A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Themes of overcoming adversity and caring about one's family exist but are relatively minor.
Positive Role Models
Several responsible adult characters present as non-player characters (NPCs), but their roles are minor; they're not a major presence in the game.
Characters have somewhat diverse viewpoints. Multiple skin tone options in the character creator, but most characters look very similar.
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Ease of Play
Individual actions you perform are fairly straightforward, but there are a huge array of systems to navigate through and tutorials are lacking.
Violence & Scariness
Combat is a central part of the gameplay, but the action is cartoony and doesn't feature blood or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sexual activity shown, but there are many scantily clad female characters present, many either underage or designed to look that way. Many characters wear skin-tight suits, which put extra emphasis on their intimate parts.
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Mild and infrequent swearing. Words used include "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Randomly rolling for items and outfits is a central mechanic to the progression of the game, which includes options for in-game and real-life currencies. The game is more generous than others in the genre but is still designed to make spending additional money appealing.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Allusions to non-player characters drinking and being hung over. One early location in the story takes place in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tower of Fantasy is a downloadable open-world MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) available for Windows PCs. Players create a character to explore the futuristic world of Aida using a variety of vehicles. Players also fight enemies by switching between multiple weapons mid-combat, but the violence is cartoony and unrealistic. The game features a lot of sexually suggestive outfits, often on young-looking characters. The game provides randomized rewards for those spending real money, which may be an issue for some players.
Is It Any Good?
Technical troubles plague this expansive role-playing game (RPG), keeping it from reaching its full potential. Tower of Fantasy is an open-world game made in the style of Genshin Impact. Players explore a vast landscape while working through story and side quests, and earn in-game currency to unlock new playable character skins and weapons. Exploration is aided by traversal vehicles, including a jetpack, motorcycle, and jet board, and a number of built-in movement options like double-jumping and air dashing, all of which make movement interesting. Combat is the other major focus of the game; it has you dynamically switching between three equipped weapons to fight off monsters. Although the exploration is typically a solo affair, the game offers co-op and competitive multiplayer options to add new ways to engage with the game's systems.
The story of Tower of Fantasy is rushed and haphazard. Characters are introduced and treated as if you already cared about them, before quickly jumping to a different plot point entirely. The voice acting is stilted and, bizarrely, often differs wildly from the subtitles provided in-game. Technical issues are frequent, from audio cutting out to characters glitching through walls and teleporting into unknown locations. Some of these issues may go away with time and continued support, but at the time of release the bugs are unavoidable. Outside of the story and gameplay, the character designs and monetization are suspect. Many female characters are scantily clad or wear tight, form-fitting materials, and the camera doesn't shy away from putting them on display. The underage character models add to the potential discomfort. And while the monetization is less extreme than in similar games, it still encourages spending real money to acquire items and characters in-game. You can have a full experience without spending additional money, which is good, but the game encourages you to pay for a better experience. If you can look past the technical and design issues, Tower of Fantasy is a massive game with enjoyable exploration, but there are other games that can provide a similar, but smoother, experience.
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