Building Castle Crashers

Online gaming has gone bonkers. According to a recent study by Parks Associates, “despite the growing popularity of YouTube, MySpace, and Facebook, gaming remains the king of online entertainment, driven largely by casual gaming activities.” And the majority of these online games are produced in Flash. Just browse the king of game sites – MiniClip. Their library is almost entirely Flash-based.

The gang at The Behemoth knows a thing or two about this phenomenon. Founders John Baez, Dan Paladin and Tom Fulp saw the immense success (10 million downloads) of Alien Hominid at Fulp’s site Newgrounds.com, and spun off a popular platform version. Their next conquest is a platform side-scroller called Castle Crashers, a game set for release this year on Xbox Live Arcade. Like Alien Hominid, a great deal of the game’s production is being produced in Flash.

While we await the official launch date, The Behemoth has tempted us with this environment design video. Dan Paladin is at the wheel. You know his work on Dad ‘n Me and Synj vs. Horrid.

And for those not familiar with Castle Crashers, here’s the trailer:

6 Comments

  1. Talk about being committed to quality. Castle Crashers was originally supposed to launch on Xbox Live a year ago, but then the download size restrictions were raised and the Behemoth doods saw the opportunity to make an epic title just completely re-cockulous. Sorry fer the fanboy talk, but I loved Alien Hominid and I’m really lookin’ forward to CC. Guys at the Behemoth just started a production blog as well, at:

    http://devblog.thebehemoth.com/

  2. Paulo Muppet March 26, 2008

    Thanks so so much for posting this. I feel that most of the best art/animation made using Flash today is for games and other interactive entertainment. It’s a real joy and a demonstration of big talent to watch these clips.

  3. tom fulp is a swell chap

  4. WOW that was amazing! I wonder what plugins they use…

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  6. We’re HUGE Behemoth fans!! We’ve been waiting for Castle Crashers ever since we got hooked on Alien Hominid!! The team is such an inspiration… LONG LIVE 2D!!!

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