tower_toppler screenSilver Software has just released Power Toppler [App Store], an iPhone remake of the classic platform puzzler Tower Toppler (also known as Nebulus) from Hewson, for the iPhone and iPod touch.

As in the original, your character (a robot, who replaces Pogo the frog) starts off at the bottom of a circular tower adorned, from bottom to top, with a series of platforms connected by a system of tunnels and elevators.  The goal is to make it to the top of the tower, dodging the creatures that guard it and watching out for cracked tiles, in order to unlock the next tower.  There are 16 towers in all (the original game featured eight).

A notable aspect of the game at the time of its 1987 release was the manner in which the tower is negotiated.  Rather than moving about the screen against a fixed backdrop, it's the main character that's fixed mid-screen while the tower itself rotates.  Even today, it's an interesting twist to the platformer formula.

Power Toppler for the iPhone features basic sound effects, updated graphics as compared to the original, and swipe control of the on-screen robot, with a double-tap to fire.  While this is a retro title, it holds up very well today and should appeal to many gamers who enjoy a simple, unique platform experience.

See our very brief gameplay video for a look at the first tower.


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App Store Link: Power Toppler, $1.99

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    nebulus!!! one of my favorite atari ST game!

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    nebulus!!! one of my favorite atari ST game!

  • Kris

    Oh dear lord... NEBULUS!!! I can't even begin to explain how much of my childhood was consumed by playing this on my C64. It's one of the first truely addicting puzzle/platform hybrids. Retro nuts will lap this one up, but even more contemporary players will find a great deal of pleasure and charm in this old timer.

    Some of the later towers are really challenging too... go on give it a try. I'm going to download as soon as I get home from work!

  • Kris

    Oh dear lord... NEBULUS!!! I can't even begin to explain how much of my childhood was consumed by playing this on my C64. It's one of the first truely addicting puzzle/platform hybrids. Retro nuts will lap this one up, but even more contemporary players will find a great deal of pleasure and charm in this old timer.

    Some of the later towers are really challenging too... go on give it a try. I'm going to download as soon as I get home from work!

  • mark

    Played this on my Amstrad 6128 back in the day. Excellent game and I look forward to this one.

  • mark

    Played this on my Amstrad 6128 back in the day. Excellent game and I look forward to this one.

  • Adams Immersive

    I played hours of this (under the name Tower Toppler) on my Amiga!

    Search online for Zebulon: a free version for Mac. (Not the same levels as the original, though, and I think the fish-catching levels are missing. I wonder if they're in this iPhone game? Not a big deal either way.)

  • Adams Immersive

    I played hours of this (under the name Tower Toppler) on my Amiga!

    Search online for Zebulon: a free version for Mac. (Not the same levels as the original, though, and I think the fish-catching levels are missing. I wonder if they're in this iPhone game? Not a big deal either way.)

  • spiffyone

    Holy crap it's Tower Toppler!

    Used to LOVE playing this on my Atari 7800. For $1.99, and with improved graphics...this is a helluva deal.

    Damned iTouch/Phone developers...when will you all leave my wallet alone! 😉

  • spiffyone

    Holy crap it's Tower Toppler!

    Used to LOVE playing this on my Atari 7800. For $1.99, and with improved graphics...this is a helluva deal.

    Damned iTouch/Phone developers...when will you all leave my wallet alone! 😉

  • Booch138

    Man this is fun, but Jesus call me a noob but I cant get past the 1st floor of the 2ns tower... this s*** is just... a little too hard for me. I cant honestly seem to get any kind of timing right on it at all, and I cant find any videos of anyone else being able to do it. I know what needs to be done, but good lord...

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      ...you saw where my video "happened" to end, right? ... 🙂

  • Booch138

    Man this is fun, but Jesus call me a noob but I cant get past the 1st floor of the 2ns tower... this s*** is just... a little too hard for me. I cant honestly seem to get any kind of timing right on it at all, and I cant find any videos of anyone else being able to do it. I know what needs to be done, but good lord...

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      ...you saw where my video "happened" to end, right? ... 🙂

  • DaLk

    "updated graphics " ? Doesn't it look a bit bland without background and with grey characters ? it's nearly monochromatic and almost looks older than the original 🙂

    • snow_mani

      Yeah, that was my second thought when I saw this. My first was "OMFG it's Nebulus!" 😀

  • DaLk

    "updated graphics " ? Doesn't it look a bit bland without background and with grey characters ? it's nearly monochromatic and almost looks older than the original 🙂

    • snow_mani

      Yeah, that was my second thought when I saw this. My first was "OMFG it's Nebulus!" 😀

  • Tyball

    Now the wait for Nebulus 2 begins...

  • Tyball

    Now the wait for Nebulus 2 begins...

  • http://www.visionaryart.biz nanokiwi

    this is already a favourite of mine
    and i have only made it up the first tower
    i like platformers, but don't like virtual D-pads
    the swipe controls for Tower Toppler are spot on
    so a classic platformer becomes a classic ipod game

  • http://www.visionaryart.biz nanokiwi

    this is already a favourite of mine
    and i have only made it up the first tower
    i like platformers, but don't like virtual D-pads
    the swipe controls for Tower Toppler are spot on
    so a classic platformer becomes a classic ipod game

  • Ataru

    The iPhone seems to have become something of a wild west of gaming, where as in the 1980s any hack developer can ripp off another company's work and release it for profit.

    Originality isn't difficult.

  • Ataru

    The iPhone seems to have become something of a wild west of gaming, where as in the 1980s any hack developer can ripp off another company's work and release it for profit.

    Originality isn't difficult.

  • nightofneih

    I like the game, but it needs some work. I have yet to clear the first tower. I find the controls frustrating at time, as I want to go one way off an elevator and it end up falling off the other side. Also if you don't move far enough around the tower, it rotates back the other way, dragging the player with it. Hopefully this will be resolved in a future update. For now, I'm giving up on this one.

  • nightofneih

    I like the game, but it needs some work. I have yet to clear the first tower. I find the controls frustrating at time, as I want to go one way off an elevator and it end up falling off the other side. Also if you don't move far enough around the tower, it rotates back the other way, dragging the player with it. Hopefully this will be resolved in a future update. For now, I'm giving up on this one.

  • anomaly146

    Wow I played it for hours on my C=64, now all I need is an iPhone.

  • anomaly146

    Wow I played it for hours on my C=64, now all I need is an iPhone.