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Castle Panic - Defend the Castle. Survive the Panic. Become the Master Slayer!

Game Info


Number of players: 1-6
Ages: 10 and up
Time to play: 1 hour
Suggested Price: $35.00
Stock Number: 1001

Designed By: Justin De Witt


2010 Origins Award Nominee

2011 GeekDad's Best Board Game of 2011 "Most Monsters" Category

2011 Games Magazine Top 100 Traditional Board Games


The forest is filled with all sorts of Monsters. They watched and waited as you built your Castle and trained your soldiers, but now they’ve gathered their army and are marching out of the woods.
Can you work with your friends to defend your Castle against the horde, or will the Monsters tear down your Walls and destroy the precious Castle Towers? You will all win or lose together, but in the end only one player will be declared the Master Slayer!

Castle Panic is a unique, cooperative strategy game for 1 to 6 players ages 10 and up.

Players must work together to defend their castle, in the center of the board, from monsters that attack out of the forest, at the edges of the board. Players trade cards, hit and slay monsters, and plan strategies together to keep their 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.



Watch the Castle Panic episode of TableTop!


Download a copy of the rules HERE (1.4 Mb PDF)

Read the FAQ

Grab a Feather bookmark!

Feather Bookmark

Want to sleeve your cards? We recommend Mayday Games "USA Chimera" Orange sleeves.

Mayday card sleeves

Explore fun, new Alternate Rules

Download Dutch versions of the Rules and Alternate Rules. (Special thanks to Christophe Mannaert)

Visit the Castle Panic Page on HERE.

Learn more in INTERVIEWS with Justin, the designer of Castle Panic at:

- All Things Fun! (Podcast)

- The Spiel (Podcast)

- Dream with Board Games

- The Comics Bulletin


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."

Read what other gamers think of Castle Panic at BoardGameGeek.

Watch the video review from Board Games with Scott.

the GeekDad blog at 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.

Hayden at Games With Hayden says Castle Panic is "a great game." Check out his video review for a kids take on the game.

The New Hampshire Sunday News says "Sometimes, a little panic can be a good thing."

The Armchair Critic says Castle Panic "plays almost perfectly."

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." 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."

Game includes:

  • Gameboard
  • Rulebook
  • 49 Castle Cards
  • 49 Monster Tokens
  • 6 Walls
  • 6 Towers
  • 1 Tar Token
  • 2 Fortify Tokens
  • 5 Order of Play Cards
  • 12 Plastic Stands
  • 1 Die



Monsters advance on the Castle.
Monsters advance on the Castle.

Close up of the Castle with Monsters in the starting locations.
Close up of the Castle with Monsters in the starting locations.

A wounded Troll approaches a Castle wall.
A wounded Troll approaches a Castle wall.

Castle Panic Board

Castle Cards


Monster Tokens
Monster Tokens

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