Remember those old building sets you used to play with as a kid? Legos, K'NEX, Lincoln Logs, or just the geometric wooden blocks that were often painted bright colors. Man, those were fun. You could spend all day carefully setting up one building after another.
And then smashing them flat!
-ahem- Where was I? Ah, right. The controls are simple. Click once to start your trebuchet swinging, and again to release the rock towards the castle. Well, hopefully towards. You may find yourself sending a few straight up, straight down, or even backwards until you get the hang of it.
When you do get off a good shot, you get to watch it fly gracefully towards the castle, smash into a wall, and cause untold destruction, killing all of the inhabitants and turning the entire thing into a massive pile of rubble! Mwa-ha-ha!
-blinks- Er… Sorry, I'll try to stay more focused. If by some chance, you don't happen to eliminate all of your enemies with that shot, click one more time, and your trebuchet will be reset and rearmed. Don't go throwing those boulders willy-nilly, though, you've only got five shots to finish your destruction. Run out, and you'll have to retreat and try the level again.
As you progress through the game, you'll unlock additional types of ammunition. You can switch between them at any time by clicking on the type you want. Remember, bigger isn't always better. More usually is, though.
Analysis: If you've played a game called Castle Clout, you may note with dismay that this game looks very similar. Indeed, that was intentional, and was done with the permission of Castle Clout's maker. However, don't sell this game short because of that. Crush the Castle is not just a graphics update, it's a completely new game.
Controlling the trebuchet is much easier this time around, so you're actually in control. The goal is also different. You're not just trying to pummel the castle for points, you're trying to kill all the inhabitants.
The little creeps have an action movie extra's tendency to spout blood and die from the most minor injuries imaginable. And that's a Good Thing. They're like little festive piñatas, only filled with blood instead of candy. And if your indirect attack makes you feel a bit like a blindfolded kid with a bat, that only makes it all the more satisfying when a good shot makes the entire castle come crashing down, the residents spraying blood like miniature fireworks. It's like a birthday party and the Fourth of July all wrapped up in one! With blood!
This is a game that appeals to the inner five-year-old in all of us. The one that wants to knock something down, just because he can. Even when you've finished, it's a riot to take the triple-bomb (your final weapon) and go back and blow the earlier castles to smithereens! BOOM! \o/
But, hey, don't just take my word for it. Practice your Godzilla roar, and get ready to smash things!