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9 Games Like Castle Crashers You Should Play Next

Games Like Castle Crashers

The co-op fun in Castle Crashers is unbeatable even 15 years after its release, but at some point, even the best of things start to get stale. So, if you’re looking for the next co-op masterpiece to sink hours into with your buddies, you’re in the perfect place! Today, we’re going to look at nine games like Castle Crashers that embody its essence while bringing new things that make them feel like a completely different experience. That said, let’s start with:

1. Ultimate Chicken Horse

If you’re a Castle Crashers enthusiast looking for your next fix, Ultimate Chicken Horse is a game you just can’t miss – it’s a multiplayer platformer plus a rollercoaster of chaos and fun that’ll remind you of your chaotic adventures in Castle Crashers. You and your friends take on the roles of farm animals navigating obstacle courses, but the best part for me is that you get to build the course itself!

Just like in Castle Crashers, competing and cooperating are absolutely key in this game, as you race to the finish while trying to outwit your friends. Ultimate Chicken Horse provides a creative playground where you can add all kinds of traps and platforms, making for endless replayability. It’s the kind of game that guarantees laughter and good times with friends, whether you’re playing locally or online. Where Castle Crashers brought people together through its incredible battles and humor, Ultimate Chicken Horse takes things to a whole new level with its blend of platforming and creative chaos on top of that.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One.

2. Spiral Knights

This game sounded pretty relatable to me when I was in a downward spiral, but it turns out that’s not what the name really means. Jokes aside, while Spiral Knights isn’t an identical twin to Castle Crashers, it still shares a bunch of things with it that might appeal to you, an enthusiast of the medieval beat ’em up. In this action-packed cooperative multiplayer dungeon crawler, you won’t find knights spiraling, but you will find yourself spiraling into a world of exploration, teamwork, and puzzle-solving.

Just like Castle Crashers, Spiral Knights thrives on the power of cooperation. While the art style and tone are different, the game encourages you to collaborate closely, utilizing various weapons, armor, and equipment to tackle challenges as a team. There’s a significant crafting element, too, offering you the chance to customize your gear the way you prefer to play it. If you’re willing to forget most of what Castle Crashers does in favor of a game that keeps the co-op elements from it, then you’re in for a pretty amazing time with Spiral Knights.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, PC.

3. BattleBlock Theater

In BattleBlock Theater, you find yourself marooned on an island by a cunning bunch of cats – yes, cats. Your quest now, as dumbfounding as it may sound, is to escape this topsy-turvy world by tackling a series of challenging levels filled with traps, puzzles, and bizarre enemies. Also, the moment you see this game’s unmistakable humor, vibrant art style, and eccentric character animations, you’ll know that they’re pure Behemoth, giving you that cozy sense of familiarity you crave.

Just like Castle Crashers, BattleBlock Theater shines brightest when you invite friends along for the ride. Its cooperative multiplayer mode allows you to team up and tackle levels, solving intricate puzzles and collecting gems together. The joy of shared laughter over dumb moments, which are followed by triumphant victory, are experiences you’ll fall in love with, much like the camaraderie you and your friends had in Castle Crashers.

BattleBlock Theater also throws in a satisfying progression system, offering a variety of unlockable characters, weapons, and costumes – a touch that Castle Crashers fans will undoubtedly enjoy. When it comes to a game that’s as similar as possible to Castle Crashers, you simply can’t go wrong with this.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One.

4. Magicka 2

Magicka 2 is a cooperative action-adventure game that puts you through the paces of teamwork, a lot like Castle Crashers has done for all these years. You’ll join forces with your gamer buddies, and from there, you have to combine spells to defeat enemies and conquer challenges together. Without teamwork, you can only get so far, but only a true co-op gamer knows just how difficult teamwork itself can be!

One of the game’s features I loved most is its humor, which is as quirky and offbeat as Castle Crashers but in its own completely different way. As you’re laughing your way through you and your friends’ shenanigans, you’ll be introduced to the spellcasting system, which offers you the creative freedom to experiment and discover powerful spells! This might be a throwback for you to the time you were exploring different abilities in Castle Crashers, and it really is pretty similar. While Magicka 2 is different in its top-down spellcasting battles, it retains the core similarities we love from Castle Crashers layered with a fresh dose of humor, creativity, and cooperative fun.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, PC, PS4.

5. Kirby’s Return to Dream Land

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land is a wholesome alternative to Castle Crashers that you didn’t know you needed but most certainly do deserve! Like Castle Crashers, this is also a platformer, but it isn’t the kind of beat ’em-up gameplay that you’d expect.

On the surface, it looks pretty similar, but when you get into the combat, suddenly Kirby starts inhaling enemies. Yup, that’s how you defeat the gremlins in this game, and it really can be satisfying and, well, comical in its own way. What you’ll also love as a Castle Crashers fan is that it’s got cooperative multiplayer, which is a must for alternatives to it and is a mainstay in Kirby’s as well. Along with that, you get a really good sense of progression as you side-scroll your way through its amazingly succinct story.

Adding power-ups and abilities, collectibles, secrets, and interactive environments to the mix makes for a game that isn’t just an alternative to Castle Crashers but also a fresh and unique experience overall. If you’re looking for something a bit different or just want to know what inhaling your enemies looks like, then you absolutely need to join Kirby on his Return to Dream Land.

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Wii U.

6. Rampage Knights

While not as well-known, this game is another hidden gem that shares the same DNA of chaotic fun. Transitioning from Castle Crashers, you’ll find Rampage Knights to be a welcome companion as it’ll have you battling your way through hordes of foes for the same kind of thrill and action. What lies ahead for you is what makes this game especially fun for fans of Castle Crashers fans – procedurally generated dungeons, unique challenges, and surprises!

What makes Rampage Knights especially convincing as an alternative for me is its cooperative multiplayer mode. Like Castle Crashers, a lack of teamwork isn’t going to get you anywhere, and in the process of working as a team is when you realize just how fun this game can be.

With each of you crafting a new strategy that’s either bound to fail in an epic way or turn into a glorious success, the quirky enemies in front of you stand no chance. Progressing through the game also lets you discover a plethora of new weapons and items. Coupled with the game’s colorful and cartoony aesthetic and the same whimsical tone, this game will have you feeling like you’re playing a sequel of Castle Crashers!

Platforms: Mac, PC, and Switch.

7. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth dives deep into the roguelike dungeon-crawling genre with a challenging and highly replayable experience. I’ll admit, it’s definitely a change of pace from Castle Crashers since this game takes you to a darker, more unsettling realm filled with grotesque humor and disturbing imagery, but it’s all good fun!

The magic of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth lies in its procedurally generated levels and an abundance of items, power-ups, and synergies. If you’re one who loves the sense of progression and customization, much like it was in Castle Crashers, you’ll find yourself right at home here, too. And not just that, you also get to revel in the joy of collecting items and creating powerful combinations in this game, so your creativity never has to be bound.

Unlike most of the games on this list, this one is going to be a bit different from the usual Castle Crashers alternative, but in a good way. One thing Castle Crashers definitely isn’t is dark and gritty, but hey, if you’ve got an open mind, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth might actually be a diamond in the rough for you.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Linux, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S.

8. Helldivers

Helldivers is loved for a whole bunch of reasons, but the best part is still as simple as its spirit of cooperative multiplayer. Just like the memorable adventures you’ve shared with friends in Castle Crashers, Helldivers thrives on the cooperative gameplay front. The magic happens when you gather your gamer pals and start missions together, strategizing and depending on each other for success. Or, you know, having the entire mission failed because of each other – the cycle of teamwork.

Helldivers is not just about teamwork either, though; it’s also about a strategic challenge. If you appreciate the tactical elements in Castle Crashers, you’ll feel right at home in Helldivers. The game demands that you think on your feet, coordinate your actions, and adapt to changing situations. It’s not just about blasting enemies; it’s about outsmarting them as a team.

Another thing I loved between the two games is the huge number of weapons and equipment at your disposal. Both Helldivers and Castle Crashers offer a pretty varied assortment of gear, allowing you to unlock and customize your loadout so that it’s just right for you. It’s that feeling of progression and the thrill of experimenting with different equipment here that I think you’ll love most as a Castle Crashers fan.

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4.

9. Lost Castle

Lost Castle is a roguelike action-adventure that seamlessly combines cooperative multiplayer with dungeon-crawling, two of the most fun words in gaming that I could ever picture together! It’s perfect for friends who adore cooperative gameplay and dynamic, unpredictable adventures. Now, when I say unpredictable, I’m talking about its procedurally generated levels that are filled with enemies, traps, and treasures, a lot like Castle Crashers’ lively, diverse adventures were.

This unpredictability in the action is what makes this game such a good alternative to Castle Crashers, but that’s not all – it also has a similarly high variety of weapons and equipment! Not being able to customize your loadout sucks, but you won’t find any of that nonsense here – customize to your heart’s content. You can experiment with various gear and discover that some ways of blasting your enemies work quite a bit better than others.

Just like Castle Crashers, Lost Castle thrives when played with friends. Teamwork is the heart of both games, and the shared moments of triumph and laughter during an insane battle are just unforgettable. If all of that sounds like what you loved most in Castle Crashers, I think you and your friends will absolutely adore this game too.

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch.

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So, there you have it! nine games like Castle Crashers that feature wholesomeness and a bit of darkness, but mostly just some pure co-op gameplay and fun. With all of these choices, which one do you think you and your friends are going to play next? I’m genuinely interested in knowing, so let me know in the comments! Until then, I’ll see you in the next one.

Danish Javed

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Danish Javed

Obsessed with everything from Rainbow Six Siege and Valorant to Dota 2 and Rocket League, Danish is a competitive gamer at heart. Committed to creating exciting content about the latest trends in gaming, he is always on the lookout for the next big thing. Learn More

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