Castle Panic is a cooperative tower defense board game for 1 to 6 players. The co-op element makes Castle Panic a great family game, and the perfect kick-off for your weekly game night.
You must work together to defend your Castle, in the center of the board, from Monsters that attack out of the forest, at the edges of the board. Trade cards, hit and slay Monsters, and plan strategies together to keep your Castle towers intact. The players either win or lose together, but only the player with the most victory points is declared the Master Slayer. Players must balance the survival of the group with their own desire to win.
Designed by: Justin De Witt
- Number of Players: 1–6
- Player Ages: 10 and up
- Time to Play: 1 hour
- Game board
- Rule book
- 49 Castle Cards
- 49 Monster Tokens
- 6 Walls
- 6 Towers
- 1 Tar Token
- 2 Fortify Tokens
- 6 Order of Play Cards
- 12 Plastic Stands
- 1 Die
About the Game
The board’s Rings, Colors, and numbered Arcs help players decide which cards to play each turn.
Protect the Walls and Towers of the Castle from the Monsters.
Monster tokens include Monsters of varying strengths and other nasty surprises.
Cards, such as Archers, Knights, and Swordsmen, help you slay the Monsters.
How to Play
Download a copy of the RULES for Castle Panic, (1.4 Mb PDF)
Read the Castle Panic FAQs
Explore fun, new Alternate Rules
Get a quick overview on what Castle Panic is all about. (video length 4:19)
Watch the Castle Panic episode of TableTop with Wil Wheaton!
Visit the Castle Panic page on BoardGameGeek.com to read what other gamers think of Castle Panic:
- Castle Panic: A great game to play with children – and why
- Castle Panic: First time play session Report and Review
- Castle Panic: Dude, where’s my castle?
- Castle Panic review and 1st play outcome
Hayden at Games With Hayden says Castle Panic is "a great game." Check out his video review for a kid’s take on the game.
The Toledo Free Press says "‘Castle Panic’ provides just enough to bring genuine strategy to the process of playing, while being easy enough to understand that even the most casual of gamers can dive right [in]."
Tim Win Game calls Castle Panic "devilishly clever."
Watch the video review from Board Games with Scott.
the GeekDad blog at Wired.com calls Castle Panic "Excellent."
GamesOverboard has a video review and calls Castle Panic "Sleeper hit of the year."
Tom Vasel of The Dice Tower posted a video review and calls it a "Good family co-operative game."
Gamingnight's video review calls Castle Panic "a good gateway game."
GameTrade Monthly calls Castle Panic "an excellent family game."
Castle Panic is a hit with The Board Game Family, check out their video review.
Listen to the podcast review from Garrett's Games and Geekiness.
The New Hampshire Sunday News says "Sometimes, a little panic can be a good thing."
The Indiana Herald Bulletin says Castle Panic "provides a wring-your-hands kind of worry, fret and yes, panic that few games even approximate."
Flames Rising says Castle Panic is ". . . an excellent addition to any game library . . ."
Co-Optimus calls Castle Panic "ideal for casual gamers, particularly for groups of mixed ages."
Examiner.com has a great profile of Castle Panic as well.
Growing Up Gamers calls Castle Panic ". . . a cooperative game that gets it right."
Board of Playing says Castle Panic is "really quite delightful."
Stop Hitting Your Brother says "if your kids have any interest whatever in fantasy or strategy games, this is a great way to direct that interest in a way that reinforces teamwork and cooperation without sacrificing the fun of competition."