Tricky Towers

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a game by WeirdBeard Games
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown
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Tricky Towers
Tricky Towers
Tricky Towers
Tricky Towers

In the nineteen nineties, a handheld console took the world by storm, allowing players to game on the go like never before. Then along with this console, came a puzzle game that would enthral the general population, transcending the gaming community and becoming a household name. Yet all it entailed was stacking little tetrominoes and clearing rows of pixels. Yet despite its simplicity, this game is still captivating players and inspiring new titles which use the blueprints of their predecessors. Tricky Towers is one in a long line of games that does just that.

As mentioned, this game plays rather like Tetris. However, this game also has similarities to games such as Luminaires, Bust-A-Move, Anode and the Puyo-Puyo Tetris series. This game aims to take the format of Tetris and give it a modern spin with more layers of intrigue and several more puzzling considerations to take into account. However, is this game a brilliant brain teaser or simply frustrating? We find out in our review of Tricky Towers.

How Does It Stack Up?

As you would imagine from the title of this game, Tricky Towers asks you to build towers to achieve success. The game aims to compete against AI or human opponents and stack your tower more proficiently than them. You’ll still be dealing with the familiar tetrominoes that we all grew up with, however, this time you aren’t trying to make complete rows to get rid of tiles. You are simply trying to stack the tower in a clever way to avoid it toppling over. So it’s about placing your blocks carefully and achieving structural integrity.

However, this isn’t just a game of reverse Jenga. There is much more at play here. You will be able to use spells to topple your opponent’s tower and strengthen your own. Which makes this less of a careful building simulator and more of a intense and chaotic multiplayer Tetris built with the modern gamer in mind. The games are fast paced, the gameplay is refined and dynamic and the physics engine is very well crafted, allowing for fair and balanced gameplay.

A Throwaway Experience

The game offers the player three key game modes. You have survival, race and puzzle, all of which shake up the players main goal to provide a new experience. However, aside from the puzzle mode playing similarly to a typical mobile game where you work through in-game stages. We have to say that the experience is rather shallow. The gameplay gets repetitive rather fast, there is little to no narrative or motivation to play over and over. Plus, without another player to share the game with, it doesn’t have a lot to offer single player gamers.

The Verdict

Overall, Tricky Towers is a simple, whimsical and fun party game that fans of Tetris will love. It’s a much more modern take on a classic and it allows players to actually compete directly against each other rather than compare high scores. Which will be much appreciated by older generations of gamers.

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However, as a whole, the game lacks replay value, a dedicated campaign or any sort of motivation to stick around for anything more than one quick game. It’s a game that’s perfect for those that want to kill ten minutes with a pal. However, as a full-blown gaming experience, it’s not going to scratch that itch for you.

Pros:

  • A wonderful re-imagining of a classic game
  • The gameplay is fun, action-packed and doesn’t overstay it’s welcome
  • It’s colourful and whimsical
  • Online features are great

Cons:

  • The title doesn’t motivate the player to play for long periods or return to play again
  • The game isn’t anywhere near as fun without humans to play against

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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