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Game #4053
Mystic Towers   Collection: Indie Underdogs
Action   Hybrid

Rating: 8.54 (37 votes)

Mystic Towers box cover

Mystic Towers screenshot
One of my most favorite Apogee games, Mystic Towers is a charming game that combines action, puzzle, and even a bit of strategy into an engrossing whole. Information from Lon Matero's excellent fanpage says it all: "[The story:] Baron Baldric recieves a deputation from the Rim Village asking to rid the Lazarine Tower from the evil monsters inside and to restore the peace. Baron lisens and decides to enter the "Mystic Towers" and complete the villager's requests. Your job is to rid the towers of the monsters plus destroy a Monster Generator in each tower.

Mystic Towers has two modes of play: Apprentice Mode and Wizard Mode. Each has different floor and room layouts making almost a different game. Apprentice mode focuses on killing monsters and using spells. Wizard Mode includes harder monsters and harder puzzles. To exit a tower, you most destroy the Monster Generator and you will receive a key to exit. Two towers are located in each conquered province(or episode). Near Rimm Village (shareware episode) there is a Rimm Tower (Apprentice Mode) and a Rimm Fortress(Wizard Mode). You have to complete Rimm Tower as Apprentice to qualify as a Wizard.

There are a total of ten spells in Mystic Towers used to kill the monsters. Five are weapon spells and the other five are tactical spells. [The game] includes a number of helpful status bars and graphics. First of all, there are three meters which monitor Baron's Food(brown), Drink(blue), and Lifeforce(red). Remember to eat food and drink water to keep these up! There are also status bars showing which keys you currently have and how many coins you have picked up. Coins are used to buy spells. There is a Tower Progress meter that shows your current floor and which floors are cleared of monsters. Red means monsters are present. Another great feature is the map of the current floor showing the layout of all the rooms.

There are five floors on each tower with around 9 rooms on each floor. Floors are connected with ladders, but it is possible to transport between floors. Baron usually works from the bottom up, so kill all the monsters on one floor before moving on. Once you find the monster generator, go back to the start room and exit the tower. There are a total of 30 monsters in the game and they are different for each set of towers!"

Mystic Towers can still be ordered directly from Apogee for only $10 (electronic download). The game is well worth this budget price, because you will be spending hours and hours casting spells, killing monsters, figuring out physical puzzles in each tower, and generally having fun before you finish all 540 (!) rooms in the game. Two thumbs up, way up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Lindsay Whipp
Developer: Animation FX
Publisher: Apogee
Year: 1994
Software Copyright: Animation FX
Theme: Fantasy, Epic, Shareware
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:   Official site
Related Links: Lon Matero's Mystic Towers Page
If you like this game, try: Baron Baldric: A Grave Overture, Magic Pockets, Equinox

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