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  • Summary: Tower of Time is a classic RPG with a unique real-time combat system where tactics are more important than equipment. Explore the Tower, buried underground for millennia, and uncover the history of times long gone and the mystery of why your land is dying.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. May 4, 2018
    90
    The game might seem to be a little formulaic to veterans of CRPGs but it is not without innovations of its own. For developer Event Horizon, Tower of Time is an astounding entry that gives fans of the CRPG genre something different to sink their teeth into.
  2. Jul 26, 2018
    85
    Tower of Time takes a compelling narrative and blends it with fun role-playing and deep satisfying tactical combat. Event Horizon, the studio behind Tower of Time, has the pulse of their players. They have been patching and balancing continually, taking feedback, and explaining balance adjustments. It’s refreshing to see an earnest desire by an indie studio to improve and polish a game post-launch. This has been one of the most enjoyable indie RPG experiences for me so far this year. This is a game I’d at least like to see on a list of contenders for “Indie RPG of the Year”.
  3. Apr 17, 2018
    83
    Thrilling story and interesting genre mix: Tower of Time does not reinvent the wheel, but comes up with some nice innovations and ideas. Especially the combination of real-time strategy and role-playing elements provides a breath of fresh air.
  4. Apr 12, 2018
    78
    Tower of Time isn’t a massively ground-breaking game, but is a solid addition to the RPG genre, consistent with itself and impressive for a first time development. So if you’re looking for a new RPG, don’t mind reading or point and click dungeon crawling, then Artara might just be for you.
  5. May 6, 2018
    77
    Tower of Time isn’t going to break any new ground and some aspects of it are relatively streamlined, but overall is an enjoyable Dungeon Crawler. Its story is quite engaging, the environments brim with detail, there are lots of stuff to find and combat is well designed, though a tad repetitive in the long run.
  6. May 8, 2018
    75
    Tower of Time is an old school rpg with some interesting new mechanics, but where it lacks is a generic story and monotonous locations.
  7. May 30, 2018
    50
    Both in terms of storytelling, as well as gameplay, Tower of Time sits right there in the middle of the quality scale. A handful of interesting ideas do exist, and, as a whole, this isn't bad or broken, but, from the first to the fortieth hour, nothing in this dungeon crawling RPG will turn out to be exciting, either.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Apr 17, 2018
    10
    What a pleasant surprise. I was not sure I would enjoy the game, but with no other new alternatives on the market right now, I decided to buyWhat a pleasant surprise. I was not sure I would enjoy the game, but with no other new alternatives on the market right now, I decided to buy it on a whim. I am so glad I did.

    The story might start typical - post-apocalyptic world (though we do not know what has happened in the beginning) in a fantasy setting. As you play along you discover the bits and pieces of the past told via animated videos and various pieces of history contained in the books and notes scattered around. There are a lot of surprising twists and the story changes over time into something that I think no one would expect. I usually got bored very quickly with recent RPGs, here, I remained hooked until the end.

    Combat is a very fresh. The best comparison would be to Dragon Age Origins I think. It is played in real-time with slow motion or pause and has a surprising tactical depth. Your skills and equipment are equally important here to how you play your champions - where you position them and how you move them around. I started on normal difficulty and it was fine so I decided to change to hard - which was brutal. There is one other setting in the game called Epic - but it was too difficult for me.

    Having said that, this game is not for everyone - it is smart and requires some thinking about your choices and party builds. If you want to try something refreshing for a change, grab it - and you will be as surprised at the value it offers, as I was.
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  2. May 12, 2018
    10
    Sublime experience with great polish – it was perhaps the best 50 hours of gaming I experienced in a long time.

    I play RPGs for many years
    Sublime experience with great polish – it was perhaps the best 50 hours of gaming I experienced in a long time.

    I play RPGs for many years now. In most of the recent ones, the world is usually cluttered with things like useless NPC's and items that had no significance – here it was all cut out, leaving only pure game-play fun.

    Combat is something fresh - it takes place as encounters and you're face with the waves of enemies listed at the start of the encounter, you have a choice to fight or withdraw.
    Level design is great - everything seems so pretty and immersive.

    Despite only seven classes – they do differ and offer something unique. This game is less about individual character builds but rather how to combine selected champions into a party that supports each other and with skills that offer great synergy.

    Story is actually quite engaging once you delve deeper. I usually get bored quickly mid game once the flair of the new fades away – here it got me hooked until the end since it twists and changes in unexpected ways. The ending made me very sad though :(

    I especially like combat challenges – I don’t think I have seen a better method ever implemented. Each is designed separately and is almost like a puzzle to solve.

    Two problems with the game I have are the following:

    There is no character creation. I am one of those persons that like to spend hours designing characters and their looks. But as soon as I played the game for one hour I really didn’t miss it, since your heroes are fun and diverse.

    Second – overall it was smooth performance apart from some areas where I had to lower the graphic settings to low (which was a shame since lightning and shadows are done expertly here). However, I have a pretty old gaming rig so I guess I am happy that it was only few places like that.

    All in all – highly recommended. I am very surprised that it doesn’t get more attention and it definitely deserves that.
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  3. May 25, 2018
    9
    One of the best surprises of these past years.

    This game obviously needs to be better known. Pros: - Deep intriguing story - Very long
    One of the best surprises of these past years.

    This game obviously needs to be better known.

    Pros:
    - Deep intriguing story
    - Very long (80 hours in Epic, easily, and I am speaking only about the main story)
    - Music, ambiance, characters (everything fits the story very well)
    - Interesting system (point&click alterning with tactical combat in slow motion)
    - Deep customization

    Cons:
    Let me know when you find them.
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  4. Aug 4, 2018
    8
    The isometric view really works and the game has a neat tactical combat system.
  5. Aug 14, 2018
    7
    Механика боя и исследование карты напоминают King’s Bounty (2007), ролевой отыгрыш и визуализация близка к Sword Coast Legends. Если вамМеханика боя и исследование карты напоминают King’s Bounty (2007), ролевой отыгрыш и визуализация близка к Sword Coast Legends. Если вам понравились эти игры, то и Tower of Time придётся по душе. Геймплей медлительный и непринуждённый, прохождение линейное. Казалось бы богатый бестиарий, но сам по себе ИИ и бои на аренах быстро приедаются. Мир игры ограничен исследованием многочисленных этажей гигантской башни. Я игру счёл скучной, есть значительно интереснее для прохождения RPG в 2018 году. Expand
  6. May 17, 2018
    7
    Decent graphics animations and story (8 out of 10) but tedious and repetitive combat (total turn-off, 2 out of 10). Loot system is not bad,Decent graphics animations and story (8 out of 10) but tedious and repetitive combat (total turn-off, 2 out of 10). Loot system is not bad, though by the time you're able to craft proper gear most loot you find will be under-leveled so there's that.

    I ended up switching to the easy mode just to get through the boring fights, still couldn't complete the game. It's not that game mechanics are bad per se, it's just that fights were tedious and it felt more like a chore.
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  7. Oct 9, 2020
    2
    This game is complete garbage, all I wanted was a top down RPG to rival diablo. Reasons this is a waste of time: the intro narration isThis game is complete garbage, all I wanted was a top down RPG to rival diablo. Reasons this is a waste of time: the intro narration is boring, long and pointless, the art style is awful, too much color in things that shouldn't even colored at all. The music is atrocious, whoever composed the score should be arrested and charged with crimes against humanity. the gameplay is some weird combination of dragon age and mobile RTS games. it has an unnecessary intro sequence where you "control" a young version of the main character, which they call "you". The story is absolutely banal, except the tower concept, that was kinda stimulating. The overall gameplay is like a mobile game or past generation PC game, definitely not something that should be coming out in 2018. Expand

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