Unholy Heights Review
Author: Eric Pinero
The Devil is a short, balding man with glasses. He spent his savings on a tenement in order to rent the rooms to monsters. This is part of a nefarious plot to use his tenants as an army in order to take over the world. That is the premise of Unholy Heights, the 2D Tower Defense/Apartment Management Sim from indie developer Petit Depotto.
Managing an apartment building full of horrific creatures is an entertaining challenge. Each monster has their own set of personal needs and desires. Happy monsters are better fighters and are more likely to get promoted at their jobs. Even ghastly beasts can fall in love, adding another tenant, and potentially a third if they have a child, to pay rent and fight for you. Nurturing demon families with apartment furnishings and erotic cakes is a vital part of being a landlord to monstrosities. Every species of monster has distinct traits as a tenant and a combatant and a successful Devil will need to understand both.
All combat in Unholy Heights takes place in the apartment complex, making it inseparable from building management. The locations of your tenants’ apartments, and the schedules of their jobs, have a huge impact on their efficacy as defenders. Monsters can only participate in combat if they are at home when it takes place. Monsters returning from work during a battle add another layer to combat. They can provide a timely pincer or find themselves dangerously isolated. Mastering combat is critical, as it is the best source of income for the aspiring evil landlord.
Adventurers are like deadly, gold-filled piñatas. They provide far more money than your tenants can offer in rent, but only if you can kill them. The game provides a fair learning curve, with early adventurers falling into predictable attack patterns and later ones being full of nasty surprises. Many a monster was orphaned the first time a group of farmers revealed itself to be a pack of ninjas in disguise. Furthermore, heroes can vary wildly in power. In a clever nod to fantasy tropes, if a single adventurer marches on the Devil’s lair then s/he is not to be underestimated. This variation, together with bosses and different combinations of heroes, keeps the combat fresh and interesting as you move through the campaign. The game’s visual style makes combat as entertaining to watch as it is to direct.
The world’s appearance diverges so far from its content that it enhances the humor that permeates every aspect of the game. The constant struggle between good and evil is carried out by equally adorable heroes and monsters. Unholy Heights takes a chance on a bizarre idea and executes it admirably. It is easy to jump into and holds your attention throughout. Moreover, it gives the player enough choices remain fun and fresh across multiple playthroughs. At $4, this game is a necessary addition to anyone’s library.
Title: Unholy Heights