Kings of the Castle is an intriguing adventure game that sees you exploring a vibrant fantasy world. It comes to us from developer Faisal Sethi and Frosty Pop, it’s set to launch on Apple Arcade later today, and here’s what it’s all about.
An evil dragon known as Zantorian has captured and locked Prince Rupert away in a hard-to-reach castle tower on a mysterious, incredibly dangerous island. Lord Baldor opts to send you, a courageous princess, to navigate this treacherous terrain in the hopes of saving Rupert and solving the whole dragon problem.
Along the way, you’ll use your skills to avoid traps, take on challenging enemies, and collect well-hidden gems to exchange for the prince’s safe return. You’re going to have to be quick about it, though, as the dragon is growing hungrier by the minute and Rupert is starting to look like a tasty snack.
The five-person dev team wanted to go against the traditional fairytale trope of having the brave knight/prince venture out to save the helpless princess. In Kings of the Castle, an impressive diversity of characters is also present, with influence drawn from South Asian, East Asian, Eastern European, and Canadian cultures.
It speaks to a studio and game attempting to do something quite different within the confines of a familiar story and adventure structure. Interestingly, the entire thing can be played alone or in multiplayer with a friend by your side. It also sounds like it could be a good title to speedrun, which should hopefully give it some further replayability.
This is Frosty Pop’s fifth game to arrive on Apple Arcade following Don’t Bug Me, Big Time Sports, The Pinball Wizard, and The Get Out Kids. Kings of the Castle definitely ticks a lot of neat boxes, and so I’m looking forward to giving it a go when it launches for Apple Arcade later today.