Maldita Castilla

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Maldita Castilla
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Linux, Ouya, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch
ReleaseMaldita Castilla
  • WW: December 12, 2012
Maldita Castilla EX
Xbox One
  • WW: July 20, 2016
PlayStation 4
  • JP: December 16, 2016
  • NA: December 16, 2016
  • PAL: January 11, 2017
Nintendo 3DS
  • JP: July 12, 2017
  • WW: July 13, 2017
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: January 24, 2019
SoundYamaha YM2203

Maldita Castilla, known in North America and PAL regions as Cursed Castilla, is an arcade action video game developed by Locomalito and released in December 2012. The game is primarily based on myths from Spain and, to a smaller degree, other parts of Europe. Maldita Castilla was developed as a tribute to Ghosts'n Goblins.


Castilla is Spanish for Castile (a place of historic significance in Spain), while maldita, meaning "cursed" (also meaning "damned" or "maledict"), is used as an exclamation of anger at times of difficulty or danger.[1] The game was inspired by Amadis of Gaul, a sixteenth-century Spanish chivalric romance.[2]

The gameplay is inspired by the games Shinobi and Ghost and Goblins.[3]

The original version of the game was released in December 2012.[3]

The audio of the game is meant to emulate the Yamaha YM2203 sound chip and there are effects to simulate the visual display of a Cathode-ray tube television.[3]

The game can be downloaded for free from the website of its author, Juan Antonio Becerra, who uses the pseudonym "Locomalito".[4] The chiptune music was composed by Gryzor87.[5]


The original version of the game features six levels, 40 enemy types, and 4 bosses.[3]

Defeating the boss enables the player to advance to the next level. Each of the game's levels corresponds to an era of history, and each has four different endings that vary depending on the tasks performed by the player.


The action takes place around the year 1081, when an ancient demon hears Moura's laments for her fallen love and uses her tears to create a magic key, which unleashes demons into the Kingdom of Castile. King Alfonso VI of León orders Don Ramiro, Quesada, Don Diego, and Mendoza, to Tolomera to end the demonic nightmare that looms over the kingdom. As the demons get to his comrades, however, Don Ramiro must fight alone to rescue them and bring peace to the land.


Maldita Castilla was well received by Spanish press. IGN Spain gave the game a praising review.[6] Hobby Consolas gave the game an 85 out of 100.[7]

Four reviewers for Famitsu gave the 3DS version scores of 7, 7, 7, and 8 for a total of 29 out of 40.[8]

Nintendo Life gave the 3DS version of the game a 9/10.[9] They gave the switch version a 8/10.[10]

IGN Italia gave the game an 8.5 out of 10.[11]

M! Games gave the xbox one version of the game a 79 out of 100.[12]

The Games Machine gave it 7.9 out of 10.[13]

Eurogamer praised and recommended the game.[14]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 11, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Maldita Castilla". Locomalito. Archived from the original on January 10, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2016. It pays homage to classic arcade games from 1985-1987 like Ghost'n'Goblins, Tiger Road, Black Tiger, Shinobi, Rygar, Karnov, Trojan and many others… taking influences from spanish medieval paintings and places, and from the best chivalry book ever made: Amadis of Gaul.
  3. ^ a b c d "『魔界村』ライクな2Dインディーズアクション『Maldita Castilla』がリリース". Game*Spark - 国内・海外ゲーム情報サイト (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 6, 2015. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  4. ^ "Locomalito, el artesano del píxel". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "BSO Maldita Castilla". Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "Maldita Castilla EX. Análisis para Xbox One". IGN España (in Spanish). July 19, 2016. Archived from the original on November 12, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Huertos, Alejandro Alcolea (July 19, 2016). "Maldita Castilla EX - Análisis para Xbox One". HobbyConsolas (in Spanish). Archived from the original on April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  8. ^ "マルディタカスティーラ ドン・ラミロと呪われた大地 レビュー・評価・感想 (3DS)". ファミ通.com (in Japanese). Archived from the original on April 28, 2019. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  9. ^ Life, Nintendo (July 13, 2017). "Review: Cursed Castilla EX (3DS eShop)". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on September 29, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Life, Nintendo (January 24, 2019). "Review: Cursed Castilla EX - A Worthy Love Letter To The Side-Scrolling Classics Of Old". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on January 25, 2019. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  11. ^ None, di LA redazione 28 Luglio 2016 (July 28, 2016). "Indiegram #17". IGN Italia (in Italian). Archived from the original on June 4, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  12. ^ Steppberger, Ulrich (August 23, 2016). "Maldita Castilla EX - im Test (XOne)". (in German). Archived from the original on April 21, 2019. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  13. ^ "Cursed Castilla Recensione PC 3DS". The Games Machine (in Italian). Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  14. ^ Alexandre, Vítor (January 3, 2017). "Maldita Castilla EX - Análise". (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 26, 2019.

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