Tricky Towers is here, not that I'd heard much about it before now, although if I had I'd certainly have been keeping an eye on it, that much is for sure.
There is no doubt that anyone who sees Tricky Towers for the first time will immediately know where it's influence came from and while it is very Tetris-like in terms of the bricks you'll play with, the gameplay couldn't be any further removed.
What's really different about Tricky Towers is that the goal is to build a tower higher, faster and better than your opponents. Be it in the, sometimes tricky, single player challenges or online against friends and other online opponents, the game tasks you with rotating, stacking and building up your Tetris-style bricks into an ever increasing in height tower as you aim for the soaring finish line. There are challenges to this of course, as it feels like gravity is constantly against you, so one wrong brick placement and you'll soon see your whole tower toppling over, having you rushing to build it again before someone else wins the race.
To add to this, magic spells also come into play, allowing you or your opponent to cast dark magic to make bricks float, grow larger or even obscure the view, making it harder to place them and therefore making it more likely that your tower will topple. There is some light magic too, which you can use on your own tower, allowing you to root bricks together to make your tower stronger, although use light magic and it cancels your ability to cast magic against your opponent.
Whether you are playing the challenge mode or multiplayer you'll be met with various gameplay variations. We've already mentioned Race, which is all about beating the other players to the finish line, but you also have a few other modes such as Survival, which involves placing a certain number of bricks before everyone else without dropping too many and losing your health and Puzzle, which challenges you to place as many bricks as possible below a laser lined cutoff point.
With 50 single player trials in the solo mode as well as an endless leaderboard mode, I've lost count of the amount of hours that I've already put into the game. Unfortunately I've been unable to test the multiplayer mode as extensively, but am sure that it's even more fun than playing solo.
Given that Tricky Towers will be offered to PlayStation Plus Members for the grand total of free at launch, it's hard not to recommend this game. Everyone should try it, because it's got something about it that'll keep you coming back for more. Sure it's not going to grab your attention constantly, but it'll certainly fill the void on those days where you have an hour or two spare and need something to keep you busy.
Words by Joe Anderson
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/XBLA: wotta
(Version Tested: PS4)
+ Looks colourful and cute
+ Tricky challenges
+ Fun multiplayer
- Probably only good for occasional play