One of my most nice RPG surprises of final 12 months was Tower Of Time, a tactical fantasy dungeon crawl. There’s bits of Baldur’s Gate in its real-time (with slow-mo) fight, a little bit of Darkest Dungeon in its character and city administration, and a bunch of concepts all of its personal. It’s an uncommon beast, and so as to entice some people who might need in any other case ignored it, Event Horizon have rolled out a serious replace at the moment including two new play-modes – a story-light dungeon crawl mode, and a gruelling permadeath problem, every with leaderboards. The game can also be half off on GOG and Steam, and there’s an replace trailer under.
The huge addition listed here are the 2 new modes, RPGlite and Permadeath. The former is unlocked after finishing the primary ground of the dungeon. Citing Darkest Dungeon as an inspiration, it begins with all get together members unlocked, all improve programs obtainable and all city buildings prepared. You’re free to tune and optimise your crew, and might skip quests and bypass story gates as you please. Your solely purpose is to unravel the dungeon as effectively as attainable, and also you’re scored based mostly on how few fights you get into – much less loot and XP, extra factors – in your manner down. It’s an attention-grabbing problem and asks the participant to essentially have interaction with all of its programs at their highest ranges.
Permadeath is simply what it feels like. If a celebration member goes down in a struggle and isn’t instantly revived, they keep useless. Interestingly, this mode additionally has a brand new issue setting, intimidatingly named “Blood”, which begins out on the better finish of the dimensions, however steadily ramps up over time till it’s nearer to the highest ranges. There’s loads right here to chew on for gamers prepared to take a position the time in determining the game’s programs. That needs to be a bit of simpler, too – they’ve additionally overhauled crafting this replace, with a clearer interface and decrease prices, so gamers have extra causes to improve.
John’s review of Tower Of Time suggests he had a beautiful time within the mega-dungeon whereas the game was in early entry. It’s grown and improved loads since then, and the newest replace might be the most important since launch. For returning gamers, they’ve made a serious stability move on enemies, expertise and objects. Basic weapon harm is up, and better issue ranges ought to have quicker, extra harmful fights as a substitute of protracted slogs towards high-health enemies. There’s additionally some minor audiovisual enhancements, like anti-aliasing now functioning and extra voice barks in fight so fights aren’t as quiet.