The Deadly Tower of Monsters

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The Deadly Tower of Monsters
Deadly Tower of Monsters cover.jpg
Developer(s)ACE Team
Publisher(s)Atlus USA
EngineUnreal Engine 3
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4
Release
  • WW: 19 January 2016
Genre(s)Top-down shooter
Mode(s)Single-player

The Deadly Tower of Monsters is a science fiction top-down shooter video game developed by ACE Team and published by Atlus USA, which released for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 on 19 January 2016.

Gameplay[edit]

The Deadly Tower of Monsters is a top-down shooter with twin-stick controls and melee combat elements. A jetpack can be used to reach high areas.[1]

Plot[edit]

The Deadly Tower of Monsters follows three actors in the movie of the same name. It is inspired by 1950's science fiction movies.[2]

The game's framing device is that of an early 1970s B-movie The Deadly Tower of Monsters recently released on DVD, with the director's commentary of its in-universe director Dan Smith serving as a combination of tutorial and meta-commentary on the game, providing an explanation as to why many default elements of shooters would be in what is ostensibly a film (the player being required to break boxes to obtain items, for example, is taken as the lead actor ad-libbing on Smith's advice to make sure every moment was somewhat exciting). The film itself is a space opera in which astronaut Dick Starspeed (played in-universe by actor Jonathan Digby) being shot down on an alien planet ruled by a tyrannical emperor.

Development[edit]

The Deadly Tower of Monsters was announced on 12 June 2015.[3] A trailer was released on 2 December 2015. The game was released on 19 January 2016.

Reception[edit]

The Deadly Tower of Monsters received mostly positive reviews. The game has a score of 73/100 on Metacritic.[4] Destructoid awarded it a score of 8 out of 10, saying "The Deadly Tower of Monsters is a fleeting experience, but one that no B-movie fan should go without."[1] PlayStation LifeStyle awarded it 7.5 out of 10, saying "Just like the movies it tries to emulate, the game is so bad with its special effects, dialogue, and set-pieces that it's rather good."[5] Hardcore Gamer awarded it a 4 out of 5 saying "Minor issues aside, The Deadly Tower of Monsters is a pleasant surprise indeed and a particularly impressive budget action game showcasing a lot of creativity."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Carter, Chris (19 January 2016). "Review: The Deadly Tower of Monsters". Destructoid. ModernMethod. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  2. ^ Priestman, Chris (3 December 2015). "Atlus Launches 1970s Sci-Fi Game The Deadly Tower Of Monsters On January 19th". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  3. ^ O'Connor, Alice (12 June 2015). "ACE Team's The Deadly Tower Of Monsters Announced". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  4. ^ "The Deadly Tower of Monsters Critic Reviews for PC". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  5. ^ Honea, Keri (19 January 2016). "The Deadly Tower of Monsters Review – So Bad It's Good (PS4)". PlayStation LifeStyle. CraveOnline. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  6. ^ LeClair, Kyle (23 January 2016). "Review: The Deadly Tower of Monsters". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved 2 June 2016.

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