I put a shit load of quarters into this game. I'll be getting it .
Released a couple days ago. Both the old arcade beat-em-up classics with online multiplayer and HD graphics scaling. Price is a touch money-grabby at 15$, but I've spent 15$ on waaaaay worse things.
Also works flawlessly with Xbox controllers and arcade sticks. Had a complete nostalgia bomb until like 3am with it last night and my old SSF4 stick.
I put a shit load of quarters into this game. I'll be getting it .
Must be a nostalgia thing. That trailer didn't do anything for me.
i remember when me and a friend found Tower of doom at our local arcade. We played it joining a game started by other 2 players and got up to the dragon's lair / Beholder maze choice. At the time we were almost out of coins so when the game kept telling us "this choice is fucking dungerous. dont be crazy" we took the maze choice and promised to come back and do it with 2 more friends. So 2 days later we organized this 4 nerds joint play. Consider we were pretty much new, with just 2 of us having actually played it once. So, we struggled a lot and wasted a lot of coins in stupid deads, but kept going hoping to finish it. We finally reach and dragon/beholder fork and we decide to go for it. I'll never forget the "oh fuck" face of my friends when that fucking huge thing flew on the screen. The very first thing it did was.....firebreath us all to death. We laughed like idiots. God that fight was brutal
Last edited by fucker; 06-21-2013 at 11:55 AM.
Great arcade game. Way ahead of its time.
Wow. Never played the game but it looks pretty fucking sweet.
hmm, 15 bucks to maybe play it with other people online, or 0 bucks to just fire it up on MAME again. I will admit that the ancient red dragon in Tower of Doom was fucking amazing and probably one of the biggest quarter siphons in the history of arcade games.
I never had the arcade budget to ever play it too much (parents hated me doing the arcades - so they'd always give me my allowance completely away from when I'd hit the mall until I was driving myself but never saw this machine once I was driving anymore [lived in the boonies though]) but loved the little bit I screwed with it with the $1-2 at a time I had back in the day, grabbing this for the wife and I soonish.
hopefully this will be 4$ on the summer sale.
Are people playing this game online so other people can join? A little hesitant buying this if I'm going to be playing by myself. ;x
Looks a bit like Golden Axe, me thinks. What's the word?
If you just mean the games themselves, I think fucker isn't too far off saying they're two of the best arcade games ever, I'd definitely place them in the top ten. I'd say they play a bit like a slightly more modern Golden Axe, yeah.
It's Golden Axe on super steroids. And yes the multiplayer is active; you can join a public game in seconds all hours of the day.
I'm not even sure that's the proper volleyball term for jumping like a gazelle next-and-up-to the net and hitting the arch-like-trajectory-traveling ball in a forceful and decidedly downward direction and-also-sending-whoever-tried-to-catch-that-smash-flying-like-a-crumpet-fresh-out-of-the-toaster. But yeah. I'd totally pay $15,000 for a steam multiplayer copy of that too.
Last edited by Azziane; 06-21-2013 at 11:35 PM.
WTF that looks like the best game ever and it's how old!?
Here I thought ToD was going to be doomed to a subpar EMU. This is the first remake I feel I can endorse. Can't wait to finish this trip and pull the trigger.
They were released on Sega Saturn too and it was so 2D intensive that you had to have a video memory extension cartridge to play!
Man, I'm completely shocked that there are people that didn't play the shit out of these games growing up. Once more local arcade closed the best part about going to Six Flags was that I could play Tower of Doom there.
I've spent a good portion of my life in arcades back in the day and I've never seen this game.
I think I played a knock off version years ago... Or something similar. This style of game was one of my all-time favs growing up. Played the shit out of Golden Axe, TMNT and The X-Men versions. Will be picking this up soon.
As a side note, I actually beat X-Men and TMNT at an arcade place just outside of Denver when I was a kid. Place was call Boardwalk USA, and they let you play all day for 11 bucks (had a card swiping system). It was a few doors down from Casa Bonita. Loved going there. Place let me beat sooo many games thanks to not running out of quarters.
It's also the first place I played MK 1 when it came out. Man, I miss that place.
In Tower of Doom you could play as a Warrior, Cleric, Dwarf and Elf following the old D&D rules. No AD&D extravaganza here
Shadow of Mystaria added the Mage and Rogue class and the ability to have 2 players playing the same class using a different looking character (cleric and mage had also a different spell list between the characters)
Even if Tower of Doom has been a incredibly innovative game for an arcade of this genre, with loot search and equipment to buy and use, it was much more simple and linear to play that Shadow over Mystara
SoM was an absolutely fantastic game, with dozen of different paths and choices to make, equipment to use and spells to collect. (if you played as mage/cleric/elf you actually had 4 rotating menus to select and use for all the stuff you had. It was not easy). How effectively you play also had impact on your abilities, since at the later stages, if you dont get enought experience, you won't have access to high level spells like meteor swarm, or the Ultimate Magic
Hell, i have player it for dozen of times and i'm sure i have not seen all of it
So, I downloaded it and there is "Multiplayer -> Quick Match, Join Game," etc and then there's "Arcade Mode". Is Arcade Mode also multiplayer, starting from level 1? Or do you play solo?
Arcade mode is for solo or local multiplayer (which is epic fun btw, convince friends to bring over xbox controllers). Online if you want to start from chapter one then you'll want to create your own game and open it to the public so you can start from where ever you want.
I know the local arcade never had the DnD games, but I definitely played them on an arcade box before I ever discovered mame.
Do they sell actual arcade-like controllers? I'm talking heavy duty platform type with a stick and large buttons I can slam and mash like a crazy person.
Was there much or any extra content added for these re-releases? Seems a high price tag for what is basically only a few hours of gameplay. I loved both of these games in their day, but still, it's maybe 3 hours for both games combined?
What year (-ish) are we talking about here? I played a shit load of arcades and never saw this.
Mid 90's. There was a unit in every arcade in my area, at least.
I was playing:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
amd some warrior / wizard game that I sunk a lot of money into. I'm starting to think maybe there are old arcade emulators out there.
Tower of Doom was 93, Shadow over Mystara was 96.
Friend was having his 12th birthday party and we went to this 3 story video arcade and go cart track. Everyone brought some cash and his parents bought like $100 in tokens. We messed around half the day on go carts and what amounted to a driving simulator, which ate up the majority of our tokenage. Eventually I lose track of the other three guys. Later, I come around a corner and see this freakin huge machine set up then end of a bank of machines. It was this game and all three friends were playing. They yell at me to get over there quick and jump in. I picked the human fighter, since he was the only one left.
We spent the rest of the time at the arcade on this game. It took a bit to figure out the best combos and when to use each characters specials, and we were constantly discussing how to advance each character or who should pick up the mana vials and health pots ect.
We mash our way through some mountains and a swamp with a black dragon. Eventually work our way into a mountain and out onto this bridge that spans a chasm. Then this giant of a red dragon swoops over the screen and just starts laying waste to us. We were getting low on quarters at this point and everyone kept "standing in the fire", until finally we were just out of money and dead. Except me.
The dragon was pretty low on health at this point. I had managed to get fairly good at dodging the breath attacks, but was still getting beat up pretty hard. So it comes right down to it, I have no tokens left and like a quarter life and it looks like I am going to get blasted for good when I used a consumable I think, was a potion bomb or throwing knife or something really weeny, but it does the trick and you can't even hear the dragon's death roar because my friends are jumping up and down and yelling so much. There was even some applause from a few onlookers.
So my friend's dad had been watching us and was standing next to a token machine. When he sees that the dragon is dead he's just like... "oh well now you gotta finish it." I am trying to stall for as long as possible at the next screen, was it a path choice or a vendor... can't remember. But I think every screen had a timer on it. So they are all rushing to get at least a single token to hop back in.
Anyways we plowed our way to the end and actually finished the damn thing. The last fight is in no way, shape, or form fair. Was a lich that kept floating around the screen spamming aoe magic attacks. It amounted to a zerg fest for us I think. Still it was an awesome time and easily one of the best arcade memories I have.
Last edited by Pancreas; 06-24-2013 at 09:53 PM.
You must not remember it very well if you think the Lich was a harder fight than the Ancient Red Dragon.
It doesn't seem like there are a lot of games running, but I started a new game of Tower of Doom and before I finished the first level I had 4 players in it.
If anyone wants to play and find some of the special stuff like wyrmslayer add me on PSN (chickennachos) and msg me
you should also edit your post and remove that heretical mention of mana vials.....while talking about a D&D based game.....fucking diablo kiddies.....
but seriously, the lich is way easier than the red dragon, and probably the hardest fight of both games. in Shadow over Mystara you fight 2 of them, another red dragon and the final boss, but with all the new toys, abilities and spells you can actually kill both much faster. Hell, just spamming the "uber oil potions" can bring them down to half life
another damn hard fight is the 3rd "big ass sword" demon, and the white elf/dark elf fight....fucking ninjas
I remember this one too, but can't find a working ROM of it for mame. I guess i'll wait for it to be cheaper on steam.
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