Krinkle Krusher is a tower defence game brought to you by Illusis interactive graphics. It was previously released in April of last year on different Playstation platforms and is now making it’s way to the Xbox One today! Unlike other tower defence games, you cast spells to defend your castle from the Krinkles. The Krinkles are attacking the castle to steal a cake which was made to celebrate the great tree; this tree has just produced it’s first fruits which was a big deal to the kingdom.
The first thing you notice in Krinkle Krusher is the bright cartoon style graphics which are quite appealing, as much as I’d like to say the cartoon styling is aimed for children, the level of difficulty it starts you off with is quite the opposite. It really throws you in the deep end with limited rings to defend your castle with, in regards to this and the timing aspect you feel it is near impossible to get through certain levels. It’s obvious that this game is intended to keep you scratching your head and rage quitting until you finally manage to get to the later levels.
But to unlock more rings with additional defence powers and to unlock additional levels, you need to attain 3 stars in each level to unlock a diamond, which can be very difficult. I thought this was a good tactic from the developers, as it keeps you playing, although I did not find it very good when I was screaming at my television wondering why level 2 didn’t want to let me complete it with 3 stars on my 3rd, 4th and 5th attempt. I did wonder if this was just my playing style so I decided to let a few friends have a go who all came to the same conclusion; that it was extremely difficult until you had repeated a level so many times that you could anticipate what move was coming next.
With all of that said it does have a rather good tower defence game beneath it’s very high difficulty level. If this was looked over by developers and toned down slightly it would be an overall more enjoyable game which would give you a lot more entertainment value and entice you to play it in longer sittings. I personally played it in 20 minute sittings until I could start getting through the campaign; the first 7 levels seemed to be extremely difficult which is not what you want when playing a new game. I know I’ll get some Xcore gamer who contradicts that but for me I’d rather be eased in before I’m thrown in to the deep end wondering why my special power logo has cracks through it and isn’t working any more.