A tower filled with monsters, kidnapped princesses, a brave knight, and a rocket.
Juicy Beast’s Knightmare Tower is a casual mobile game that has made its way onto the PC via Steam, ready to challenge PC gamers to rescue princesses. If you have played any of the myriad mobile games that involve jumping as high as possible before, then you may have an idea of what to expect with Knightmare Tower. However, there is a bit more to the game than just launching upwards and hoping for the best.
In a fantasy kingdom, an evil villain has kidnapped a bunch of princesses and locked them away in a tower filled with monsters. Only the player, as a brave knight, can hope to rescue these princesses, and only by using a rocket fueled by the defeat of monsters can the player hope to make their way through the various levels and save them all. It’s time to get airborne.
With the most simple of controls, movement left and right along with an attack button to perform a downward slash, the player will begin their quest. The aim of the game is not only to stay alive, but to continue moving upwards and breaking through the floors to rescue each subsequent princess. The players upward momentum is continued through attacking the monsters that appear as the player zips along. A quick downward slash and the player bounces further upwards, combine multiple attacks and the player will pick up speed and keep going for longer.
The most obvious threat to this upward assault is falling off the bottom of the screen. However, this need not mean game over as the rocket on which our knight is riding will zip the player up again, that is until the lava catches up. Did I forget to mention that the player is also being chased up the tower by lava?
The mechanics work really well, with the player moving left and right to avoid or line up with monsters before attacking to increase their upward journey. The monsters that the player will come across as they travel from floor to floor are varied, with some later monsters requiring caution or different tactics to avoid taking damage. Some will have specific weak spots, or moments, while others will hamper the knights progress with various weapons.
The point of all this? Well, aside from saving the princesses which is your knightly duty, the player will earn new upgrades as they rescue the princesses and money with which to improve their knight, making each attempt at the game a worthwhile endeavor, even though it may all be the same thing over and over. Knightmare Tower is the perfect example of a game that indulges the “one more go” mentality that makes so many mobile games so popular.
Visually, the game has a charming cartoon look which matches up well with the games slightly silly nature. The monsters are nice and varied, without too much repetition, and the princesses are surprising once you rescue them. The tower itself can be a little lacking in the variety department, but as you will spend most of your time zipping past or concentrating on where the monsters are, it doesn’t really matter.
Despite Knightmare Tower being on Steam, it both feels and plays like a mobile title. However, the game is only £2.69, which is a mobile price, and can provide hours of quick-hit fun. Now, go save some princesses!