Review: Unholy Heights

I know what at least some if you are thinking: “Why would a guy like this play a game where he plays ‘Satan’ running a hotel?” Honestly, the answer is quite simple really. The game was basically “free” with a Humble Bundle purchase and it’s a Management Sim with a guy who’s as much the devil as Hercule is the devil. Enough nitpicking, let’s get down to business.

The game is about as simple as you could make it with a few little extras sprinkled on top to make it not just another lame freebies bundled with games you wanted or lost in a crowd of other Sims out there.

The game is about as simple as you could make it with a few little extras sprinkled on top to make it not just another lame freebie bundled with games you wanted or lost in a crowd of other Sims out there.

So the premise of the game is that you run a hotel and that costs money. The nice thing is that advertising is not a thing in Unholy Heights. People/demon thingies just want live at your hotel. In fact, there is a constant stream of visitors so if you want to not have a specific unit type in any room, you can discriminate as much as you want and there is no one to get mad at you for it! I recommend taking a real good look at who you accept into your hotel as they have different stats and while you may feel a unit is cool, it may not be worth your time. Some units, mainly ranged casters, can get sick easily and die or leave due to “poor temperature control”. Until you can get the nicest heating and cooling units, you may be doing a delicate balance of accepting and booting tenants out of your hotel when they get sick or can’t pay rent.

You may giggle at the thought of your tenants doing the horizontal mambo, but it can be very annoying since it reduces their health and if you get raided... it's really sucky to have half healthed units to fight for you.

You may giggle at the thought of your tenants doing the horizontal mambo, but it can be very annoying since it reduces their health and if you get raided at a bad time… it’s really sucky to have half healthed units to fight for you.

Don’t feel bad about booting them out. They don’t have digital feelings that you can smash… although I guess you can pretend that they do so you can crush them… monster. That aside, you’ll have to have a variety of monsters in your four starting rooms at first for defensive purposes. “Wait, what? Defenses?” you may be asking in your head. Yes, you’ll need to have some tanky little beasties in your hotel so they can soak up the damage you ranged fighters would be receiving instead. Unholy Heights is a tower defense-type game and there are heroes out there that know you’re “Satan” and, will attack you with all forms of guilds. When they attack your hotel they attempt to loot your money and make you fail your quest for world dominance.

Quests? Yes, quests!

Quests? Yes, quests!

With those freaking heroes always going for your money, you’ll need a way to get money to make you rooms nicer so your tenants stay happier and so you can charge more money to get more rent out of them. It’s capitalism after all right? Either way, there is a quest board that you can accept quests from (go figure…) and they all have a difficulty ranking so you’ll know what kind of poo-storm your about to unleash upon yourself. The more stars, the more pain. Quests are also the way to progress the “story” here. You’ll eventually get a quest that will give you the ability to build more stories on your hotel so you can have more monsters and more layers of defense. My favorite technique currently is to block the stairs and only fight one at a time. Cheating? No. Tactics? Yes!

More Unholy Heights info: Steam

While Unholy Heights is fun, there feels like something is missing from the picture. If you asked me what it was, I couldn't tell you though. It's definitely enjoyable and if you can get it on a sale, Id say jump on it. Of course if you don't like management type sims, this is probably one you could skip.

While Unholy Heights is fun, there feels like something is missing from the picture. If you asked me what it was, I couldn’t tell you though. It’s definitely enjoyable and if you can get it on a sale, I’d say jump on it. Of course if you don’t like management sims, this is probably one you could skip. If you’re in the mood though, this is a good little time sync. Can you build the tallest hotel? Time will tell.

Jonathan Amarelo Sig


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