[Review] Castle Crashers Remastered – Nintendo Switch

Written by Thomas Haroldsen

Reviewed by Thomas

  • Developer: The Behemoth
  • Publisher: The Behemoth
  • Release Date: 17/09/2019
  • Price: $14.99 / £15.29
  • Review code provided by The Behemoth

Intro

It has been years since I’ve played Castle Crashers from The Behemoth. Though its genre is not typically in my wheelhouse, it’s hard to deny how much fun this indie Hack and Slash has to offer. Originally released over ten years ago in 2008, I was curious to see how it fares in today’s competitive indie market. If you’re reading this, I assume you’re curious too. Read on for my review of Castle Crashers Remastered for Nintendo Switch.

Your Mother Was a Hamster

The tale in Castle Crashers hearkens back to the age old drama of knight in shining armor out to rescue a beleaguered princess. Rather, four princesses and knights in a variety of armor. Sure, there’s a crystal and an evil wizard to boot. What makes the story fun is there isn’t a traditional narrative. Everything is conveyed in the art style and the character’s expressions. There is no shortage of humor which is half the charm. If crude jokes boil your blood, you may not enjoy the presentation. Since I play Castle Crashers with my children, hearing them laugh hysterically is contagious and makes the poo blasting deer worth it. The whole adventure is very tongue-in-cheek.

And Your Father Smelt of Elderberries

As mentioned earlier, Castle Crashers Remastered is a 2D hack-and-slash game styled after the good days of the arcades. Three or four are hardly a crowd as playing in a group is the most fun. I did embark solo a few times but quickly summoned my son away from his thrilling homework to help me combat various baddies. *One thing I found troublesome in the Nintendo Switch version is the use of multiple profiles on one system. I suppose I should say, lack of. When setting up for multiplayer matches we were unable to use individual profiles. This made it frustrating when leveling up a knight and then losing all that progress because it was tied to a different profile. This won’t be a big issue if each player has their own copy of the game with separate Switches, but for a family gaming on one system it can be problematic. 

There are a few extra modes in Castle Crashers Remastered. Though I can’t say for sure if these modes came out on past-gen consoles, they were a new experience for me. Back off Barbarian places you on a grid-based map. You have to move from square to square trying to avoid enemies. The catch is, you have to press a button based on the visual arrow instead of the actual direction. Almost like a rhythm game. To go down three spaces you may need to press the D-Pad; left, left, up. It’s not a mode that you’ll sink hours into but is a fun way to break up the monster bashing. Arena mode lets you face off against your friends in glorious combat. If you enter the arena with only one player then you can take on ever increasing hordes of enemies.

Now Go Away

The campy music is just as cute as the crisp graphics. The art and movement is sharp and clean. The remastered version looks great on Nintendo’s console both docked and in tabletop mode. I only played in handheld mode briefly and didn’t encounter any issues. Since I mostly played co-op, it was either on the big screen or on the table with the kickstand earning its keep. The ability to have a friend join you by taking advantage of the native joy-cons turned sideways shows once again why repurchasing old games on the Switch is well worth your money.

Or I Will Taunt You a Second Time

I did run into a few quirks with Castle Crashers Remastered. The aforementioned profile issue being the main one. There were some graphical issues as well. I found if you hold your shield out, it freezes some enemies and makes their legs wiggle uncontrollably. They also don’t move to attack making it easy for a friend to plunge a sword into their defenseless back. A few other minor things like running from dirt to water or vice versa displays the wrong sprites on the ground. Dirt sprites over the water and water sprites over the ground.

Final Wrap

For a game older than most of my children, it’s just as fun and entertaining as I remember all those years ago. The remastered graphics look sharp and the extra content is worth unlocking. Finding new characters and pets is exciting but it’s the co-op aspect that will keep Castle Crashers on your home screen. For its price it is definitely worth picking up. I’ll take three more please.

Pros

  • Multiplayer Madness
  • Quirky Story
  • Colorful Presentation

Cons

  • Minor Bugs

Verdict
Castle Crashers Remastered recaptures the joy of hacking and slashing with a team while laughing your guts out.
4.5/5

*Review score has been amended due to the profile issue being corrected at launch

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