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TOKOYO: Tower of Perpetuity Review

A 2D climbing roguelike

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a Nintendo Switch on

If you're a fan of 2D action and looking for a fun new roguelike then here's the colourful and challenging TOKOYO: Tower of Perpetuity.

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I climbed all this way; I won't let you bring me down!

What's all this, then?

TOKOYO: Tower of Perpetuity is a 2D platformer at its core where you jump and double-jump up a tower as you deal with hazards and enemies. Each time you play, the layout is different and you have to start over again whenever you fail so in that sense, it is a roguelike. Plus, its combat is unique in that instead of having some kind of weapon to flail around or shoot, you're merely equipped with a character-specific ability that charges over time. Experimenting with the cast of characters in order to discover what each one is capable of is a great deal of fun, especially when you come across an ability that matches your play style. If you're curious, I prefer playing as Imibi as she's a cute fox spirit who deploys a cool homing attack that has a wide field and stays around for a substantial amount of time. v1d30chumz 18-232-59-38

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Hey, who turned out the lights?

Presentation

I'm happy to say that TOKOYO: Tower of Perpetuity is a very colourful game that features lovely pixel artwork and sprites. However, it doesn't quite feel like an authentic retro title since it has many modern elements to its graphics; because of this, it's an impressively fresh-feeling indie. That said, the audio is quite retro which adds to the sense of fun although the track that plays in the café can get a bit annoying. The visuals sometimes become too busy at times, too, which can cause you to take accidental damage.

Upgrades

Besides choosing your character then seeing how high you can climb, you'll also acquire an assortment of accessories as you play that boost aspects such as reducing certain types of damage, allowing your MP to recharge faster, and even extending your jump height. You never know what you'll collect next so these upgrades act as a driving force that'll keep pushing you to play over and over again.

Replayability

Speaking of replay value, TOKOYO: Tower of Perpetuity features a decent collection of unlockables that make each run fruitful even if you don't make it that far. My favourite are the boss battle simulations that allow you to practice and hone your skills. You can also browse collected log pieces and change your character skin. Oh, and there are leaderboards which makes doing well even more rewarding. 😊

On the downside, the undeniably simplistic gameplay gets rather repetitive after a handful of runs so TOKOYO: Tower of Perpetuity is the sort of game that you'll want to primarily play every once in a while. The fact that the boss battles are all too similar doesn't help with this. When you factor in the previously mentioned presentational clunkiness that occasionally emerges, it can overstay its welcome.

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These bosses may be similar but they're still fun to take down

TOKOYO: Tower of Perpetuity is the kind of indie that I'll gladly pick up every now and then as I try to outdo my previous efforts. It may not be the type of game that you'll play obsessively but it's definitely a blast in short bursts.

  • + Enjoyable 2D action with fun enhancements, characters, and abilities
  • + Charming visuals and retro audio
  • + Rewarding unlockables and leaderboards
  • - Simplistic gameplay gets rather repetitive after a handful of runs
  • - Bosses are too similar
  • - Occasional clunkiness
7.5 out of 10
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