Tower of Guns is a fast paced first-person-shooter for the twitch gamer... with a few randomized elements to keep it fresh with each playthrough. It's a short burst "Lunch Break FPS"... not unlike Binding of Isaac mixed with Doom 2. Tower of Guns was made by a guy named Joe (with his brother Mike composing the music).
User reviews: Very Positive (565 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 4, 2014

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"This is a different kind of bullet hell, a first person shooter with an offbeat sense of humor that cheerfully dunks you into wave after wave of guns."
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February 19

Linux build updated and more news!

Hey folks, I just updated the linux build once more to address a sound issue that was happening for some folks.

Also, for those of you who saw my last announcement about ToG coming to consoles--there's one more fun addition to that: ToG will ALSO be available on disc, in retail. I'm not sure if I can say where or when yet, but all you diehard ToG fans could own a physical copy of the game someday soon! :-)

-Joe

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February 5

Linux/Mac builds: Minor update

Hi Folks!
I worked a bit more with the kind folks who assisted me on the Mac and Linux builds to get a few of the more common issues addressed. This includes migrating the save data on the Linux version.

While everything SHOULD work fine for all you--if you're worried look in the ToG directory for a file called gamestate.bin and duplicate that file to somewhere safe before you launch the game again--that way you can restore your savefile if anything weird happens.

This update fixes:

  • Mac fullscreen--fixed some issues where this was not behaving optimally
  • Save data migration out of the app: Users' savegames are migrated to their user directory.
  • Steam cloud support: This should now work for both Mac and Linux, but only after the first time you 'exit' the game after this update
  • Removed those crazy button keybindings that would crash the game for random reasons. Who thought those were a good idea??
  • Fixed library names on Linux
  • Integrated a few of the later bugfixes that were in the PC build, but didn't make the original content lock for the Mac/Linux build

Thanks again folks! Also, if you haven't heard, the game is coming this year to XB1, PS3, and PS4! That'll be pretty exciting! So, if your friends are console gamers who want to play ToG, soon they'll get their chance!

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About This Game

Tower of Guns is a fast paced first-person-shooter for the twitch gamer... with a few randomized elements to keep it fresh with each playthrough. It's a short burst "Lunch Break FPS"... not unlike Binding of Isaac mixed with Doom 2. Tower of Guns was made by a guy named Joe (with his brother Mike composing the music).

Key Features

  • SINGLE SITTING FULL EXPERIENCE: For all of those who have too many games (or too little time) this is a game you can pick up and play again and again, without remembering where you were or what you were up to. If you're gonna win, you're gonna do it within an hour or two. That's a big if though... it won't be easy.
  • ALWAYS A FRESH EXPERIENCE: Random enemies, random powerups, random bosses, tons of unlockable items and weapons...even random-level compositing! You never know what to expect when you sit down in front of Tower of Guns.
  • CRAZY POWERUPS: You've played first person shooters where you can double jump, but have you played any game where you can centuple-jump? You can in Tower of Guns, with the right items.
  • GUN-MODIFYING MADNESS: Do you like rocket launchers? You'll like them more if you're lucky enough to stumble upon a "shotgun" modifier. A rocket-launching shotgun is very satisfying. Mix and match your gun with a dozen different Gun Mods!
  • OLD-SCHOOL TACTICS: For the fans of the faster shooters, it's all back. Circle strafe your way to glory at insane speeds; Tower of Guns is all about moving fast!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce 275 GTX +512mb memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: windows compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Warning: This game is CPU/GPU intensive. There are a lot of bullets. It is stable on older Nvidia cards (8800 era), but the framerate made for a sub-optimal experience.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac 10.6 or later
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce 275 GTX +512mb memory
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL 2.1 Compliant GPU Required
    Minimum:
    • OS: Any linux distribution since 2010
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce 275 GTX +512mb memory
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL 2.1 Compliant GPU Required
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
29.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
To me one of the best games of this year, Tower of Guns has far exceeded my expectations. Although I saw some early gameplay on YouTube, I wasn't sure how well the roguelike/lite gameplay would fit in a FPS. Needless to say, it worked beautifully.


Overview

Essentially, Tower of Guns is about fighting your way up a tower filled with automatons all hell-bent on your death. You begin by choosing a weapon and a perk. As you complete the game, you will unlock other guns/ perks which can be used on different playthroughs. On your way up, you'll also collect power ups, such as additional jumps, damage, luck, jump height, and difficulty increases or decreases. Additionally, you may replenish health and experience (more on that later) via pickups.


Graphical Quality

Overall, the graphical quality of the game is fairly good. I personally think he style fits the game well, although the enemy design is sometimes a bit lackluster. The homogenous nature of the early environment (a lot of brown/yellow) meshes well with the mechanical killing of automatons, and the cartoony style is quite interesting.


Gameplay

Sometimes criticized for a lack of variety in the gunplay, the each run revolves around the weapon you choose. There are about a dozen weapons to choose from, presuming you've unlocked them, and each fits a different style of play. Occasionally, the player may find a second weaapon in a run, although it is fairly uncommon. These secondary weapons are often extremely powerful when leveled up, and can save a run on their own if used correctly. As you defeat enemies, you'll pick up “blue exp” to make your weapon stronger, changing the size, color, and effects of your bullets/projectiles. The max level (assuming you don’t use a certain perk to increase it) is 5, and once the cap is reached, you can no longer pick up exp.

However, level 5 does not guarantee a victory. As you take damage, and your health decreases, the weapon you are using also loses exp. Even if you survive a rough room, you may still have difficulty in the coming levels, as your weapon may have lost numerous levels. This adds an extra level of complexity to the game, and often your weapon de-leveling can spell disaster to an otherwise perfect run. There are also "use items" which can be recharged by collecting "yellow exp." Weapon mods are also sometimes available, and can change the nature of your weapons projectiles, adding effects such as explosive shots or rapid fire.

The level design overall is quite good. Each “floor” is made up of multiple rooms. The rooms you encounter are randomized, but after numerous playthroughs you are bound to see most/ all of them. However, I've yet to see, or remember, the order of the rooms ever be the same. Additionally, most rooms have “secrets” which the player often can stumble upon simply by moving through a room in a different way. It's not uncommon to visit a room 10 times across many plathroughs, only to find a secret you never knew existed on the 11th visit. At the end of each floor there is a boss fight. Once the boss is defeated, the door to the next room will open and the player can move to the next floor.

If there is one thing that separates this particular FPS roguelike/lite from others at the time of writing (I won't mention names, but I'm sure there's one that most are thinking of), it's the mobility of the character. Additional jumps make the game a blast, and sometime ludicrous speeds can be reached by the end of a playthrough (if the player fins enough speed++ powerups).


Story

There isn't much of a story to speak of. =If it is toggled on in the options menu, the player will see a small text box conversation at the beginning of each floor, expanding on an (often humorous) little tale about the protagonist. Interestingly, the story itself is random in the sense that each run will portray the main character (you) as a different person. While the different perspectives/stories have no appreciable affect on gameplay, and can be turned off, they are often quite funny, and add a bit of spive to each level.


Difficulty

I personally didn't find the “base” game to be tremendously difficult. Within five or so hours I had beaten it once or twice. However, the game definitely warrants multiple playthroughs, and there are some ways of increasing the difficulty. On perk, for example, causes the game to be much harder (the player starts with difficulty ++ cards) and all enemies to spawn as elite. Additionally, in a normal run, difficulty ++ cards can be picked up to make the game somewhat harder.


Options/ Issues

The options menu is alright. There are a number of resolution options, as well as fullscreen. Motion blur, bloom, and MSAA are also available. Mouse smoothing (acceleration) is also toggle-able. There are some issues, however. For one, there is no borderless windowed mode. Additionally, if run in windowed mode, the game defaults to the base resolution (1152x864) each time. For some reason, the game also doesn't seem to like 1920x1080 in windowed, and will default to a slightly lower resolution. Keep in mind this may be a personal problem. It didn't affect gameplay, however.


Overall

Buy this game. It's a fantastic time killer, with a solid difficulty curve and rewarding gameplay. If you can get get past the fact that you use one gun for the entirety of the run, the intersting shooting mechanics, excellent movement, and randomized nature of each run will keep you playing for hours.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
I have never liked the gimmick of roguelike, die once, and you lose everything. Unless it's a DOOM-Like FPS like Tower of Guns, that's where I enjoy it!

Tower of Guns is a DOOM-inspired first person shooter mixed with bullet storm and rogue like elements such as hard difficulty, permadeath, and a random level generator. There is a loadout element, you start with two basic guns, and two perks, keep on playing the game, and you unlock more guns and perks for your loadout. The enemies are composed of turrets, sawblades, and explodes, so watch out for them, they'll be tough to beat unless you can dodge like crazy! You can also buy items, upgrades, and mods while in game, At the end of each level, or a rare drop, you get a health boost! So you can survive longer. so it will help progress through the toughest levels of the game. And also, a great soundtrack in the game, so you can enjoy the grittiness of the music!

I don't know the story, but who cares? It doesn't need to make sense to be fun! Just go to the top of the tower and win! Is all I can see in the story.

Overall, a great game and very fun with the roguelike mechanic, get it!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
So. It's 6:26am and I had the decision between going to bed or playing some ♥♥♥♥. And for the last time I looked through my libray and saw the game. Tower of Guns. It sounds fun, I though so I installed the game and tryed it out. And I have to say, for a game that I didn't even know that I own it, is it very good. I played it a bit and I think it's now one of my favorite games so far.

But I really have to go to bed now. LOVE YOU STEAM-COMMUNITY AROUND THE WORLD ♥
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Its like Paranautical Activity except better and the dev doesn't want to murder Gabe

10/10 would have 8 mid-air jumps again
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Bellow you'll find both a written and video impression of the game
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiWiw8QXH48

Tower of Guns is an interesting game that melds the fast paced, twitch based action of the FPS genre with the high intensity and replayability of roguelikes. You'll be going through dungeon to dungeon, shooting a bunch of stuff while avoiding ridiculously giant sized bullets and bombs.

Tower of Guns feature a very interesting illustrative look when it comes to it's texture and overall style. If you've played the Borderlands series, it'll be very familiar to you. Visually the game scream with style and it'll probably be one of the more memorable elements to the game.

My only complaints is that the button prompts are made for consoles, so when using keyboard and mouse in the PC, it's hard to tell what button you should push to activate the prompt. Also some of the audio feedback from your bullets connecting to enemies seem a underwhelming in comparison to the exaggerated and highly stylized explosion that it produces.

Overall Tower of Guns is a pretty interesting take on the FPS genre. If you're into Quake or Unreal Tournament, but want a twitch based FPS with some roguelike flavors, then Tower of Guns should fullfill that need.

Pros:
- Wonderfully stylized aesthetic
- Very replayable
- Easy to understand and get into
- Very twitchy and fast paced

Cons:
- Button Prompts set up for consoles and not PC
- Some audio sound effects underwhelming
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