478986_largerDeveloper Juicy Beast's latest iOS release Knightmare Tower [$2.99] has been making waves since its launch in the App Store last week, as much like their previous title Burrito Bison [$0.99] the "one more go" hook and urge to unlock and upgrade every item in the game is stronger than a Darth Vader force choke. We loved the game in our review, and our community has been darn near obsessed with it since it came out.

Besides the content unlocking and leaderboard competition, there's also a set of achievements to earn in Game Center, one of which is a speed run of sorts that tasks you with beating the Story mode in under three minutes and thirty seconds. YouTuber Robert Suarez was up to that task and captured a run of 2:58 in this following video. Spoiler alert: if you haven't seen the final boss in the game, then you might want to avoid watching until you do. Or you can. You only YOLO once after all.

I'd count myself among those who are currently obsessed with Knightmare Tower, though I'm in no way this good at the game. Yet. I'm going to keep plugging away, but I really like watching these "speed run" type videos of people straight killin' it at their favorite mobile games. So, if you have a similar skill set and the ability to record one of those runs, shoot us an email at tips@toucharcade.com with the subject: SPEED RUN and a link to your video. It doesn't necessarily have to be a speed run, just any sort of feat of amazingness at a cool mobile game, but we want to see them so start sending! In the meantime I'm going to get back to practicing my Knightmare Tower skills.

  • shadax

    Ha! I saw this update pop up on my phone thinking "who else submitted a video of that?"

    It's my video! I'm super flattered. Thanks Touch Arcade!

    • http://www.jeandenis.net/ Jean-Denis Haas

      What did you use to record your speedrun?

    • jweevil

      You pro dude

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004773092030 Dai Lion

        Now try finish " Legar tower " in less than 5 minutes.

  • InkyTheGhost

    Great work shadax! I can't seem to get better than 4:30. Takes about a minute to get up there, but I have trouble beating the boss in less then 3:30. My strategy is pretty similar though - hit the cannons, avoid the beams, SPAM THE FACE.
    Guess I just need to spam faster.

    • shadax

      Timing the pounce spam as well as getting lucky that he pops out in the right spots are going to trim your time way down. The biggest time spender is dodging the slew of orbs; sucks up like 10 valuable seconds.

      The bosses first two phases need to be stomped out really quick.

      • InkyTheGhost

        Cheers, thanks!

  • 61050

    "...you only YOLO once..."

    So, YOYOLOO?

    • Dillon Chalupsky


    • Jake7905

      I took it as 'you only live twice'

      • Karzay

        If you YOYO, you come back again.

      • Jake7905

        I thought he was saying the way YOLO was used didn't make any sense.

  • Chris Brady

    It looked like one stage to me, is that all there is to the game? I'm left confused.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      No, it's someone beating the game after they've unlocked and fully upgraded everything, which you'd have to do to get this particular achievement. So it's not a "pure" speed run from the very beginnings to the very end. Actually progressing through the game from the start takes quite a while.

      • ImJPaul

        Plus on top of that there's a survival mode and the game is just flat out amazing. One of the best games by far this year.

    • shadax

      Without any upgrades, the tower is a very long, but extremely fun, haul. I had max stats do it boosted me up the tower pretty quick, but you do have to be accurate. No damage, no falling (though I did fall once) or else you'll lose a lot of time. The one minute ascension is only the first part, the boss takes about two minutes on top of that.

      Again, at the beginning of the game you'll be hard pressed to get even a quarter of the way up the tower without getting destroyed.

  • shadax

    Hauppauge PVR 2 and the hdmi adapter for iPhone 5.

    I used Hauppauge's software to record, then Adobe Premiere to touch it up.

    • Jean-Denis Haas

      Thanks for the quick reply!

  • Nick

    I've gotten close, 3:14, but FFs that boss is a hell of a challenge! I've only beaten him 4 or 5 times out of god, hundreds of attempts. I nearly squealed in joy that I hit 3:14, I'm happy to be in the top 20... For now.

    Oh, just as a heads up: THIS GAME IS FRAKING AWESOME!

    The main campaign might not be terribly long, but there are quite a few other things to accomplish once you're done. It's a great toilet game, although it's a little too easy to sit for a very, very long time.

  • whitestatic

    What's the last achievement "Defeat both King Ribble!" refer to? Are those the monsters summoned by the horns?

    • shadax

      Yep. There are three variations; the defeat both kings one is when there are just two. You have to alternate hitting them, and very carefully so since they slowly sink and move away.

      • whitestatic

        Worked perfectly, thanks!

  • phonecats




    • shadax

      "Watch someone beat the game" didn't raise a red flag for you?

  • BillyOceansBlues

    i kinda feel like the game is ruined for me now. every time i fall down im like "that one giant nerd only fell once! get with it!!!"

  • araczynski

    nice job, but i had to skip the first 2 minutes of the trailer, guess its just not my cup of tea.

  • Tastix

    I'm currently #2 on the speed run leader boards on Game Center as T NINE16. I just wanted to pop in and give a few tips on how I did it.

    A lot of it is luck as you want to get the boss from the final horn (the item drop) mixed with the final potion which gives you the aoe attack on a virtually limitless supply of mobs for a short duration. This can skyrocket your speed up to 1500+ and the first part of the tower becomes very quick and easy. On the boss, once you've maxed out your armor just make a b-line for him whenever he spawns and spam attack as quick as you can. You know he is about to pop up when he drops down from above. Each health section shouldn't take longer then 2-3 spawns to down. Lastly, Don't work on the speed run until you have bought everything from the shop

    Good luck!

    • whitestatic

      Is there a trick to avoiding the bubbles? I thought dashing between the spaces would work but in one of the phases there's just too many.

      • Tastix

        I assume you mean the purple bubbles. I dodge them just my moving around without dashing. That is definitely the part of the fight i get hit the most though