Developer: ACE Team
Platform: PS4 (Reviewed), PC
Release Date: January 19th, 2016
There is nothing like a cheesy, so-good-it’s-bad movie to pick up your mood. The Deadly Tower of Monsters is the epitome of B-movie goodness in video game form, cheesy dialogue, visible wires, stop-motion animated creatures and more. Deadly Tower is a hack n’ slash game played from a top down perspective. Now, per the usual, the genre isn’t typically my thing. However, I had an surprisingly large amount of fun with the game.
Deadly Tower has a pretty simple story, ripped straight from old school movies. An astronaut from Earth gets stranded on an alien planet and takes it upon himself, after being rescued by a mysterious woman, to help liberate this planet from an evil Emperor. Now that you have the gist of the main story, completely forget it exists.
The real story of this game comes from the “Director Commentary” and hilarity ensues. Essentially, the game is narrated as if it is DVD release of a movie with the special commentary enabled. Between this director and his snarky comments about the “cast” and how they cheaped out in various parts of the “movie”. The commentary alone makes this game amazing. I could sit there and listen to audio tracks from this game all day. And then get called out by the “Director” for standing still too long. No, seriously, he called me out on standing still too long.
In addition to such wonderful commentary, the game is packed with references to A LOT of movies. Having a characters quote Pulp Fiction and Planet of the Apes, weapons vaguely similar to lightsabers that can knock back energy attacks and more. And fourth wall be damned. There are some scenes in the game that take the fourth wall and smash it to pieces and it is great.
Gameplay is pretty much what you would expect from this kind of game; dodge and parry enemy attacks, then proceed to beat the crap out of whatever is attacking you. For your enjoyment, the game does give you more than a few ways to mix things up. Multiple weapons, both melee and ranged, the ability to upgrade these weapons into stronger versions of themselves by collecting, and spending, cogs acquired through exploration and combat. There is also a ton of different enemies and some really fun boss fights as well.
After reaching a certain point in the story, you will unlock two other companions to choose from, each with their own abilities. Slowing time, running really fast and setting explosive traps are some of the specialties you will encounter as you play with each of the three characters. Occasionally, certain collectibles will require a certain ability so you will have to swap protagonists every now and then.
Now, there are the occasionally glitches that I encountered. There are times where characters will get stuck for a few seconds, particularly when transitioning through lift tubes. Other times, its usually something simple like getting stuck behind a rock that you can’t move out of. Nothing extremely game breaking, though.
It is also not the longest game. My first playthrough clocked in at just shy of four hours, though admittedly I was not exploring and checking every nook and cranny for collectibles. Had I been, considering the amount I missed, you can easily coax at least six or seven hours of gameplay on your way to getting the platinum trophy, if that’s your thing.
Good and bad, for what it costs, this is such a steal. If you are looking for something fun to play, I recommend this game. It is chock full of movie references, terrible dialogue and shenanigans. It’ll also be on sale during its first two weeks out so definitely get it.