So far as Genshin Impact clones go, Tower of Fantasy is likely one of the most blatant. In comparison with video games like Noah’s Heart, ToF doesn’t simply put on its Genshin inspirations on its sleeve, however proudly shows them as a full-body tattoo.
Sadly for developer Hotta Studio, Genshin Impact’s crown is worn excessive, and this respectable try falls in need of reaching it. However why is that?
Is Tower of Fantasy higher than Genshin Impact?
It’s apparent that Tower of Fantasy is making an attempt to be the following Genshin Impact. From the offset, there’s greater than sufficient “inspiration” to see the gears of Genshin operating beneath Tower of Fantasy’s clockwork.
For instance, beginning the sport reveals your catcher combating an enormous enemy alongside your sibling. The 2 of you get separated and also you’ll choose the gender you want to play as. That occurred in Genshin!
Afterwards, you’ll end up affected by amnesia — traditional — and performing fetch quests for villagers. It sticks to the traditional MMO construction: go right here, speak to this particular person, work together with a factor, speak to this particular person once more, accomplished. Typically, there’s a struggle as effectively.
In fact, copying the construction of the MMO style isn’t a detriment. Nonetheless, it’s the truth that all of its construction is executed in the very same means Genshin does it. Fight is sort of equivalent, albeit floatier, virtually like a poor NieR: Automata cellular port. Even climbing and gliding returns, albeit gliding is a clunky, infuriating-to-use Jetpack system.
The place does it differ?
Tower of Fantasy’s most unusual components are in the way it executes its gacha system. Unsurprisingly, it’s just like Genshin: base weapons and characters are pulled in the identical gacha banners, so you would get ten spears or one thing distinctive.
Nonetheless, in ToF, unlocked characters are distinctive weapons. For instance, unlocking the character Hilda offers you her mannequin and voice to play as alongside her big gun, The Terminator.
In some methods, that is worse than Genshin. On this system, you don’t essentially must play as distinctive characters. Nonetheless, it does imply that unlocking a personality you don’t like nonetheless provides you a helpful weapon.
These characters are referred to as Simulacra. They’re AI recreations of well-known warriors, and utilizing them overwrites your character. The one downside is that it kind of messes with ToF’s different massive function: character customisation.
Tower of Fantasy has a somewhat deep character creator, and you may make some superior wanting characters. Nonetheless, your character is a fully-voiced character that Hotta has written, not a novel particular person that you simply management.
Ultimately, you’re merely carrying the pores and skin of a personality you need to play as. There’s no Fallout-style decisions or penalties, solely the look of one thing totally different.
That’s the entire recreation
To be frank, that’s how we’d describe Tower of Fantasy as an entire. It seems to be totally different to Genshin at a look. The characters are totally different, the world is vaguely sci-fi, and the mechanics are altered simply a lot it may very well be perceived as a unique recreation.
Nonetheless, it’s not likely that totally different, and in lots of circumstances it’s barely worse. No character has been as lovable as Xiangling, its Paimon alternative is annoying, and all the pieces feels tough across the edges. Sure, it’s additionally very buggy.
In the event you tried Genshin Impact and didn’t prefer it, you gained’t like Tower of Fantasy. In the event you’re a hardcore Genshin participant, you’ll seemingly need to keep there. It’s not that Tower of Fantasy isn’t enjoyable or endearing, it’s simply that there’s merely a greater possibility.
In the event you nonetheless need to attempt the sport out for your self, you possibly can download it for free here. In any case, if it’s free you may as effectively!