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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Positive (44 reviews) - 88% of the 44 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,258 reviews) - 93% of the 1,258 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 11, 2014

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December 4, 2015

1.3.2 - Level Balance + Fixes

Hey folks! Time for another quick TowerFall patch. Here's the details:

  • Crusher blocks can no longer sense players during their invincibility frames
  • Changes to the layout of a Dreadwood stage in Dark World mode
  • Changes to the layout of a Flight stage in Versus mode
  • Fixed a crash when minimizing the game
  • Fixed a crash with player invisibility when using modded archers

This patch is live right now for Windows, with Mac and Linux coming soon. Enjoy! (:

-Matt

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Reviews

“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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King Troopa
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Buy this game.
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Frozenstar
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This game crashes every half an hour on my Win10 x64
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Arks
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Game is good, but the devs should make an online mode, cause the game is virtually unplayable if you have no friends. :,(
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Damn Dude
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
It's like hell if you dont have a gamepad...
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British Bastard
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
If you don't have any friends, go and make some, just to play this game with you.
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Ivellios
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
It's creator was f_ucking R_E_T_A_R_D! The first part levels are challenging, but fine. In the second one we could not get even through the first level. No level/skill balance at all! Money wasted! Time wasted especially - you may try to get through the level, but you won't. Don't waste your time. Go to another game with better fun experience.
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[GALT] Envoy
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Brings around nostalgia for skill-based local co-op games in a big way.
The campaign mode might be challenging, yes, but the multiplayer is where the real fun begins. Imagine this 1v1 scenario: Both you and your adversary have life-ending arrows waiting on standby, both of you spawn facing eachother. If you miss, you have just given your adversary more ammo. Every feint, air dodge, and shot may be your last. This is TowerFall Ascension.

ENVOY RATED: 10/10
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Fayr
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
this game is amazing for messing with the settings and just playing with some friends
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DartMouth
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Playing Towerfall with friends is insanely fun! We seemed to have the most fun playing last man standing with the ghost modifier and drop arrows on death. The ghost vengeance is hilarious fun! Unfortunately, however, Towerfall has no online play =( It is probably not worth picking up unless you have friends to play with locally.
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LaTaleFan1985
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
This game died when the developers (Matt Makes Games) decided to add that misodrist SJW crybaby Anita Sarkeesian as a character in the game. Don't buy this game. There's better indie titles out there that don't fall for this nonsense and are far worth more for your money.
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[RUSHB]Rapcyss
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Firstly, don't play this game without a controller, it's a nightmare.
Secondly, yes it is local multiplayer only so you'd better get two controllers.
Now that that's out of the way, this game is exhilarating like no other platformer I've seen. Fast paced arena combat and brilliant game design makes every kill look and feel awesome, even when you fight against NPCs in the compaign. It's pretty cheap and has a lot of replay value so if you have the hardware, absolutely get it!
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DGT.exe #\//\
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
An unbelievably fun and addicting local multiplayer and singleplayer title. Fun art style, fast paced and tense gameplay, and tons to unlock make this a must have for anyone who loves local multiplayer games like I do.
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A Tacit Wail
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
A fantastic party game to play with just enough competitive edge! I love playing this game with friends and it makes the evening fun.
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SultrySteve
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Every game night no matter what other games we have lined up, towerfall makes an appearance. Fast skill based pvp action that leaves you wanting more, perfect for local coop. Highly recommend.
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Ember Doge
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Very fun game to play with friends, sadly there is no online but overall great game!
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Wyatt
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
If you ever want to grab a few friends and have an intense lan party, this is the game you are after. It takes just the right level of skil for anybody to catch on easily yet more experienced players to kick butt. I have loads of fun playing this and I think you should buy it hands down.
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
A fun couch co-op game to play with your irl friends.

Sadly, i have no irl friends, but, it is still fun to do trial runs. =)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Brings around nostalgia for skill-based local co-op games in a big way.
The campaign mode might be challenging, yes, but the multiplayer is where the real fun begins. Imagine this 1v1 scenario: Both you and your adversary have life-ending arrows waiting on standby, both of you spawn facing eachother. If you miss, you have just given your adversary more ammo. Every feint, air dodge, and shot may be your last. This is TowerFall Ascension.

ENVOY RATED: 10/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
If you don't have any friends, go and make some, just to play this game with you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
A fantastic party game to play with just enough competitive edge! I love playing this game with friends and it makes the evening fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Playing Towerfall with friends is insanely fun! We seemed to have the most fun playing last man standing with the ghost modifier and drop arrows on death. The ghost vengeance is hilarious fun! Unfortunately, however, Towerfall has no online play =( It is probably not worth picking up unless you have friends to play with locally.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
this game is amazing for messing with the settings and just playing with some friends
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
No online play? what were you thinking?!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Pros:
  • Epic couch multiplayer
  • Editor and steam workshop is a nice touch (Dark World)
  • Co-Op is as good as the versus multiplayer which I personally dont see often in versus multiplayer oriented games
  • Situations of pure *skill*
  • Epic Arrow catching mechanics
  • Responsive controls
  • Lots of trashtalk
  • Lots of variables that can be played with
  • other things i have forgotten to mention

Cons:
  • Only local multiplayer (although I personally think local is where this game is best, a multiplayer mode would be nice)
  • Maps can be a little small at times, especially when playing 4-man

To Note:
Once you start to get bored of the original levels I really recommend buying the DLC as it adds a fresh new take with tons of user created levels to entertain you once more! You can even try your own hand a putting together a level for your friends.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
You can kill your friends in co-op after taking their arrows from them.
10/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
191.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
BEST LOCAL VIDEOGAME EVER .
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
This is the perfect game for playing against friends locally. And with the expansion you can make and download custom maps. I've played so much multiplayer, I have no idea what single player is like.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
This game is hard as balls, but fun enough to play for hours! I can't get enough of the intense gameplay. The game looks simple at first glance, but it hides a complicated map of techniques to try out. The characters are interesting, and a few have easter eggs. Overall, this game is a great experience with quick-draws, giant leaps, and trickshots galore!
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56 of 106 people (53%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
With no online multiplayer it falls short, when compared to similar games.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
45.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
This game is really fun with a bunch of controllers and a bunch of friends.

It has the worst name I've seen in a long time, though. I mean, seriously? There's no falling towers, nor do you ascend anything. I almost didn't play this game, because it's name made it sound like a bad game. It's not; it's great. Go play it, you'll thank me later.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
A must play for anyone who enjoys playing couch co-op. Never had so much fun playing with friends!

Towerfall is one of the few games PC gamers can play couch co-op. It shines in co-op, never played a more addicting and fun game than towerfall. I host gamenights every week and not a week has gone by without playing this game for at-least 2 hours. The mechanics are very strong, they go really well with the game.

I only wish we can play more than 4 players at a time, having more people will make it fun and challenging further more.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
Awesome 4-player coach coop. A lot of fun playing with children. Thank you :)
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
If you have friends I urge you to get this game. Hardcore mode is infuriating in a group.

10/10 Would fire arrows at a friends head again.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
70.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
Simply the best local multi-player game ever made...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Great game with great maps and characters anyone who wants to play a game on a couch with a bunch of his friends, this is an ideal choice. It is recommended to buy the expansion which will add a huge content as well as workshops
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