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Castle Wars 2.5

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May 13, 2017 | 9:33 AM EDT

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Most bugs and changes are out of the way now and i have removed site locking.
I think i have finally found a way around the annoying flash player crashing problem please let me know if it still crashes.
Rebalanced some cards and changed the default deck

Added another card to make building strategies more feasible
i will attempt to do some re-balancing later and teach the AI to use the new card

Castle wars 2.5 is a turn based strategic card game with game mechanics similar to games in the same genre as Heart Stone and Magic, but its simpler and with fewer cards making it easy to learn.

The game contains a campaign where you conquer islands belonging to the different tribes of the game to unlock new cards and achievements. It also features a multi-player part where you can play against people from all around the world testing your decks and skills.

(This is a strange Flash player bug, an nothing i can do much about)

[Note form the author]

It’s now 10 years since I made the first castle wars game (writing this makes me feel old!).
What started out as just a weekend experiment to see if I could make my own clone of a little game called Ants turned out to become a hugely popular game.

The Sequel also became popular but never reached the same hype, I guess I did some bad design decisions along the way. In Castle Wars 2.5 I have tried to take the best from both games and merge them into one, I really hope I did things right this time, and hopefully both Cw1 & Cw2 fans can enjoy this blend of the two.

PS. While the Multi-player part is perfectly playable it’s still work in progress, I just wanted to get the game released for the 10 year anniversary

Hope you enjoy the game!



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Great game! I loved the previous Castle Wars games, so I was happy to see this. I thought this game had a nice variety of cards and a good level of challenge without being overwhelming.

There is a very minor bug that's causing the dealing animation to display twice to me. Also I think that multiplayer could really use a "resign" button.

I couldn't figure out any of the secret achievements besides "Master Thief" and "Babylon Wall". Could I get a hint, maybe just the names of the rest?

m0rkeulv responds:

Thanks ^^

Multi-player is still work in progress i will hopefully get more work done on that part soon.
As for hints, one is called LUCK and another one is called JESTER and they are all about how you win.

Btw, achievements are only unlocked when playing campaign games.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

good game but in multiplayer curse is overpowered. taking away 1 person each is bad enough but to add them to the other person... the first one to bring it out decides who wins for the most part

m0rkeulv responds:

yeah i might have to tweak that one a bit.


Rated 1 / 5 stars

Ugly, unreadable and boring Arcomage? Also it's very buggy. "Original castle wars" - nice oxymoron ;)

m0rkeulv responds:

Not sure if you read the description but I clearly states that it started out as a clone of Ants.

Ants is also clone of Arcomage and as with loads of web games the concept and gameplay originates from older games. I just want to make it clear that I have never claimed it to be an original concept or idea.

It’s quite common in the gaming industry to borrow ideas and concepts from the past. Just to give you some examples, miniClips Bubble Trouble is a Clone of Pang/Buster Bros and most Tower defense games got the idea/concept from community made Warcraft maps, heck even Dota 2 originates from Warcraft mods (DOTA 2 was made by Valve, Warcraft by Blizzard).

I can’t do much about the fact that you think it’s ugly but I can fix bugs, so please do report them and I’ll try to fix them as soon as I have the time.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Everytime it crashes (often as named at the final island) a Virus(Trojan: Exploit-SWF.y) is downloaded to the computer.
Maybe this helps you to find the "bug"

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m0rkeulv responds:

Let me assure you there is no virus or anything like that in the game, viruses that used to be spread using flash had to crash the flash player in order to get out if the flash player and onto a computer, i am guessing your antivirus is picking up this crash as a warning sign that something like that could be happening, but as i said there's no such thing in this game. the bug is in the flash player and not the game so i don't think there's a way for me to easily fix it. but thanks for the heads up :)


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

It's a good game. It did crash for me at one point, but you were right when you said that everything would be fine after reloading the game. I played one of the earlier titles, and really only played this one because I had liked that other game.
It gets boring after a while to be honest. I'm almost done the easy play-through (after already completing the casual), and I'm not quite hooked.
I think that it has to do with balancing the cards. I am probably not doing it right, but I frequently have to discard cards. Not that this is necessarily a flaw, however.
I can't help myself from locking in my own play-style. I focus on trying to increase resource production, try to keep myself barely alive, and then just blast the enemy with ambushes and trojan horses.
4.5/5 only because the game can be very slow and is repetitive. I would say to add more card variety, but that is up to you.

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m0rkeulv responds:

Thanks for feedback :)

I'll take a closer look at the balance, start resources etc. this weekend.
i Might add a "magic bricks" card that gives 2x castle/wall build boost.