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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Castle Crumble is a fantasy physics-based puzzle game exclusively on Apple Arcade. The gameplay has you destroying castles using cannonballs, TNT, chains, and magic spells. While not human, pinkish blobs with soldier hats may be in or on the castle when destroyed. Aside from that cartoonish violence, there's nothing inappropriate in the title.
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What’s It About?
Rather than eliminate pigs or feeding candy to a monster, your goal in the aptly-named CASTLE CRUMBLE is to knock down a distant castle with as few moves as possible. Players rotate the screen, aiming and firing weapons, such as cannonballs and bombs, to inflict as much damage onto the castle as possible. It's also possible to use weak spots in the architecture (such as hitting a wooden base instead of a stone or metal one) or using nearby objects, like balloons carrying crates of TNT, meteors, or chains that will pull towers down. Speaking of architecture, levels include kingdoms from the Medieval, Ancient, Aztec, and other periods in history, and the weapons will change, too, depending on your task at hand, such as magic blasts and corrosive acid.
Is It Any Good?
As puzzlers go, this game delivers a thrilling spin on physics-based "destruction" games, at least for a short while. It's fun to study the castle layout and strategize a plan to take down the structures in Castle Crumble with the limited weapons you've got available to you. And it's cool to watch the various castles blow up and topple down, seemingly obeying laws of gravity. But while the game should keep you engaged for a while, the charm wears off in due time. What Castle Crumble lacks in depth and replayability it makes up for in accessibility, authentic physics, and great-looking effects. There's something inherently satisfying to watch part of a tower blow up because of a timed bomb you tossed at it, witnessing the bricks break apart and the entire building begin to crumble and fall. It's equally as fun to take out a castle's color-coded force field.
Since there are no in-app purchases allowed on an Apple Arcade game (nor are there in-game ads), the coins you earn by destroying castles can be redeemed in the Shop to purchase additional weapons, many of which need to be unlocked after a certain level. There isn't much difference to the gameplay as you reach new stages. The architecture changes, and some of the weapons (and thus, tactics) grow, but alas, it's more of the same. Perhaps not a bad thing if you're enjoying the explosive experience. Castle Crumble is fun while it lasts, and you'll likely go back to it after spending time on other games, but doesn't have the stickiness or staying power as many other Apple Arcade games. The global leaderboard is a nice touch but even better would be a multiplayer component (with team mode) to spice things up, or perhaps a few mini-games. As a result, Castle Crumble is a good, but not great, puzzle game.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about whether it was necessary to have "soldiers" in the castle when they're destroyed. Does it add to the fun to have living things as targets at the castle you're firing at (even though they're not human)?
What's the appeal of smashing castles to bits? Does it feel like breaking Legos apart for kids, or is there something else that's connected to this circumstance?
- Platform: Apple Arcade
- Pricing structure: Paid (Part of Apple Arcade, a $4.99/month subscription service.)
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Orbital Knight
- Release date: February 9, 2023
- Genre: Puzzle
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- ESRB rating: NR for Apple suggests ages 9 and older for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.
- Last updated: February 15, 2023
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