April 19th
Player Interview: Menin Gate 

A little while ago we stumbled across a player called Menin Gate who had put in an enormous amount of time into Crusaders of the Lost Idols. At the time, Menin Gate had logged more than 8,000 hours of gameplay on Steam. For those who haven't already done the math, it equates to the game running for 343 days!

With that kind of record, we decided to reach out to Menin Gate for an interview to share his motivations with you all.

Menin Gate's 'alter ego' is Paul Winnell from Melbourne, Australia. This 45-year-old player hails from Port Phillip Bay, which he declares has the "whitest, cleanest, and softest sand on the Bay". Stop making us jealous, Paul!

Menin Gate and his family


When did you start playing Crusaders of the Lost Idols and how did you discover the game?

I started playing it the day it came out. I love idle/progressive type games and this one peaked my interest immediately.

You've been playing for more than 10,000 hours now. When did you realise you'd put in so much time? Also, was it a shock when you realised?

Well I’m actually closing in on 11,000 hours and still loving it. It was a shock, as the last game that had me so entranced was Battlefield 2, a completely different style of game.

Have you ever played another game for the same length of time?

Yes Battlefield 2 - and still miss it!

What is it about Crusaders of the Lost Idols that keeps you playing?

The updates. The developers have consistently delivered new updates, features and events to keep me interested; it's one of the few games on Steam that provides such regular updates.

What has been your favourite update or feature in Crusaders of the Lost Idols?

Crafting - it adds a whole new dimension for progression and how you can progress.

Who is your favourite Crusader and why?

Well it used to be Fire Phoenix, but now it’s The Exterminator (Terminator is one of my favorite movies)

What other games are you playing while Crusaders of the Lost Idols is running on your computer?

Lots, I have nearly 8,000 games on Steam, but I also play quite a bit of BF1 via Origin.

Do you play on the mobile app too?

Yes, on the way to work.

How do you keeping playing when you're on holiday or traveling?

I play on the mobile app. I also have a Microsoft Surface that runs the game very well!

What do your friends and family think about your addiction to Crusaders of the Lost Idols?

They don’t understand, I have four kids that all prefer to play CSGO - I tried and failed to get them playing!



If you'd like to be interviewed for the official Crusaders blog, email us at general@codenameentertainment.com.
October 26th, 2016
Crusaders of the Lost Idols Player Interview 

This is the third of our player interviews where we celebrate your fandom for Crusaders of the Lost Idols. This week we speak to Roku from California.

Introduce yourself to your fellow Crusaders!

Call me Roku. I live California.

When did you start playing Crusaders of the Lost Idols and on what platform?

I started playing it on Steam soon after the Steam release. I saw it in the clicker category and thought it looked interesting. It was!

Which is your favourite campaign, event, and Crusader?

My favorite campaign is Ready Player 2 due to all the game references. The Merci event is probably my favorite seasonal because of how ridiculous and silly it is. Finally, my favorite Crusader is the Hermit. He may be crazy but in a good way. I don't think he's washed-up at all!

Roku's favourite campaign: Ready Player Two.

What got you hooked on Crusaders of the Lost Idols?

It has a lot more strategy involved than other clickers. Player skill can go a long way, so it holds my attention more. Each new upgrade and Crusader often has me altering my formations to improve them as much as possible.

"It has a lot more strategy involved than other clickers."

What other games do you play?

Right now I'm playing Final Fantasy XIV, Persona 5, and Katamari Forever.

Roku is also playing Katamari Forever.

What is your all-time favourite game? (other than Crusaders, of course).

There are far, far too many to choose from. I don't even know where to begin.

"Invest in idol gain Talents such as Efficient Crusading"

What tips do you have for new Crusaders players?

It pays off to read what each Crusader upgrade does and think them over, especially Event Crusaders who tend to have at least one ability that seems much more complicated than the abilities of the starting Crusaders. Invest in idol gain skills such as Efficient Crusading when you can. They really pay off!

What advanced tips do you have for Crusaders players?

Everyone has their favorite Crusaders, but don't rest on your laurels too much. New Event Crusaders or even new gear or weekend buffs change the status quo all the time. A Crusader you might have found weak before may suddenly become a must-have. It pays to think things through whenever you get someone or something new. Even Crusaders and gear that might seem useless at first might have a hidden usefulness if you think outside the box.
September 30th, 2016
Crusaders of the Lost Idols Player Interview 

This is the second of our player interviews where we celebrate your fandom for Crusaders of the Lost Idols. This week we speak to Ben from Nebraska.

Introduce yourself to your fellow Crusaders!

Call me Ben. I live in semi-rural Nebraska, USA. I started playing Crusaders in the first week it was on Kongregate.

Which is your favourite campaign, event, and Crusader?

I don't really have a favorite campaign, but my favorite event may be A Nate Before Christmas (he's so easy to pick). My favorite Crusader is the Washed-up Hermit. I know, there's no reason to prefer him; Draco does better DPS, Bubba is a wonderful buffer (and gold earner), Larry is wonderful whether you're surrounding him or putting him off to the side to get his DPS boost but I rarely need to optimize, and I like having Draco available for missions, so the old coot is my first DPS Crusader almost every game. That's got to count for something.

Ben's favourite event: A Nate Before Christmas.

What got you hooked on Crusaders of the Lost Idols?

I came, I saw, I hung around. I guess you could say I enjoy the chat room chatter.

"Steam hates trying to predict what I'll enjoy."

What other games do you play?

Right now I mess around a little with Terraria, Halcyon 6 and Shadowrun Returns. Yeah, a building/exploration sim, a space strategy game, and a cyberpunk RPG. Steam hates trying to predict what I'll enjoy.

Ben's favourite game: Chrono Trigger.

What is your all-time favourite game? (other than Crusaders, of course).

My favorite game of all time? That's a pretty tough call, but I'll say Chrono Trigger.

"Keep an eye on what prerequisites and drawbacks"

What advanced tips do you have for all Crusaders players?

It seems obvious, but keep an eye on what prerequisites and drawbacks Crusaders have. You keep seeing people who think Emo is weak when Jim is standing next to him, or Draco is weak when over half the formation is non-royal humans (he hates commoners, people.) Also, you shouldn't be buying the Surplus Cooldown talent if you do not have any surplus cooldown either; it's a great talent later on, but it doesn't do anything when your horns and cornucopias only do 40% cooldown rate.