If retro-futurism meets pixel destruction then Tower 57 is a perfect match! Tower 57 takes place in a dystopian world where the outside is polluted and dangerous. Humanity has gathered in massive towers where the lower levels live in sweltering poverty while the rich and affluent live lavishly near the top. The music sets the mood, the main screen is typical of an era, as is the character selection page. It’s worth spending some time configuring your gamepad or keyboard to your likings. The best way to play Tower 57 is to use a combination of keys and mouse, using your keyboard while moving using the arrows, and the mouse to aim and shoot. At the beginning of the game, if running solo, you select three of the available characters. Each has their own primary weapon, but they’ve also got some pretty great secondary items that make a huge difference in how they play. Though each character starts with a particular loadout, you’ll pick up other weapons throughout the game as well.

For instance, destroying an automated turret blew the gun off, which we picked up and started firing at other enemies. Those who like pixel-art will totally love the upcoming Tower 57, the amount of time spent on those graphics must have been huge, and will make Tower 57 one of the best games for AmigaOS 4.1 and AmigaOne systems in 2017! There are tons of things in every level that can be destroyed in order to collect hidden coins and weapons or get to new areas. Walls and barricades can be blown apart by explosives or by shooting at barrels. Your body parts are destructible as well. There’s a chance that you could have your arms or legs destroyed by particularly vicious beasts, forcing you to hobble around on your torso or disabling your ability for using your awesome guns.

Luckily, there are vending machines and shops that sell replacement body parts, as well as upgraded parts that can lend you special abilities such as legs with higher movement or arms that strengthen weapons. The environments are pretty incredibly varied too. You start at the very bottom in the sewers where mutants and monstrosities run rampant. However, as you work your way up Tower 57, you start to get into more established and wealthy areas where humans will fight you as well. The game will also heavily encourage cooperative play in order to coordinate different weapons and player abilities in a variety of combat scenarios. Tower 57 is quality stuff and probably the most anticipated AmigaOS 4.1 game for 2017. Forget ‘The chaos Engine’ here is Tower 57! Release in 2017, price is TBA…. (Animated gifs are based on the PC version)


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