Bush Whacker developer Codename Entertainment is achieving fast success with its newest title on Facebook: Crusaders of the Lost Idols. The ‘clicker’ or ‘idle’ game sees players recruiting and managing a team of heroes through battles with waves of enemies in a variety of environments, and debuted at the No. 1 position on the Idle Games category on Kongregate.
In Crusaders of the Lost Idols, players begin with a single main hero, and must rapidly click on the screen to damage oncoming enemies. As enemies are defeated, players collect coins which can be used to upgrade the amount of damage they inflict with each click, or to unlock new heroes, abilities and so on.
These upgrades decrease the necessity to click on the screen, as secondary heroes will automatically attack enemies at a specific ‘damage per second’ rate, which can be increased by purchasing upgrades. As an ‘idle’ game, players will continue to damage enemies and collect coins even when they’re not actively interacting with the game, and even when the game is closed.
Environments are split into stages, with each having a particular goal. These goals may ask players to defeat a large number of enemies, or collect special items they may drop, as examples. Players can move on to the next stage as soon as the goal is complete, or remain in their current stage to earn extra coins. At the end of each group of stages, players must defeat a boss to receive a treasure chest of reward cards, which may include bundles of coins or gear that impacts the damage rating of characters, as examples.
As players collect heroes, they can change their battle formation on the screen to unlock specific bonuses. For instance, the Lumberjack hero will deal twice the damage per second if standing next to another hero, rather than alone in a line. Eventually, players will own more heroes than can fit on the screen, so they must strategically choose which heroes to keep active, based on their abilities or stats.
If players are unable to defeat enemies before they reach their heroes, the enemies will attack and are able to defeat heroes, decreasing the team’s idle damage caused per second until players progress to another stage to reset the team. If all of their heroes are wiped out, players go back to the previous stage, where they can earn more coins and increase their strength before trying again.
While free-to-play, Crusaders of the Lost Idols allows players to buy jeweled chests containing five reward cards each, with at least one card rated ‘rare’ or better.
In a statement, Eric Jordan, CEO of Codename Entertainment, commented:
We’re delighted to enable gamers around the world to play our latest game. Our beta player feedback was very positive with some players saying they were losing sleep because they were so hooked. We’re looking forward to more players trying Crusaders and also losing sleep because they can’t stop playing.
Crusaders of the Lost Idols is available to play for free on Facebook. The game offers a real-time chat feature, so players can talk to others while waiting to earn coins. Crusaders of the Lost Idols is also available to play for free on Armor Games.