Review: Crush the Castle for iPhone/iPod Touch

Every so often you find a game so addicting that you can’t stop playing it. I’m that way with two games on the iPhone: Fieldrunners and Civ Revolution. Close runners up are iShoot (there are only so many times you can launch nukes) and now Crush the Castle.

Designed by Armor Games, CtC was originally a Flash game ported to the iPhone.

To play you load up a trebuchet with weapons (rocks, firebombs, whatever else) by tapping once. You tap again launch and then tap to release at some point in the arc. The items swing out into space and land at some point on a castle that is essentially made of beams. The beams react in a naturalistic way meaning they move as if they were real beams and you then crush little people underneath them. Rinse. Repeat.

It’s quite addictive and you add new weapons and “lands” throughout the game. If you get medals – meaning you beat the level in less than a certain number of sticks – you can unlock new continents.

The best part, I think, are the realistic crashes. The little characters don’t really squash – they kind of just fall over – but the interaction of the parts allows different parts to fall down when hit. Later levels introduce challenges like fire.

You can play the game right here or you can download a free demo version here or a $1.99 full version here.

The folks at Armor Games want five of you the chance to try it out. I’ll pick five commenters at random to receive a promo code. Otherwise, get a copy of the free version and give it a go. It’s pretty fun.