- Developer: Runestone Games
- Publisher: Runestone Games
- Genre: Puzzle adventure
- Release Date: 06/05/2016
- Available on: Xbox One
- Game Supplied by: Xbox
Welcome to the Mystery Castle, as you take the role of Monty the Wizard who you must control and guide through the dangers that lie ahead, from crumbling floors, lava, explosions and monsters that lurk about.
Mystery Castle has a simple premise which is collect gems to unlock the exit, but as each level goes on this becomes just that little more difficult, meaning that you have to resort to some good old brain power, yes a game that makes you think….How could they. This could be considered either a good or bad thing about the game either providing a decent challenge however on the negative side it can become a little frustrating.
Graphically, Mystery Castle may not turn any heads but what it may lack with its retro style top down look, it makes up for in levels, yes there is enough levels to keep you occupied for hours with over 180 unique levels. For this alone there is plenty for any player to work through in Mystery Castle even if it’s a moment to belt through a couple of levels or to explore all the games locations by playing through at least a hundred levels.
Ok don’t expect too much in the way of in game sound, as the game cut scenes are all text based and there is no in game speech, but you will easily associate with the standard pings and cheery retro music you expect, the in game music is not going to drive you insane but it will get a bit monotonous after a while.
For me Mystery Castle reminded me off games of old like Zelda and Bomberman and not for the content of the game but more of the simple controls with its up, down, left and up again movement with the occasionally button press to unlock a door, if you like simple controls this game is for you.
Throughout your adventure you will come across some helpful companions, such as Stumpi the treasure hungry dwarf who helps you get started on your journey within the Fortress Underground, to the bossy Mr Chow in the Mystical Pagoda, these companions give you tips on how to solve the puzzles that lie ahead even though at times are rather vague with the text providing some tongue & cheek humour.
Ok Mystery Castle may not win any awards for how it looks and it plays, but if you want something to test out your brain, hey this could be for you. Mystery Castle has plenty of levels to play through and for the price i think it’s a decent trade off.