Fire up your ray guns, crystal swords, and laser whips, and get ready for thrills and chills! With three incredible movie stars playing out decidedly B-level sci-fi exploits, Dick Starspeed, Scarlet Nova, and Robot will have you ready to jump off the side of the tower—right into adventure!
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Release Date: Jan 19, 2016

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August 1

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The Tower of Ages week have come to an end, and here are the winners:

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Join Rock of Ages 2 community hub and win ACE Team game(s) of your choice! [Week of Tower of Ages]



Hi there, Tower climbers/divers.

Astrologers proclaim week of Tower of Ages. All The Deadly Tower of Monsters hub members have a chance to win key(s) for any of our released games of your choice. There will be 5 winners.


To be eligible for winning 1 key, you need to follow the Rock of Ages 2 community hub (click "follow" on the game's hub or store page). And if you also add Rock of Ages 2 to your wishlist in addition to joining the hub, you will get 2 keys of your choice. Make sure your Steam profile privacy is set to public.

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Winners will be randomly chosen from the list of Rock of Ages 2 hub members and added to friends on Steam by [ACE] Dimaleth, and given key(s) of their choice in chat.

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“'The Deadly Tower of Monsters' Is An Instant Videogame Classic”
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Bonus Scarlet Nova 2016 Digital Calendar Included With All Purchases!


Look for it in the "The Deadly Tower of Monsters\Scarlet Nova Calendar" folder located in your Steam apps directory.

About This Game

The illustrious space explorer Dick Starspeed has crash landed onto the mysterious planet Gravoria. With his rocket ship out of commission and his trusty companion Robot nowhere to be found, he sets out to explore this new world and its hostile inhabitants.

In the midst of a battle between the good and evil factions of ape men, he meets the stunning Scarlet Nova, heir to the planet's tyrannical Emperor. Unwilling to follow her evil birthright, Scarlet tells Dick of the Emperor's atrocities... and never one to turn down a fight—or to turn down a beautiful blonde—Dick agrees to help overthrow her father's cruel regime!

After a chance reunion with the resourceful Robot, our heroic trio embarks on a fool's errand to topple Gravoria's greatest menace and restore peace to the planet once more. However, in order to accomplish this feat, they will have to ascend... THE DEADLY TOWER OF MONSTERS!


Filmed in the 1970s, The Deadly Tower of Monsters is an action-packed adventure, full of time-honored literary themes: the daughter versus the tyrant father, the planet full of innocent ape-creatures, the dashing space-age liberator, the robot companion, the tower full of treacherous mutations... A timeless classic for all ages!

Despite the film's low budget, director Dan Smith was able to craft an engrossing story about strange alien beings and titan-size monsters (sometimes filming without a script!). It is a thrill ride overflowing with elaborate weaponry, eye-catching special effects, lots of technological noises, and of course: plenty of explosions! For the first time in decades, this tour de force is coming to DVD, so a new generation can experience this sci-fi cult classic. Movie highlights include:

  • Laugh-a-minute director commentary! – Director Dan Smith lends his decades of industry know-how to deliver side-splitting anecdotes and insights on the film's production. You won't want to miss a single syllable from the genius mind behind this masterpiece!
  • Got vertigo? Too bad! – Experience the awesome verticality of the tower at every step of the journey, with wide-angle camera shots and impressive aerial stunts. Watch as our heroes fearlessly dive off the tower or glide effortlessly across chasms, all in search of hidden secrets and intergalactic glory!
  • Over half-a-hundred imaginative monsters! – Squid people, nukular ants, dinosaurs-gone-wild, giant blobs, robo-monkeys, and more are brought to life using state-of-the-art effects, including stop-motion, rotoscope, image compositing, and even some elaborate costumes covered in real fur! You and the family are guaranteed a good ol' time!
  • Ray guns, crystal swords, and laser whips. Oh, my! – At the heroes' disposal are a wide variety of weapons used to smack!, pow!, and ker-splat! their futuristic foes. Watch as our plucky protagonists collect hidden scrap metal pieces and upgrade their arsenal, right before your very eyes!
  • Did someone say, "Special powers"!? – I sure hope so, because this film's got 'em! From time-slowing vortexes to speed boots... Wait, what's that on the ground? Is that a bird? No, it's a land mine! These aliens are in for a bang, and so are you!
To get your hands on all of this—and more!—be sure to pick up The Deadly Tower of Monsters, the all-new single-player, action-adventure video game developed by ACE Team and published by ATLUS, releasing soon in early 2016.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 4800+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS 1024MB or ATI Radeon HD 5750/6670 1024MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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Pirateguybrush
7.4 hrs
Posted: September 19
I'm normally a fan of Ace Team's games, but this one felt a little uninspired to me. It's a pretty bog-standard top-down beat-em-up. In my time with it, it didn't feel like it was going anywhere interesting, in terms of both story and gameplay.

It's got a cool aesthetic and a nice framing device (director's commentry over a cheesy scifi movie), but it doesn't feel like it's doing anything particularly interesting with that, other than making a few jokes (which were hit and miss for me). Check it out if it's on sale, but you've probably got better games in your backlog.
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Conform Comply
4.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
It's a good game if incredibly short. I had a lot of fun with it but recommend waiting until it's less than $10
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Fox01313
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 21
Delightfully pulp adventure/sci-fi feel to this game that has an overlay of a b-movie, complete with all the crazy 1950-60s science fiction/adventure that is just enjoyable to encounter.
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A Salty Sir Prise
6.8 hrs
Posted: August 20
Wished that this game got more attention. It's a well designed fun indie game with an interesting level design and great use of B movie tropes and art styles. Would reccomend.
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AP3R
5.8 hrs
Posted: August 15
If you like goofy Sy-Fy from the 60's and would like to play a fun 3rd person game. This is for you.
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Tagxo
7.2 hrs
Posted: August 15
it's a nice short game
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alextaters
5.3 hrs
Posted: August 8
Good game which plays to its cheesy strengths well. Fun gameplay with a rewarding sense of progress. Game should take somewhere in the area of about 4 hours to finish which may annoy gamers looking for more playtime. A very cool third act twist which I wont spoil, but unfotunalty the game ends with a fizzle rather than a boom. Still very fun for what it is - 3.9/5.
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DJames
8.0 hrs
Posted: August 7
I found this to be a brilliant and ingenius game; from the idea of it taking place inside a movie with a DVD commentary to the gameplay itself. It doesn't take too long to finish and I found it to be just the right difficulty (a few spots were tough, but never took more than two or three attempts to complete). I also enjoyed exploring the different areas of the tower and checking off the side quests. Fantastic game overall, would recommend to anyone looking for light but enjoyable gameplay to fill a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
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dfaugust2k
6.8 hrs
Posted: August 6
great fun
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caius115
5.2 hrs
Posted: August 5
its fun and the humor is pretty good. except i only played for 5.2 hours. get it on sale
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186 of 201 people (93%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 19
Unless you grew up watching movies like Clash of the Titans, 20 Million Miles to Earth, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts and any other number of Ray Harryhausen or Harryhausen-esque pictures, you'll really be missing the point of The Deadly Tower of Monsters which would be a shame; strip away the B-movie aesthetics of the game and you're left with a mostly unremarkable but mindlessly enjoyable top-down beat-em-up that pits you against everything from evil apes to flying saucers to giant ants.

With that said, I can't overstate how brilliantly that low-budget sci-fi influence is realised. The scenery looks cobbled together from cheap rubber and styrofoam. Enemies are either obviously stuntmen in suits or stop-motion effects. Many times, you can see the strings holding them up or the boom mic appearing in cutscenes. The plot is authentically nonsensical. Every facet of the aged Hollywood magic that made those films what they were is present, correct and jammed full of obscure references and Easter eggs; rarely has a game shown so much devotion and love to its subject matter.

Not quite as endearing, however, is the commentary track that runs throughout the playtime. TDTOM is presented as a DVD re-release with the director and his production assistant firing out quips every thirty seconds or so and while it's been exhaustively written and is fairly humorous on occasion, there is just far too much of it. A lot of times, the two voices will be jabbering on, fully subtitled, while you're trying to hack your way through a major battle or set-piece so you wind up missing what they're saying by way of trying to concentrate on not getting crushed by a plasticine brontosaur.

There's a metric arseload of weapons to grab as you go, some far more useful than others, which can be upgraded with cogs that you find as you progress. Annoyingly, your loadout only allows for two ranged and two melee weapons at a time which wouldn't be a huge deal if the game didn't force you to find a terminal every time you wanted to change them. The worst part about this setup is that every time you pick up a new weapon, one of your current ones gets elbowed out of your inventory. Having fun with your ultra-powerful Tesla cannon? Not any more! Have this crappy flamethrower instead! Even better, have it while you're being literally SWARMED by waves of killer ants!

The character stat upgrade system is more pleasing and innovative. You're not rewarded with skill points by way of XP; rather, the game has you complete various objectives, many of which are completely optional. While you'll usually get one for killing a boss, taking down a giant dinosaur with a knife is all on you. It adds depth to a game that is, at times, lumbered with mechanics that sorely need it.

Still, TDTOM has more than enough style and bare bones playability to be worth a try, especially for fans of the genre it inhabits. It's a forgivingly easy game; you can make it through without a good deal of the upgrades available but as a love letter to those creaky, weird and wonderful pictures that entranced me as a kid, you'll find none better.

Check out the first fifteen minutes below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OX-WFoqZTs
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79 of 84 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
The game is a little rough around the edges at times. The camera can be a bit wonky when using a keyboard and mouse, more so if you try and go somewhere the game never meant for you to go. The level desgin is amazing and leads to very solid platforming 99% of the time. The fact that you are almost constently moving up with no loading screens really gives you a sense of hight and then jumping off the tower to go get some hidden item really shows how much thought they put into the game and the titular tower.

While the game is solid all around and fun the real place it shines is the love for B-movies. The sense of humor and the presentation are spot on. The VHS effects, the stop motion animation on enemies, the set pieces, all of it just works togeather. This is the video game you wanted as a kid, even if thats back when video games were pong. Yet you don't have to be old and or a fan of B-movies to enjoy the game and its off beat sense of humor. It's early in the year but this has already earned a place on my personal top games of the year list and if people have any sense it will make it on theirs as well.
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69 of 72 people (96%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Whoa Flashback!

These were the movies I grew up with and before you think to yourself, 'Good Grief! How old IS this chump?', lets just state I'm a product of the early '70's man.. Groovy..

So TDToM was on my wishlist since it was on Steam. The old throwback SciFi movie plots, the weapons, the Monsters!

I really enjoy the visual appeal and the voice acting, thus-far, has been superb! Corney jokes and witticisms abound but does not detract as they actually progress with your game-play. Dinosaurs? Yes Dinosaurs! But how one particular large specimen was realized is a funny story.. lol..

Time to wrap this up as I'm sure someone more witty and verbose will come in and break down ever aspect but for me I'm just enjoying what it is and not what it's not. It's lighthearted, action packed [BAM!, POW! BooM!] and really tickles my funsies..

~Icky
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66 of 76 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
The Deadly Tower of Monsters is a third person perspective action game, set in a retro sci-fi film title. Releasing from ACE Team Studio, who are known for Zeno Clash and Abyss Odyssey. The story is based on two astronauts and their robot friend.

Game play is from the third person perspective above their heads. Firstly one of the game’s biggest flaws is the camera angle; it is in a set position on each frame, which means it can be very hard to look where you really want to especially when it comes to some of the puzzles. There are two sides to the gameplay mechanics; the platforming side, and the action side. The action parts of the game are your standard hack and slash style; with different weapons available throughout the game for you to use and upgrade using the game’s currency system. There isn’t really anything standoutish about the combat system, other than it just works and does as it intends to do, as well as being easy to control and grasp. The platforming side of the game is one which I wasn’t keen on. It surely can’t just be me who is sick to death of jumping puzzle style. The camera angle of the game doesn’t help on the platforming at all. With the awkward camera angle makes any sort of jump you need to make, more of a guessing game. Thankfully the platforming is few and far between, still a small gripe though!

The art style on show in Deadly Tower of Monsters is done in a cartoon, retro look. The camera filters which are also used throughout the game are to add to the effect that you are watching an old film, and it does it very well. It wasn’t my favourite aesthetic in the world; but I can appreciate the look and feel they were going for. The soundtrack and voice acting are all really spot on too. With the voice over and narration being a key feature for the game, adding plenty of comedic value and fourth and fifth wall breaking too.

This game is by no means easy; there aren’t any difficulty settings, so what you get is the same experience throughout. A lot of the game can be overpowered by simply grinding on monsters for more gold and “cogs” which are the games currency system for upgrading your skills, but a lot of the game will come down to how good the player is, rather than how powerful the character is. The end boss fights are a real challenge, and will require you to try and try and try before finally successfully conquering them. Even some of the more regular monsters in between boss fights will cause concern amongst some.

I finished the game in a little under six hours. There is a handful of side missions you can take part in, but none of them add anything to the story, nor reward you extra skills; purely just extra content. Some of them you run into whilst playing through the main story, whilst others you have to go out of your way for. For me I was quite happy completing the ones I found naturally, I had no real urge to go seeking them. There isn’t any replay ability factor in Tower of Deadly Monsters; it’s a completely linear story line. The co-op mode may make a second run through viable with a friend, but you may as well just make your first run through co-op and save yourself the time. There is a hard mode added, but that will be for a small group of people who’ll take that upon themselves to play.

Technically, I had no problems at all. The game runs very well even on 4K. The frame rate did not drop below 60 at any points. I would recommend people playing this game use a controller, simply because it is easier to handle and you get the most out of the game play with a controller over a keyboard and mouse.

To sum up, The Deadly Tower of Monsters is your run of the mill OK game. The most redeeming factor about the title has got to be the narration and comedic value it brings. There are much better third person action shooting games out there, and there are much better platforming games available. What this game does bring to the table is an interesting, funny, and different storyline compared to most. The game is priced at £10, 99 – a price I would be happy to pay again for this release. You are looking at a 6-10 hours’ worth of well-produced content.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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42 of 42 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Ever wanted to be in a "B" movie that could be featured in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000? This game is probably about the closest that any of us can reasonably expect to come to such an experience...


The game is a basic isometric hack and slash adventure game. Action-wise it is not trying to reinvent the genre. However it is cast in a very inventive way: You are acting out the actions of the protagonists of a classic "B" movie being re-released on DVD while the director of the movie gives commentary about the film's production.

The presentation of the game is outstanding. It looks very much like an old sci-fi/horror flick from the 50's or 60's, complete with cheesy special effects such as visible strings holding flying creatures aloft.

"The effects guys promised me the strings wouldn't be visible..."

In addition to the awesome graphical presentation the director of the film is constantly talking about the production whilst throwing off many off-color stories of his egomaniacal excesses and abuses of power. This commentary is absolutely hilarious at times. Best of all, the narrator reacts to the things that you do, especially when you do things that are off-script or if you take your time in an area.

To sum it up, the game is a hilarious sendup of the best of the worst of Hollywood and a fun action game at the same time. Highly recommended, especially to anyone old enough to have at least seen these types of movies on late night tv.
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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
This game is simply amazing. I am a massive fan of ACE Team. Their imaginative creations never cease to amaze. Yet again they have produced another winner, with a game that takes on a surrealistic approach to movies with amazing visuals and audio.

Firstly may I say, that this game could be enjoyed simply for the voice acting and audio. The game basically revolves around you watching a director's cut of an old film, except you are obviously playing as the main character of the film, an astronaut who has crash landed on an alien planet. The Director will commentate on your surroundings, the story and pretty much everything else. For instance I started spinning around and he just started going on about how the main actor loved to spin in circles, it was even the reason they chose him during the role casting sessions! Even if you go afk he will start to say things like "At this point he forgot his lines and didn't know what to do". So yeah, if you like a laugh, buy this game right now!

The music and visuals are both equally great. The game should run fine on nearly all systems as it isn't too demanding, and is capped to 60fps. The visuals and audio can have one of two filters, either VHS or DVD. These obviously change the quality of both and add a different feel to the game. I highly suggest using VHS as this is how the devs intended the game to be played. The characters and enemies are all amazingly detailed, kingkong and dinosaurs are stop motion animated, giving them that nostalgic and authentic look and feel. Kingkong's hand when he grabs you is even on a stick! This game stays true to so many movie tropes it's unbelievable and equates to the funniest game I've had the pleasure of playing in a long time.

Gameplay itself is very solid, as I'm not a massive fan of top down games, torchlight etc... But this game gets it right. Behind the great visuals, audio, and "story" is a solid set of combat mechanics. You find new weapons, can upgrade them, and do powerful special abilities. Throw in the massive variety of enemies and you've got yourself a really fulfilling and satisfying game.

My only gripe with the game so far is the options menu. I think that some of the labels should be changed when using a keyboard, for instance to apply changes it just says press the "app" key. Turns out this is enter, which is pretty much common sense. But I think it should just say "enter". As I said, this is just a tiny flaw that if fixed up will make the game a classic.

Do I suggest buying this? Yes! Go buy it now, you won't regret it. If you are a fan of ACE Team there's even more reason to buy it, help support these guys. They make really individual games that I wish other people took inspiration from. If you love movies, then yeah. You may wanna buy this simply for the near infinite references and elbow nudges to famous movies.
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30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
I've only put a few hours into this game but it is an awesome game! The adventure, monsters, commentary, platforming, and so much more. This is a game you must experience. Especially if you watched those old movies where they special fx was made in clay. The game isn't even about the heroes of the game. It's more or less about the director of this "movie". As you play the game, You hear the director, hilariously, speak of how this movie was made. The director is what is making the game for me, amongst others.

The monsters: in the time that I have played, I have killed crabs, lizards, yetis, slime blobs, 3 different kind of dinosaurs, ufo's, king kong-type gorilla, and I'm sure I've missed more. But each of these monsters are unique in how they attack. So I love that aspect of it.

The Combat: It's amazing. Shoot, melee, special skills, and roll. The melee weapons and guns have been rolling in so far. I'm sure I still have much more to find. Only downside, You can only hold two of each at a time.

Final Summary: I would give them game a chance. But if you're a kid, I don't think you would understand the humor in the game. As it does use the movies of old as a reference.
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38 of 46 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Status: Completed

Presentation

The game has its own unique style and every single texture is a perfect fit, the models are well made and animated. Unreal Engine 4 physics-based shaders and lightning really make everything look amazing.
The animations of enemies is not something you see in other games, it imitates stop-motion animation from the old monster movies. They're done really great and it's always fun to watch them every time.
The game is meant to be played with the VHS filter and I highly recommend to do so. After all, just like the game says, that clean DVD mode is for robots.

Music / Sound

Really memorable and atmospheric tunes. Some of them sound like a 50s b-movie of some sort, some of the cheery tracks reminded me of 90s JRPGs. I'd really like to have a soundtrack for this game, too bad it's not available.
Voice actors completely succeeded in what they needed to do, and robot voice is my favourite one, too bad he has just a few lines. The director is the main voice you hear in the game and he takes the cake, making you believe it's all just a DVD commentary.

Story

It breaks the 4th wall right from the beginning. You play as an actor in a typical 50/60s b-movie (and later as a group of three actors, but always controlling one of them) and your mission is to defeat super-mega-evil Emperor and his super-genius evil genius sidekick. Every enemy is not really an enemy but an actor in a suit (most of which work for mere cents).
Most lines were not really funny for me, but they has their own charm and just pleasant to listen. It's more like The Stanley Parable, it has the story told in a quirky way, not necessarily a slapstick comedy or something like that.

Gameplay

Technically, it's a modern beat'em'up / action game. It has a lock-on system (if you're playing with the controller), which chooses the closest enemy automatically. It not always works the way you want (causing some frustration at times), but you'll get used to it. The camera is fixed and you can move it only slightly. You start with a weak gun and a stick, but you're getting more and more weapons on your way up, which you can also upgrade (by finding cogs and picking up gold after fallen enemies / broken objects).
Just like the title of the game suggests, you're climbing up the tower. And it's a one huuuuge tower. So huge that it goes up into space. You unlock checkpoints on your way up and you can teleport between these checkpoints anytime (except when you fight someone). It's 100% seamless and whole location makes it feel like an open world game.
You can jump from the tower whenever you want, to land on some particular part of it, to get back to the surface or just dive through special rings (needed to get a couple of skill points). Jumping down from the tower looks and sounds astonishing, it even has its own beautiful dreamy soundtrack and you shoot while diving. It feels much like the opening of MDK (1998), but here it's not scripted. You can jump whenever you want and if you want to reach the surface, you can do so, without teleporting and in a most effective and beautiful way.
You can choose between three main characters (once you unlock them all), but the changes are mostly cosmetic. They have their own unique abilities though, but you won't need them most of the time.

Technical

I had experienced a couple of bugs during my walkthrough. One time I stuck in the object and couldn't do anything while fighting the enemies (cost me about 75% of health bar or so), another time the game didn't unlock the exit and just froze on the infinite animation loop when I opened the teleport menu. It forced me to close the game through Process Manager.
But it surely is really well optimized and framerate was always high and stable no matter what happened on the screen.

Overall, it's a must-have game for anyone remotely interested in b-movies or unusual games overall. Even if you're not, it's still a very enjoyable beat'em'up game.

Review copy provided by publisher

Sasha Darko for Game Obscura
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25 of 25 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
An excelent game. It is a comedy, but the comedy does not get in the way of the gameplay and actually improves on the experience. Secrets and collectables can improve the gameplay thourgh upgrades, but I found that I did not need to collect them all to finish the game.

This game encourages exploration but it has a streamlined sense of continual progression. This is what I would say is it's greatest strength. You can fall down the Deadly Tower to get bonuses or reach secret areas without losing any progress.

In fact... there are two mechanics which I say make this game flow perfectly, without which would have made The Deadly Tower of Monsters a frustrating mess otherwise:
1) Checkpoints that, once you reach them for the first time, you can teleport to at any moment. This makes exploration breezy and also allows the player to have a sense of progression and sucess.
2) An ability that allows you to teleport back to a platform you just fell from. This inclusion was pure genious. First, you can fall great hieghts to get items like rings and not have to backtrack. If you miss a landing (which you will do A LOT) you can try again immediately. If an enemy knocks you off a platform... it is no loss, simply teleport back into the fight!

These two gameplay elements, in my opinion, make this game wonderful.

There are some other points of note:
Pros:
-Loading times are great. You can seemlessly fall down to a lower level without a loading screen. Teleporting up to a higher level happens in moments.
-It runs very well. If you don't like the esthetic (choppy, like an old movie would be)... you can change that.
-A large variety of enemies.
-The hilarity of dying (the load *thump* and subsequent ragdolling, combined with the comentary, always gets me).
-I would call the sound design great. The soundtrack in particular really captures the feel of an old 30's sci-fi b-movie like Flash Gordon.

Cons:
-The upgrade system is a bit... janky... (gold is so abundant it does not factor into anything, for example. I forgot I had it).
-The camera can be a bit wonky sometimes.
-Some weapons are utterly useless (bye bye shiv). Others are very OP. (lasergun FTW!)
-Movement in general can be frustrating at certain moments. Three of note are: Trying to land on a small platform using the jetpack, using sprint on conveyor belts, one or two sections where the camrea angle makes platforming a nightmare.

Overall I enjoyed The Deadly Tower of Monsters very, very much! Probably one of ACE Team's best games yet, if not their best game yet.
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Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
An open world, predominantly a huge vertical tower that is traversed via foot, checkpoint teleporter and freefall is the setting for this twin stick ARPG.

Slick sound design and brilliant old school b-movie aesthetics featuring stop motion style enemies straight out of a Ray Harryhausen movie, sentient apes, robots, dinosaurs, huge ants and a giant ape are some of the stand out stars of this title.

It's also worth mentioning the brilliant voice acting, including narration in the form of a DVD release directors commentary from the movies "director".

A fun, value for money title, your looking at ~6 hours to complete and ~7.5-8 for achievement hunting if your into that sort of thing. I restarted after 3 or so hours and left it running for a time while AFK, hence my game time.

The camera got wonky for me twice only.

Played entirely with a gamepad

I intend to get it on PS4 at some stage down the track too.
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