop all of the advancing attackers. At other times you'll need bring down the enemy's fortifications using any or all of the plentiful combat systems at your disposal.
The first method of attack on offer is the ballista. Tapping anywhere on screen will unleash a volly of javelins or other projectiles. This lobbing mechanic proves especially useful when bombarding your foe's fort. Heavier projectiles possess special abilities that cause them to speed up, explode, and even split into three a la Angry Birds. The physics are less weighty than the avian blockbuster it imitates, but prove no less enjoyable.
If projectiles aren’t enough, then you can also call in the troops using two seperate systems. The first follows the standard tower defence formula, with you spawning swordsmen, archers, priests, and numerous other unit types to defend your castle at the touch of a button.
The other, more satisfying option is to summon a hero. Once spawned, you lead your warrior into battle using the responsive virtual stick and buttons. Operating under your direct command, this powerful unit temporarily turns the game into a side-scrolling brawler. When used wisely, the hero becomes one of the most entertaining parts of the game, and often the lynchpin to victory.
Castlestorm doesn’t stop at physics-flinging and arcade combat, though. As well as reducing opposing castles to rubble, you also get to build your own. Different rooms and defences can be cobbled together to create a sturdy base capable of providing gamplay buffs. A simple grid-based design allows you to easily snap rooms into place but, despite the ease of the system, it feels overly complicated for the slight advantages it offers.
What's impressive is that all of the disperate of Castlestorm: Free to Siege come together brilliantly. While it does aggressively advertise its in-app purchases, this is an ambitious and involving free to play release which offers tonnes of entertaining strategy and action gameplay with very few restrictions.
DescriptionWelcome to the world of CastleStorm - Free to Siege, a super genre mashup of 2D physics destruction mashed with tower defense brawler!
CastleStorm - Free to Siege includes all of the features in the critically acclaimed console version of the game!
- 2D physics destruction
- Action-strategy-beat’em up genre mashup
- Console quality graphics
- Full voicovers and story line
- Original soundtrack by Waterflame
- Controls tailored to the touch screen
- Upgradeable weapons, spells and characters
- 8 playable hero characters
Build your own custom castle with the Castle Editor! Use your castle in battle!
Four Campaigns spanning 150 battles!
- Kingdom Quest (50 battles)
- Welcome to Vikingland (40 battles)
- From Outcast to Savior (30 battles)
- The Warrior Queen (30 battles)
Four different nations with their own troop class, weapons, spells and bonus rooms:
- Royal Guard
- Viking Elites
CastleStorm - Free to Siege is free to play, however some in-game items will require payment and can be purchased as in-app purchases. You can turn off the payment feature by disabling in-app purchases in your device's settings.
Visit www.castlestormgame.com for more information about the game.
Be sure to visit us at www.zenstudios.com
Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/zen_studios or Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/zenstudios
View game trailers on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/ZenStudiosGames
What's New in Version 1.08Replay - Learn and Adapt!
From now on, you'll be able to learn new tricks from your enemies or simply oversee your troop behavior with the help of the battle replays.
Promotional packages - Various options to expand your gameplay experience
• Booster - Get a bunch of Boosters to make your troop's life easier!
• Starter - Unlock and level up essential equipment pieces and make your way to the end of the campaign!
• Hero - Unlock the fiercest heroes in the CastleStorm universe!
• Pro - Upgrade your empire to PRO and beat your enemies in ferocious castle-on-castle PVP battles!
• Ultimate - Remove all unlocks from the game and savor the unmitigated CastleStorm experience!