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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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
11 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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
i have no friends ;-; but i enjoy it ._. alone and by myself @_@
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Product received for free
wanna be more ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off at your friends than you've ever been? play this game couch coop. 10/10 would be mad again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
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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5 of 13 people (38%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.1 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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397 of 465 people (85%) found this review helpful
393 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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379 of 487 people (78%) found this review helpful
12 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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723 of 971 people (74%) found this review helpful
23 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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120 of 145 people (83%) found this review helpful
153 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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Kali101
249.2 hrs
Posted: October 1
As many others have said, this game has no online multiplayer so keep that in mind. I wish it did, but also respect the developer's opinion that the number of variables he can't control (lag, disconnects, etc) would harm the quality of an incredibly well-controlled twitch game.

The level of detail in the art, sound, and overall design is just astounding. The controls are surprisingly simple to pick up and play, we've had Towerfall as a regular party game for years now and have seen newbies and non-gamers (even ones usually shy about games) pick up the controller without hesitation and do impressively well. And yet this ease of entry doesn't detract one bit from the skill ceiling: if you're ready for the next level there are plenty of techniques to escalate to for high-level play including dodge cancels, frame-perfect grabs and of course HYPER JUMPS!

If you fancy yourself pretty good at the game the competitive scene is worth taking a look at. I know at least one team in San Francisco trains and holds tournaments regularly. Towerfall tournaments are regularly hosted at gaming events such as PAX, Evo, GDC, the list goes on, so if you're going to these keep an eye out!
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Zanaffer
3.8 hrs
Posted: September 30
Excellent local-multiplayer game. If you've got the controllers and friends for it, then buy it.

Positives:
  • Extremely fast paced, rounds usually last only a minute or two
  • Simple controls, easy to learn, difficult to master. Controls default are move, jump, shoot, and dodge. Shoot your opponents or jump on their heads to kill them. You can catch arrows by dodging at the right time.
  • Different weapons and powerups (Bomb arrows, bolt arrows, etc) make play very interesting. There is abundance, and everything has a use.
  • The pac-man style looping of the levels is awesome. Shoot through the left site to hit the right side, fall through the bottom to get to the top.
  • Good handicapping for the players in the lead/behind. If you're in the lead you get less arrows at start. If you're last you get a free shield. This levels the field and makes games fun for both beginners and veterans.
  • Lots of options, virtually everything can be toggled.
  • Cheat codes exist to unlock everything, in case you don't ever want to play this single-player.
  • Your friends will rage at you when you catch all of the arrows then proceed to stomp on their heads instead of shooting them.
  • Arrows have a very slight tracking, if the initial shot is close enough. This takes the thought out of whether or not you should shoot.
  • DLC has enough new stuff to justify the price, but is absolutely not required to have fun.
  • Game is damn fun.
  • There are hilarious awards given at the win screen based on how you and your opponents played. I think I got a "bomb squad" award for catching bomb arrows, or "super booper" for jumping on a lot of heads.


Negatives:
  • Single player campaign is overly hard. Thankfully all levels/characters can be unlocked by a cheat code. I have a feeling that if you can play through the single player most of your friends will not want to play with you because you'll become "too good".
  • Versus becomes better the more players you have. 2 player is meh, 3 player is above-average, 4 player is insane fun.
  • No internet multi-player. This especially hurts if you have multiple friends that own this game and want to keep unlocks in sync without resorting to the cheat code.
  • Some of the stuff to do the level/character unlocks is insanely hard.
  • Playing without a controller is a bad idea.
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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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Weenie Butt
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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