Shadow Tower

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Shadow Tower
Shadow tower box.jpg
Developer(s) From Software
Distributor(s) Ingram Entertainment, GTI, SVG, Electro Source, AEC
Composer(s) Keiichiro Segawa
Platform(s) PlayStation, PlayStation Network
Release date(s) PlayStation
  • JP June 25, 1998
  • NA October 31, 1999
PlayStation Network
  • JP September 27, 2007
  • NA March 31, 2015
Genre(s) Role-playing video game
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution 1x CD-ROM

Shadow Tower (シャドウタワー Shadou Tawā?) is a first-person view action role-playing game developed by From Software and released in 1998. It shares many similarities with the King's Field series of games. The game has a sequel, Shadow Tower Abyss, released only in Japan for the PlayStation 2.


The game is set on the continent of Eclipse, in the Holy Land of Zeptar. The player takes the role of a mercenary named Ruus Hardy. Returning home to Zeptar, he finds that the entire city, as well as the central tower, have been sucked into the underworld. He meets an old man who gives him the Dark One's sword, the only weapon which can injure the demons responsible. Swearing to rescue the old woman who raised him, as well as the rest of Zeptar, Ruus descends into the underworld.


Shadow Tower is an action oriented dungeon crawl. Unlike most RPGs it does not feature experience points; instead, the player's powers increase as a direct result of killing monsters in the game. Different monsters will raise different elements of the character. The character's equipment has a durability rating, meaning that it will wear down over time and must eventually be repaired or replaced. The game also features no music and no automap.

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