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Platform 360, Win, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U Publisher Microsoft Studios Developer Zen Studios Release Date 2013-05-29

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Castlestorm review: Hybrid Heaven

The developer — best known for the Pinball FX series — has created a melting pot of game mechanics in Castlestorm. Composed of physics-based puzzler, tower defense, construction sim and melee combat elements, it's a formula that could have easily fallen apart. Instead, the result is a well-crafted action game that requires on-the-fly strategic thinking as well as good aim. Castlestorm is set on a 2D battlefield, with your castle on one side and the enemy stronghold on the other. You play as Sir Gareth, a huge, cocky knight and protector of the generic fantasy realm. It's your job to fend off your rivals (initially, a band of rowdy vikings), and bring down their own structure. In practice, this means commanding an army and running your tower's defenses, as well as operating...

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1001 Spikes, Guacamelee and CastleStorm among first wave of ID@Xbox indie games

At GDC today Microsoft unveiled more details about its first wave of independent Xbox One games, launching under the ID@Xbox umbrella. Originally announced last year, the scheme allows indies to publish games for Xbox One. "Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible so developers can focus on what matters most: creating the games you're beginning to see today," said games director Chris Charla. Firm release dates have not been announced, but among the games coming "soon" include the following, some of which have been released in some form or another on other platforms. Polygon will have a full report on today's ID@Xbox showcase later today. 1001 Spikes by Nicalis: Tough side-scroller offering 1001 lives to get through the game. Calibre 10 Racing Series by Bongfish:...

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KickBeat, CastleStorm and Pinball FX2 heading to PS4 and Xbox One

Zen Studios is bringing Pinball FX2, CastleStorm - Definitive Edition and KickBeat - Special Edition to the Xbox One "in the coming months," according to a post on the company's blog, adding that CastleStorm and KickBeat will also head to PlayStation 4 "later this spring." The Definitive Edition of hybrid tower-defense game CastleStorm runs at 1080p at 60 frames per second. It features the entire original campaign and expansions, along with new battles, modes, spells and more. The 2D physics-based destruction game also includes a custom castle editor, online multiplayer and co-op modes. Available for Wii U and PS3, CastleStorm launched for Android and iOS devices as a free-to-play title called CastleStorm: Free to Siege last month. The Special Edition of the fighting-infused rhythm...

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CastleStorm heads to mobile, Android beta open now

Zen Studios' hybrid tower-defense game, CastleStorm, will launch for Android and iOS devices this spring via the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Amazon, community manager Bobby Loertscher announced via the developer's site. CastleStorm: Free to Siege will be a free-to-play title featuring touch-screen controls, four campaigns and 150 battles. The game's four nations will include their own troop classes, weapons, spells and more, and the game will offer eight playable heroes. Mobile versions will also include new spells. Interested players with Android devices can sign up for a private beta now by joining Free to Siege's Google Group and downloading the game on Google Play. According to the post, space is limited. CastleStorm is available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox...

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CastleStorm coming to PS3 and Vita Nov. 5

Tower defense-brawler mashup CastleStorm is coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Nov. 5, developer Zen Studios community manager Bobby Loertscher announced in a post on the PlayStation Blog. The game will be available for $9.99 and supports cross-buy, so one purchase will net buyers the game on both systems. CastleStorm is a 2D "super genre mashup" combining physics-based destruction mechanics, tower defense and light brawling. The game pits knights against vikings in classic medieval warfare, where heavy artillery on the ground and a catalogue of powerful spells will help players tear down enemy castles. In addition to a story campaign, CastleStorm includes a castle editor allowing players to construct their own fortresses, as well as three different multiplayer modes:...

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CastleStorm expansion The Warrior Queen arriving for Xbox Live

A new expansion for Zen Studios' Xbox Live game CastleStorm arrives on Friday. The Warrior Queen features 20 new battles, a Viking Elite class as well as extra weapons including Meteor Showers, Exploding Barrels, Golem Hostages and Frozen Swordfish. The Windows version of this DLC was released for Steam earlier this week. CastleStorm is a multi-gameplay mash-up title featuring physics-based puzzles, tower defense, construction and melee combat. In Polygon's review earlier this year Danielle Riendeau scored it at 7.5, describing it as "a combination of so many disparate mechanics that it feels like a cohesive whole."

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CastleStorm DLC launching this Weds. on Steam and XBLA

CastleStorm, Zen Studios' physics-based tower defense title, was released on Steam today, and downloadable content is headed to the game this week, according to the developer. On July 31, CastleStorm will receive the first of two expansions, From Outcast to Savior, both on Steam and Xbox Live Arcade. The $2.99 (240 Microsoft Points) DLC will include the new Royal Guard faction, as well as new environments, weapons, 20 battles and new Achievements. Check out the video above to see From Outcast to Savior in action and the gallery below to see it in still form. For more on the game, be sure to check out Polygon's CastleStorm review.

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Zen Studios' CastleStorm coming to Steam July 29

Zen Studios is bringing its physics-based tower-defense game CastleStorm to Steam for Windows PC on July 29, the company announced today. Steam users can purchase the game for $10, and those who pre-order will receive an additional 10 percent discount. In CastleStorm, players will build and defend castles and attempt to destroy those of their opponents. The Steam version will support both local and online cooperative and multiplayer modes in addition to its single-player story campaign. Players can also play using a mouse and keyboard and will be able to fully customize the controls. CastleStorm launched on Xbox Live Arcade in May. Check out the video above for a look at the game's castle editing tools in action. Read Polygon's review here.

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CastleStorm's knights and vikings headed to Xbox Live Arcade May 29

CastleStorm, Zen Studio's medieval multiplayer tower defense game, will be released on Xbox Live Arcade May 29, the developer announced today. CastleStorm will retail for 800 Microsoft Points ($10) and include 12 levels of tower defense where players can assume offensive and defensive roles. The game also features wave-based co-op and multiplayer modes, and players will be able to construct their own castles to defend in battles that pit knights against vikings. For more on the Lego-inspired CastleStorm, you can check out a recent trailer that highlights the game's multiplayer offerings.

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CastleStorm multiplayer trailer features three new modes

A new trailer for CastleStorm, Zen Studio's 2.5D tower-defense game, offers a first look at the game's three multiplayer modes. CastleStorm takes place in a medieval world where players defend different castles. In addition to multiplayer, the game includes a main campaign where players can capture enemy flags, destroy castles and complete objectives. The game will feature two wave-based co-op modes: Survival and Last Stand. In Survival, players either control the ballista or ground forces while fighting off enemies. Last Stand, on the other hand, requires players to tackle enemies with hand-to-hand combat. CastleStorm's competitive mode is a one-versus-one split screen where players attempt to destroy each other's castles. Check out the trailer above to see multiplayer gameplay in...

CastleStorm Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2013-05-29
    • Publisher Microsoft Studios
    • Developer Zen Studios
  • Windows
    • Released 2013-07-29
    • Publisher Zen Studios
    • Developer Zen Studios
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2013-11-05
    • Publisher Zen Studios
    • Developer Zen Studios
  • PlayStation Vita
    • Released 2013-11-05
    • Publisher Microsoft Studios
    • Developer Zen Studios
  • Wii U
    • Released 2013-12-26
    • Publisher Zen Studios
    • Developer Zen Studios
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