16 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.
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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 players to wall jump and dodge traps with your unique animal avatar. As already eluded to your objective is to go from the start of the map to the end (marked by a flag) and beating your friends to the mark. Wh...[Read Review]

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9 User Avg (5 votes)
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Spiral Knights

Spiral Knights is a co-operative game that draws inspiration from the likes of Zelda while also offering a MMO inspired experience focused on co-operative play. While Spiral Knights was originally available to play in your browser this has been retired given its reliance on Java limiting the game to the downloadable client through the official website or Steam. In Spiral Knights players control their own knight which belongs to the Spiral Knight Order as they explore the planet Cradle and its va...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (26 votes)
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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 innovation providing a new experience within the action RPG genre. Torchlight 2 offers four different classes, a single player campaign, multiplayer, crafting, gems, fishing, pets and much more. Torchlight 2 has a ...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (35 votes)
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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 compatibility title list. The story of Battleblock Theater is told predominately through stick puppets and begins with players boarding the S.S. Friendship which finds itself in a heavy storm and shipwrecked...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (8 votes)
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Magicka 2

Magicka 2 continues on the franchise legacy as you control your mage at the element level which creates a diverse range of spell combinations to be utilised in battle. By building on the previous magical adventure Magicka 2 continues to offer tight co-op action adventure gameplay while also refining certain mechanics. Set around the world of Midgard players team up into a maximum team of 4 to rid evil from the land by using their devastating and experimental magic. Underpinning the adventure is ...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (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 cooperatively cute gameplay adventure titled Kirby’s Return to Dream Land. With all the staples of Kirby platform gameplay you’ll jump, inhale and copy enemies during your adventure as your friends follow you along with their own character or an alternatively coloured Kirby. With a Kirby appropriate story Kirby’s Return to Dream Land opens up with Kirby carrying a delicious cake while being chased by King Dedede and Waddle Dee,...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (8 votes)
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Rampage Knights

Rampage Knights opts to mix the action of the side scrolling beat’ em up genre with rouge like elements to create a challenging fast dungeon crawler where exploration and quick thinking are rewarded. Built on the foundation of randomised dungeons Rampage Knights also ensures it provides a wealth of content and variety as each run will play completely different to your last. Designed to be playable alone and with friends co-operatively players take on the role of hero trapped in a dark magi...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (6 votes)
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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 rules the human race, referred to as Super Earth. Now besieged on all sides by the Cyborgs, Bugs and Illuminates the government commands soldiers forward to claim territory and subdue them with whatever me...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (8 votes)
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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 with the ability to eventually unlock several other playable characters. Isaac flees to the basement after his mother receives a message from God demanding that he be sacrificed. What you find down in the bas...[Read Review]

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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 to provide a dungeon crawling worthy challenge. You’ve got beat’ em up gameplay, hand drawn environments, lovable characters and a retro vibe in a single role playing package. Surrounding this game package is your standard story of darkness that sees Castle Harwood once governed by wise nobles and the centre of happiness in the land now overcom...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (8 votes)
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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 top of a rich vein of mysterious Ember. Players play as an unknown adventure that arrives at the town in search of adventure and fortune. You are quickly recruited by Syl to find his mentor Alric in the cave...[Read Review]

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8.3 User Avg (11 votes)
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Viking Squad

Take up arms as a massive Viking as you jump right into the chaotic lane based battles of Viking Squad. Available for Windows, Mac and PS4 this title pulls plenty of inspiration from the age of Vikings long past to deliver a combat focused co-op brawler. Supporting a Viking squad of up to 3 players (local and online) the game is all about obtaining loot and dominating fights against various enemies. You’ve got 4 different characters to select for this loot filled adventure that each have their f...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (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 various game types but the core gameplay revolves around the collection of resources, building of structures and then constructing various machines in order to conquer the other team through PvP warfare. P...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (39 votes)
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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 your platform. Set in a small village in the heart of Mexico the game follows Juan Aguacate a humble fighter who falls in love with El Presidente’s daughter. Right off the bat though she is kidnapped by...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (8 votes)
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Moon Hunters

Live out the legends of the stars in Moon Hunters a game that lets you explore a mythical world of mystery with between 1 and 4 players. While a single game of Moon Hunters will take only a few hours it’s the legacy that you create in each adventure and the hidden secrets that encourage you to start a new journey again and again. It’s a game full of so many mysteries that aren’t apparent at first glance and will require many hero adventures to fully appreciate the gravity of th...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (11 votes)
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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 side scrolling scene. While the story is a fairly typical battle between the forces of good and a growing evil the added Sacred elements give it that extra flair for followers of the franchise and pays respect to several lore items from the main game. Told over 4 different acts with a number of...[Read Review]

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7.1 User Avg (8 votes)