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Castle Champions (iOS) Review

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Castle Champions

We really need a better elevator

We really need a better elevator

There is no shortage of tower building sims for the iOS from titles as simple and straightforward as Tower Stack, comprised entirely of dropping one block on top of another to see how high you can go, to Tiny Tower, a game remarkably similar to the subject of this review with players micromanaging an apartment complex. Developed by Artlogic Games, the team behind Epic War, and published by Gamenauts, known for Ninja Fishing, Castle Champions is another addition to the long list of tower building games but this time with a medieval twist.

Story

Similar to most sims in the genre it lacks an overt storyline, rather leaving the player to fashion their own ideas with multiple quests throughout the game acting as waypoints. However, the general goal across every individual story is to build your castle to train warriors (archers, mages, paladins and more) and compete for the illustrious title of Castle Champion. It is in this pursuance that Castle Champions diverges from a sim like Tiny Tower. While players manage the everyday running of the castle including housing, employment and stocking, they also must train soldiers to compete for coin, the key item in expanding your castle and further improving your army.  While both aspects of the game are necessary to succeed in acquiring the coveted title, players do have the option of focusing on one strategy or another allowing for multiple styles of gameplay and different stories to play out.

Gameplay

In this title the gameplay truly is in what you make of it. It can be absolutely mindless with players needing only hit the pop up notifications and assign whoever moves in to whatever position is open at the time with few real consequences. In fact, it’s difficult to determine exactly what characteristics determine victory in battle as it can seem like a frustrating flip of a coin. Nevertheless it is extremely satisfying when a single archer overturns what was thought to be a decided loss even with as little control as you seem to have over it.  There are powerups that can turn chance’s favor towards the player, but they’re hardly worth the little blue crystals that are as rare as diamonds. And no game would be complete without those pesky micro-transactions, but if you really want to flash your credit card to win a single player iOS game that’s your choice.

Ready, Set... GO!

Ready, Set… GO!

Graphics

For all of the comparisons that can be made to the free Tiny Tower, graphics is not one of them. The various shops and sprites have detail that obviously took some time and make it easy to find what you’re looking for without reading every individual title. The downside? Perhaps its nitpicky, but the ability to rotate the screen is a feature often overlooked. With a game that requires gratuitous vertical scrolling, the option of switching to the elongated portrait view is advantageous.

Sound

As this is the type of game one plays while standing in line at the DMV or grocery, you’ll hardly be hearing much of this game unless you really like annoying your fellow patrons (not advisable at the DMV). As a game reviewer, I have done you a favor and blasted it into my ears so that you don’t have to… You’re not missing much. It seems little effort was put into the single song which plays on repeat throughout the vast majority of gameplay, something that can be considered excusable for free games. You need not feel guilty for setting your phone on silent.

Overall

Castle Champions is an iOS app with that time-waster Facebook game feel. Sure, it’s great to kill a few hours when you don’t have access or simply don’t feel like playing a better game, but this isn’t going to be something you crave or even something that nears top ten when it comes time to stand in line and you dig into your jeans for your trusty mobile. If your weakness is tower games, this was designed with you in mind but others simply won’t be satisfied. All things considered, Castle Champions is free on most iOS devices so it doesn’t hurt to have a look even if you delete it only a few minutes later.

CASTLE CHAMPIONS (IOS) REVIEW

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall58%

Gameplay6

Fun, but unoriginal; This title is one you won't mind missing unless you love tower sims.

Graphics7

Cartoony, but endearing, they're not going to blow your mind, but they're easy on the eyes.

Sound4

Mute it.

Addictiveness5

It's fun for a bit, but you'll never crave it.

Controls7

Typical with its scroll and click interface, there are few to no bugs.

Miranda L Visser

Miranda L Visser

Gaming since she dug an NES out of a dumpster down the street from her home as a child, Miranda L Visser contributes to Gaming Illustrated while working on her M.A. in Norway. She dearly misses steak and being able to walk down the street to buy cheap games.
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CASTLE CHAMPIONS (IOS) REVIEW

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall58%

Gameplay6

Fun, but unoriginal; This title is one you won't mind missing unless you love tower sims.

Graphics7

Cartoony, but endearing, they're not going to blow your mind, but they're easy on the eyes.

Sound4

Mute it.

Addictiveness5

It's fun for a bit, but you'll never crave it.

Controls7

Typical with its scroll and click interface, there are few to no bugs.

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