It's like a live podcast. Only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers! We call this show Saturday Game School, because learning about new games is always fun.
Tonight on Mixer, we played Castle Crashers Remastered, the famed co-op beat 'em up action-RPG from The Behemoth. Read on for quick impressions and contest winners.
Just follow us at Mixer.com/WindowsCentral, enable email notifications, watch along and participate in chat for your chance to win. After the stream ends, be sure to check back for the YouTube replay video and contest winners.
Castle Crashers Remastered
Originally released on Xbox 360 way back in 2008, Castle Crashers from indie developer The Behemoth became an early standout XBLA hit during a time when mainstream gamers were still learning to accept downloadable games. One to four players could select a knight and embark on a humorous quest to rescue four princesses from an evil wizard's army.
Castle Crashers Remastered showed up on Xbox One almost out of nowhere, touting several welcome improvements like HD textures, an uncapped 60 FPS framerate, a brand new mini-game called 'Back Off Barbarian,' new menus, and numerous minor rebalances and tweaks. Most excitingly for owners of the original version, they could get the Xbox One game for free for a short time after release. Previous owners who missed out on the free promotion can still save $5 on Castle Crashers Remastered.
The beat 'em up genre is not the most highly-populated nowadays. Few games have exceeded Castle Crashers' scope since 2008 — only Charlie Murder, Scott Pilgrim, and Phantom Breaker: Battlegrounds come close. But nothing truly tops Castle Crashers.
Part of Castle Crashers' longevity comes from the simple but addictive character leveling and loot systems that make revisiting past levels worthwhile. We can chalk the rest up to the game's subversive (and occasionally juvenile) sense of humor, memorable and expressive character artwork and backgrounds, and both local and online co-op for four players.
Castle Crashers Remastered doesn't stray much from the original design, but the bump in textures and frame rate ensures that it looks as good on Xbox One as we remember it looking on 360. Teaming up with a friend or three and laying into hordes of enemies proves just as addictive now as it ever did. The faster loading and streamlined menus certainly help.
Watch us play Castle Crashers Remastered to see one of our favorite games of 2015 that's still as charming as it ever was. Castle Crashers Remastered sells for $14.99.
We streamed Castle Crashers Remastered for ~90 minutes. During that time, we gave out a total of 15 game codes:
- 9 Castle Crashers Remastered for Xbox One
- 5 Castle Crashers for Steam
See the contest winners at the end of this story.
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Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekend Mixer programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9 PM Eastern (8 PM Central, 6 PM Pacific, 1 AM GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):
- June 3: Four Sided Fantasy from Serenity Forge. Win an Xbox or Steam copy of this clever puzzle platformer.
- June 10: Paul heads to Los Angeles for E3, so probably no stream this week.
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These winners have castles to crash!
Tonight's prizes provided by The Behemoth. Thanks also to our stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!
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