Title: Deadly Tower of Monsters
Platform: Windows, Steam, PS4
Reviewed on: PS4
Genre: Top down hack ‘n’ slash, Action RPG
Players: Single player, Local Co Op
Written by Whistler 27th April 2016
I’ll confess I never really got into the classic sci-
Deadly Tower of Monsters is an action RPG and the title to the sci-
While some of the director’s jokes do a great deal to enhance the comedic value of scenes it doesn’t take too long to get old, and worst of all doesn’t distract from how dull the game really is.
Each of the three protagonists can be swapped out at stations dotted throughout the tower and are equipped with their own gear and abilities. Oddly for a game all about Ascending you’ll do just about as much descending as you backtrack down the various floors to open up paths to climb even higher or go skydiving for hidden loot. It makes good use of camera angles to help emphasize the scale of the goliath sized structure and even makes use of the camera to regularly deliver a sort of reverse Alien Invaders. Sadly however I found myself struggling far too often with the camera and clunky controls as your character aims over the edge for these sections. Other than that the gameplay is just simply boring and far too simplified to be enjoyable. You’ll explore the various locals reminiscent of old school era films like a stone age-
The visuals are fantastic however, perfectly recapturing that oversaturated color and faded film grain style of low budget flicks. Textures look appropriately ‘fake’ and little touches like grubby finger prints muddying the lense flares or the obvious lines of string holding up certain monsters are great nods to amateur film making.
A film buff would likely pick apart the game’s overall lack of film era consistency but the attempt to create such a game paying homage to those low budget and classic features was noteworthy in itself. It’s a title worth checking out at least for it’s quirky and arguably unique spin. In terms of action and gameplay it doesn't really live up to the quality I expect from ACE Team’s previous ventures. But at least as an attempt to recreate the classics of yesteryear it’s a worthy endeavour with an inspired setting that I’m sure even the Harryhausen would be crack a big smile.
Great dedication to source materials,
Ooozes authenticity of classic monster movies,
Fantastic artistic direction.
Slow and dull gameplay,
Director commentary and dialogue get’s grading far too quickly,
Comedy moments don’t make up for the overall execution,
Constant battles with the camera.
Deadly Tower of Monsters scores a so-