Tower Unite

Tower Unite

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Tower Unite: Your First Visit
By Arkive
Tower Unite is a very open ended game with much to do. It can be daunting at first, but this guide should help you figure out all the basics to PixelTail's debute game.
 
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Introduction
The information in this guide is current to version 0.6.0.1. The screenshots were taken in version 0.6.0.1. Information and pictures in this guide may be inaccurate for alternate versions (however, most of it should be accurate regardless of the version). You can check which version you have in the upper right corner of the main menu.

So you bought this unique game called Tower Unite. What is it? What do you do? Why are there walking milk cartons? Is that a cat or a ball? Some of these questions and more will be answered in this guide.

A nice view of the main plaza.

First, however, let me give a brief introduction to Tower Unite itself. Tower Unite is a multiplayer interactive social experience (we'll call it a "game") where you stay at a fictional resort and do various activities to acquire money. The game is by PixelTail, a group of talented developers. Whether you're grinding for an achievement, roleplaying with strangers, or blasting the face off of your infected friend, Tower Unite will be sure to have something for everyone.

The Tower, center of the island.

Biased opinions aside, Tower Unite is quite an elaborate game. Once you get in, there will be so much to do it can be hard to figure out what anything is or how anything works. As such, this guide will help you get acquainted with the basic ins and outs of the game.

So, why is Tower Unite in Early Access? Well, to put it simply, the devs aren't done with the game. As GMod Tower veterans may note, there's quite a lot from the mod that's missing in Tower Unite. Some of it is gone due to copyright issues or simply aren't planned to make a return, but many features just haven't yet to be added. One does not simply switch from a mod of a mod on the Source engine to a standalone Unreal 4 game with the press of a button, after all. Early Access will continue until the devs are satisfied with calling their next version 1.0.
Coming Soon!
You will notice that there are many things around the plaza that aren’t ready to use. Since the game is in its beta stage, the devs aren’t satisfied with calling this a final product. There is much yet to come! What’s on the agenda, then? You will notice many “Coming Soon” signs scattered around the plaza. Hit your use key on them to bring up a trello board to see what’s in store!

This board will tell you everything you want to know about what’s coming to its location!
Quick Start
The rest of this guide goes into detail about everything available in Tower Unite. If you want to hop right in, this section will have only the most basic basics.

The first thing you will want to do (after fiddling with the settings) is head to the appearance menu to customize your character. You won't be able to do much until you buy some appearance items, which can be done right in the menu. After getting your character set up, you will more than likely want to get some cash on hand. This is the beginning of the basic gameplay loop:

Play Games --> Get Units --> Buy Stuff --> Repeat!

There's plenty of games to play, the big ones being in the gameworld building. The gameworld building is just to the left as you exit the transit station. Playing games will earn you Units (the currency), which you can use to purchase items from store clerks. Stores are directly across the plaza from the transit station. Items you purchase will be saved to your Steam inventory, so you can switch servers and keep your progress. Units are also transferrable between servers, so you just need to hop on and start shopping.

Chances are, you will also want to check out your condo. To obtain a condo, simply enter the large tower, enter an elevator, and talk to the condo lady. Your condo is saved, so all arrangements made will be there when you return.

Aside from that, there are a couple of buttons you will need to know how to use. TAB will bring up the player list. You can use this to find where people are as well as see a selection of options if you click on their bar. Holding Q will bring up your inventory, which is how you can pick up, place, and store items when editing your condo. Pressing C will let you choose an emote to perform or let you quickly change your playermodel via Steam Workshop. If you're in a condo, C will also let you manage condo options. This should be all you need to get a quick start in Tower Unite; continue reading for more in-depth information.
The Menu
The main menu is pretty self-explanatory. From here, you can see some basic stats and plenty of options.

The play menu will let you get right into the game. From here you can host or join any server you want. A plaza server is the standard server; you can get to your condo or start any gameworld from there. If you just want to chill in your condo or get right to one of the games, those options are also available. If you click Join Matchmaking, you'll be taken to the gameworlds ports server to queue up with others. Chat with others while you're still figuring out what you want to do in the lower left corner. Some helpful links are under the Community/News tab; get caught up with the latest news, join the official forums, take a look at and make your own community suggestions, submit bug reports, and take a look at planned features at the press of a button. The sidebar at the right also displays any friends online as well as your current Unit count.

The appearance menu lets you customize your character. Clicking on the icons lets you change how you look. Changes can be as large as going from human to milk or as small as changing the color of your eyes. The Accessories tab will let you add more decorations to your character. These must be purchased, though, but this can be done by clicking on any silhouetted item and purchasing it (provided you have enough Units to spend).

Click on an item to purchase it! Items you already own won't appear black.

The inventory menu displays all the items you own. Those sorting tabs come in handy as you accumulate more belongings.







The help menu links you to the official guide as well as some handy videos. If you don't like slogging through walls of text to find things out, they're a great way to learn.






This menu has multitudes of settings. Set your graphics to stunning (if your computer can handle it) or make it look like classic Doom (if you run off of a potato). Adjust the volume and check out the talented devs. Check out the controls and rebind them to your liking. You can also disable chat, remove the HUD (for beautiful screenshots), or put up a basic swear filter. You can also view the IndieGoGo supporters, if you want to see who helped bring this to life.
Your First Steps
Tower Unite is, for the most part, controlled like any FPS (if you want to look at or rebind the controls, just head to the options menu). However, there are a few things to note.

Hold TAB to bring up a list of players on the server. From there, you can click on them to see some fancy options.

After the TAB menu is the inventory screen. Holding down Q will open this up. Equippable items you have will appear in the backpack tab, while the closet tab holds all your condo items. Equipping usable items in the hotbar at the top will let you select them with the corresponding number keys. If you need more space for cosmetics, click on the hat tab for 8 additional cosmetic slots.


Holding C will let you perform an emote or easily swap to another Steam Workshop playermodel. Emotes with an infinity symbol at the end are perpetual, and will continue to play until interrupted.






Hitting Escape or P will bring up a side bar menu. Almost everything you can do from the main menu can be done with this menu.







You can scroll to alter your Third Person camera distance or zoom all the way in to go to First Person view. If you hold down Right Click in third person, then you will be able to move the mouse and examine yourself.

Scroll out, hold Right Click, and take a look at your beautiful self.

Lastly is the HUD, and you can probably guess what most of that is. The lower left corner displays your current amount of Units and your location in the Tower while the right-hand side will display notifications.
The Map
Now that the basic controls are over, we can get into the meat of Tower Unite. There's quite a lot of locales, and therefore quite a lot to do.

An overview of the island.

Each section in the rest of this guide will cover the locales:
  • Plaza
  • Condos
  • Gameworlds
  • Stores
  • Theatre
  • Arcade
  • Casino
  • Nightclub
  • Boardwalk
Plaza
The central meeting grounds of the island.

The main plaza is where you will be when you first load into a lobby. You will spawn at the transit station and walk out into the central plaza. You can get to any of the other areas from here. This is a great place to group up with friends, hang out with others, and enjoy the scenery as you pass through. Soon, you'll even be able to participate in lobby events here!

Apparently you arrived to the island via train. Just how long is that tunnel?
Condos
If you don't plan on going anywhere for a while, you can chill out in your condo. Your condo is hosted by you, not the server, so there’s no limit to how many condos can be open at any time. Simply speak with (press your use key on) the condo lady at the desk to get yours ready.

The condo lobby, constantly on 24 hour service. || My condo, ready for visitors.

Once you’re in your condo, you can rearrange the furniture however you want. Your condo will be saved, so whenever you rent a condo it will always appear as you last left it.

Decorating your condo is very simple. Just hold Q, find the item you want to use in your inventory, and then click and drag it onto a surface. Use the scroll wheel to change its angle; hold your walk key while srolling for finer angle adjustment. Items will be highlighted green if they can be set down and red if they cannot. Items can be placed on other items to create cool decorations.



Right clicking on an item (while using Q) will give you a set of options. For many objects, you can color them. Simply adjust the color using the wheel and hue slider or expand the menu and use the hexadecimal system. You can even right click on condo surfaces to change how they look!

By Holding C and clicking on "Condo Settings" you can pull up some management options. The Permissions option lets you choose who's allowed in your condo. Make it a public forum, a friends-only party, or decorate alone. The Environment option lets you set the lighting as well as change up the weather. Make it night, keep it day, and even toggle if time cycles. Maybe you feel like making it a snow day, a dark and stormy night, or even both at the same time; all the options are there for you. The Item Finder lets you hunt down any items that may have gotten lost. If it turns out to be half a million miles away, you can choose to stash it right from the menu! And if you ever tire of your condo layout? Give it a save, then reset everything and decorate anew!

While the default condo is quite a nice place to stay, there's many other locales to decorate! Simply head over to Horizon Condos and grab a deed to your next abode.
Gameworlds
The Gameworlds building, host of many entertaining games.

If you skipped the Quick Start, then you probably still don't know how to get Units, the currency of the island. It's not too hard; all you have to do is play games! While many games are available right in the plaza, the big ones (called gameworlds) are accessible through the Games center. Each gameworld is on a separate server, and each gameworld will support one group of players at a time. Multiple instances of a game can run at a time, provided there are enough people in queue to begin the game. To join a gameworld queue, simply run up to the queue box and smack that use key of yours. You should see your username appear highlighted in its spot in queue. Before the gameworld begins, the players vote on the map to play. You will then automatically get connected to the gameworld server from the gameworld lobby.

There are many unique gameworlds to play. They are, alphabetically...

Ball Race is a gameworld that plays like Super Monkey Ball. You control your character trapped in a sphere. Get to the end of the level and collect as many watermelon slices as you can! Beware of obstacles, though. Moving platforms, invisible walls, and magnetic polls will make completing some levels quite the challenge!



Little Crusaders is a frantic one versus all battle. When you spawn in, you'll either be a "brave" knight or a fearsome dragon. The knights are all trying to work together to stop the dragon by pressing the button on its back, but this task isn't easy when the dragon is trying to kill all the knights with its various attacks! The dragon fears only one creature: the elusive Birb. Nail a couple hits with Birb, and the dragon will perish without needing to press the button.

Minigolf is just as it sounds. Play eighteen holes on one of the courses provided. Get in the hole with as few strokes as possible and try to get the lowest score! What’s more, you can also adorn your golf ball with any of your hats and color it however you want.




Planet Panic is set in a world where dogs and cats are interlocked in a galactic rivalry. Join a side, get dispatched to a planet, and prepare for battle. Your goal is to grab as many resources as you can and get them back to base before time runs out. Shoot down any enemies in your way. Watch your resource stash, though, as the enemy might try to sneak in and steal them from you!


Virus is a fast-paced FPS game of tag. Tensions build at the beginning of the round, as people set up and try to guess who will be infected first. Once they have been chosen, all hell breaks loose. The infected must try and spread the virus through touch, but the remaining survivors have an arsenal of weapons to protect them. Be careful, as the infected can respawn. Survive long enough, and the survivors will win. If everyone is infected, though, the infected win.

Zombie Massacre is a top-down cooperative shoot 'em up. Grab some friends, pick a class, then mow through hoards of the undead! Don't forget to pick up stray weapons to add to the slaughter, and be sure to fire off your handy abilities. If you can survive to the end of the week, you may find that the zombies are the least of your worries...



...and more to come!
Stores
Once you have your hard-earned Units, you can spend them in the stores for various items. Each store holds its own selection of things, and most are self-explanatory. On top of visiting their physical locations, most storefronts also sell their stock via Tower Express[express.towerunite.com]; if you need a convenient way to buy from home and sell in bulk, Tower Express is here for you!

A wise, old man once prophesized that fish would one day swim these waters again. This shop is ready for that. It pays to be prepared.

Why take a strike for your terrible bowling sense and feel down in the gutters about it? Spare yourself the humiliation and get yourself a sleek, new bowling ball at the Bowling Pro Shop!

Looking to decorate for the holidays? Need some party supplies? Putting on an amazing fireworks show? If you want to get festive and have some fun, then the wares of Celebrations are made for you!

Central Circuit has all the electrical things your condo could need. From TVs to Radios, this store has anything running on volts.

Need a little snack, or are you preparing a feast? Whatever you’re craving, the Fresh Food and Smoothies store has the ingredients you need.

Whether looking for a cozy condo or a builder's paradise, Horizon Condos has just the place for you. Come on down and buy the deeds to your next home away from home!

If surf, sand, and sun are your top three must-haves, then you'd best take a gander at Oasis. This shop's got all manner of beachfront items for maximum coastal comfort.

There are some items that are a bit too odd to fit into conventional stores. Rob’s Imports has you covered; anything categorized as miscellaneous has a special place here.

What's a home without a bit of greenery? Spruce up your land with some all-natural scenery, available year-round from Seasons!

We all love music, right? If it plays a note, you can probably find it here. From pianos to drum sets, this store is in tune to any musical needs.

Every condo needs furniture, and no place carries a wider variety of quality decorations. Whether you need a table, a bed, a few couches, or even some walls, Sweet Suite has it all.

If you're watching movies, you're going to want some snacks! Tower Theatre is equipped with only the best bland popcorn and overpriced beverages money can buy.

Everyone needs a little something for their inner kid. This store has all manner of knicknacks and pets, so you too can get a plush fox to sleep with or adopt a pet watermelon.

This machine won't steal your Units. If you’ve got some spare change, these machines have some tasty beverages.

While most items can be found at your local stores, there are a few items that aren’t so easy to come by. Take a good, hard look around; you might find a store that you didn’t know existed.
Theatre
The theatre building, awaiting your choice of movie.

The theatre is basically a public TV set. Gather your friends, enter one of the two viewing rooms, and watch some YouTube together. Queue up some videos, and watch in sync with the rest of the audience.

Requesting and viewing media is a simple process.

Adding media to the theatre (and certain other items) is simple; look at the screen and hold Q. On the left-hand side will be a menu. Click the "Add Media" button to get started. A small window will pop up. Enter the video URL into it to request your video. You will need to use an external source to browse for video URLs (such as the in-game Steam overlay browser).
Arcade
The arcade building, currently under construction.

As of now, the arcade itself doesn't hold any interactive machines. Right next door, though, is the fancy Trivia game! Test your wits against questions made by the players themselves. Think you've got a good one? All the questions come from here[opentdb.com], so you can contribute to the fun as well!
Casino
The casino, a place to get rich quick or go bankrupt trying. || Get ready to kiss your Units goodbye.

The casino is a gambler's dream land. Filled with all sorts of machines and card games, you'll either fill your coffers full or lose everything to the addicting games. Think you can push your luck just enough? Double or Nothing will let you double your earnings at the press of a button (or lose all of it in one fell swoop). Looking for fabulous prizes? Spin to Win is just loaded with grand goodies (and plenty of hula dolls). With three different slots, Texas Hold 'Em, and video card games, there's certainly a jackpot waiting for you.
Nightclub
Get ready to boogie on down once construction gets done.

Right now, the nightclub is still getting set up. While you can’t jam out to your favorite tunes yet, the bartender is still happy to serve you a couple drinks. Just… drink responsibly, alright?
Boardwalk
The boardwalk is a relaxing locale with some small attractions.

Once you've had some rigorous fun, you can head down to the boardwalk to unwind and enjoy the ocean breeze. Hop on the Ferris wheel with a friend and gaze out to the ocean. Take a dip in the water or walk along the beach. Sit back in a chair and listen to the waves. The boardwalk is a prime spot for unwinding.

If you're feeling up to some more exciting fun, there's also the Typing Derby with which to test your keyboarding skills or the Bowling alley to work on your mouse dexterity. Maybe you'd like to take a ride on the rollercoaster (or get risky and balance on top of it). There's even Lazer Tag for some solid shooting action. You will also notice that there are plenty of additional activities on the way; you’ll have even more reason to travel on down in due time.
Other
While the locales are nice, there are a few things that aren't really specific to a place. Here I give to you anything that might not be elsewhere.

Experiment with item combinations and whatnot here!

NOTE: This is currently missing. My assumption is that this is an oversight that will be fixed later. Until then, you won't be able to visit the item playground.
Want to experiment with different item layouts, but don’t want to mess up your current condo? The item playground lets you spawn and mess with any items you’ve purchased. It doesn’t save, so any mess you make will be cleaned up when you’re done. Simply hit C to bring up a list of spawnables.

Playing the piano is a fun activity, but quite costly if you want one for yourself.

Playable instruments are interactive items that can really spruce up a party. Why listen to a recording of Mozart when you can play it yourself? Simply press the corresponding keys on your keyboard to start laying down some sweet melodies. Perhaps you could buy some more instruments and start a garage band…
One Last Note
That’s all I’ve got written down! Thanks for giving it a read; I hope you learned a thing or two from it! I’d appreciate it if you left a comment. Tell me what you liked, things I could improve, and DEFINITELY inform me of grammatical or factual errors I may have missed. If you have a question that this guide didn’t answer, feel free to ask in the comments! I should respond relatively quickly. Again, thanks for giving this guide a read.

==Changelog==
9/29/2018
  • The Workshop Update is out!
  • Added some new, relevant info.
  • New screenshots! :D

7/13/2018
  • We've got Zombie Massacre now!
  • New screenshots and some minor revisions as usual.

3/16/2018
  • Once again updated the guide information.
  • Many revisions across the board.
  • Screenshots have been updated, with a couple new ones added to the mix.

5/4/2017
  • Finally updated the info on this guide. Wow, I've been procrastinating...
  • Added a section for Little Crusaders.
  • Made some minor revisions all around.
  • Updated all the screenshots.

1/16/2017
  • Updated screenshots to 0.1.9.0.
  • Made a couple of minor revisions.

12/4/2016
  • Updated information to 0.1.6.0.
  • Added a couple of screenshots for new features.

10/4/2016
  • Updated all the screenshots to 0.1.2.4.
  • Made minor revisions to some sections.

9/16/2016
CASINO UPDATE!
  • Updated the Casino section to showcase all new gambling activities.
  • Updated the Arcade section to showcase Trivia.
  • Updated the Boardwalk section to showcase Typing Derpy.
  • Updated the Menu section with the new options.
  • Made minor revisions across the board.

7/16/2016
  • Updated all screenshots to 0.1.1.6.
  • Changed some minor information to be more correct.

4/10/2016
  • Changed the map screenshot.
  • Changed current version info and split it into information and screenshots. This way I can keep information current without having to update all 60+ screenshots for every patch.

4/8/2016
  • Updated guide to Early Access version 0.1.0.0!
  • Some information has been updated.
  • All screenshots but two have been updated.

4/7/2016
  • Published the guide!
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51 Comments
Arkive  [author] Jul 1, 2017 @ 7:11am 
The general building blocks are located at Sweet Suite, but I believe Rob's Imports has the canvas item if you're looking for custom walls/floors/etc.
jeff dunham's lips Jul 1, 2017 @ 4:10am 
where can i buy building stuff for making houses
Arkive  [author] Jun 29, 2017 @ 8:14am 
Plaza servers should always be online, unless they are temporarily down for maintenance or such (though it's highly unlikely for all servers to be down at once). Check your antivirus; Norton likes to block TU's internet privileges when new updates get pushed out, so I need to give it permissions manually. If that's not the problem, head to the forums ( http://forums.pixeltailgames.com/c/support ) and hopefully people can help sort out the problem.
Blaze Jun 28, 2017 @ 6:58pm 
why are there no plaza servers?
Space floaty goat Mar 3, 2017 @ 1:21am 
ooh little crusaders





Dragon riding
Arkive  [author] Feb 26, 2017 @ 10:56am 
The Reset Condo option should do this, though I don't think there is a way to reset the condo textures without also resetting items as well.
[P2P] SFilipek174 | Feb 26, 2017 @ 9:42am 
:P how to reset condo colors/textures
Arkive  [author] Feb 26, 2017 @ 8:04am 
If you hold down C, a menu should pop up with four options on it. Select the Save/Load option. At the bottom should be a "Reset Condo" option. This will restore the condo to its default state. Your saves are not affected by this.
[P2P] SFilipek174 | Feb 26, 2017 @ 7:28am 
how to reset condo ?
Arkive  [author] Jan 16, 2017 @ 4:30pm 
I must admit, the screenshots were getting a bit out of date. They've now been updated to 0.1.9.0!