Ever play a game that puts you into a tower or castle that makes you climb a ridiculous amount of stairs? Well, I have and it seems like just as much of a hassle as actually climbing the stairs myself. Today, I’m going to share with you some of the biggest staircases I’ve encountered in RPGs.
NOTE: Sorry I couldn’t find any images to illustrate these, but a quick YouTube search for each should give you insight into what I mean.
Check out the list below!
Sauroinix Castle – Suikoden V
This one is not even a dungeon. This castle is home to the dragon cavalry, and in order to recruit them into your army, you must meet with their general. This involves going up many flights of stairs to get to his office. I wonder if that’s a symbol of how highly he thinks of himself…
Shinra Tower – Final Fantasy VII
This one we should all know at this point. This is an optional method of getting to the top of the Shinra building early on in the game. It’s either go up the seemingly endless flights of stairs and listen to everyone complain about it, or sneak in with a bunch of tedious hide and seek mini-games. Honestly, I don’t really know which is worse…
King Drasil’s Lair – Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
As a nice twist, this spiral staircase is one you are going down! It’s still incredibly long and there are points with very high HP bosses. This is the final area of the game, so they had to make it a grand, but kinda boring final dungeon. Luckily, the boss fights and ending of the game are actually worth the slog.
Zozo Apartment Complex – Final Fantasy VI
The top of this building is where Terra ends up after her episode with the Narshe Esper. Not only are you going through the building itself, you are climbing up what is essentially the fire escape to get to the top. For some reason, there’s a random thug at the top for you to fight too. Is she really that worth saving? I’d like to think so.
Blue Castle Tower – Shadow Hearts
Home to the vampire, Keith Valentine, This spiral tower is seemingly endless. You are required to go up this tower to find Yuri, who had left the group for some very interesting reasons. The worst part of this tower, is that in order to get one of his higher level fusions, you need to go up it a second time! That’s a bit much, if you ask me.