Title: Tricky Towers
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 11/10/2018
Price: £13.49 – Rapid Reviews UK was very kindly provided with a review copy for this game.
What the developers say
With your brilliant robe and magic powers, it’s time to build some Tricky Towers!
Stack your bricks in this land of fable, whose marvellous tower will be the most stable?
Cast magic to support your construction, and fend off dark spells to avoid destruction.
Battle your friends and rise to fame, in this frantic physics party game.
Tricky Towers, developed and published by WeirdBeard, is a fantastically enjoyable physics-based tower building game. Mildly inspired by Tetris games of old, the goal is simple: respond to the blocks given to you by manipulating their position to make them fit neatly into your tower. The difference here? The tower is balancing delicately on a platform, and one wrong move can bring all of your progress tumbling down.
This title delivers a fresh, engaging and downright challenging puzzle game playable in single player, local multiplayer and online, Tricky Towers could be the multiplayer game you have been looking for.
Read on for a Rapid Review of this creative and colourful Indie title.
Looks and Sounds
Visually, Tricky Towers is a delight. It seamlessly blends bright colours, clean lines and engaging backdrops while also ensuring it does not detract from the gameplay. I loved the way each game mode had unique scenery – it set the tone for each of the different game modes and provided an element of personality.
When considering the audio content in this title, I was initially impressed. The soundtrack brought some character to proceedings, and the sounds emanating from the witches and wizards were well-placed. Due to the challenging, fast-paced nature of the game, particularly in the later levels, this audio did become stale at times, and I think more variety would have been beneficial.
Gameplay and Replayability
The three game modes on offer in Tricky Towers are single player, local and online multiplayer. Single player consists of a series of challenges, reminiscent of Candy Crush Saga and the like, where you complete a challenge set in the given time before moving up through the increasingly more difficult levels. Although an enjoyable time can, here, it is the local and online multiplayer modes where this game truly shines.
My wife and I spent an enjoyable evening or two playing the competitive modes that Tricky Towers had to offer. First up was ‘Race’, where, you guessed it, you race to the finish line by building a tower tall enough in size to reach the finish line suspended in the sky. Next was ‘Survival’, one which offers you three lives and each time a block falls from your tower; you lose a life. The first to lose all three lives is defeated. Finally, ‘Puzzle’ – perhaps the most difficult of the three – requires you to use a predetermined set of blocks that both players are given to create a tower which does not touch the laser beam across the screen.
This game is not your ordinary game of reverse Jenga though, the wizards floating on their clouds overseeing your gameplay a pivotal role. Successfully navigating the blocks to create a tower mean that you earn rewards. You can select whether this reward has a positive effect on your tower or an adverse impact on the oppositions tower. Both can be very satisfying and keeps the game exciting. Delivering the devastating blow on your partners tower at the last possible moment is something that never gets old!
Tricky Towers has a lot to be praised for! Its ingenuity in crafting an addictive puzzler which is both accessible and challenging in equal measure is impressive. Almost more impressive is that it had Mrs Hughes keen to keep playing – we’ve even started to use it to decide who makes the tea! For some, the price may be a sticking point. However, there is a lot of fun to be had here, and I hope you get the chance to try it for yourselves.
Rapid Reviews Rating
You can purchase Tricky Towers on the Nintendo eShop by visiting the following site, https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch-download-software/Tricky-Towers-1441264.html#Overview