Pixel Towers – try this Fun & Retro Tower Builder game… great timer-passer
Feb 24, 2012 12:12 PM –
Pixel Towers is a cool little tower builder game from developers The Grey Studios. Essentially you control the timing of a crane drop, which will add a layer to your tower. Including a truly funky soundtrack, cute retro graphics and frantic gameplay, it’s definitely worth a look.
Price: Free, or $1.49 for the donation version
Tested on: HTC Desire HD
Pros & Cons:
- Simple yet challenging gameplay!
- Cool retro graphics!
- Blistering soundtrack!
- Might be repetitive for some players.
After all the hoo-haa regarding Zynga royally pillaging Nimblebit’s Tiny Tower with their own ‘Dream Heights’, The Grey Studio’s Pixel Towers leapt from my screen when I noticed it in the Android Market. Was someone else going to ‘borrow heavily’ from the popular Mobage-supported title that we reviewed recently? Thankfully, I couldn’t be any more wrong. Pixel Tower is, instead, a superb tower building game where you just drop floors on top of each other with a crane. Timing is crucial if you want to build higher as any overhangs are chopped off! I didn’t mean to stumble across this game, but I’m really glad I did!
It’s the kind of gameplay that’s relatively familiar as there’s a few titles that are conceptually similar in the Market. A quick search brought up Tower of clumps, it’s that kind of idea. The game is very simple to play then as you just have to tap the screen to drop a building’s story level on top of the one below. The speed of the crane gets faster so your timing and execution needs to be really good, ideal if you have good hand-to-eye coordination!
There are bonus stories which have different effects. Purple floors slow the crane down for a bit, green ones mean that a multi-level is to be dropped next which is great for boosting points. Then there is a yellow story which is expanded- so, if you’ve lost some tower width by inaccurate dropping this goes some way to restore. When you first start you get to drop your first floor on top of a group of milling people, crushing many instantly in a mildly-gory cushion of bodies. This at least explains the ‘Medium Maturity’ rating…
Pixel Towers is brilliant fun and a cool little time killer. Scores are saved through the Scoreloop system, so you can try and beat your own, friends or global scores if you’re up for the challenge. Scoreloop isn’t as popular with Market games as the likes of OpenFeint, but I like it because it’s very quick and in no way intrusive. Pixel Tower is free and full, but definitely consider the donate version, called (Cookies and Beer) to support the devs.
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Pixel Towers – Main menu
Pixel Towers – Carefully drop storeys
Pixel Towers – Towers get thinner if your accuracy is not up to much
Pixel Towers – Yellow storeys expand
Pixel Towers – Game over, new high score
Pixel Towers – Good, wide solid towers are best if you can maintain them
Pixel Towers – Game over
Pixel Towers – Scoreloop leader boards
Pixel Towers – Cookies & Beer links
Story after story of fun. It’s incredibly easy to pick-up-and-play, a true casual experience that makes you want start again as soon as one tower finishes. I’m certain there might be some factions of Android gamers who find this all a bit repetitive, or demand super HD graphics and 500MB of additional resource downloads with the games they play, but I still love these simple retro-style titles and I don’t think they should be dismissed. Tiny Tower is, of course, another example of brilliant-yet-retro styled gaming and a slew of titles by developers like OrangePixel and Kairosoft demonstrate that there are plenty of gamers out there who love this stuff.
Each game is relatively quick so it’s a very casual game. Therefore it does become very addictive if you want to beat your scores. There isn’t a huge amount of diversity in the gameplay so it might not be something you can play for hours at a time, but it’s certainly a game you’ll pick up again and again for truly sweet gaming hit.
Graphics are the kind you’d expect on a 1980’s console. Very blocky and low-res; but that’s the charm of this game. There are neat little effects- like dust settling when you drop a storey, or smashes when you miss slightly. Even the grisly bloodbath you create when you first drop the ground floor is a nicely done flourish.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The sound in the game is genuinely epic. Really cool and well delivered, it has a similar flavour to the original Tetris tune.
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