One of my most favorite Apogee games, Mystic Towers is a charming game that combines action, puzzles, and even a bit of strategy into an engrossing whole. Information from Lon Matero's excellent fanpage says it all: "[The story:] Baron Baldric receives a deputation from the Rim Village asking to rid the Lazarine Tower from the evil monsters inside and to restore the peace. Baron decides to enter the "Mystic Towers" and fulfill the villagers' requests.|
Mystic Towers has two modes of play: Apprentice Mode and Wizard Mode. Each has different floor and room layouts making almost a completely different game. Apprentice mode focuses on killing monsters and using spells. Wizard Mode includes harder monsters and harder puzzles. Two towers are located in each conquered province (or episode). Near Rimm Village (shareware episode) there is Rimm Tower (Apprentice Mode) and Rimm Fortress (Wizard Mode). You have to complete Rimm Tower as an 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) levels. Remember 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 in each tower with around nine rooms on each floor. Floors are connected with ladders, and it is possible to move up and down between them. Baron usually works from the bottom up, so kill all the monsters on one floor before moving on. Once you've taken care of the Monster Generator, go back to the start room to exit. There are a total of thirty monsters 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