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Twisted Tower (Gamescom 2023) - The tower of our nightmares

Find out what we thought of this curious and creepy horror title that will show us that nothing is what it seems... and even less so if there's a juicy prize behind it.

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"Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new Gamereactor Gamescom Impressions video, in which today we're going to talk about a horror title that we really wanted to talk about, but we couldn't because it was recently announced, but now is the time, and we just wanted you to know that we really wanted to talk about this game, and now the time has come, finally."

"We're talking about a game that describes itself as Bioshock meets Willy Wonka, okay, and also meets Willy Wonka in Disneyland, okay, but we'll talk about it later, and well, in which our main purpose will be to climb the Twisted Tower game show, okay, which is supposed to be a TV show, set in the 20s, which is, well, which main goal is just to get at the top of the Twisted Tower and gain a huge amount of money and blah blah blah, but the main character is going to realize once he's inside, okay, and I'll talk later about how he gets inside, but well, the main character will realize that not everything's as it seems, and obviously everything's more deadly than he thought, okay, but well, the point is that the main character wants to recover his beloved love, okay, because I don't remember if she left him. Yeah, I think she broke his heart because she left with someone else, and he just wants to recover the love of his life by just proving that he's able to just climb that tower and to, well, achieve every challenge just for her, and then, well, ask her to marry him at the very top of the tower, but, and well, win obviously a huge amount of money, etc., but he realized that it's not going to be that easy."

"So, as you can imagine, this Twisted Tower is going to be all set in these weird, fantasy, crazy environments such as the ones that we can find in, for example, Bioshock or in this Willy Wonka's environment, etc., and every floor is going to have a different environment and a different theme, etc., so every floor is going to be obviously more challenging, every floor is going to be obviously more difficult, but also everyone's going to be unique, okay, and I really wanted to to tell you that. We're going to find different enemies, different scenarios, different mechanics every time, etc., even though the main mechanic is going to be there, of course, but you get the point."

"And how can we access from one floor to another? Basically, our main goal in every floor will basically be to find that elevator card that will activate the elevator of that floor and that will lead us to the next one, but as I've said, everything's going to be full of traps, full of deadly enemies, deadly traps, deadly, I don't know, probably fake, how can we say it?
I don't know, fake things that are going to make us believe that that's the way, but it's not, it's just the trap, okay? Everything's going to try to kill us, basically, and what can I say? Well, we're going to find different weapons, of course, we're going to find some puzzles, okay, to solve, to just access to the next room, for example, to try to check out if the elevator card is in there, etc., and as I've said, all set in this dark, I would say weird, but it's like a fake kind environment, okay, and it's creepy, just because of that. All the creatures are going to be super creepy, all the environment itself, you're going to be scared more than once because you're going to think that that room is empty and suddenly you're going to find some deadly enemies, etc., and it's going to be like, yes, super cool, and well, as I've said, not only your main goal would be just to well, get to the next floor, of course, it's going to be your main goal, but in every floor you'll have to choose one path or another, so you can actually replay the game several times to just realize what's in the other path, etc., and make your own path every time that you play the game, okay, or you can complete the entire game choosing, I don't know, just one path and then the second try would be choosing the completely other options that you didn't choose the first try, etc., so it has a lot of replayability, and obviously it's all based in this Bioshock and Willy Wonka thing that I've told you, but the developer just told me, the main developer, as we can say, or the director of the game, just told us that he was really inspired by all the Guillermo del Toro thematic, okay, all that essence, all that dark fantasy weird essence, okay, so you can expect more or less that kind of thing, that kind of environment, that kind of story, okay, obviously it would be, the mechanics are going to be as we all think that they're going to be, just upgrade our weapons, pick up better weapons, upgrade our skills in general, etc., solving those puzzles, discovering our dark and twisted past, okay, well, discover a little bit more of this love story, discovering a little bit more about this twisted tower show which hides more than one secret, more than one mystery, and more than one, well, dark things behind, and I would say that would be it, it's, well, I didn't set it, okay, but it's like a, well, a shooter game, okay, an action-adventure shooter game in which we'll have to kill every enemy that we find, and as I've said, just solving puzzles, trying to get to the end of all this crazy thing, we'll find some checkpoints, okay, every, I don't remember if there was one on every level or if there are several on every floor, but the point is that there are not going to be that many checkpoints because they wanted the game to be challenging, okay, but they're not going to be just a few to make the gameplay super tough and super difficult, okay, it's going to be balanced, I would say, and, well, the enemies that we're going to find are creepy, are weird, are sometimes disgusting, some of them are going to remind us to those, well, characters or personalities that we've all seen during our childhood, so that's going to make everything even creepier, and, I don't know, in general, in my personal opinion, I would say that it looks really, really promising, okay, just because of this different theme every floor, it was really interesting because you really want to know what's in the next floor, how the enemies are going to be, how all the decorations are going to be, and every floor has a unique essence, and that's really, really difficult to achieve, sometimes that everything fits perfectly, but at the same time they're all different, and the shooting thing was actually really fine, the gameplay itself was really fluent, it was so funny, it was so creepy, I screamed a couple of times just because I didn't expect to find an enemy where there was obviously an enemy, and, I don't know, it was super funny, and that's why I really wanted to talk about this game because it really surprised me, it's one of those scary games that there's no need to just give the player just some jump scares and that's it, or create that tension that personally I can't deal with it, okay, it's more about creating a creepy aura, a creepy environment, thanks to this decoration, thanks to its environment and their characters, and I really like that because you can actually play it and you can actually be kind of scared, you know, or kind of tense, but it's not the main goal, it's not just make you suffer, it's going to make you suffer through the gameplay, okay, through difficult challenges, through difficult fights, okay, and through difficult enemies, but not just because of finding jump scares or things like that, so I really really liked it, I think it's a horror game that I could play, and I don't know, I found it really really interesting, obviously we've seen similar games in general as it's inspired by Bioshock etc, but I think it has a really really unique essence and that everyone that is interested in these horror shooting games or if they're interested in this weird and creepy thematic, they're going to love it, and I don't know, I personally loved it, I really liked it, I think it's a game that I could really really play even though I'm not a huge horror games fan, okay, but as I've said it's not that kind of horror basic games, okay, and I don't know, it has its own challenge, it has their own story, their own interesting story, it has a really creepy, mysterious and dark background, and I think it's just worth it because of that, all the graphics etc are going to be, well, unique in their own way because the enemies are going to be different based on those characters that we all know etc, but all the environment I think it's super super worth it to just pay attention to every detail, there are a lot of secret details or hidden details that you're probably going to love, there are a lot of jokes hidden in some ads inside the tower etc, and it's going to be super funny just by the fact of just exploring this creepy tower, and you're going to pay attention to the details, you're going to forget that there are enemies, but suddenly they're all going to appear, you're going to suffer, you're going to laugh because you get nervous, I don't know, you're going to experiment a lot of feelings at the same time, and I think that's what they wanted to create on us or provoke us, and I really like it, seriously, so there you have it, I hope that you now know more, well, a little bit more of this game, as I've said, we won't be able to play it, at least its official version, until next year, but now you know a little bit more about it, now you can wishlist, now you can re-watch the trailer, or even check out our interview, because we did an interview about this game at Gamescom 2023, and maybe you find some interesting details in there, so if I were you, I would give it a check, so I wouldn't say anything else, obviously, at our game director dot your domain of choice, as always, and well, I remind you that we've been talking about Twisted Tower, a game developed by Atmos Games and published by 3D Realms, it's just going to be released on PC, as far as we know, next year, we don't know any exact date, but it's going to be trippy, it's going to be promising, it's going to be challenging, and it's going to be different, I think, so I hope you like it, thank you so much for just, well, checking out our videos, our reviews, previews, etc, I remind you that you have available an interview about this game that we uploaded recently, a couple of days ago, and that would be it, thank you, my guys, for being here, and see you in the next Game Reactor Gamescom Impressions video, bye-bye!"

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