In Castle Doombad: Free to Slay, you play as one of Dr. Lord Evilstein’s minions. Your job is to stop the good knights from rescuing a princess he has locked up in his tower.
To aid you in keeping the princess you have an array of traps and other minions to kill the knights in shining armor before they reach the princess. You also have access to a number of different special moves which Dr. Evilstein allows you to use. If the noble heroes do make it to the princess, you have a chance to claim her back on their return journey through the castle.
To build traps and hire minions you need to collect scream currency; higher amounts will buy better traps. Scream currency is collected from the princess in her castle or through the use of a scream machine. The scream machine requires you to manually collect the scream, whereas the princess’ contribution is automatically added to the bank.
To control the game you select what trap or creature you want and select its location. At times you might want to use a special move, which you can use with another tap.
You can also collect special tokens from dying knights or buy them in IAPs to upgrade weapons and unlock new weapons.
In essence this is a tower defense game, and a brilliantly designed one. Unlike with the majority of games where you are the hero; here you are the anti-hero doing the bidding of your evil master, which is refreshing.
Those attacking you come in different shapes and sizes. Some are simple drones just making a run for the princess while others will actively attack your defenses.
Castle Doombad: Free to Slay starts with an in-depth tutorial of five levels. This gives you everything you need to know to defend the castle from the intruders. The tutorial is very nicely designed allowing you to learn quickly in small steps building on your skills from the previous level. Each tutorial level is flexibility, meaning you aren’t just following the instructions of the game.
The graphics of Castle Doombad are what you would expect from this genre. The cartoonish characters and environments work well and look very interesting. Also the movements of all the characters are wonderfully animated.
There is some fantastic scripting for Dr. Evilstein and he has some great one liners. He is every much the cartoon bad guy with atypical mannerisms and goals which are up there with the best of them.
The downside for players is that Castle Doombad: Free to Slay can take up a lot of memory on the phone and when there many enemies in the castle the game can become slow. There is also the issue of screen size. This is a game designed to be played on larger screens. Those on mobiles or smaller tablets will suffer because the selection buttons are too small.
You do not have to purchase IAPs to win Castle Doombad, although they can speed up the unlocking of certain weapons and levels. However, you might find you are watching countless advertisements in between the 60 levels, though you can skip many of these.
In conclusion, Castle Doombad: Free to Slay is a delight and certainly one which you could enjoy countless times.
Castle Doombad: Free to Slay Review: Evil Never Looked So Good
+Brilliantly designed gameplay demonstrating the best of tower defense games
+Easy to learn how to play with a well structured tutorial
-Slows down when too many enemies are on the screen
-Too many ads