You can do a lot in eight steps.
Get impaled on spikes, hack down a dragon before its fiery breath takes your life, and even accidentally maul a princess because you're in too much of a hurry.
At least you can in 8StepTower, a free upwards dungeon-crawler that sees you traversing a series of floors that each take just eight steps to cross.
Step by step
Each of those steps is a tap. By tapping quickly, you rush with your sword out. Enemies bob up and down, and some can't be killed. Traps lurk here and there, meanwhile, ready to surprise you with bursts of flame or pointy death.
You need to time your taps just right, slipping underneath stomping blocks when they're in the air, and making sure you don't tap too quickly when you're near a princess and cut her in half.
Everything is presented in chunky 8-bit pixels that make it look a bit like a polished-up Game & Watch title. A really polished-up one, obviously.
There's a decent level of challenge here despite the simple gameplay, so steadily crawling your way up to the higher levels of the tower feels like a real achievement. Well, not a REAL achievement, but... you know. As timewasters go, it's pretty solid.
You can spend cash you pick up on new party members with different special powers, and on new backdrops.
8StepTower is out right now on the App Store [download] and on Google Play [download], and won't cost you a thing.