CastleStorm – Free to Siege Review

CastleStorm – Free to Siege Review

May 15, 2014

It is quite impressive what Zen Studios has accomplished with the port of CastleStorm on Android: the game looks as good as ever and plays very similiar as the console version.

In Zen Studios’ CastleStorm, players get the task of defending its own castle, while crumbling the opponents. The game combines this tower defense gameplay wth real time strategy elements from games like Swords and Soldiers and even real time battling. Like the player, the computer controlled enemy can do the same: the can also deploy units on the ground, fire spears and other objects from one castle to another and bring in the heavy stuff with special attacks.

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CastleStorm has a meant to be cheeky story with dialog that isn’t a burden to read; it’s actually very funny and handy. It gives the player a sense of progression in the story, even though the game opens up at a very enjoyable peace with his fine difficulty curve. Its mayor difference between the Android and console version is that the ballista isn’t controlled like players are used to: the Angry Birds style of slingshot gameplay has made place for direct point and click control.

Technically, one could say this works better on mobile devices, but I would beg to differ. Later one, precise shots are needed to advance, and with my thumb constantly being in the way of my view, I could not control the battlefield as I prefer – or as the game wants you to play. Because, just like the console version, players need to combine the three above mentioned gameplay mechanics all the time and without a good flow, the game isn’t working like the developers imagined.

But the graphics and the sound are so well done. It is really impressive what Zen Studios did with the available resources. It fits the gameplay and the story also so good. I could nog imagine it being something else than this, with the cheeky story in mind. Combine that with the awesome combination of the gameplay, and CastleStorm is one game not to overlook when browsing any digital store. Sadly though, my thumb was sometimes in the way of the action, but that’s the only downside to this game.

CastleStorm – Free to Siege Review Rundown

10.0
Graphics/Sound - Simply amazing and really impressive!
7.5
Controls - The controls could've been better; sometimes, the player's thumb is in the way
8.0
Gameplay - An awesome combination of three genres. Players really need to focus.
8.0
Replay Value - This game offers a lot of gameplay, so there's plenty to enjoy!
8.5
Overall - One of the best, most polished games on Android.

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Wesley Akkerman
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