Today I sampled a 2016 retro sci-fi game called THE DEADLY TOWER OF MONSTERS that pays humorous tribute to such classics as King Kong, Flash Gordon, Planet of the Apes, Forbidden Planet, and the stop-action animation of Ray Harryhausen.

This top-down shooter plays like a 1970s B-movie that’s been re-released on DVD. A “director’s commentary” offers gameplay narration that lampoons video game and sci-fi cliches, while we “watch” (play) the adventures of space explorer Dick Starspeed and the mysterious Scarlet Nova.

Buy for PS4

I’m not usually a fan of isometric button-mashers, but as someone who grew up with science fiction movies and who writes science fiction, I loved this game.

The demo was free on PS4 but I may have to buy the full game, which is available on PS4 and PC. Rated “T” for teens. Price: $14.99 (as of 10/10/2017).

~ J.L. Hilton

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