Release Date: 4/20/2009
Rating: Everyone 10+
For Fans Of: Stick Figures, Popsicle Sticks, Flicking
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The Good: Charming visuals, upgrading your castle is fun
The Bad: Low enemy variety, same background through the whole game, takes way too long to get challenging
Defend Your Castle brings back a lot of childhood memories because it’s designed with crafting items like stick men, popsicle sticks, paint buckets, and bad drawings on lined paper. Your click these stick men into the air and have them crumple on the ground before they start attacking your castle. The game is charming and fun at first, but after a while, there just isn’t much there to keep you coming back.
At the end of each round, you are earned points which can be used to buy upgrades for your castle like archers, magicians (using an eraser to instant kill an enemy), and repair men. You can drop men into your blue paint bucket to convert them for these jobs, but other than that there isn’t much else to do besides flicking enemies into the air. Some times big enemies will roll along, but in the end, I really wanted to see more variety. The game also starts off very slow, and you earn points slowly until around the 15-20th round and that’s way too far ahead to have the pace start picking up.
The graphics are charming like I mentioned, but the gameplay lacks variety and so do the enemies which are a disappointment. I would like to have seen more modes, different backgrounds, and different enemies, but what is here will keep you busy for a while, but once you start unlocking everything you won’t really come back for more.