Take a Game Break! – Tower of Heaven

Working hard? or hardly working?! Haha – ah you crazy guy you! Regardless, I think it’s time to put down the pens and pencils, get away from whatever nail-biting deadline your boss has you on, and take a well-deserved game break.

Today’s featured game is a retro-doozy, and I mean it my friends. Know the almighty challenge that is Tower of Heaven.

As you can see from the above image, Tower of Heaven is a retro-styled flash game that has  some truly unique pixel art work. It looks very Game Boy-ish with its use of the monochrome color scheme, but obviously has tons more graphical depth than any pint-sized handheld could ever produce. (But I still love you Game Boy! *hugs*)

In Tower of Heaven, you take control of a lone traveler as he (I’m guessing) ascends… well… a tower, to find spiritual enlightenment. A tall atmospheric touching structure that has tons of punishing obstacles along its way to the top.

If that’s not a soul eater, you also have a vengeful god, sitting a top of the world, doing anything in his power to stop you, by placing rules that will kill you instantly if you break them. Also you have a set amount of time to beat each level in or you’ll die. 

Hooray for seeking out the secrets of the universe!

Yeah this game is difficult. Thought not a difficulty that seems brought on by bad design choice or crappy controls, quite the opposite. That department is solid as steel.

But again, be warned that side effects include: loss of work production, bouts of frustration, cursing profusely, punching walls, and in extreme cases throwing of electric equipment.

So why play Tower of Heaven then? I don’t think I know the full answer to that question for myself. Although, if I had to pin down a reasoning, it has to be its once-you-pop-you-can’t-stop Pringles’ addiction.

Just the mix of simple game play, pretty graphics, and kick-ass soundtrack… oh that’s it! The music! It’s chiptune awesomeness at it’s best. So if you must play this game, then play it for that reason alone.

Of course you could just by the soundtrack for a juicy $1, and save some of the trouble. But, come on, at that price you might as well play the game!

Askiisoft, the developer, set out to make a game, from what I figure, is a throw-back to those beautiful Japanese games, of a long ago, that not only had simple design but a crafty difficulty. Undoubtedly in my eyes, Tower of Heaven succeeds doing just that.

Tower of Heaven [Newgrounds]

Askiisoft Website

Tower of Heaven Soundtrack – [Bandcamp.com]

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