Version Reviewed: 1.01
App Reviewed on: iPad 2
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Tons of 8-Bit RPGs exist in the world of mobile gaming, with many of them being entirely forgettable. Lots of these games have no content, no soul, and nothing that really keeps a player’s interest for any considerable length of time [Editor's Note: Ahem.]. But then again, these games aren't Death Tower; a simple but extremely compelling turn-based RPG with an eerie yet captivating story arch.
Death Tower starts out simple enough: the main protagonist starts out with some line about how he has no idea where he is or how he got there, followed with him fighting numerous enemies by himself. Over time a rogue, mage, and another warrior will join him in his quest, adding to his fighting power as well as the storyline.
Battles in Death Tower are fairly simple. All fighting is done in a turn-based style with the player's team going first, then the team of baddies counter-attacking. However, players are able to move their characters around the playing area - unlike older turn based combat styles such as the ones found in many JRPGs. Combat is performed by simply tapping on an enemy to attack. This also moves any characters who perform melee hits to a space next to the enemy, which can be a poor judgement call for any allies are severely low on health.
There are a limited amount of special abilities and “artifacts” found within the game that enhance both the characters as well as the overall gameplay; saving it from being a monotonous title that doesn’t have much thought put into it. These abilities and artifacts give players a good mixture of things to do, as well as adding a little strategy. Plus players can turn one of their fighters into a bear, which is always cool.
But it’s the storyline within Death Tower that really keeps it interesting. The first protagonist the player obtains is also the narrator of the story, which starts with him not knowing his location or how it is he came to be there. Eventually, other characters he is familiar with appear. Things are also as they seem through the story, giving this spooky and creepy feel; one which definitely aims to keep the player engrossed in the game and invested in the characters.
Death Tower may not have a lot of shiny gaming bells and whistles to it, but it does give mobile gamers a long and fulfilling game ripe with adventure, strategy, and a slightly macabre story arch. While this title doesn’t contain a lot of distinctive features, it does a great job of expanding on common RPG themes; blending them together perfectly while also finding a way to keep the player's interest piqued within a highly entertaining and well done game.