15 Games Like Castle Crashers

Games Like Castle Crashers
Our assembled collection of games like Castle Crashers offers more 2D hack and slash titles with emphasis on co-operative gameplay (online and local).

Launched back in 2008 for the Xbox 360 Castle Crashers has gone from a simple 2D arcade title with beat ‘em up elements to offer more varied gameplay (with game editions for other platforms). At the core of Castle Crashers players engage in side scrolling action title that up to 4 players advance through while collecting coins from enemies to upgrade and enhance their selected character.

Said characters are picked from a list of over 30, the majority of which have a knight theme. Each of these is unlocked in a different way, start with a particular weapon, element and special attacks. Unlocking all the characters and their different styles ensures Castle Crashers has never been short on variety.

The main appeal of Castle Crashers though is the co-operative gameplay that sees gamers fighting off enemies with melee attacks, combos and magic in various stages for experience and coins. Outside the main game Castle Crashers also includes some simple minigames.

The games like Castle Crashers that we’ve collated below focus heavily on other co-operative experiences that see you dispatching waves of enemies, playing minigames, upgrading your characters and unlocking new ones. Particular emphasis has been given to other games that have an arcade or 2D style similar to Castle Crashers.

Games Like Castle Crashers

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Ultimate Chicken Horse

Ultimate Chicken Horse lies firmly in the co-operative genre but offers a unique experience that sees you attempting to stop your friends from reaching the finish but also finding a balance that allows you to still reach the goal flag. As a party platformer Ultimate Chicken Horse requires playe... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(5 votes)
helldivers

Helldivers

Top down shooting and high quality sci-fi setting is what Helldivers delivers on Windows and PlayStation consoles. Take to the galaxy alone or (preferably) in a team of 4 players in co-operative missions to seize enemy controlled planets. This galaxy is highly dystopian where managed democracy ... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(8 votes)
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Rampage Knights

If side scrolling beat’ em ups don’t provide enough of a challenge for you anymore then the randomised and rogue-like elements of Rampage Knights may be the experience you’re after. Designed to be playable alone and with friends players take on the role of hero trapped in a da... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(5 votes)
lost-castle

Lost Castle

Employing cute graphics that hide a difficult RPG is Lost Castle, a game with randomised dungeons to conquer and the typical range of rogue-like features. You’ve got beat’ em up gameplay, hand drawn environments, lovable characters and a retro vibe in a single role playing package. ... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(8 votes)
viking-squad

Viking Squad

Take up arms as a massive viking as you jump right into the chaotic lane battles of Viking Squad. Available for Windows, Mac and PS4 this title pulls plenty of inspiration from the age of Vikings to deliver a combat focused co-op brawler. Supporting a viking squad of up to 3 players (local and ... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(8 votes)
battleblock-theater

Battleblock Theater

From the same development team that brought you the exceedingly popular Castle Crashers, Battleblock Theater employs some similar mechanics while being just as wacky. Originally for Xbox 360 with a Steam release approximately a year later Battleblock Theater is also on the Xbox One backwards co... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(8 votes)
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Kirby’s Return to Dream Land

Embark on a Kirby adventure on Wii and Wii U with up to 3 friends in cooperative gameplay. With all the staples of Kirby platform gameplay you’ll jump, inhale and copy enemies during your adventure. Kirby’s Return to Dream Land opens up with Kirby carrying a delicious cake while bei... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(8 votes)
magicka-2

Magicka 2

Magicka 2 lets you control magic like no game you’ve experienced before. Building on your previous magical adventure with more tight co-op action adventure gameplay and thousands of spell combinations Magicka 2 is a worthy successor. Set around the world of Midgard players team up into a ... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(8 votes)
binding-of-isaac

The Binding of Isaac

The Binding of Isaac was designed by Edmund McMillen and offers a bizarre action adventure game that is incredibly fun and addicting while also hitting many other check boxes. The game is available through Steam and was released in 2011. In The Binding of Isaac you take on the role of Isaac wit... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(10 votes)
torchlight-2

Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2 is a Diablo inspired action role playing game developed by Runic Games. The game was released for digital download in September 2012 with a playable demo also available so you can easily try before you buy. The game is packed full of fun and unique features with plenty of innovatio... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(27 votes)
spiral-knights

Spiral Knights

Spiral Knights is a co-operative game that draws a lot of inspiration from the Zelda series for its gameplay but brings the game into the MMO universe. The game is free to play with options to either play online in your browser or download the game client. In the game players control their own ... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(26 votes)
guacamelee

Guacamelee!

Guacamelee! offers platforming and action in a Mexican themed game world for a large list of paltforms. Originally released in early 2013 the game has two versions available; Guacamelee! Gold Edition and an enhanced Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition with availability depending on you... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(8 votes)
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King Arthur’s Gold

King Arthur’s Gold (KAG) is a unique multiplayer action game that has a similar gameplay feel the likes of Terraria. The game was developed by Transhuman Design and offers a free version along with a premium version that unlocks a number of game extras and most of the core gameplay. KAG offers ... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(33 votes)
torchlight

Torchlight

Torchlight was developed by Runic Games and released in 2009, eventually making its way to Xbox 360 in 2011. The game is a single player action RPG that is very similar to the Diablo series in terms of gameplay. The setting for your adventure is the town of Torchlight, a mining town built on to... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(11 votes)
sacred-citadel

Sacred Citadel

Clear the danger from the peaceful Ancaria with 3 player co-op in Sacred Citadel, a game that borrows the setting from the Sacred action RPGs and brings some of the light RPG elements into the beat em’ up scene. While the story is fairly typical the added Sacred elements give it that extr... Read More »

User Score
7.1
(8 votes)