Developer: Game Stew Studio
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

The original Tower of Fortune was a total surprise, and aside from the reliance on luck it was a pretty freaking awesome RPG/slot machine hybrid. Tower of Fortune 2 has somehow, miraculously, managed to make the whole concept even more amazing and – dare I say – more accessible.

toweroffortune201toweroffortune206Some years after failing to rescue his daughter in the first game, our nameless hero is back on a desperate new quest. Word is there’s magic inside an otherworldly tower that can grant any wish. Many adventurers have perished in pursuit of this rumor, but he may just be a bad enough dude to pull it off. Mechanically, Tower of Fortune 2 is almost identical to the original. Players tap to spin a trio of reels, and tap again to get them to stop. Whatever the first reel lands on is what will trigger (attack, magic, take damage, etc), with consecutive matches increasing the effect. Combat, treasure collection, resting at the tavern, and almost everything else is handled by this mechanic. Only this time around it’s been expanded significantly.

The entire setup of Tower of Fortune 2 has changed for the better. Now every floor on the tower must be explored; an activity that has its own set of rules and reels that can trigger fights, traps, resting at a camp, resource gathering, and even random character encounters. Special quests can be triggered at the tavern that players can opt to partake in to try and earn special items. Equipment can be leveled-up with cash or even forged from scratch using special ores. Meat can be cooked, and prepared dishes will buff the hero when he sets up camp while adventuring. There’s even a canine companion to befriend and train.

toweroffortune207toweroffortune205Of course Tower of Fortune 2 is still essentially a slot machine, and as such is still based around luck. The ability to interrupt the slots and re-spin (for gold, of course) certainly helps in a pinch but it won’t remove the luck element completely. Plus it can burn through gold incredibly quickly, which is another issue; earning gold takes a while. Selling off unused equipment can bring temporary relief but collecting enough to progress can be a major grind.

Ultimately, so long as one is mindful of Tower of Fortune 2’s reliance on chance there shouldn’t be a problem. It’s a major step up from a game that didn’t really need improving in the first place. So yeah, fans of the first and curious slot machine enthusiasts definitely need to check this out.


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