Steampunk Tower Review
- Reloading and upgrading tests your reactions throughout.
- Novel towers-within-a-tower format.
- Steampunk world throws up some interesting contraptions.
- Shifting towers mid-siege is exhilerating.
- Takes a while for the difficulty to ramp up
- Environments are pretty similar.
Accessible and nuanced, Steampunk Tower is a smart and satisfying take on the tower defence genre.
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Most tower defence games get their title from the numerous weapon towers which players must erect to protect themselves. In the case of Steampunk Tower, the developers have gone one step further, and put a bloody great tower in the middle of the screen to act as a support structure for your weapon towers. It's a bit like Inception, only with towers.
Anyhow, this being a steampunk game, you must use a mixture of 1930s-era tech to fend off wave after wave of moisture-powered monstrosities. Infantrymen and small tanks lead the charge, but soon airships, paratroopers, and enormous steel death machines will be bearing down on your position.
The game employs several neat techniques for keeping you active throughout levels. To build defences, you tap at the base of the tower. Once built, you must position each turret upon a platform. Every time you increase your rank, the tower will gain another floor, giving you more space to plant your cannons. As your bank balance grows, you get the option to upgrade turrets by dragging them back down to the basement. You're being assaulted from both sides, so you may have to shift units from left to right depending on your turret classes and enemy vulnerabilities.
This real time interaction adds an additional layer of strategy to Steampunk Tower. You have to be quick when upgrading and switching units, as any downtime for your cannons can have fatal consequences. You can even speed up a turret's reload speed by dragging it into the tower's core - but you'd better remember to put it back on duty the moment it's completed.
It takes a fair while before things start getting challenging. We were able to ace over 50 percent of the game without a single restart. You still feel like you've earned your victories, and the desire to research and modify new weapons like the tesla keep you coming back for more. The special attacks are a blast, too, with a large red laser acting as your own personal eye of Sauron.
Steampunk Tower manages to be both accessible and nuanced, earning it a seat in the upper echelons of the tower defence conclave. It's not the toughest game out there, but it's smart and satisfying take on the tower defence formula.
DescriptionTower defense on the rise!
"A shot in the arm for the tower defense genre" — Modojo, 4.5/5
"Simply fantastic" — Capsule Computers, 9.5/10
Take charge of the immense Steampunk Tower and help the eccentric Lord Bingham protect his precious Etherium Mine.
As the Imperial Army’s foot soldiers and mechanical monstrosities march into battle, fortify your epic spire with machine guns, cannons, lightning coil, saw launchers and more.
REACH FOR THE SKY
Work your way up the ranks through a heroic campaign spanning over 20 battlefields and seven challenge-based skirmishes. With each major promotion, unlock a new tier to your tower and take that extra firepower into battle.
CALL TO ARMS
Lord Bingham is pulling out all the stops to protect his precious Etherium! With the help of his research head, Jane, research new technologies to upgrade your turrets and improve your chances of surviving the Imperial Army’s relentless attack.
BLOW OFF SOME STEAM
They don’t call it Steampunk Tower for nothing. Immerse yourself in this stylized world filled with steampunk designs and a soundtrack made up of jazzy big band compositions.
• Tower defense taken to new levels!
• Stylish graphics and soundtrack inspired by Steampunk
• Upgrade every weapon and lay waste to enemies big and small
• Visually stunning Etherium powers!
• UNIVERSAL: Runs great on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
This game features non-compulsory In-App Purchases. If you do not wish to use this feature please disable In-App Purchases in your device settings.
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