Knightmare Tower is a deliciously addictive casual game that’s difficult to put down. That’s important to remember, since you’ll probably find yourself coming back time and time again. The story of a knight who must attempt to escape a tower continually filling with lava might sound painfully uninteresting at first, but give it some time and you’ll discover a challenging and rewarding adventure perfect for enjoying in short bursts.
The game does not operate on a freemium model, which is actually quite refreshing. You simply play more to become stronger. Amassing currency and spending it on more power-ups so that you eventually come out on top is the name of the game. In many ways you can actually draw comparisons to Ridiculous Fishing, especially when it comes to the vertical scrolling gameplay.
To escape the rapidly-filling tower you must keep up your momentum by simply tapping the screen repeatedly. This causes your knight to rip through the menagerie of enemies out for his blood with a few mighty swings of his sword. Each kill nets you a speed augment, which sends you zooming forward through the baddies that want nothing more than to exterminate you.
You’ll continue on, slaying monsters, collecting boosts, and amassing a small fortune until you get hit by a monster or one of the many projectiles that could be hurtling toward you at any moment. Then it’s back to square one. Fortunately, there’s an abundance of power-ups, weapons, and assorted items to keep you in the game much longer after each subsequent round. You’ll spend the many gold coins accumulated during each session on new swords, more powerful equipment, and potions that offers extra health, higher levels of speed, and more. You could potentially find potions that make you invulnerable for a short period of time as well, in addition to a bevy of other magical concoctions.
That’s why continually replaying is rewarding in many ways. Failing only bolster your resolve to come back for more. Achievements, quests, and even the errant princess to rescue are just some of the many reasons to fire up Knightmare Tower again and again. Half the fun truly lies in the upgrade system, which you will unfortunately burn through in what feels like the blink of an eye. During the first few hours you will undoubtedly feel as though the game could last forever but you will improve, and you will find that each death leads to something more, that you’re actually a lot more powerful than you originally thought.
Knightmare Tower is a zany, colorful addiction you won’t be able to get enough of, though it’s unfortunate that with normal play you’ll basically have completed the entire game. Less diligent players may see it taking a considerably longer amount of time, but even at its annotated length, it’s still worth checking out. Especially if you need a good weekend fix you won’t be able to put down.