Chocolate Castle is definitely a bit mental, but it’s the kind of game that everyone will enjoy, particularly kids. If you consider the main ingredients, you’ll see why: it’s a thoughtful puzzle game, it has cute anthropomorphic animals in it and it consists mostly of chocolate. The animals in question – a pink pig, a white rabbit, a brown cat and a dark brown dog – are fussy and will only eat specific types of confectionary. For example, the dog will only eat dark chocolate, the pig will eat nothing but Turkish delight, and so on. Moving an animal into its favourite nibble will cause it to eat the entire block, before disappearing. Moving one block into another of the same type will stick them together. The actual challenge is found in clearing the entire screen of sweets, which requires some devious shuffling and manoeuvring on the later levels.
It’s cute, we’ll give it that. And while the idea of shifting blocks around to fit a space has been done to the nth degree, the animals and sticky sweets certainly add a more original element to Chocolate Castle. It’s a classic example of casual gaming that has hours of puzzling in it and should delight anyone willing to give it a go. The only people we wouldn’t recommend this game to are those who are trying to lose weight!