[Review] Warlock’s Tower – Nintendo Switch

Warlock’s Tower
Nintendo Switch

Developed By : Midipixel
Published By : Ratalaika Games
Category : Strategy, Puzzle
Release Date : May 31, 2019

When is a mailman more than just a mailman? When he’s the only brave soul left in town! In Warlock’s Tower on the Nintendo Switch, you’ll play as the mailman Tim. Nearby resides a warlock who has threatened the safety of the entire world. A peace offering has been made, but nobody feels courageous enough to deliver the message except for you. Now, you must brave the evil tower and it’s life-sapping magic to deliver the message and hope the warlock acquiesces.

Delivering that letter won’t be so easy as you think. As soon as you step into the tower you realize the power it holds. Every step that you take, brings you one step closer to death. And this isn’t me trying to be metaphorical, you literally have a certain number of steps you are allowed to take before you die.

This tower comes with over 100 levels, each and everyone of them with the not-so-simple task of making it to the exit in enough steps to not die. You only start off with a few steps, and these are quite large rooms. Luckily, there are collectibles scattered around which will replenish your step-count. Some have a 3 and others a 5. The key with these, however, is they don’t add to your step count, they replace it. So if you currently have 2 left, and step into a 5 diamond, you’ll end up with 5 steps to use, not 7. So part of the puzzle becomes how you pick up the pieces.

At first you’ll only need to worry about how many steps you take. Eventually, the tower will introduce other elements to make your journey to the top even tougher. You’ll spend some time with another character, acting as a duo team, sharing a step-count between you. Enemies will become a factor too. These guys will take a step after you move a certain number yourself, so don’t get caught walking into them.

Warlock’s Tower is a really fun and simple game. It’s length, however, is easily determined by how good or bad you do at puzzle games. A lot of the rooms end up feeling a lot smaller until you try to navigate them. You’ll look and think to yourself “Oh, this will be a piece of cake”…but then it’s not. Just about every room will end with you reaching the door on your final step, so there is no room for error as you navigate.

I had a lot of fun with this one, puzzle games are my absolute favorite when I’m just looking to kick back and relax for a bit. The game is done in a very old bit-style, but every ten floors or so, the color palate gets swapped out. At first things will be a lot of green, and then you’ll get blue and so forth, so it was really nice to not have to stare at the same color tone the entire time I played.

Again it’s a very simple game, and for such a low price you absolutely can’t go wrong with this game. It’s an absolute must-play for fans of the puzzle genre. If you’re not so much a fan, you might not enjoy this one as much. Again, for such a low price though it’s definitely worth the experience you get from it. Head to the eShop and grab your copy of Warlock’s Tower today!


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