Sunday 23 July 2023

Tower Toppler (Atari 7800 review)

Developer: Hewson Consultants
Publisher: Atari Corporation
Released: 1988

Tower Toppler is a platform game that was originally released on various home computers as Nebulus (1987).

+ Level design is superb and there's always multiple hazards / enemy types vying for your attention to keep you invested.

+ Frequently includes clever puzzle elements, such as purposely taking damage in order to reach lower platforms.

+ Graphics feature excellent rotation effects and parallax scrolling that really showcase the console's capabilities.

- Gameplay can be punishingly tough until you memorise layouts and enemy patterns, and there's no difficulty options.

- Both buttons are mapped to shoot, but having to press one while walking in order to jump leads to inadvertent presses.

- SFX are distracting, particularly when bouncing ball enemies are visible and you're trying to concentrate on your next move.

- Shoot-em-up mini-game between levels is rather dull, as you can only fire slow moving, singular bullets.

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