TowerFall Ascension is the definitive version of the hit archery combat game. Inspired by classics from the golden age of couch multiplayer, it's a 4-player local party game centering around hilarious, intense versus matches. The core mechanics are simple and accessible, but hard to master and combat is fierce.
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Very Positive (1,282 reviews) - 93% of the 1,282 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 11, 2014

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May 28

1.3.3 Update!

Hey folks, just pushed another small TowerFall patch on Windows. Mac and Linux will follow soon.

  • The match results screen now shows Revives if you play Team Deathmatch with the Team Revive variant enabled
  • Fixed getting two kills if you detonate a trigger arrow on the same frame that the arrow itself kills someone

Have fun! :)

-Matt

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“The new gold standard in the local multiplayer renaissance”
9.5 / 10 – Polygon

“Aggressively focused, humbly spectacular, and nearly unimpeachable in its design”
10 / 10 – EGM

“Destined to be remembered as one of the best multiplayer games of all time”
CVG

About This Game

TowerFall Ascension is the definitive version of the hit archery combat game. Inspired by classics from the golden age of couch multiplayer, it's a 4-player local party game centering around hilarious, intense versus matches. The core mechanics are simple and accessible, but hard to master and combat is fierce. Loot treasure chests for game-changing power-ups, master the art of catching arrows out of the air, or descend on your foes and stomp them into submission. TowerFall is best played competitively with friends, cross-legged on the floor within punching distance of each other.

New in Ascension is the 1- or 2-player co-op Quest mode. Players work together, fighting off a variety of monsters and enemy archers across the land of TowerFall. It's a new adventure to explore when you don't have more friends handy to square off against.

New features in TowerFall Ascension include:
  • Brand new 1- or 2-player co-op Quest mode
  • 50 additional Versus arenas, for a total of 120 unique maps
  • More game-changing power-ups, such as Drill Arrows that burrow through walls
  • 4 new unlockable, playable archers, for a total of 8
  • A huge list of variants to customize your matches - a total of 75 ways to mix things up
  • Plenty of hidden secrets and surprises to discover with your friends

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 M380
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, 32/64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 M380
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit. S3TC support is NOT required.
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 M380
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
189.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
One of the most polished and feature rich 2D indie brawlers. Instant classic for couch play. Great music, effective art, creative level design. Recommended unreservedly if you have someone to play with in-person.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
This game is awesome.
Everytime my friends come home we'll play this.
Oh, and Quest mode is great too.

There is only one problem...
I don't have any real friends.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
i have no friends ;-; but i enjoy it ._. alone and by myself @_@
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Probably the best local multiplayer game in my library. Every time friends come over they expect to play this game.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
If you don't have friends to play this with, don't buy it, and if you bought it, quickly refund it. The campaign feels like it wasn't supposed to be single player, as it constantly overwhelms single players.
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394 of 461 people (85%) found this review helpful
391 people found this review funny
Recommended
286.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2015
If you have controllers and friends this is the finest local-co-op game you can get your hands on. If you don't have controllers and friends, this game makes it worth the cost to buy both of those things.

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375 of 481 people (78%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2014
If you can gather 1 to 3 people for local multiplayer, then feel free to buy this game.

However, if you plan to play this game by yourself, make sure you have a spare controller before purchasing this game.

Why? Because even with a keyboard, a controller is required to play Versus mode, and certain content (at least 3 map sets and all 4 extra characters) can not be unlocked unless you can access Versus mode.

If you do not have a controller, you will not be able to unlock all single player content.
If you do not have a controller, you will not be able to unlock all the content in a game you paid for.

I would change my stance on this game in the future if either:
1) The ability for a single player to fight against the AI in "versus mode" is added
or
2) An online mulitplater mode is added
The second option may be a little unreasonable, but the first isn't.

Either of these would allow players to play versus mode without a controller, thus giving them the ability to unlock game content that is currently unaccessible with just a keyboard.
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720 of 968 people (74%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
94.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 4, 2014
As a game designer, I'm sad that I have to live in a world where my entire job and sustenance is based on my ability to convince people to buy and play my games when they could be playing Towerfall instead. I can't really capture everything that I love about it into concise statements; it's bigger than life, it brings people together. I've forged strong friendships over this game. Heck, people want to be my friend just because I have it.

It doesn't matter who you are or what kind of games you like. It doesn't even matter if you've never liked a game before. You will have fun playing Towerfall.

And it looks awesome. And the soundtrack kicks ♥♥♥. Oh, and the sounds? The way every archer has a different synthetic "voice" so I can tell who's shooting and who's killed even when my eyes are closed? The way the jester makes one of three possible jingle sounds when he crouches?? Ugh. Everything about this game, every detail big and small. It's so good.

Bring controllers.
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117 of 141 people (83%) found this review helpful
150 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
This game is best enjoyed with friends
I have no friends
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49 of 50 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
54.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2015
Note: This game can only be played locally. There is no online multiplayer whatsoever.

Spectacular battle arena-type game focused on fast-paced bow and arrow oriented combat, with mechanics that are very approachable and, for the most part, easy to figure out on your own. The relative transparency of its mechanics does not, however, mean that it is an easy game to master. The game has a high skill ceiling, with substantial room for the player to improve. A notable feature is the added dimension of screen wrapping - players or objects that pass through the bottom of the screen will come out through the top, left side through the right, and vice versa. Should you decide to pick the game up, you will soon discover what a devilish thing this can be.

The game is split into three modes: Versus, Co-op, and Trials. The Versus mode pits 2-4 players against one another in one of three different sub-modes, all focused on killing the opposing players, with a large number of game modifiers available that change the games in a variety of ways. There are a large number of stages available, some of which have to be unlocked through various means. Co-op mode (perhaps more aptly called "Quest mode", as it can be played and enjoyed perfectly well as a solo experience) is a mode that pits you and a friend (up to three friends in the expansion's version of co-op) against waves of different enemies on each of the themed maps. There's not much more to it than that, but it is enjoyable and provides for some challenge if you're going for achievements. Lastly, Trials is a time trial mode that challenges you to destroy a number of dummies as quickly as possible with the tools available in each stage. It's somewhat maddening, but engrossing for the obsessive.

The game has a simple, charming aesthetic, and a suitably valiant soundtrack.

Overall there is little about the game that I can fault. The most notable flaw is its lack of online multiplayer, the exclusion of which may well have been intentional, as the game appears to have been constructed to strongly encourage getting together and duking it out with a group of friends. Even so, I would recommend it as a singleplayer game due to its inherent charm and the challenges it provides in its Quest and Trial modes, although I imagine a lot of people would disagree with me on this point. I'm just a sucker for a good challenge wrapped into a neat little package. I expect I will be returning to this game many times in the future.
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henry
27.9 hrs
Posted: September 26
I Played the FULL game with my Bro
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Kesarion
3.0 hrs
Posted: September 18
It's a great game, especially in multiplayer.
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SAM_DD231
1.3 hrs
Posted: September 16
COMPLETE SH*T! i have it on PS4 and i would say its better any day!
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Lux
35.9 hrs
Posted: September 9
It's really good.
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Aruphia
3.5 hrs
Posted: September 6
In my opinon, this is an amazing co-op game. Find a way to communicate and work with eachother.
Best experience: Grab a buddy or family member and plug in a couple of xbox 360 controllers, because you will need them and be jumping all over the place! Either it be running away from an enemy or retrieving one of your arrows.

I like the fact that you can re-use, find backups, or collect your partner's arrows and that is part of the fun in the game. :P

Shared funny moments to us:

The best kind of fun I've had was 'accidently' killing my partner with 1 shot from the bow and arrow. Piercing through their tiny pixelated body... wasting one of their hearts.
Keyword: accidently

-After Death but your partner still in the game with 3 hearts-

"Accidently" stealing one of your partner's hearts just for you to respawn back into the game and help him or her out just for one last time, but really you aren't helping as much as you hoped and gave them another reason of not surviving.
LOL!

This game is definitely a great way to kill time or that awkward hangout don't-know-what-to-do moment and I recommend it for those bored folks who want to host a gaming date with their friends or family!
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Scott Pilgrim
4.0 hrs
Posted: September 3
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