|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Xgen Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Xgen Studios||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 12, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
As far as control is concerned, this title is extremely simple. You grab little stick figures with the Wii-mote and are able to fling them across the screen with a flick of your wrist. Most of your power-ups are controlled via point and click, except for the magic power-up, which is controlled via a double tap on the d-pad.
Sound in this game is not-so-good. There is absolutely no music, and the sound scheme relies solely on sound effects from the invading stick people and your own equipment. The stick people make little "ouch" noises after you fling them; the bombs go "kaboom" (there is literally a human voice that says "kaboom"); and if you let the little people close enough to your castle you can hear them beat on it. These little noises can get annoying, especially during harder levels when things are going very fast and all you hear is a choir of fist pounding and little, stick people noises. It can really give you a headache.
Another painful aspect of this game occurs after you've played for about an hour or so. Because the game relies on you licking your wrist very quickly, you may find yourself with one heck of a case of Wii-wrist after playing too long. So even though Defend Your Castle might be really fun, if your wrist starts hurting, give it a rest.
Overall, Defend Your Castle is a worthwhile title and a steal at only 500 points. Fans of games like PixelJunk Monsters will be drawn to its "defend the tower" style gameplay, and it is also fun for those who enjoy a quick pick-up-and-play experience. But I would exercise caution, especially to those who think this game is all fluff. There is definitely some difficulty in this title, and don't be surprised if you play through a level several times. It may be frustrating, but perhaps in this way Defend Your Castle is rewarding as well. Just remember, stop playing when it starts to hurt!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer