Warlocks Tower – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of Warlocks Tower
Warlock’s Tower is that classic story of an all-powerful Warlock that is hell-bent on destroying the World because he thinks no-0ne loves him, when in reality everyone in the land loves him… whether it is love by means of adoration or sheer terror is a Political question that I will just leave that to you to decide! You play the brave mailman tasked with delivering the letter from the townsfolk telling the Warlock how much they love him, and after all how hard could it be to get a letter to a crazed magic-wielding villain that wants to see the World in ruin?!
On the surface this is a classic puzzler game that has you attempting to solve over 100 levels of increasing difficulty, with some funny character interactions to break up the stress along the way! You will come across all sorts of abominable creatures including the rage-inducing brain-hungry zombies, a plethora of annoying obstacles and traps, a tricky sidekick whereby you have to work together, and many more frustrating little difficulty amplifiers throughout the game… so accept now that you will not, without the brain of a puzzle genius, complete this without having to restart from time to time.
The word ‘Classic’ can also certainly be used to describe the game’s look and feel too. Truthfully it’s a game that could be spawned straight from the Game Boy (for those too young to know what a Game Boy is, it’s a handheld console first released in 1989!). Warlock’s Tower could certainly be labelled vintage, but in a day where we are now basically playing out our own movies the graphics & audio is so advanced, I must admit the 8bit visuals and soundtrack will not be for everyone. Don’t get me wrong however, if you’ve grown up with these classic consoles then Warlock’s Tower offers a great feeling of nostalgia!
Getting back to the gameplay, and how you could quickly find yourself wanting to give up on delivering the letter and just letting the Warlock do what he wants… thankfully the game kindly offers you a ‘Save Point’ feature, which I began to use profusely. This ability allows you to save your progress on any level, meaning you don’t have to start at the beginning of every puzzle once you inevitably fail… The problem is half the time I was saving my ‘progress’ when I’d already gone wrong, and just didn’t know it yet. You are going to need a lot of patience for this game, but it is a very satisfying feeling each time you reach the end door, whether you worked it out or winged it!
So how do you reach these elusive doors? To cover the basic principle of gameplay, you start each level with ‘lives’, in Warlock’s Tower your lives are steps. You need to collect more lives in the form of coins and diamonds, strategically dotted throughout each puzzle, but bear in mind you do NOT have to collect them all to proceed through a level! The number you collect whether it’s the smaller 3 life booster coin or the much more appealing 5 life booster diamond; that becomes your new life pool. Be warned however, if you collect a 5 life boost, and then step on a 3 life booster straight after, you will go straight down to 3… essentially wasting 2 lives! I will tell you now; I did not have to do that once in the game, it is a sneaky attempt to trip you up from the developers!!
Some levels are pretty obvious from the outset how you need to proceed, and others are a bit of a nuisance to work out… this could just be my brain being unable to process the bigger puzzle picture, but I imagine a lot of you will be hitting the reset level button from time to time. As the levels progress you also have the added joy of having to collect keys, travel through teleporters and along conveyor belts, and avoid the collection of monstrosities mentioned earlier, which all adds to a rather frustrating yet somewhat fulfilling experience. The good news is that the game will only take you 3 hours or so to complete if you graft, and there’s not too much in terms of hidden content to have to go back and find either.
If you have patience, determination, love to solve puzzles and enjoy the feeling of nostalgia playing retro feel games, then Warlock’s Tower is a game you will love! If not, perhaps this isn’t for you.
Thanks to Ratalaika Games for the code.