Games like Castle Crashers are why Games Radar love homebrew gaming. Developer The Behemoth excels at taking classic arcade concepts and reworking them for today's gamer in splashy, flashy cartoon fashion. Its previous title, Alien Hominid, was an homage to old-school, 2D side scrollers like Metal Slug. Similarly, Castle Crashers plays like nothing so much as a modernized love letter to classic four-player hack-and-slash games, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with added vehicle sections, or a four-player take on Golden Axe.
Games Radar recently grabbed some hands-on time with this castle-conquering, co-op-focused Xbox Live Arcade entry, and they are happy to report the team's core design staples - simple, yet satisfying gameplay and sharp humor - appear to be fully intact for their sophomore effort. But more on the funny in a moment. First, let's see how this baby plays.