Little Tower

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Little Tower

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Developer Verhille Arnaud
Publisher Verhille Arnaud
Published 2000-09-??
Platforms Apple I
Genres Adventure, Text adventure
Themes Horror
Distribution Freeware, Open source

Little Tower is a very short horror-themed text adventure developed and published by Verhille Arnaud for the Apple I in September 2000. It was written in 6502 assembly and released as open source. Based on the version number, the game is not complete, and, based on the date, it never will be.

Personal

Own?No. This game was never sold.
Won?Yes.
Finished2022-09-20.

I played the game to better familiarize myself with Apple I software not realizing this was a modern game written for a retro computer. I beat the game on my second attempt after only a few minutes.

Review

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Best Version: Apple I

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • As far as text adventures on the Apple I go, this is your only option.

Bad

  • The game doesn't give very useful responses to bad entries. If you type a command that is invalid or a word is unrecognized, you just get a blank line.
  • The commands LOOK and EXAMINE, although they sound like they would do the same thing, actually do different things. LOOK repeats the room description, while EXAMINE is used to look closely at objects within the room. I found this confusing when I first played the game as it doesn't fit with normal text adventure conventions.
  • In order to mimic text adventures of the platform's era, death is always swift and unexpected.
  • The dialogue suffers from Engrish.

Ugly

  • If you know what you're doing, you can beat the game in a few seconds. If it's your first time, still only a few minutes. There are only a couple inventory puzzles and just six rooms. The game has more potential, but it was never finished.

Media

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Download

Little Tower was released as open source, so I'm including it here.

Representation

Strong female character?FailThere are no female characters.
Bechdel test?FailThere are no female characters.
Strong person of color character?FailThere are no non-white characters.
Queer character?FailThere are no queer characters.

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