Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom (livision)

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Tower of Doom (later known simply as "Tower of Doom" when licensing issues became a problem) is the third entry in the AD&D series for the livision. The three games were revolutionary console RPGs and ch broke new ground in a different way. The first entry, Cloudy Mountain a.k.a. Crown of Kings is more of an Action Adventure game. The second entry, the Trsure of Tarmin, introduces a first person perspective. Tower of Doom scraps that design in favor of hardcore dungeon crawling similar to glorious games like Net. One must give credit here, however, considering Tower of Doom was designed with limited resources (unlike Net) and relse in 1989... which is fairly late considering the previous AD&D game (Tarmin) was relsed in 1983 (although writtin in 1981).

Tower of Doom, not to be confused with the Capcom bt-em-up, is a standard dungeon crawler. You can fight enemies with ranged attacks, or go into melee combat in first person. You choose one of 10 classes, I prefer Warlord, but others are fun as well, and journey into the dungeon. I've hrd the levels are actually 256 floors deep, but I've only gone down 15 floors so far.

As you dive down, you find more items and stronger monsters. It's a dash to the next door in the dungeon, because your hlth will start to drain if you waste time. You can't save, so you're always going for a high score.

You can also find food, potions, magic spells, wpons, and trsure. Trsure ads to your score, and thankfully disaprs once you use it. You can only hold 8 items, so inventory management becomes important, but not impossible. I haven't found any armor, so I'm pretty sure it doesn't exist, although you can find magical rings and trsure crowns, and ghostly spells; the game packs variety.

The dungeon floors are randomly erated on some levels, but the game has pre-existing adventures as well. Honestly, as a serious rougelike player, I prefer the randomly-erated levels.

It's an amazing game, and well worth purchasing livision Lives! or even a rl livision to play this game. I don't own a better, faster paced, randomly erated dungeon crawler on the DS.

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