Here at Dealspwn we're all about getting the best games for the least amount of financial effort, and we often tend to forget that some of the most addictive offerings out there are completely free. With that in mind, welcome to Click To Play, a weekly feature where we'll be hunting down the best browser-based games each week so you don't have to. Check in with us every Monday to spice up your coffee breaks for the week!
This week: Tower Of Heaven
This week we've got a bit of a throwback to the classic days of hard-as-nails retro platforming with a game that issues a simple challenge to the player - climb the tower - before throwing a bunch of rules and some injudicious mortal consequences into their face and mercilessly taunting them whenever they fail. Stop me if you've heard this one before...and you might well have done. Tower of Heaven actually came out last year as a downloadable title, but now Askiisoft have ported their taxing masterpiece into Flash so you can enjoy it in your coffee breaks too.
The aim is simple: climb to the top of the tower by busting through a number of mini levels within the time limit. You'll never need to worry about the time limit though, mainly because you'll die long before you run out of time. You see the invisible, yet strikingly vocal, owner of the tower in question isn't too happy about your antics and, in amongst all of the threatening spinning saws and spikes that jump out of the ground just before you land on the tile in question, he/she/it decides to come up with a whole bunch of rules that become more and more oppressive as you continue.
First there are tiles that you can't land on. Then tiles you can't touch from the side. Then you'll find yourself desperately trying to time a jump over some spikes onto a platform that could dissolve you if not displaying the right colour, all the while attempting to dodge a butterfly that threatens to smite you with lightning if you touch it. You step back to the left, only to remember that one of the rules was you couldn't go back and so you're zapped into dust from the heavens.
It's a fiendish game, one that will have you in tears later on, but somehow it's all worth it if you can get to the stairs at the end of each level. It becomes a matter of personal pride, helped by the fact that the tower's host will take every opportunity to berate and insult you. The sounds and sights are perfect too, the game painted in the washed-out green/grey of the original Game Boy and sprinkled with music that walks the tightrope between insanely catchy and crazily irritating.
It's a brilliant little game...one that you'll grow to love almost as much as you hate.