Pandora's Tower Wii

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  • Summary: The victim of a cruel curse, Elena endures a horrific transformation into a grotesque beast. Determined to find a way to cure her, Aeron assumes the Oraclos Chain and plunges into the Thirteen Towers, where truly terrifying monsters await him. The words of their companion Mavda offer themThe victim of a cruel curse, Elena endures a horrific transformation into a grotesque beast. Determined to find a way to cure her, Aeron assumes the Oraclos Chain and plunges into the Thirteen Towers, where truly terrifying monsters await him. The words of their companion Mavda offer them their only hope: within the Thirteen Towers reside the masters, and by consuming their flesh, Elena may escape the curse. This is the tale of the bond between Aeron and Elena, and the promise they make to each other to defeat the curse and be together once again. [Nintendo UK]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Apr 13, 2012
    90
    What's more yummy than an Action RPG that uses well the recipes of Zelda, Rygar and Castlevania combined? Something that does just that and more, a game that is a surprise for Nintendo, a true mature story of illness and love, a dark, and deep tale wrapped in old-school game design.
  2. May 22, 2012
    80
    With an excellent time-management mechanic, some great dungeon design and an emotive love story at its heart, Pandora's Tower is an action-RPG well worth checking out.
  3. May 1, 2013
    80
    It’s rare to see a compelling hack-and-slash dungeon crawler work as well as Pandora’s Tower, but this game needs to wear its accomplishments proudly. You very well may never go back to your Wii after this transition between console generations.
  4. Apr 13, 2012
    78
    Pandora's Tower is an Action RPG with a pleasant love story and a brilliantly smooth battle system. A good game for wii, no doubt.
  5. 70
    In some respects, Pandora's Tower shares similarities with Shadow of the Colossus, and while it doesn't ascend to the high barometer of that game, it is worthy of the comparison.
  6. Apr 13, 2012
    70
    A very solid, fast-paced action romp with islands of greatness in a sea of repetitive combat. Still, there are surprisingly few better Castlevania alternatives on Wii to this day.
  7. May 29, 2012
    50
    Pandora's Tower doesn't offer anything appealing or unique, and is not a Wii title that will find a home with many gamers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. May 23, 2012
    10
    This game has the feel of some great games, Castlevania, ICO and Zelda with the RPGness of Final Fantasy.

    Great Game with good gameplay,
    This game has the feel of some great games, Castlevania, ICO and Zelda with the RPGness of Final Fantasy.

    Great Game with good gameplay, definitely worth a look for fans of those series or anyone with a Wii that wants a new game.
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  2. Jan 15, 2013
    10
    This game is everything i love about the Wii, i enjoyed it from beginning until end. Aaron & Elena's characters and there relationship wasThis game is everything i love about the Wii, i enjoyed it from beginning until end. Aaron & Elena's characters and there relationship was very heart felt and touching; it makes you want to save from her fate. I thought the story was very well written and understandable; the music and level design where akin to the 3D Zelda title (that's a good thing in my book) .... and finally the endings (especially the final one) are beautiful and close all loose ends. It took me 43 hrs. to complete with the best ending; and I'm glad i purchased this game. This has become my favorite of the 140 games i own on Wii. Expand
  3. Jun 28, 2012
    10
    This might become the most underrated Wii game. So i'm writing this to say, GET IT!!! It has excellent gameplay, multiple ways and strategiesThis might become the most underrated Wii game. So i'm writing this to say, GET IT!!! It has excellent gameplay, multiple ways and strategies to defeat enemies and bosses. Great creepy story. One of the best soundtracks i've ever experienced. Very rich level design. 5 Different endings. Interesting inventory management and item creation. 13 different Zelda-like bosses, but harder. About 20 hours of exciting gameplay. The only downside are the grainy graphics, but it's the Wii, get over it and enjoy one of the best Nintendo exclusives this generation. Expand
  4. Apr 19, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. So here we finally have Pandora's tower in America. I had previously purchased the game for some $65, and it was the collector's edition with the steel-book and the art book, along with the cool box it came in. I beat the game 100% shortly before Xseed announced they were porting the game. I didn't know it would be coming to American shores. Well, now that it's here, I might as well review the game.
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    Pandora's tower is an action RPG game in the vein of Zelda, Castlevania, and games of that like. It involves the growing relationship of the two main characters, Aeron and Elena, as Aeron fights for "beast flesh" that will keep Elena in her human form. The game largely focuses on Elena and Aeron's relationships, especially in the fact that you get different endings based on how close you are to Elena. The graphics of the game are a bit dated, but none the less look good on the wii. They remind me of twilight princess, except a bit sharper, but with lower frame rate. The level design of the game is very good, and the dungeons can be very enjoyable when you factor in the different collectables and monsters you get to fight. However, you'll meet some repetition when you go over the second wave of dungeons, from the over all aesthetics, to the monsters you encounter. Speaking of monsters, the combat in the game is reminiscent of Zelda, kingdom hearts, and other similar button mashers. You've a choice of some 4 weapons, if my memory serves me right, and they all offer unique advantages on combat, so you'll be swapping out weapons for certain situations. The player is given a magical chain that can be used for typical swinging and pulling puzzles, and also for ripping items/flesh out of monsters (can be pretty fun too ^_^). At the end of each dungeon is a tower master that you need to defeat in order to acquire it's flesh and further destroy Elena's curse. The boss battles are all unique, beautiful, and overall well designed. The music isn't extremely memorable, but it's done very well and the fits the atmosphere of the game. I urge you, if you're a wii owner and need some hardcore games to add to your collection, you'll be doing yourself a disservice by not owning this late-era wii game.
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  5. Apr 14, 2012
    8
    This game is great!If you like the older zelda games like Ocarina of Time, then this is a must buy!It has a great storyline and the gameplayThis game is great!If you like the older zelda games like Ocarina of Time, then this is a must buy!It has a great storyline and the gameplay feels really good.This game gives us what Zelda couldn't give us for a long time now.Thank you Ganbarian and Nintendo!!! Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I would say that this game is a pretty underrated game, even for a short, casual game. I have heard complaints of it being a JRPG with dating sim and that it's boring, but personally I found the game enjoyable. I would not say that this game is anything along the levels of popular titles like zelda, but it's not bad. The towers in the game are beautifully designed with themes in mind, your actions toward the girl you're trying to save has consequences and the combat, although not perfect, is not what I would consider to be overly hard to easy to use.

    This game is not one that has a lot of freedom, your aim is just to go to the towers, kill the monsters and stop the girl from turning into a monster. There's no grand elaborate storyline for you to follow, although there are bits of background information that you can find through notes and conversation. Furthermore, aside from the different endings, there's not much point in playing through the game more than once, there's a New Game option, but this does little other than unlock treasure rooms to make the game easier.

    The game creates a beautiful world, a helpless girl and towers with monsters, that's all the game offers and with just that they have already created a world that I enjoyed spending my time in. If short cutscenes and dialogues about nothing more than the character and relationship development between characters and heart eating, beautifully designed environment and light hearted enjoyment is what you're looking for, then you'd probably enjoy this game. If you want deep story and complex gameplay, I suggest you look elsewhere.
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  7. Apr 16, 2013
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is boring,extremely,Is one Rpg gonna disappoint you from the Beggining from the story until the end, The story isn´t touching,is stupid,or just happen!,

    The gameplay is extremely worse than any rpg i DID EVER See! boring,Linear,Enemies repeat alot the bosses battles are Boring and easy!

    This game is so bland!
    The ONLY good thing! the puzzles are extremely easy!.

    This game is so annoying! is anything else than a RPG
    or one of theses kill monsters with awesome power! Castlevania,Resident evil,Contra or others.
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#1 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2013
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