A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Usual good vs. evil tropes, complete with stereotypical kidnapped princesses in need of rescue. Teamwork, coming to the aid of others a big focus.
Positive Role Models
Heroes have unique looks but are pretty much the same in personality. Serve their roles as heroes well, helping fellow soldiers, fighting to save the kingdom, and the like. Plus, they try to make sure they're having fun doing it.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Despite over-the-top Saturday-morning-cartoon style, tongue-in-cheek humor, there's no escaping nonstop violence, gore. Blood flows like water, characters get chopped up, occasionally decapitated, with chunks of defeated friends, foes littering landscape.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Starts off mid-party, with characters celebrating with food, drink.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Castle Crashers Remastered is a downloadable action game that's an upgrade to Castle Crashers, complete with all the downloadable content from the original release. One to four players team up in local or online play, hacking and slashing their way through waves of enemies to rescue princesses, defeat an evil wizard, and save the land. Despite the comedic, cartoonish look and feel of the game, there's a surprising amount of blood and gore, with characters getting chopped into pieces and bloody bits scattered around. The game also includes a lot of crude humor, such as a running gag of animals defecating when scared. Players can be exposed to inappropriate content in party chat, although this is optional to multiplayer and can be turned off.
Is It Any Good?
What do you get when you cross a Saturday morning cartoon, an old-school arcade quarter muncher, and the demented sense of humor that would do Monty Python proud? Whatever you got would likely come pretty close to Castle Crashers Remastered. This insane beat-'em-up game is quick to pick up but nearly impossible to put down. The action is nonstop and only gets more frantic when you call on support from up to three fellow knights in local or online play. The button mashing can get a little repetitive after a while, requiring some breaks not only to let your fingers recover but also to keep feelings of monotony at bay. Be forewarned, though: If you set down the controller, you might want to make sure to keep nearby children from picking it up. After all, the game is surprisingly violent, despite its cutesy animated appearance. Plus, there's a lot of (literal) potty humor that might not be suitable for young kids.
If you've never played Castle Crashers before, then Castle Crashers Remastered is a fun place to start. Bringing the game over to the Xbox One means a faster frame rate and sharper textures, but to be perfectly frank, you'd be hard pressed to tell much of a difference between this and the original release. That being said, Remastered does include all the downloadable content and characters previously released, including the Alien Hominid cameo and the Pink Knight released to help raise awareness in breast cancer research. There's also an exclusive new mini-game, "Back Off Barbarian!", in which players try to avoid running into enemies, moving along one square at a time by pressing a corresponding colored button on the Xbox controller. Getting the total package is worth it for newcomers, but if you still have the original version, it might not be enough to convince you to make the jump to the Xbox One version.
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