"I awake once again. Shackled. Beaten. Broken. And yet there is hope. An opportunity..." Enter the darkness of The Tower. A unique, constantly expanding dungeon crawling experience. Use your hearing to find your way through the breathless shadow of the tower's corridors.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (46 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 4, 2014
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July 9

The Tower 2015 Edition: Pre-Alpha Access

Hello everybody,

In a few days time, we'll be putting up special access to the pre-alpha version of The Tower: 2015 Edition, which will be available from Steam for the low, low price of £0.99.

We've come to realise that if we engage players now, even at this very early stage in development, we hope to acquire valuable feedback and pretty much work it in a.s.a.p. This is a build that will constantly update. Some of it might not even be playable, some of it may only be in-game cutscenes or dialogue, but we hope you can start to see the differences immediately.

Here's a short FAQ for what to expect:

q) The pre-alpha is cheap. Why?
a) The pre-alpha at this stage, is exactly that. Experimental and unfinished. You can help us shape it's future by seeing what we're doing and giving feedback. It all helps!

q) If I buy the pre-alpha, will I receive the final version for free?
a) No. The pre-alpha will only contain content up until Beta. After that, the game will be considered 'shaped' and all further development will be locked until release.

q) What can I expect as the pre-alpha develops?
a) Story chapters to finalise, first-look gameplay and your name in the credits if you choose to help!

The pre-alpha will be live in a few days, so stay tuned!

***UPDATE: Scratch that. We've decided to generate 50 Alpha Keys to give away for FREE, to those who request them below. Fifty people is far easier to manage and communicate with! Once you have your key, you can access the 'Beta' tab, by right clicking on The Tower in your Steam library and opting in via the drop down box.

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July 2

The Tower: Save Issue Fix & Update

A previously discovered issue with saves has now been rectified. A small update (roughly 10mb) will be available within ten minutes.

Thank you to the community for helping us discover and kill this one off!

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Reviews

“I have only played the beginning so far but the moment I passed through the darkness I really felt that this was genius... I have surround sound headphones and it took a while to adjust but then I heard the water and decided to head towards the noise. I could sense the distancing and the placing of the water through my headphones and I walked towards it and splashed the water... I was amazed when I heard a faint sound of air and follwed that toi the next area. I havew never played a game that requires senses and I instantly want more. I congratulate you. However are you going to put a price on it? And I have a good computer but it stills lags? However amazing game and so far have been fascinated. I don't give 10s ever but after seeing well hearing this and that it actually worked and I had to rely on senses I was astounded. I was tempted to give 9 since I donnt know what is up ahead but I thought the genius behind it all was magnificient?!”
10 – IndieDB

“Brilliant game and an absolutely genius game concept! I was sceptic at first, a total darkness sound guided game, but they made it work perfectly =3”
10 – IndieDB

“A refreshingly novel approach to interactive sensory entertainment with well-done storytelling to keep it enthralling. Lots of potential.”
9 – Desura

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About This Game

- Unlimited future content

The Tower is constantly being updated with regular expansions that allow you to continue the story of Elliot and venture higher in your search for sunlight

- Forge tools

Within the darkness lies secrets. Craft new tools and weapons to help you survive the endless traversals

- Brutal, gritty combat

Ambush. Hunt. Survive. Extinguish torches and create diversions to overwhelm guards and create shadows

- Experience blinding, crippling and truly disorientating darkness

No way forward. No way back. In this bleak place, the dungeons of the tower claim more than lives. Use your sense of hearing to guide you to the next torch, because your eyes can't help you

- A tale of what man becomes when pushed to the edge

Prisoner or hunter? Survivor or murderer? When all else is forgotten, what humanity remains?

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX / ATI Radeon HD 3xxx series
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 - 64 bits
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB NVIDIA GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 6850 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
This is the worst steam game I have bought to date.

It starts out and looks so fun, so good, almost reminding me of a Grimrock art style.

But then it happens, you walk into the pitch black corridor and you think to yourself "This is awesome" and then it hits you... Wait a second, I can't get anywhere but via a guess.

So you might say "That's what this game is, you have to listen via the sounds"

That's the main problem, For a game pretty much 90% dependent on sound, the sound isn't that good. I think of games like Thief: Deadly Shadows and know what surround sound should be like and how good it can be. This game utterly fails with sound, even though good headphones (I'm not talking Beats headphones, I said good headphones.)

At one point you get a flashback to your farm... My God... The farm... the amount of invisible barriers in this well lit, non threatening area is ludicrous. At one point I had to get a watering can from the shed, a shed with no door just begging to be entered. No can do, no way in heck you're getting in. Better idea go outside the shed, on the side of the shed where you see a watering can, get close to the wall and left click, left click like you never have before. Boom, I got it, now repeat with a shovel, an axe, and a hoe. And I can even describe the rage inducing harvest gathering, click on the poorly animated wheat until you get it. This game should be called "Rage Quit: Tales of the Anger Managment class."

At one point I see a enemy... If I had to sneak past or fight, I didn't care, I was just hoping for something fun. Instead you blow out a candle and a quick time event happens, which you don't get to see by the way. I have never seen a more lazy game then this.

On the short side of pros these are these:

Pros:

Voice acting is great

Original idea for a game

The graphics in some areas look pretty good...


In short, this is a game both so full of promise, and yet so full of teribad... Yes I said it, teribad, no go out and buy a game that's fun and awesome and is actually worth cash.

Posted: September 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
This has to be the worst fuc_ing game I have ever played.... REALLY!!! Plus I payed money supporting it... The damn delays having to read every detail... Sigh. I am already wasting too much time writing this. Enjoy...

But I warned you potential buyer.

LAME
Posted: October 1
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22.7 hrs on record
This is an amazing game, it has great graphics, great plot and theme, also has great story telling. I cant wait till the full game comes out since ill only have to pay $1.25 since i already bought the pre-alpha. I really do recommend this game, only if you have a good computer or laptop. I recommend to play this on a desktop. So do buy this game, youll have fun even though its the pre-alpha!
Posted: October 14
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1.3 hrs on record
The game sets out to do… something, we suppose. You play the part of some bloke stuck in a
bunch of caves, trying to escape, by committing graphic murders (or at least, we think so. It
was a quick time event with a black background. Because reasons), stealthing, and finding
rest zones all over the bloody place.

http://youtu.be/qy9T7IfmGmI
Posted: October 20
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0.8 hrs on record
The game isn't finished. This will be an interesting game once the bugs are ironed out but right now, stay away. Its a waste of time and money.
Posted: October 13
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1.3 hrs on record
UPDATE 2: the next scam from NM is on sale now... STEAM SUCKS

UPDATE: all games of NarrowMonolith have been deleted from greenlight, thanks to valve/steam (GOOD JOB!). they looked into this, after i reported this scamming behaviour. hopefully "the tower" can´t be bought anymore soon. too bad that i can´t write in the forum of this comedy of a game...


DON`T SUPPORT SCAMMERS - NarroMonolith needs to be stopped! all they do is starting a game, taking money, starting a remake, then another game...nothing gets finished by them.

"Ambush. Hunt. Survive. Extinguish torches and create diversions to overwhelm guards and create shadows" - are you kidding me? at this sequenze it means standing at one point and extinguishing one torch. then you listen to what happens in the fight and press two keys. that´s it! you can´t move or use stealth to get past the guards. damn, you don´t even see anything, that is described from the fight. you see the torch, a table and a bit of a tunnel. that´s it.

have fun http://steamcommunity.com/app/310870#scrollTop=0

btw...horror is only the game itself, not mobs or gore or else...
Posted: October 1
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72 of 88 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
This isn't a game, it's a poorly designed chore. An actual chore wouldn't have have you bumping into invisible walls the entire time. Don't pay for the privalge of doing a poorly designed chore, stay away from this game.
Posted: August 4
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63 of 84 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Quite disappointing. Annoying unskippable intro, the voice acting is good but overwritten, and I fell through the world when I got to a flashback. The "fighting" is ♥♥♥♥♥ic and lazy; it's quicktime events you don't even get to see. The whole game is just an unnecessarily long boring story with a few areas of graphics.
Posted: August 4
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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
I gave up on playing this game after it glitched out & refused to let me enter a building I'd previously been in & out of at least 5 times.

I have high hopes for this game, it seems interesting. The version I played wasn't the final release, so hopefully the bugs will be ironed out in the final version.

The following are issues I had with it:

* Movement can be stitled, especially in the flashback scene
* The gardening scene in the flashback is ridiculously buggy, you have to wave your cursor up & down the rows of plants for ages until the interact hand pops up
* You're not told about quick time events until you're in the quick time event
* I couldn't find an 'exit game' menu, and had to exit the game through the task menu
* The commentary track doesn't acknowledge when it's already playing, and will play two at once if you click on multiple items that trigger commentary tracks
* Invisible walls that don't make sense
Posted: August 6
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Can't recommend at the moment, given the pre-alpha nature. That aside, here's my general run down on the playable pre-"field from hell" part of the game.

-The voice acting is interesting. Well done!
-Most of the current content is non-interactive (most scenes are set in darkness, with an audio recording of you doing things. Occasionally letters pop up on screen to press, moving to the next recording)
-The "field" is a nightmare of invisible walls and broken interface. Before this I was intrigued if a bit bored. As far as I can tell, only 10 minutes of the game are playable.

Overall, interesting premise, marred at the moment by horrendous pre-alpha gameplay.
Posted: July 26
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26 of 42 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Ok, so it's an Alpha... don't worry about the bugs. I am sure they will be ironned out eventually.

But

This isn't really a game. It's more like a book. You don't have any control of anything you do. The biggest challenge is walking through dark tunnels. So dark that you could be staring at the ceiling and wouldn't even know. There is no game here, and by looks of the direction the Alpha is going, I don't think this will ever be a game. Seems more like a really long cinematic where everyone once in awhile you press a button to continue, blow a torch to continue, light a torch to continue.

But I purchased it like a dummy... I was tricked into buying a game that you walk around and do nothing. I will be trying it out time to time to see what else may unfold.
Posted: July 4
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40 of 74 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Okay, this game has AMAZING potential and it is quite nice. However it is in Early Access Alpha so there are a lot of problems with it. Minus the bugs and the glitches, I am having quite some fun with this game.

Pros:

. Audio in the game is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL, the sounds of water trickling from the top of the cave or the sound of stabbing a guard in the head... Amazing.
. Lack of sight makes you traverse the pitch black caverns entirely by sound, which is very fun and interesting.
. Very intriguing storyline right off the bat, instantly had me drawn in.
. Voice acting is pretty good.

Cons:

. A LOT of bugs and glitches. (As to be expected in a early access alpha.)
. While the voice acting is pretty good, there needs to be more emotion in the voices.
. Some of the script needs modifying, at times I just sat there thinking "That sounds quite odd."
. Worst bug I have encountered is MANY invisible barriers in the flashback of your farm, there are a lot of invisible barriers that restrict you from entering the tool shed and other areas of your farm. This makes it unplayable for me.

All in all, with all the bugs and other issues of the game, for $5 you really can't go wrong. They have done quite well with this game so far and I am so eager to see more of it (after they fix the bugs that is)
Posted: July 3
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36 of 69 people (52%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
The voice acting and audio are stellar!

So far, it is quite neat - just needs some more tweaks. I managed to get to a flashback describing how I got into the dungeon in the first place. There were tasks to complete. Although I knew how and saw the tools, etc. I couldn't complete them because I kept getting stuck just moving around outside.

It actually took me a good five minutes to get off the front stoop. I will play again the next time there is an update because the idea and story are very good. The implementation just needs some work. Aside from getting stuck on invisible objects or perhaps bounding boxes that are too large, I had trouble knowing if I had hit a wall or not. I'd be able to feel it, wandering through the dark, maybe an icon would be nice or perhaps a meaty thud?
Posted: July 2
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22 of 42 people (52%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
I'll start off by saying i'm 50-50 on this game because I love the mechanics and gameplay. So very different than alot of dungeon crawlers yet so very simplistic. I used a very high end headphone setup consisting of a $200+ tube amp, $100+ DAC, and $300+ headphones which makes this game shine greatly. During the dungeon sequences I just closed my eyes and listened to the sounds and when I found my way using the sounds the character even yelled out "oh thank god light" or something to that effect which was delightful because I knew then to open my eyes and continue on with a lighted sequence of events.

That being said I'm pretty disappointed in how far or rather the lack of how far the developers have got with this game. According to the Steam page this has been a work in progress since 2012?! Really?! I'm not sure if this is a development team of one or two people, but really that would be a mute point as games like Space Engineers have grown leaps and bounds in the last year with a scant development team. The game has alot, and I mean ALOT, of bugs still. I found myself stuck against a physics wall numerous times during the farm sequence that should not have been an issue; for instance when trying to head back to the crops to plant seeds or water if I came to close to the tree next to the crops I would hit said physics wall and would have to back up and take a more sceneic course.

I really like the game and the what you're trying to do with it, but for now I'm going to have to go with a thumbs down for purchase at this time. The game is simply "not where it should be" for how long it has been in development. I'll continue to check in every 6 months or so and hope to right a better review then. As for some points on the other negative review, I found everything to be in place where I thought it should have been with a little bit of calculation, I don't think thats a point of development need. More effort put towards the bugs, gameplay, and getting the story to a solid length I believe would make this game more "complete" for more to purchasae. Crawling through the darkness on the edge of insanity and starvation was most enjoyable(such odd things we gamers find enjoyable).

PS. At one point during the farm sequence I hit a physics wall in front of the shed and when trying to back up and reenter the she I fell out of the world and was left with the following screenshot. I was unable to enter the menu and had to alt+f4 and then reenter the game. It did not happen a second time. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=280970810
Posted: July 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
There is some potential here and I understand the game is in alpha, but I feel terrible for anyone who pays full price for this, the game is a buggy mess. Got it in a bundle and even I feel slightly ripped off. Game chugs on my 1000 dollar gaming PC, invisibl walls all over the place, you can interact with objects regardless of how far away you are from them as long as you have the cursor on them. Needs a lot of work.
Posted: August 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Do not buy in its current state. Although it may be pretty, and could be good in the future, it is currently horrible. I was expecting it to at least be playable, but it is not. There were points in the game where I had to do something before I could move, and I stopped playing 10 minutes into the game when I was unable to move off a porch.
Posted: August 30
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
I could scantly reccommend even trying this game. The voice acting and story and atmosphere and idea are amazing. But the sad truth is... It's really boring. I wanted to like this game, I really did. I WANT TO SEE SOMETHING. Could not even get past the first part due to boredom. The devs have something great here, let's not squander it with ♥♥♥♥ty gameplay.
Posted: August 16
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Do not buy!!! This "game" is still being made and costs £6.99 and from what I can understand, you still have to pay fully for the actually game when they have finished it! It lasted 34 minutes and I am very disappointed. The idea was great! But I thought that even if it was still in development that it would have been longer than half an hour :(
Posted: August 17
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Can i get a refund? This would have to be the worst game i have ever played in my life. You get stuck, fall through the map and can`t save. Total crap! I have never asked for a refund but now i am. Can we stop bringing out Pre Alpha games? Apla should be the earliest. Not this pre order pre alpha crap. I was going to do a giveaway of this game but i would lose out on members.
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Posted: August 17
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
This game is based on an interesting and rather underexplored concept in video games; sound, and the potential mechanics involved in the proper usage of sound.

Unfortunately this game does not succeed in utilizing sound in the right ways. The idea is to use the sounds around you to navigate the darkness of this prison that you are trying to escape from. An interesting gameplay concept, but they didn't pull it off. Rather than using sounds to navigate the black corridors, I just blindly walk around until I find the right place to go. It's easier to do and takes less time.

Also, it's a little too obvious that this game is made in Unity. Some of the effects had little to no work done on them and don't add to the game but rather take away, which is also unfortunate.

All in all, I love the concept of using sound as a gameplay mechanic, but I don't think this game does that correctly.

5/10
Posted: August 18
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