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Pandora's Tower (Wii)

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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.5
Overall MobyScore (2 votes) 4.5


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90
God is a Geek
Minor issues with camera and visuals aside, there is no arguing with the fact this is one of the most original gaming experiences you can have with the Wii. It seems almost ludicrous that a challenging, thematically dark title of this ilk has received a release over here, but you won’t find me complaining. I have trotted out similar statements before, but I will do so again by saying what a shame it is that it has taken so long for developers to put the console to good use. Ganbarion have provided one of the more memorable action role players in recent times; and without having the HD pizazz and processing muscle of other platforms. It is my hope going forward that Nintendo continues to publish left-field games, and does so from the get-go, rather than making us wait longer than it takes for Elena to sprout a set of terrifyingly Lovecraftian tentacles.
90
Gamereactor (Finland)
Pandora's Tower on silti kokonaisuutena mainio seikkailupeli, joka ansaitsee paikkansa Wiin rinnalla. Vanhassa kumppanissa riittää vielä puhtia peleihin, jotka pesevät tunnelmallaan ja suunnittelullaan monet teräväpiirtosisarustensa tekeleet. Pandora's Tower on matka muinaiseen maailmaan, jossa mitään ei selitetä kädestä pitäen. Mikäli tällainen kiinnostaa, kannattaa peli ehdottomasti kaapata kokoelmiin.
90
Jeuxvideo.com
Quelle surprise ! Alors que les yeux des fans de action/RPG sur Wii étaient encore tournés vers Xenoblade Chronicles et The Last Story, Pandora's Tower vient nous coller une gigantesque gifle qui pourrait bien laisser des traces. Sous ses apparences mièvres de prime abord, il cache une aventure follement émouvante qui touche directement aux sentiments et à la perception de l'autre. Parfois glauque et inquiétant, il met parfaitement le gameplay au service d'un conte à ne pas mettre entre toutes les mains, pour ceux qui savent lire entre les lignes...
85
4Players.de
An die Monumentalität eines Xenoblade Chronicles mag Pandora's Tower nicht ganz heranreichen, trotzdem erlebt man in der abgeschiedenen Turmwelt ein spannendes und bewegendes Abenteuer, durch das der Geist großer Vorbilder wie Castlevania, Zelda oder Shadow of the Colossus weht. Mit einem Damoklesschwert über dem Kopf erklimmt man imposante Bauten, überwindet trickreiche Hindernisse und bestreitet packende Zweikämpfe - mal laut und brachial, mal leise und geheimnisvoll. Man pendelt zwischen Beutejagd und Beziehungspflege, zwischen Abscheu und Hoffnung. Und auch wenn es mit der Zeit zu Wiederholungen und Abnutzungserscheinungen kommt, Helenas und Aerons Leidensweg motiviert bis zum Schluss, der sehr unterschiedlich ausfallen kann.
83
RPGFan
A well-crafted dungeon crawler with incredibly interesting and well-implemented gameplay mechanics.
82
Multiplayer.it
Pandora's Tower rappresenta tutto quello che si dovrebbe pretendere da un piccolo sviluppatore giapponese. Idee, sensazioni, fascino ma soprattutto coraggio nel proporre tipologie di gameplay orientate a una nicchia di utenti, che sappia stupire senza mai stancare e anzi coinvolgere emotivamente videogiocatori vogliosi di prodotti che siano unici e che lascino quindi un segno. Grazia e unicità rispetto all'attuale offerta videoludica sono i punti chiavi di un titolo che farà senza dubbio breccia nei cuori di chi si lascerà catturare da una bellissima, e molto singolare, storia d'amore.
80
Nintendo-Online.de
„Pandora's Tower“ polarisiert. Wer es nicht schafft, sich auf die Charaktere und deren tragische Geschichte einzulassen, wird die Wiimote schnell verständnislos zur Seite legen. Wer jedoch genug Empathie besitzt und sich in Aeron wiedererkennen kann, wird eine emotionale Achterbahnfahrt erleben, die vor allem durch ihren angenehm ruhigen Ton besticht. Leider verschenkten die Entwickler von Ganbarion aber stellenweise unnötig viel Potential. Aerons Abenteuer hätte zweifelsfrei das Zeug dazu gehabt, als Wii-Meilenstein ein absolutes Highlight der letzten Jahre zu markieren. Durch viele Detailschnitzer auf hohem Niveau bleibt der Aufstieg in die Königsklasse jedoch verwehrt. Wer aber abseits des Videospiel-Mainstreams auf der Suche nach anspruchsvoller Unterhaltung ist, sollte „Pandora's Tower“ unbedingt eine Chance geben. Alle anderen übrigens auch.
80
GamezGeneration
Pandora’s Tower dürfte der letzte richtig große Titel sein, der noch für die Wii erscheint. Und Pandora’s Tower ist ein gelungener Schwanengesang für Nintendos bislang erfolgreichste Videospielkonsole, die das Medium vollends aus der Nische des Nerd-Krams katapultiert hat. Das Action-Rollenspiel erzählt die Geschichte eines Liebespaares, das in guten wie auch in schlechten Tagen zu einander hält. Es geht um zwei Menschen, die für einander da sind, die sich Sorgen um den anderen machen und bereit sind, für ihn einzustehen. Auch wenn sich das Gameplay auf die Dauer doch wiederholt, kann das Spiel insgesamt überzeugen. Wii-Besitzer sollten sich Pandora’s Tower nicht entgehen lassen, vielleicht ja sogar in der Special Edition. Zusammen mit The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Xenoblade Chronicles und The Last Story bietet Pandora’s Tower auf die alten Tage der Wii noch mal richtig viel Anreiz, mit Nintendos Konsole in fantastischen Welten mitreißende Abenteuer zu erleben.
80
Jeuxvideo.fr
On peut dire que Pandora's Tower est un jeu à la fois surprenant et original. Il tire son épingle du jeu en reprenant quelques classiques du RPG, mais la profonde portée émotionnelle du titre en fait une aventure intéressante et prenant aux tripes. Sa durée de vie (facilement 20h de jeu si vous êtes du genre explorateur), son scénario et son univers riche nous font oublier le côté linéaire de l'aventure. La profondeur des personnages (surtout Elena) nous donne une sensation de proximité et d'attachement à ces derniers, parfois un peu oubliée sur d'autres titres. En somme, une aventure riche aussi bien au niveau du gameplay que de l'expérience humaine, à consommer sans modération.
80
Nintendo Difference
Les yeux rivés sur Xenoblade Chronicles et The Last Story, Pandora’s Tower est un jeu que l’on n’attendait pas forcément, du moins à l’époque de sa sortie japonaise. À la croisée du Dungeon-RPG et du jeu d’action/aventure à la Zelda, il propose un gameplay de très bonne facture, tout en s’appuyant sur un scénario fort et émouvant. Il est simplement dommage que quelques petites inconsistances viennent ternir la puissance de l’aventure.
80
Meristation
Pandora’s Tower es un juego de rol y acción capaz de mezclar con soltura los templos con puzles de The Legend of Zelda, la acción de Castlevania y la historia del héroe solitario en busca del remedio para rescatar a su amada de Shadow of the Colossus. Cada torre te hará recordar otras obras brillantes del videojuego gracias a sus retos, difíciles en ocasiones, para obtener la carne que alimenta a la bestia interior de Helena. Su apartado técnico cuidado se ajusta a lo que puede ofrecer Wii a partir de una arquitectura única para cada torre. Todo por el amor ciego de dos jóvenes malditos para cerrar el catálogo de juegos de rol japoneses exclusivos de Wii antes de la llegada de su sucesora.
80
Vandal Online
Una aventura de acción que no comete grandes errores, pero que tampoco contiene grandes aciertos y elementos que sorprendan, a poco que hayas jugado muchos juegos este tipo, pero que tiene su encanto. Y más en el estado actual de Wii, para la que apenas salen nuevos títulos, lo que le hace más imprescindible de lo que debería. Complejo y desafiante, aunque con carencias, teniendo claro lo que ofrece, es muy recomendable. Posiblemente sea una de la últimas grandes aventuras de Wii, y viene a redondear más si cabe un catálogo mucho mejor de lo que algunos quieren creer, lleno de apetecibles títulos exclusivos.
80
Everyeye.it
Pandora’s Tower, pur denunciando tutti i limiti di uno sviluppo probabilmente con basso budget, conclude bene lo storico trittico che, insieme a Xenoblade e The Last Story, ha graziato il Nintendo Wii nei suoi ultimi mesi di vita. Non ci troviamo di fronte ad una perla memorabile, vista la struttura di gioco del tutto ordinaria, sulla quale gravano poi alcuni piccoli difetti, ma di certo ad una buona produzione che riesce, in maniera onesta e genuina, a fare il proprio lavoro: divertire. Il rapporto tra Aeron ed Elena rappresenta però qualcosa di speciale, per come cattura il giocatore e per l’impatto che ha sui finali, molteplici. Sicuramente la miglior produzione di Ganbarion, e non è detto che in futuro, con una maggior supporto da parte di Nintendo, questo team non posso fare ancora meglio.
80
Gameblog.fr
Quoi de plus alléchant qu'un action-rpg qui applique à la fois les recettes de Zelda, de Rygar et des Castlevania modernes. Dans un monde uniquement composés de donjons, Pandora's Tower raconte l'histoire d'Aeron, parti chasser des bestioles féroces dont il arrachera les cœurs pour les donner à sa petite amie atteinte d'une malédiction. Ca a l'air dégueulasse comme ça et c'est bien le cas. Nintendo surprend une fois de plus avec un jeu old school jusqu'aux bordures de ses corniches mais sombre comme un conte qu'on raconte aux enfants pour leur faire peur. Souvent dégoutant, agréablement minimaliste, terriblement ambigüe et fascinant tout le temps... Du Nintendo pur sucre des années 2010.
80
The Telegraph
With an excellent time-management mechanic, some great dungeon design and an emotive love story at its heart, Pandora's Tower is an action-RPG well worth checking out.
80
Spazio Games
Pandora's Tower è un apprezzabilissimo esperimento che forse ha pagato l'inesperienza del team di sviluppo per emergere al di sopra della massa e affermarsi qualitativamente in tutti i settori. Se da una parte abbiamo una storia ben raccontata e un gameplay non innovativo ma decisamente impegnativo e profondo, dall'altra c'è un comparto tecnico che non rende giustizia alle capacità della console, oltre a evidenziare problemi con sporadici cali di frame rate. Tuttavia, gli appassionati dei giochi di ruolo orientali e del genere action/adventure troveranno pane per i loro denti sperando che Nintendo non abbandoni la saga per un futuro, in teoria, esaltante.
80
Eurogamer.de
Auch wenn Pandora´s Tower nicht so frisch und motivierend wie The Last Story und Xenoblade Chronicles daher kommt, so kann die dramaturgisch geschickt inszenierte Suche nach dem Monsterfleisch spielerisch doch überzeugen: Habt ihr euch erstmal auf Helenas Rettung eingelassen, dann werdet ihr die auch bis zu einem der zahlreichen verschiedenen Enden durchziehen.
80
Eurogamer.es
Pandora's Tower es muy buen juego, una aventura con un planteamiento bastante original y con mucha personalidad. Tiene un argumento interesante, puzles cada vez más desafiantes y elementos de rol que enriquecen mucho la experiencia de juego. En ciertos aspectos es mejorable, pero sus virtudes pesan más que sus defectos, sobre todo gracias a unas mazmorras muy bien diseñadas que suponen un gran reto para el jugador. El ciclo de Wii está llegando a su fin, pero la consola sigue recibiendo juegos notables con los que engrosar su fantástico catálogo.
80
Eurogamer.se
Aerons jakt på kärlek och lycka har kanske fler hinder än normalt, men hans äventyr i kärlekens namn och hans vilja att göra precis vad som helst för den han älskar är ett universellt tema som berättas på ett snyggt sätt. Med minnesvärda bossfighter, en snygg visuell stil och ett underbart musikspår är Pandora's Tower en trevlig resa mot det mytiska sagomålet 'och så levde de lyckliga i alla sina dagar'.
80
Gamereactor International
In the end, Pandora's Tower is a laudable title with real depth, perfect for those who want to experience an adventure more accessible than The Last Story or Xenoblade Chronicles.
80
WiiDSFrance
On ne le dira jamais assez : pour son premier titre original, Ganbarion frappe fort ! Explorer des tours pour sauver une demoiselle n'aura jamais été aussi grisant, même s'il faut l'avouer, le concept de base laissait entrevoir un jeu très répétitif… Il n'en est rien finalement, la direction artistique, le level design, le background crée pour l'occasion ainsi que la relation Aeron-Elena donnant naissance à une aventure très fun et accessible dans les tours, dérangeante voir même choquante pour peu que vous arriviez très en retard à l'Observatoire. Un partenariat qui surprend d'ailleurs, Nintendo n'ayant pas pour habitude de proposer des jeux aussi " dark " : les fans de The Last Story se rappelleront du différend entre Big N et Mistwalker vis-à-vis du scénario jugé trop sombre… Une nouvelle licence qu'on aimerait bien revoir un jour… Sur Wii U peut-être ? En attendant, ne passez pas à côté de cette exclusivité, vous pourriez le regretter !
80
Cubed3
Many will look at Pandora’s Tower as being the weakest of the three Wii RPGs, with Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story easily making Ganbarion and Nintendo’s effort seem unworthy of attention. However, such a judgement would be unjust, since this Action RPG takes a totally different slant, offering an almost 3D Castlevania and Metroid feel to proceedings, mixing in a pleasant love story and a brilliantly smooth battle system that will widen its appeal. Pandora’s Tower certainly can stand proud amongst its fellow genre stablemates.
80
Eurogamer.net (UK)
It's somewhat poetic that after five years of hit-and-miss waggling, we're only just starting to see core games that implement motion controls in seamless ways rather than being smothered by them, and this is exactly what Pandora's Tower achieves. It's a slightly old-school adventure with a vibe reminiscent of Castlevania (especially the PlayStation 2 sequels). But while those games under-delivered on a compelling world with a consistent structure, Pandora's Tower will draw you in and make you care. Maybe not enough to save it from a tiger or a burning building, but you'd probably remember its existence when it came to claiming on the house insurance.
80
GameSpot
Pandora's Tower melds together some interesting mechanics into a brilliant whole. When put together, the different aspects create an excellent, melancholy adventure that combines the joy of exploration and discovery with an unusual combat system and a wonderful central love story. It's a great journey even on the surface level, and the more you put into it, the more it rewards you.
80
Factornews
La Wii a décidément une fin de vie très digne. Perfectible à tous points de vue, Pandora's Tower n’en reste pas moins original et très enthousiasmant. Le jeu prend aux tripes grâce à un gameplay d’une richesse et d’une profondeur jamais vues sur Wii, et à une ambiance unique.
79
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Pandora's Tower rijmt niet alleen het macabere met het romantische, deze oerdegelijke RPG bewijst ook dat motion controls en adventure gameplay niet met elkaar moeten vloeken.
79
GamingXP
Positiv dagegen wirkt sich dagegen die Inszenierung aus. Mit geschickten Elementen wird der Spieler zum Grübeln gebracht und Dank der Story immer mehr gefesselt. Schade nur, dass die wenigen Türme nicht allesamt individuell wirken, ebenso wie die Standardgegner. „Pandora's Tower“ hat so einige Schwächen, doch der wunderschöne Soundtrack, die manchmal recht groteske Atmosphäre sowie die dynamische Beziehung zu Helena machen Spaß, wenn auch nicht auf eine besonders anspruchsvolle Art. Wer unter Zeitdruck nicht arbeiten bzw. spielen kann, wird vermutlich wenig Spaß haben. Alle anderen erwartet ein obskures, kurzweiliges Abenteuer.
78
3D Juegos
Esta aventura con toques de RPG guarda ciertos paralelismos con la obra de Konami Castlevania, lo cual supone un gran aliciente debido a la calidad y carisma de ésta última franquicia. Pandora's Tower es un título muy bien diseñado y claramente enfocado al público más hardcore de Wii, dada su compleja mecánica y ajustadísimo nivel de dificultad. Los que esperaran un juego de rol en estado puro como pudiera ser el sobresaliente Xenoblade Chronicles quedarán algo decepcionados, pero el resto de usuarios de Wii pueden considerarse como unos privilegiados de seguir disfrutando de títulos en exclusiva de semejante envergadura.
78
gamrReview
In some ways Pandora's Tower is actually the best of the three Wii JRPGs making their way to the West. Narrowing the focus down to just a handful of characters makes for properly fleshed-out, developed relationships, and the battle system has a uniquely Zelda-inspired flavor that makes for fun puzzles and boss fights. JRPG fans should definitely give Pandora's Tower a look; maybe you can even treat Elena well enough to get the perfect ending that I was never able to achieve.
76
NGamer
(1) You could waste days rattling off its technical shortcomings, but this an easy game to forgive. Strict time limits and a great weapon makes this more than just Zelda For Dummies. (2) This isn't exactly Wii's God Of War, but it's not a bad little diversion. Good bosses, some rudimentary exploration and a girl who's part slug. Fleshy, low-budget import fun.
75
GamerGen
En conclusion, Pandora's Tower est un bon jeu, mais c'est aussi le genre de jeu où nous pourrions dire que ça aurait pu être mieux. Mis à part ses graphismes qui peuvent décevoir et ses musiques très limitées, il possède beaucoup de points forts. L'histoire est bonne et le gameplay est sympa sans trop être compliqué. Il est aussi un peu plus ardu que ses compères Xenoblade Chronicles et The Last Story, du fait qu'il y a un timer dans les donjons concernant la transformation d'Elena, ce qui vous oblige à être très attentif sans trop tarder.
75
GamesCollection
Pandora's Tower è senza dubbio un esperimento più che discreto da parte del gruppo Ganbarion, ma purtroppo gli è mancata l'esperienza di un Team esperto e, per quanto mi riguarda, anche la semplice supervisione di qualche personaggio importante. Graficamente si presenta bene, ma con i soliti problemi dovuti al Wii, console ormai obsoleta per quanto riguarda la potenza...ma lo era già in partenza. Tante idee, ma poco sfruttate ed una struttura di gioco troppo monotona rovinano quel tanto di buono che è stato fatto. Il gameplay è davvero ben solido e con comandi molto semplici da apprendere ed anche il combattimento con i Magister risulta avvincente, peccato quindi per questo piccolo problema. Il gioco lo potrete finire in poco più di venti ore, un lasso di tempo più che buono se non fosse che già dopo le prime dieci potreste stancarvi. Sarò anche ripetitivo ma è purtroppo questa l'impressione che mi ha fatto questo gioco.
75
Nintendojo
As I said at the beginning, this is a game full of gambles, and most don’t pay off the way you might expect. There are as many triumphs as there are failures, and it’s almost like it’s cursed by its own design. It certainly won’t be to everyone’s tastes– you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it– but if you can look past its flaws, there’s still plenty of enjoyment to be found underneath.
75
XGN
Ganbarion maakt met Pandora’s Tower duidelijk dat het een studio is met goede ideeën en een intrigerende visie. Dat blijkt wel uit de interessante verhaalvertelling en geslaagde baasgevechten. Pandora’s Tower maakt echter ook duidelijk dat de ontwikkelaar nog niet de benodigde ervaring heeft om de ware potentie van de titel tot zijn recht te laten komen, aangezien het mede door het vlakke vechtsysteem en af en toe tegenstribbelende camera nauwelijks weet te imponeren om gameplay-gebied. Dat maakt dit een goed spel voor liefhebbers van een goed verhaal en een uitdagend baasgevecht, maar een mindere dungeon crawler.
75
NZGamer
That said, the developing relationship between Aeron and Elena is a truly enjoyable one, and it is interesting to watch how the flashbacks Elena gets after eating the Master flesh start to shed light on the mystery of why she was cursed in the first place. It is this developing relationship, answers to the mystery of Elena’s curse, and the player’s interest in both, that ultimately redeems this title from something other than a standard dungeon crawler.
75
MMGN
Pandora’s Tower is far from perfect, but ranks highly among other core titles which have seen release as the Wii’s life cycle comes to an end. Sub-par visuals and a few restrictions on exploration make progressing through the game hard to stomach at times, however a few compelling plot twists along with a meaningful connection between the player and characters make it completely worth playing from beginning to end.
70
Legendra
Pandora’s Tower surprend. Par la façon dont il aborde ses thématiques, par sa visuelle et son ambiguïté. Il pêche toutefois lorsqu’il s’agit de scénario pur et dur mais compense par un background d’acier et un aspect sim-dating fort appréciable, bien que redondant. Quand il s’agit de gameplay, Pandora’s Tower n’évite pas certains écueils comme le manque de maniabilité à la wiimote, malgré le travail de finition remarquable et l’indéniable richesse des donjons. Mais finalement on se souviendra surtout des boss particulièrement épiques, d’une histoire d’amour assez touchante et d’une regrettable répétitivité.
70
JeuxActu
Couillu, c’est le bon qualificatif pour le dernier projet de Ganbarion. Malheureusement, Pandora’s Tower, malgré ce menu à la fois sanglant et appétissant, semble tout faire pour ne pas apporter de confort de jeu. Si les éléments de RPG apportent une certaine profondeur et que l’utilisation variée de la chaîne reste une excellente idée, la caméra sans cesse aux fraises et les problèmes de précisions jouent contre le plaisir ludique. De multiples fins justifient pourtant l’implication, tout comme le destin romantique des deux héros, mais les nombreux clous semés sur les pas du joueurs arrêteront les plus résistants. Pas une mauvaise expérience, loin de là, mais une pièce de Liszt jouée sur un piano mal accordé.
70
Games.cz
Vyspělé RPG, které trápí slabší technická stránka, opakující se situace a příliš rychlý respawn příšer. Pokud se přes problémy přenesete, odmění vás hra sympatickou hratelností, dobře zpracovaným pohybovým ovládáním a hlavně emocionálním příběhem s pěti různými konci.
70
N-Europe
A very solid, fast-paced action romp with islands of greatness in a sea of repetitive combat. Still, there are surprisingly few better Castlevania alternatives on Wii to this day.
70
Official Nintendo Magazine
This is an average-to-good hack and slash that is unfortunately hobbled by some off-the-shelf RPG elements and a well-meaning - if ultimately tiresome - girlfriend management system. Pandora's Tower is well worth playing for its brilliant and inventive boss battles, arrestingly emotive moments of flesh-guzzling and for its stunning, amazingly varied scenery, but beware the tedious and generic hack-and-slash nature of the moments in between.
70
Eurogamer.it
Concludendo, è un vero peccato che un gioco dalla struttura così interessante, per quanto già vista, sia stato affidato ad un team di sviluppo ormai fossilizzato nello sviluppo di titoli su licenza. Nelle mani giuste forse sarebbe potuto diventare un titolo più completo e raffinato in ogni suo aspetto.
70
Eurogamer.pt
Pandora's Tower é o último grande jogo da Nintendo Wii. O ciclo desta consola chega ao fim com um jogo que reúne os elementos indispensáveis para agradar aos jogadores veteranos; ação através de comandos por movimentos, o que faz de Pandora's Tower um jogo apetecível. É curioso, de resto, como em três jogos, três produtoras conciliaram de forma diversa, original e com elementos distintos, comandos tradicionais - através de botões -, com comandos por movimentos. Xenoblade, Last Story e Pandora's Tower são únicos, distintos e bem materializados. Xenoblade é o mais saliente, capaz de impressionar só por pensarmos como coube tanto na Wii. Last Story reflecte o lado emocional e narrativo de H. Sakaguchi e Pandora's Tower marca pela sua vertente mais ofensiva, fechando em grande o ciclo de produção da Wii. Está encontrado o melhor triunvirato da geração e até nem seria mal pensado um pack com os três jogos para a Wii.
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Games TM
Between well-designed dungeons, thrilling boss battles and a compelling hook in Elena’s deteriorating condition, Pandora’s Tower is a unique treat for those still loyal to the Wii. The odd nose will probably be turned up at the repetitive nature of Aeron’s task, a couple more by the dating game influence and likely more still by the fixed camera angles that seem to be working against you much of the time. But for those that find their noses remain level, Ganbarion’s ambitious debut is a game that really begs (and deserves) to be loved. Pandora’s Tower really feels like a Castlevania game, only one with heart and soul like the Konami franchise has rarely enjoyed. It’s an odd fusion of action elements, RPG progression and relationship nurturing and while on paper that seems like it should end pretty terribly, the truth is that there are few better fits for the gap left after Skyward Sword’s completion.
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GamingUnion.net
Pandora's Tower goes some way towards continuing the Nintendo Wii's recent strength when it comes to RPGs, but it's held back by some poorly designed elements. While the chain makes the combat feel fresh and full of substance, the sword combat feels tired and a bit monotonous. Likewise, the game's graphics and other presentation elements bring things down a peg. But don't let that stand in your way, because behind these frailties lies a game with a very strong story to tell and some mechanics that will leave a lasting impression.
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IGN UK
Even given the irresistible pull of the narrative, Pandora’s Tower isn’t quite up to the standard of other recent Wii RPGs. Yet if at times it seems ugly, confused and repetitive, at others it’s creative, gripping and wonderfully atmospheric. Ganbarion’s game may be no classic, but like Nier, this is rich enough in ideas and narrative force to potentially become something of a cult favourite in years to come.
70
Nintendo Life
Pandora’s Tower delivers an involving resource and time-management RPG experience with an imaginative action and combat system. Its overall aesthetic, as well as its focus on a relationship between two characters, are bold design choices that work well as long as you’re willing to invest in the game world. It’s a pity that the experience, most notably the action segments that take up a large part of the 12-15 hour adventure, are partially undermined by technical failings: as a result it’s questionable whether many will engage in multiple playthroughs in pursuit of happier endings. This title has much to recommend it, as long as you’re willing to look beyond some of its faults.
60
Metro.co.uk
There are some clever ideas at work here, particularly the hero’s primary weapon, but a lack of gameplay refinement and bland storytelling fail to make the most of it.
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GameOver (Greece)
Το Pandora’s Tower είναι ένα παιχνίδι δράσης με προσωπικότητα και ορισμένες έξυπνες ιδέες σχεδόν σε όλους τους τομείς του, αλλά τα σχεδιαστικά λάθη της άπειρης Ganbarion ζημιώνουν σημαντικά τη συνολική εμπειρία. Εν κατακλείδι, αποτελεί μία χαμένη ευκαιρία, που οι κάτοχοι Wii αξίζει να δουν αποκλειστικά για το ενδιαφέρον σύστημα μάχης και τα boss fights.
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Gamereactor (Norway)
Jeg skulle så gjerne gitt Pandora's Tower en høyere karakter. Spillet føles både friskt og unikt, og både persondynamikken og bosskampene er svært underholdende. Dessverre hjelper det ikke når det hele blir ødelagt av den totale mangelen på kamerastyring og rotete kontroller. Om man ser bort fra dette er det likevel et håp om at Pandora's Tower ikke bare bringer ulykke til Wii-spillerne.
60
Edge
A little slicker, and Pandora’s Tower could have provided a surprisingly effective alternative in the character-action genre. Its blend of pointer controls and button-based combat begs to be further explored. But as it is, this a clunky action title – albeit one with a flicker of genuine emotion at its heart.
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RPGamer
Pandora's Tower can be completed with the S ending in around twenty hours, although some of the other endings do come sooner. Fortunately, if players do get an unsatisfactory ending the New Game plus is friendly enough to allow players to re-enter the story at any of the major points and keep their level and affection progress intact. There's a good amount of challenge in some puzzles and bosses but the game never gives off the impression of being impossible. In the end, Pandora's Tower looks to be more of a footnote in the history of the Wii. It's cast from a different mould than that of Xenoblade and The Last Story, and while it may not reach the same level as its contemporaries, those looking for a decent adventure should find plenty to like.
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Gameplanet
By contrast, one of the biggest disappointments in Pandora’s Tower is the voice acting. It may have sounded great in its original Japanese, but the English accents do the game no justice at all, and neither does the translation. Elena insists on questioning why she must eat the monster flesh almost every time she is handed some. It seems like it’s the first time over and over again and can get very annoying. The lead character Aeron doesn’t speak all of the time, even though text is displayed on the screen. It’s almost like the voice actor could only make it to half of the recording sessions. Pandora's Tower doesn't offer anything appealing or unique, and is not a Wii title that will find a home with many gamers.
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Snackbar-Games.com
If Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story are the top quality critical darlings of Operation Rainfall, Pandora’s Tower is the bargain bin title you’ll check out for $5 and forget about a few days later. There is so much potential here, and it lives up to almost none of it. Not only that, but it fails to develop these potentially cool ideas in any exciting way, including the relationship that seems to move the rest of the game forward. If you’re expecting this game to send Nintendo’s motion-based console off on a high note, you’ll be sorely disappointed.