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.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,054 reviews) - 94% of the 1,054 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 11, 2014

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"A single-screen platform brawler that’s about as good as the genre has ever been—in versus or wave-survival mode."
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November 2

1.3.1 - New Achievement + Fixes

Hey everyone! Today I uploaded a quick little patch to address a few lingering issues after the Workshop Update.

  • Added a new achievement! Speed of Light - Hyper jump across a level
  • Fixed a crash when placing Mud on a bottom row of a level in the editor
  • Modding in new archers or co-op towers by hand, rather than replacing the already-existing ones, should no longer crash the game

Thanks, and have fun!

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September 21

1.3 - Workshop Update!

Today we're releasing a huge update for TowerFall that includes a brand new level editor and Steam Workshop support. The editor is a powerful tool that allows you to create and share your own personal Versus Towers! We're super excited to see what you create :) These updates are free, but require the Dark World Expansion to play.

Here's the full changes:

New Stuff:

  • Added the Workshop! Create, share, and play your own custom Towers for Versus mode. Requires the Dark World Expansion.
  • Use Steam Workshop to share and find custom Towers
  • New stage element available for custom levels: Chalice platforms
  • New variant added: Infinite Brambles
  • Added new sound effects for:
    • Miracle Grabs: Catching an arrow and then immediately cancelling your dodge
    • Dodge Stall Grabs: Catching an arrow by holding the dodge button to extend your dodge time

  • Players now bounce when they drop orbs by touching them, regardless of where they collided with the orb
  • Reduced the volume of proximity block sounds
  • The keyboard config menu now accepts the “OemPipe” key
  • Keyboard inputs now have numbered names on character select screen ("Keyboard 1", "Keyboard 2", etc)

This update is currently only available on Windows - but Mac and Linux support are coming very soon! I'll edit this post when they're available. This update was originally only available for Windows, but now Mac and Linux support have been added!

Thanks for your support!

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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”

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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
81 of 102 people (79%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
TowerFall Ascension is an arena type game. This game was released in March 2014, after initially being released as an Ouya exclusive in 2013 (snarf). It is now on PC, PS4 and Mac/Linux.

TowerFall's arena type gameplay focuses heavily on archery. The game has two modes; firstly the single player - the aim is to kill targets around each stage either by stomping on their heads, or by shooting them with your bow before a timer runs out; this leaves to plenty of replaying of levels in order to better your score and to beat your best time.

Where TowerFall really shines is in the multiplayer mode. Up to four players will fight in a battle royal environment. Your aim is simple, kill or be killed. Each player has a limited amount of arrows to do it in too, so you can't just spam fire and hope you get lucky. You are able to replenish your ammo by picking up rogue arrows shot by yourself and the others though, meaning things can get very frantic. Throughout the stage, there will also be various different power-ups spawn, such as special effects on your arrows or shields - these all add to the extremely fast paced gameplay.

The graphics and art style, yet again have the pixelated theme, but they are still all really well drawn out and it looks very pleasant. Each of the arenas that you are fighting in also look amazing too, some will be set in the jungle, others in a poorly lit cave, they all look gorgeous.

Single player in TowerFall Ascension is easy; you can easily clear the stages in less than an hour. Where the difficulty ramps up like most games is the multiplayer. It will only be as difficult as your opponents are, as they are they only thing that can kill you; you don't need to worry about the environment playing tricks against you. It will take you a few hours to get to a point where you are competent in games; it can be very frustrating though.

I have been playing TowerFall for almost eight hours now; I would say that this is a game to play in small chunks. Bring it out when you have friends over for an hour of almost archery style Super Smash Bro fun, but any more than that, and you may find yourself getting a little bored. This is certainly a game to keep installed due to the replay-ability though.

The game supports resolutions up to 1080P, which I suppose is all you need for a pixel style game like this and it is highly recommended you play this game with a game pad; keyboard controls would be a nightmare.

To conclude, I am going to simply recommend TowerFall Ascension; its a game that not everyone will enjoy, and is almost certainly made with couch multiplayer in mind. If you don't have friends who also own this game, don't get it, the single player is not worth it. If you can find a group to play with, sure its worth the £10,99 because of the fun fast paced gameplay you'll get out of it.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Only recommended when on sale
3) Recommended
4) Highly recommended
5) This is a must play

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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
This game is best enjoyed with friends
I have no friends
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
54.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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 up to three friends 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 pleasant 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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Are you setting up a party?
Do you want to make your party 100% better?
Buy this game, grab your controllers and play this game, versus or cooperatively!

Seriously though, this game is one of the best 'backseat gaming' game. Had a lot of fun..
Not only that, yesterday this game got a workshop support! More awesomeness!

If you want to play this game online, its not possible unless you buy the newest geforce beta gamestream thingymajig which will probably work.

Honestly though : 9/10 (need more cooperative campaigns)
This game is a must buy. Especially now when it's discounted
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Great multiplayer platformer! It gets most interesting when four people are playing together
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