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Tofu Tower by Naka, released on Feb 11, 2016. It is a free, presumably Endless variation on a Deckbuilding Game. You play as Tofu Muffin, an elf that tries to confirm the legend of the monster-warding artifact at top of the Tower to the Sky outside a small town.

Tofu fights off the roaming and detectable monsters of the tower by sending monster cards into battle, and other cards to assist her and her cards in their quest for Experience Points to eventually level up, to find the stairs on each floor to ascend, or exit, the tower at need.

It's chronologically followed by a game in a different genre, Tofu Topple, which states that Tofu was unsuccessful in climbing the tower.

This game provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Title: The protagonist's first name is "Tofu" and she's climbing a tower.
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: The Bast card, for the Egyptian Mythology cat goddess's Flavor Text twists this, swapping "li(fe/ves)" and "cats":
    Every life should have nine cats.
  • Checkpoint: After completing an interval of 20 floors of the tower and exiting the tower undefeated, when entering it again, Tofu can skip to the 20 x Number floor instead of starting from Floor 1.
  • Endless Game: Floor 101 and subsequent floors are basically copies of the ones from 100 floors ago, with the same monsters and chest loot, but the monsters have been given greater health and attack power to match their new floor. The game's description directly questioning the existence of a end also implies that there is none:
    nobody knows [...] if the tower even has a top!
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Cards and monsters each have one of four elemental symbols, Blue, Red, Green, and Pink except the unknown element "overpowering presence", but it acts like it's Red. In damage effectiveness order, and the reverse is damage resistance: Green > Pink > Blue > Red > Green.
  • Headless Horseman: Dullahans appear on at least two cards:
    • "Dullahan at Play", which is a woman's head at a beach on a beach lounger. Flavor Text:
      A reward for working hard.
    • "Dullahan at Work", gotten in chests around Floor 67, which is a headless suit of armor, presumably the body belonging to the bodiless head from "Dullahan at Play". Flavor Text:
      Hard work is its own reward.
  • It's All Upstairs From Here: Tofu just wants to reach the top of the Tower to the Sky. But it seems to be endless.
  • Magikarp Power: The "Databun" card, gotten for defeating the strongest monster of the first approximately 150 floors of the game, and it can randomly appear on floors. Databun starts as the worst card in the game, and its stat growth initially just 1 in most stat per level, worse than even the Starter Equipment cards, but that growth rate gets better every level, such that by around level 100, which isn't the cap, it's better than the best card of the same "pink" element, "Bunny", and at level 113, has either better health or attack than the best cards of the other elements at level 117.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Bumbleburn cards found in chests on floor 46 or so, has its Flavor Text:
    Despite her name, she is actually a hornet.