Watch a satirical take on classic sci-fi movies in The Deadly Tower of Monsters.
Developed by ACE Team and published by Atlus, The Deadly Tower of Monsters released on Jan. 19 for the PlayStation 4 and PC at $14.99. ACE Team, based in Chile, worked on other games with Atlus like the Zeno Clash franchise, Rock of Ages (2011) and Abyss Odyssey (2014).
The Deadly Tower of Monsters is a humorous take on B-rate science fiction movies from the 1950s and ’60s. “Filmed” in the 1970s, the game stars hero Dick Starspeed crash-landing on the planet Gravoria. He meets Scarlet Nova, the daughter of the planet’s emperor, as they team up to take down her evil father.
The movie’s director gives live commentary over the gameplay, offering funny behind-the-scenes looks at the filming of the movie for its special DVD re-release. The game is legitimately funny, with great stories from the director and special attention to details taken from those old movies, like enemies hanging from cheap string wires and creative stage props around the levels.
A single-player only game, The Deadly Tower of Monsters combines hack-and-slash combat and platforming, with different collectible melee and shooting weapons against enemies like apes, dinosaurs, giant ants and aliens. There’s also a jet-pack power and an instant teleportation feature, taking the player back to where they started after jumping from high distances. As the name suggests, the main mission is to climb up the planet’s massive tower to finally face the emperor.
Watch Tim play the first part from The Deadly Tower of Monsters: