picture-5A new challenger approaches in the castle defense arena, Chillingo's Knights Onrush [App Store] was just released! If you're new to these types of games, the basic gameplay element consists of flicking away enemies approaching your castle.

Most of them also feature some kind of upgrade system where you spend whatever currency the game has to increase the strength of your castle door, along with several other fun defenses like boulders to drop and fireballs to throw. Knights Onrush has all of these features and more, providing much needed depth in to the genre.

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On top of having a simple endless siege modes, Knights Onrush comes with a campaign mode and twelve castles to defend, each with slightly different durations and enemy types. Speaking of enemy types, included are eleven different enemies each with their own abilities and behaviors. Knights Onrush has the most extensive upgrade system I've seen so far in a castle defense game, and each element of your castle is colorfully drawn and animated.

img_0007-4Your initial castle includes a hook to hang attackers on to have a nearby dragon come eat them, along with a pit of fire to drop invaders in to. The other upgrades come quick, and Knights Onrush seems to be paced well enough that you're always upgrading something or buying a new defense to play with. This comes as a welcome change compared to other castle defense games I've played which just involve lots of waiting through multiple rounds to buy simple upgrades.

The most succinct way I can describe Knights Onrush is castle defense meets Pocket God. The way all of the different defenses are animated really reminds me of the different punishments you can put your Pygmies through. The enemies are varied enough that you need to use different tactics to defeat them, and as you progress through the levels the choices of when to use which defenses add an unexpected layer of strategy to the game.

I've never really been one for castle defense games, but I've oddly found myself really enjoying Knights Onrush.

App Store Link: Knights Onrush, $4.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • thebleeptruth

    Darn. Was hoping it will be around $2.99. Oh well. I guess I'm gonna have to finish Zenonia first, then maybe if I'm lucky, by then, there'll be a sale. :)

    Great game though.

  • thebleeptruth

    Darn. Was hoping it will be around $2.99. Oh well. I guess I'm gonna have to finish Zenonia first, then maybe if I'm lucky, by then, there'll be a sale. :)

    Great game though.

  • Qohnn

    AWESOME GAME!!

  • Qohnn

    AWESOME GAME!!

  • Adams Immersive

    Never tried this genre but I like the look! Maybe it's time.

  • Adams Immersive

    Never tried this genre but I like the look! Maybe it's time.

  • arta

    Been waiting for this for a LONG time.

    Now if they would just make a Castle Crashers type spinoff...

  • arta

    Been waiting for this for a LONG time.

    Now if they would just make a Castle Crashers type spinoff...

  • http://www.mapp.ee tokaare

    StickWars upgraded ;)

  • http://www.mapp.ee tokaare

    StickWars upgraded ;)

  • QuebecRage

    A definitive must buy for me. Castle defense games are really fun and there were none of this level of quality on the iphone (or any other console I might had). I really love the artistic work but like thebleeptruth said I will finish Zenonia first (only level 26 at the second seal) so I guess the price will go down when I get it.

    Good work Chillingo. keep those good games coming on the iPhone DS Go !

    • Lindsay

      I really love this game! It's a definite must have.

  • QuebecRage

    A definitive must buy for me. Castle defense games are really fun and there were none of this level of quality on the iphone (or any other console I might had). I really love the artistic work but like thebleeptruth said I will finish Zenonia first (only level 26 at the second seal) so I guess the price will go down when I get it.

    Good work Chillingo. keep those good games coming on the iPhone DS Go !

    • Lindsay

      I really love this game! It's a definite must have.

  • Chloe

    This game looks cool and great, but I don't think it's worth the $4.99 price point. It's WAY overpriced. It should be around $2.99.

  • Chloe

    This game looks cool and great, but I don't think it's worth the $4.99 price point. It's WAY overpriced. It should be around $2.99.

  • Mr.C

    Looks so polished, amazing. But I've got to agree: $2,99 and it's an instant buy.

  • Mr.C

    Looks so polished, amazing. But I've got to agree: $2,99 and it's an instant buy.

  • Ahiru

    people don't go and buy new titles like they did before (when app store came around, i wasted lots of 10-bucks-games that had a huge price drop later on)...

    i tend to buy them when they get a .99c deal or at least wait a half-price deal... zenonia was an exception...

    since they hadn't labeled this one as "introductory price", i'm waiting for a price drop anytime soon (ahem, 2 weeks maybe? unless it hits the top 10 or something...)

  • Ahiru

    people don't go and buy new titles like they did before (when app store came around, i wasted lots of 10-bucks-games that had a huge price drop later on)...

    i tend to buy them when they get a .99c deal or at least wait a half-price deal... zenonia was an exception...

    since they hadn't labeled this one as "introductory price", i'm waiting for a price drop anytime soon (ahem, 2 weeks maybe? unless it hits the top 10 or something...)

  • Dimitris

    Has anyone noticed that the weapons are getting stuck on the upgrading process? Even though I have a lot of money I can't buy the upgrades. Is this a bug or am I doing something wrong???

    • Lord Gek

      This initially confused me as well but I'm willing to bet you're missing the much smaller blue number under its monetary price. Most upgrades require both money and sacrifice points (which you can only get from dropping them in Hell or feeding the dragon.

  • Dimitris

    Has anyone noticed that the weapons are getting stuck on the upgrading process? Even though I have a lot of money I can't buy the upgrades. Is this a bug or am I doing something wrong???

    • Lord Gek

      This initially confused me as well but I'm willing to bet you're missing the much smaller blue number under its monetary price. Most upgrades require both money and sacrifice points (which you can only get from dropping them in Hell or feeding the dragon.

  • Matt

    Guys BUY THIS game, it rocks, its awesome fun graphics engine, fun sounds and its so cool. Polished is an understatement, stickwars is gone this game will be in the top 5 apps once everyone picks it up. And they lower price too. I got it and its well worth the AUD$5.99 I paid.

    Dimitris, you need to use Sacrifice towers to get Those blue Sacrifice points in the bottom left, and once you have enough of those they unlock + gold the towers you want to buy.

  • http://none Matt

    Guys BUY THIS game, it rocks, its awesome fun graphics engine, fun sounds and its so cool. Polished is an understatement, stickwars is gone this game will be in the top 5 apps once everyone picks it up. And they lower price too. I got it and its well worth the AUD$5.99 I paid.

    Dimitris, you need to use Sacrifice towers to get Those blue Sacrifice points in the bottom left, and once you have enough of those they unlock + gold the towers you want to buy.

  • Giggity

    Buy it when you get the chance. It's really worth it. Seriously. I don't like buying over $2 games without waiting for sale or something, but it was worth it. Big time.

  • Giggity

    Buy it when you get the chance. It's really worth it. Seriously. I don't like buying over $2 games without waiting for sale or something, but it was worth it. Big time.

  • Dimitris

    Hah! Yeah that is it. Once I realized that (sacrifice points) the game got very exciting.
    I'm hooked and also stuck on level 6....
    I usually need 3-4 days to finish the 16 day level. Damn!!!!

  • Dimitris

    Hah! Yeah that is it. Once I realized that (sacrifice points) the game got very exciting.
    I'm hooked and also stuck on level 6....
    I usually need 3-4 days to finish the 16 day level. Damn!!!!

  • Ian

    This is game is awesome. However, after playing it for a while there are few small bugs, hopefully they will get patched next update. Sometimes the wizards get stuck near the castle door and I am unable to flick them while they continue to cast. Also, when playing the campaign, I took a phone call while I was at the upgrade shop. When I returned to the game, everything was misaligned and I am unable to scroll/flight to the left area where the door upgrades are. Even after app and phone restarts, the issue remains.

    • Excaliburnm

      well, i bought it for 80 cents onsale in the appstore.. worth the money trust me but hurry the 80% off sale wont last long :P

  • Ian

    This is game is awesome. However, after playing it for a while there are few small bugs, hopefully they will get patched next update. Sometimes the wizards get stuck near the castle door and I am unable to flick them while they continue to cast. Also, when playing the campaign, I took a phone call while I was at the upgrade shop. When I returned to the game, everything was misaligned and I am unable to scroll/flight to the left area where the door upgrades are. Even after app and phone restarts, the issue remains.

    • Excaliburnm

      well, i bought it for 80 cents onsale in the appstore.. worth the money trust me but hurry the 80% off sale wont last long :P