Crush the Castle Builders Guide

Composed by Twilight Blue (2018)
Crush the Castle© I,II,III designed by Armor Games

If you're serious about castle building, you should build offline on your computer, not through a website. There are several important advantages in doing so. And only use the Players Pack Edition. That's the only version with Foundation Blocks and Ice.

See Players Pack Page for game download links.

*Disclaimer: I'm new to this game and writing this guide as I go along.
It's incomplete and there may be mistakes. Feel free to email so I can improve the content.

Table of Contents

Standard Block Types
Foundation Blocks
How to Lay Foundation Blocks
Game Props
Trebuchect Projectiles
Building Editor Tools
Tips & Techniques
How to Load or Save Castle
How to Build Offline

Block Size  &  the Grid

This graph shows how blocks compare with the grid.
Red represents the smallest possible block. It equals 4 Cubic Grid Squares in size -- or "CGS" as I will call it in this guide.
Blue shows the largest size a block can be stretched. It will then equal 240 CGS in size, or 8 x 60 grid squares.
Purple = Foundation Blocks. The blocks are 32 CGS; 8 x 8 grid squares.
Green shows the default size of a wall block. 80 CGS, or 4 x 20 grid squares.

*You do not need to enable the grid, or build in alignment with it. But I would recommend doing so if you want precision and a more stable large scale build.

Steel Blocks of various sizes aligned with the grid.

Wall  &  Floor Blocks

Walls and floors are the same materials, set at vertical and horizontal angles.
8 wood, 8 stone, 8 metal, plus Ice blocks to choose from.

STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES:
Wood: Can be frozen, smashed, blown up, dissolved with acid, or burned. Only frozen wood cannot be burned.

Stone: Can be frozen, smashed, blown up, or dissolved with acid.

Metal: Can be destroyed with acid, or frozen with ice bomb, then smashed or blown up. Can also be used as a conductor to electrocute targets.

Ice: Easily shattered or blown up. Can't be detroyed with acid or fire bomb. Acid turns ice blocks hard as iron, but acid also runs through the blocks into other materials. Ice blocks can only be shattered with projectile contact, not falling or flying props or blocks, shrapnel etc.

Notes: The thinner the wood and stone blocks, the weaker they are. Smaller & thinner wood blocks burn slightly faster too.
Wood, stone, and metal are of respectively heavier weights.

Foundation Blocks

Foundation Blocks can be set anywhere on the grid, including mid-air.
But they can only be set in pre-designated positions, like a chess or checker board.
If you're using these blocks, it's best to set a few out before adding wall or floor blocks, so you know how & where exactly the two block types will align.

Foundation blocks can not be damaged, moved, resized or rotated.

The only difference between these blocks is their texture and shape.

1, 2, 3. Standard, Frozen, Volcanic.
4, 5, 6. Standard Top, Frozen Top, Volcanic Top.
7, 8, 9. Standard Top Left, Frozen Top Left, Volcanic Top Left.
10, 11, 12. Standard Top Right, Frozen Top Right, Volcanic Top Right.
13, 14, 15. Standard Bottom Left, Frozen Bottom left, Volcanic Bottom Left.
16, 17, 18. Standard Bottom Right, Frozen Bottom Right, Volcanic Bottom Right.

Foundation Blocks are not required to construct a castle, and you may prefer a simpler softer build. But they do help secure larger builds, and expand design possibilities.

Tip: Click and swipe cursor around grid to easily lay or remove rows of blocks.

Access to Foundation Block Menu

Props

DOORS: Door, Sandstone, Jungle, Iced, Mossy, Tribal, Decorated, Charred.

ARCHES: Stone, Sandstone, Jungle, Frozen, Mossy, Tribal, Decorated, Volcanic.

STAIRS: Stairs, Weathered, Jungle Tribal, Charred.

PEOPLE: King Blutias, Queen, Prince, Princess, Knight, Guard, Jester, Wizard, Peasant.



TOWER TOPS: (standard and skinny size) Tiled, Weathered, Mossy Tiled, Ashed Tiled.
ROOFS: Thatched, Tiled.

Props

SPEARS: (Wood) Spear, Weathered, Bamboo, Frozen, Mossy, Tribal, Decorated, Charred.
SPIKES: (Wood) Spike, Weathered, Bamboo, Frozen, Mossy, Tribal, Decorated, Charred.
RAMPARTS: (Stone) Rampart, Sandstone, Jungle, Frozen, Decorated, Volcanic.
COLUMNS: (Stone) Standard, Sandstone, Mossy, Ashed.
GARGOYLES: (Stone) Types 1, 2 - Left, Right.
PERCHES: (Wood) Left, Right.
TORCH LIGHTS: (Metal) Tall, Short
CHEST: (Wood) Front and side views.
FLAGS: (Metal) Horizontal, Vertical (Armor Games flag)
LADDER: (Wood)
STAINED GLASS WINDOW: Same basic consistency as ice, but won't harden when hit with acid.
BARREL: (Wood) Normal barrel, Exploding barrel.
CRATE: (Wood) Normal crate, Exploding crate.

Notes: 1. Exploding barrels and crates can't be detonated by falling or flying game objects.
Projectile impact, and also fire, acid, and electricity can trigger them to explode.
2. Exploding barrels are much more powerful than crates.
3. Torch lights and flags are metal and can carry electric current.

Trebuchet Projectiles

1. Log
2. Three logs
3. Three stones
4. One stone (small and huge sizes)
5. One Iron Shell
6. Three Iron Shells
7. Bomb: explodes on impact
8. Three bombs: explode on impact.
9. Timed fuse bomb. Doesn't explode on impact.
10. Parachute bomb: Click to deploy chute
11. Remote bomb: Won't detonate until triggered
12. Fire bomb: Sets wood blocks on fire (slow burn)
13. Electric Elixir (jar of eels): Kills targets by conducting high voltage through metal blocks.
14. Ice bomb: Shatters and freezes blocks, making them fragile. Has little impact affect on ice blocks.
15. Acid Vial - Dissolves blocks at, and below impact level. Turns ice blocks hard as iron, but easily travels through ice into other materials.
16. Secret Warp Potion: Sucks objects and targets toward a dark void, then spits them out.


Angry Rooster - Found only in players pack edition. Will kill any target it hits.


transform

Use Transform Tool to stretch or compress blocks by the 4 side and end tabs.
Rotate them via the 4 corner point tabs.

BUILDER EDITOR

There are 3 main menu panels and 2 sub-menus, shown here as: A, B, C, A2, B2.

A. Edit Castle
B. Edit Terrain
C. Edit Environment
A2. Transform Tool
B2. Place Foundation

A. CASTLE menu is for building walls, floors, and adding props.
Also where Grid controls are located.
Toggle Grid: When checked, editor only allows materials to be placed in alignment with the grid.
Show Grid: When checked, makes grid lines visible.
Aligning objects with the grid isn't necessary, but can be quite helpful.

B. TERRAIN menu is for shaping the ground the castle sits on.

C. ENVIRONMENT menu is for:
1. Changing the main terrain and the background & foreground appearance, which also changes the background sounds.
2. Changing the time of day.
3. Changing the weather. Note that enabling rain or snow effects substantially increases game lag. Adding only clouds won't affect the lag.

A2. TRANSFORM menu is for stretching and rotating blocks. You can also quickly change the block type and texture here. Click the blocks to highlight them, then select one of the block types in the "Materials' section of this menu. The block will change from wood to stone or metal etc.
The Align Tools are for aligning blocks with the grid disabled.

B2. PLACE FOUNDATION menu.
To Lay Foundation Blocks go to Panel B (Terrain) and click the icon shown next to
this arrow.
Select a block type and click it onto the game grid.
To delete the blocks, use Removal tool. (white icon next to arrow - panel B2)
Remember you can easily lay or remove long rows of blocks by holding left click and swiping the grid. No need to click one block at a time.


Building Tips  &  Techniques

1. Hold Left click and swipe grid to lay or remove a row of Foundation Blocks.

2. LINKING: Hold Shift key and click on multiple objects to link them. You can then move, duplicate or delete objects as a group. You can also L-click and drag your cursor to form a box outline, which encompasses a grid section. All objects highlighted within that boxed section are then linked as a group.

3. (D) key to Duplicate objects. All Shortcuts are in game help section.

4. POSITIONING: Drag blocks with your mouse, or you can also position them with keyboard Direction keys. You must use Transform tool (A2 submenu) to move blocks with direction keys.

5. SCREEN ZOOM in/out: Magnifying buttons, or hotkeys = / - or (Running game locally in Firefox) CTRL and +/- keys also work. Unfortunately I don't see any way to pan back and forth or up and down. Zoom function appears fixed to center screen.

6. Use the Settle function fairly often to work out the kinks and construct a solid stable castle. When the thumping & clanking noise stops, the castle has reached a stable formation. If the noise is loud, frequent, and doesn't stop, try to locate which components are unstable. Zoom in and look and listen for twitchy objects or blocks. Often it means objects are slightly overlapping, although they may appear aligned.
Another issue may be there's too much pressure on horizontal beams or arches.
Iron blocks don't seem to settle well. They clank on forever.

7. Keep in mind the more elaborate the build, the greater the game lag.

Save your build ! Your castle might not be stored in game memory when you exit the game, even if you have saved it there.
I advise always exporting & saving the build code to a text document before exiting builder mode or closing the game, or you may lose it. Instructions below.
You can also open an Armor Games account, and they may save the build code for you.

Load - Play  &  Save - Export

LOAD:
1. Click Load
2. Click Import
3. Paste castle code into popup dialogue box. (Windows Ctrl + V)
4. Click Import. You may now edit the build, or...
5. Hit Play button, and crush the castle.

SAVE:
1. Click Save button or press S key
2. Enter a castle name
3. Click Export
4. Click Copy
5. Paste the code in a text document.

Save your build fairly often in-game and out, and don't lose the code. As long as you have it, you can upload your castle, and continue improving the design if you like.

Related Info:

Flash Player Help
How to run Flash games in Chrome
How to Reduce Flash Game Lag in Firefox
How to Reduce Flash Game Lag in Chrome





Site Links:

Players Pack Page
Crush the Castle II Game Page

Building Offline

THE BELOW INFO IS OUTDATED and may no longer work. Check the Arcade main menu page for possible ways to run flash games on your PC. Currently I'm unable to run Crush the Castle 2 Builders Edition locally. If anyone knows how to do that, please contact me.



Flash games can be opened and run with Internet Explorer. But the latest versions of Firefox won't run the files locally (directly from your hard drive).
You must manually reconfigure browser default settings. Here's how:

1. Open a tab.
2. Type: about:config in the address bar, and hit Enter.
3. Click "I accept the risk!" button.
4. Type "flash" in the search bar.
5. Scroll down to find: plugin.state.flash
firefox flash
6. Right click on that line and select "modify".
7. Change the integer value from 0 to 1, and click OK. Don't alter any other setting.

You should now be able to run the game in a browser tab. Just R-click on the .swf file and choose 'Open" or "open with" Firefox. It should open the game in a new tab. But you'll still be prompted to approve / Run Adobe Flash, before the game will run.

If you're concerned this may pose a safety risk when browsing websites, toggle the value back to 0 before you go online. But unless you alter the value below that line (plugins.flashBlock.enabled) Firefox should continue to block all embedded website flash applications until you approve activation.

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