Leaked Pandora's Tower information + impressions.

#1 Posted by Icemael (6800 posts) -

Someone posted Pandora's Tower impressions in his blog. They were swiftly taken down, but Andriasang have the details:

As previously detailed, Pandora's Tower puts players in control of Ende, who's out to rid his friend Ceres of a curse that threatens to slowly turn her into beast form. In the comments in some of our past stories, some have remarked that Ceres is quite the cutie. Well don't expect that to last! Apparently, when you see Ceres in the game, she'll begin to assume beastlike properties, looking quite pathetic according to the blogger.

The action component gave the writer the impression of Zelda, possibly because Ende uses a sword and chain, but also because the fields have a puzzle component to them. Also, the chain reminded the writer of Zelda's hook shot.

The chain is used here by aiming and firing with the Wiimote. It appears to be quite a versatile item. Joining your sword, you can use it to attack enemies. You can also use it to swing from spot to spot, grab enemies and swing them around, and move switches. The chain is also used to grab the flesh off beasts, which the writer says looks a bit grotesque.

Ceres has to eat the beast meat Ende recovers for her in order to cure her curse. Interestingly, the characters in the game are of a race of non meat eaters. Poor Ceres.

What happens if you don't get Ceres her much needed beast flesh in time? The writer says that it seems she might transform too far into beast form. Based off the impressions, though, it's unclear if this is part of the story or if there's actually a time limit in the stage and exceeding this time limit will bring up a game over screen showing Ceres turn into a beast.

The game will apparently have multiple endings. You'll be able to make some sort of selections as you play, leading to different endings. (Hopefully one takes Ceres back to her original cute form).

We already knew most of this and what's new isn't exactly mind-blowing, but it sounds like the combat could be pretty cool.
#2 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -

Interesting stuff!  I'm hoping Nintendo sees fit to release this internationally.

#3 Posted by SuperWristBands (2281 posts) -

This does sound pretty cool.

#4 Posted by Contro (2346 posts) -

Pandora's Tower - Second Trailer

#5 Posted by Icemael (6800 posts) -

It's confirmed that there'll be a time limit on the "beastification". Link.

andriasang said:
To fight the curse, you must obtain the flesh of beasts that you encounter in the various towers that serve as the game's stages. By eating the flesh, Ceres can dampen the effects of the curse. 

As you play, you can see the current state of the curse through a circular gauge in the lower left corner of the screen. When this empties completely, the game ends.

The real prize is the flesh of the tower masters who lay deep within each tower. However, the effects of the curse can also be temporarily reversed with the flesh of the smaller servant creatures that roam the towers. If you observe the curse gauge approaching zero, you'll want to take temporary leave of the tower to go feed your friend.
Kind of a bummer. I really don't like time limits in games.

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