Retro gaming cannot get any more frightening with TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity, a 2D rogue like action-platformer. This game is set in a regenerating tower and the 16 bit style cannot be any more unique as you have to navigate through this tower of terror as only the Japanese can imagine (I’m sure the concept is spun after visiting the famous Tokyo Tower, hence its name) in hopes of escape.
From the Press Release:
Lead one of five heroes through their trials and tribulations as they seek escape from a shifting tower constructed from the broken remains of a forgotten world. Learn each playable character’s backstory as they climb, why the structure compelled them to enter it, and what it takes to truly escape from their repeating fate.
Each hero can only protect themselves from the tower’s many foes with screen-clearing magic skills that deal significant damage to enemies for a short time but take up to 30 seconds to recharge. Find items to reduce cooldown times, grant different effects to attacks, and help provide protection. Climb up high enough, and choose to pray to an angel or a devil capable of granting branching paths toward the tower’s apex.
Sprint through a collection of unpredictable rooms filled with chaotic traps and enemy attacks reminiscent of a bullet hell shooter. Use powerful abilities to clear out the screen and deftly dodge foes with precision platforming while the cooldown timer replenishes! Defeat bosses by mastering the ebb and flow of spell-casting and dodging, and stay alive long enough to discover the next powerful artifact. Don’t dawdle, as a karma meter begins to tick down further up the tower, with its depletion meaning certain doom.
Clear each floor with fury and finesse to earn points and soar up the daily leaderboards. Wander by grave markers of fellow travelers who failed their escalade and read their parting words. Perish before reaching the pinnacle and leave a helpful message for others on their attempts, or express frustration to the world from beyond the grave. Don’t get too familiar with the fortress’ surroundings; for every 24 hours a brand new tower arises, with fresh challenges within.
Veterans of the Early Access version and those entering the tower on Nintendo Switch can play the practice mode to fight bosses and earn achievements. Each day brings unseen trials, with new level elements added to the game and additional auto-generated variations for more unpredictable challenges each day. Fight a new final boss and discover the true ending to these travelers’ stories.
Steam version 1.0 also introduces an expansive new set of character customization options. Add custom skins to each of the five heroes, as well as their own dialogue, intro, and endings. PLAYISM and //commentout are collaborating with a variety of illustrators, game designers, and streamers to introduce official custom characters in a future update.
“Early Access was important for the development of TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity as player feedback influenced many of our design decisions,” said Saebashi, Founder, //commentout. “I know Nintendo Switch players are ready to climb the tower alongside their Steam brethren and threaten some of our regulars atop the leaderboards!”
TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity Trailer:
TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity will be available for $11.99 on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2022, on Steam for PC and Nintendo Switch with support for English, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese text. The Early Access version is available now for $9.99 on Steam, and Nintendo Switch players can preorder the game at a 20% discount.
For more information, please visit the PLAYISM website, follow PLAYISM on Facebook and Twitter, visit the //commentout website, join the official TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity Discord server, and follow //commentout’s saebashi on Twitter.