The game’s premise is a simple one. A mysterious tower appears in the middle of the wasteland and a bunch of cute anime girls want to climb it.
That pretty much sums up the story. So let’s ignore it.
A Climb To Remember
In TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity, there is only one goal that you have to make it to the top as fast as possible. The game is a roguelite with a twist. Each time you die, you start at the base level and work up.
There are five different girls to pick from with each working the same way with one major difference: the attack they use. The controls are tight and feel good. Being a precision platformer as well, this helps.
The Major Twist
The major difference between games like this that have multiple enemies is there is no normal attack, just a special attack. To top it off, the special attack has a long cool down. So dodging is your best way forward unless you are in a bind.
The change is rather simple but changes up the gameplay a tonne. As your main defence is to just avoid enemies unless needing to attack. The game changes again when bosses are concerned.
The area is tight and the bosses are something akin to a bullet hell shooter. Mass amounts of projectiles, in hard to dodge patterns that will need total concentration to take out. As timed attacks are all you can do.
It’s all about the score
TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity is a high score chasing game as every run it pits you against every other player online. Once you die, your score is ranked.
How this works is with roguelite/like the dungeon, are randomised each run. Here the dungeon is changed each day, so everyone plays the same random dungeon to fight for the highest score. It is a novel idea and one that works well with the ranking system.
Overall TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity is a fun roguelite with some nice twists on the gameplay loop. But its only downside is the emphasis on high scores. I, for one, do not care about scores and I doubt I am not alone. It does not take away from the enjoyment but might put players off.
If you want a challenge and want to show off you are the best each day, then TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity could be fire you.