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: Overwhelmingly Positive (790 reviews)
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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May 12

1.2 - Dark World Update!

We've just released the largest update yet to the game, coinciding with the launch of the Dark World Expansion DLC! There's a ton of improvements and fixes here. In fact there's so much to list that I couldn't even fit it all in this post! Check out this forum thread for the full changelog.

Thanks for playing! :)
-Matt

Dark World DLC:

  • New Versus towers:
    • The Amaranth
    • Dreadwood
    • Darkfang
    • Cataclysm (with procedurally generated levels)
  • New 1-4 player Dark World co-op mode, with four unique boss battles
  • New playable red archer, the Vainglorious Ghoul
  • 9 additional playable ‘alternate archers’
  • New Powerups:
    • Trigger Arrows
    • Prism Arrows
    • Speed Boots
  • New variants:
    • Team Revive - In Team Deathmatch mode you can resurrect your friends
    • Treasure Draft - Everyone picks a powerup at the start of each round
    • Clumsy Archers - Drop an arrow every time you dodge
    • No Quivers - Archers can only hold one arrow
    • Double Jumping - You can jump again in the air
    • Arrow Shuffle - Randomly picks 2 special arrow types to spawn this match
    • No Hazards - Removes all environmental elements that can kill you
    • Start with Trigger Arrows
    • Start with Prism Arrows
    • Start with Speed Boots (renamed from old variant ‘Speed Boots’)
    • No Trigger Arrows
    • No Prism Arrows
    • No Speed Boots
    • 2v2 Tournament Rules preset
  • 12 new Trials

Other New Stuff:
  • Added a new alternate “end of match” music track
  • You can now save up to 5 custom variant presets at once (was previously 3)
  • New Versus awards:
    • Happy Accident Award
    • Mastermind Award
    • Web of Lies Award
    • Gravedigger Award
    • Reanimator Award
    • Exorcist Award
    • Speed of Light Award
    • Hyper Booper
    • Hyper Martyr Award
    • Ally Oop Award
    • Bomb Squad Award
    • Nerves of Steel Award
    • Prism Warden Award
    • Special Delivery Award
    • Too Fast Too Furious
    • Caged Animal Award
  • Added more Team Deathmatch levels to the existing Versus towers. Every tower now has 6 Team levels. Most are modified versions of free-for-all maps, but Sunken City got a brand new level which is also playable in other modes
  • Added the “Session Stats” page to the Archives, which shows stats from the current play session and resets when the game is closed

Balance:
  • Merged FFA and 1v1 Tournament Rules into one ruleset simply called Tournament Rules. This ruleset contains only No Autobalance and Symmetrical Treasure
  • Slowed down the final “push” of the miasma as it closes in to encourage more kills before it consumes all the archers, and to make center-stage a more advantageous position
  • Sudden Death variant now starts with miasma 1 second into the match instead of 5 seconds
  • Rebalanced a lot of Versus arenas in the original levelsets
  • Jumping on a teammate’s head now shares arrows the same as bumping into them from the side
  • You can now hold the dodge button to extend your dodge time by 5 frames. This is known as “dodge stalling”
  • You can now catch arrows when you have a shield, but only if the arrow is not in a dangerous state (ie it would not hurt you anyways)
  • Arrows are no longer destroyed when crushed by moving solids
  • Arrow inventories are now visible during the round intro
  • Treasure changes:
    • Decreased the chance of no treasure spawning
    • The chance of getting special arrows out of a treasure chest is now normalized. In most towers, there is a 60% chance each chest has a special arrow pickup, chosen from the possible types for that level
    • No more than one of each orb pickup can spawn per level now. If the Chaos Orb spawns, no other orbs will spawn
    • The amount of each upgrade powerup (Wings, Looking Glass, Speed Boots) that can spawn per round is now capped by the amount of archers
  • Added a particle effect for hyper jumping to make it more readable
  • Archers will now slip off ledges while ducking, if they’re on the ledge by 3 or less pixels. Slipping starts 4 frames after you start ducking
  • You can now shoot the falling orbs in Twilight Spire to destroy them as they fall
  • Max Treasure variant now caps the amount of chests spawned per level to the amount of players + 2
  • Return as Ghosts variant improvements:
    • The delay from the last kill to the end of the round is doubled when there are ghosts alive
    • Ghosts can no longer kill for 30 frames after they finish spawning
    • Players can now control their ghost a bit during the spawn animation
    • The shoot button now triggers the ghost’s dash attack (was previously just the dodge button)
    • Ghosts can now open treasure chests. Chests will always spawn bomb traps when opened this way
    • Added some controller rumble cues to ghosts to remind players they’ve respawned
    • Ghosts are now drawn above other gameplay elements so they’re easier to spot
  • Electric shocks now destroy brambles
  • You can now use dodge slides to pick up hats
  • Spinning spikeballs now pick a random spin direction when the level starts

Quest Mode Changes:
  • Players are now revived at their corpses, like in the new Dark World co-op mode
  • Level completion time is now tracked on Hardcore mode
  • Removed the old score system
  • The ‘Level Complete’ screen now awards the crown to the player who performs better (based on kills, deaths, and combo). That player wears the crown in the next level
  • Mimic archers now have the corpses of the archer they’re disguised as
  • Ghost enemies can no longer hurt you while they’re stunned
  • Added super jump pads to Twilight Spire
  • Cultist enemies can now hop up one-tile-high ledges
  • Red crystal enemies now only shoot one arrow at a time (blue ones still shoot twice)
  • The final boss’s beam attack now lights players on fire

...see this forum thread for the full changelog!

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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
    • Hard Drive: 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)
    • Hard Drive: 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)
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
134 of 171 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
274.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
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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306 of 467 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
The steam recommandation system doesnt permit mixed reviews so I chose to not recommend this game, but I hesitated for a long time.

Towerfall is a Joust like game where you can fight against a human opponent locally in arenas, solo play levels or play them cooperatively.

1/ The arena brawl mode is incredibly GOOD.
If you have controllers, if you have friends who can come over and play with you, buy this game!
It's the funniest game of this genre I have played locally since the bomberman sness one. It's that good, it's a masterpiece.

2/ There are long time technical issues that are not fixed.
  • There is no network mode.
  • The default bindings of the pad and the keyboard are not really good and worse, you cant rebind them ingame.
  • The game recognizes only xbox pads (which are not very good for the price)

3/ the solo and coop game are terrible.
It seems those modes have been put on top of the real game afterwards, as they are not properly designed. The levels are full of choke points, and the only challenge the game can throw at the player is overwhelming him with more entities, not clever enemy design, not clever mapping.
Solo mode is a grinding chore.
Timings are not properly tweaked, making use of the movement combos awkward and combined with the bindings the game isnt a fast flowing movement and fighting game anymore but an exercise in memory where you try to find the perfect way to beat every level by doing the same thing again and again.
And even that is defeated by the game choice to enter a little bit of randomness in the entities start position, which changes nothing but just add to the time you need to pass to know every pattern.

I understand that this game is a one man operation and came from an other platform. This could explain some of the technical difficulties or some bad design choice. As I said it is still one of the best game ever in local multi.
But those issues have been tackled to death by other games for a long time and they are resolved by other one-man games. Take a look at spelunky. Wether you like it or not, the timings of the entities, the reaction of the pad, everything is 100% precise and you can rebind controls.
The game could have somehow worked in solo mode too and warrant a recommandation if some of those issues had been taken care of.
In 2015, even if your game is an indie game with a retro look, we can't accept this kind of backward usability issues.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
This is a super fun party game if you have 3 other friends, single player is meh but who cares.

HOWEVER, BE WARNED if you're not using xbox 360 controllers you are screwed, the key/button bindings don't match up on ANY of my game pads, the buttons are all wrong and it makes it seriously difficult to play.

PLEASE devs, know that your community is CRYING OUT for you to put in bindable keys!! Let me select what controller I'm using, then let me select the keys/buttons I want to use for what abilities. And allow us to bind multiple keys/buttons to the same ability.

This is a CRUCIAL feature, if you have any way of contacting the developers please remind them of what the community is desperately asking for, I'm fumbling through third party key binding programs trying to figure out how to change things to mine and my friends preferences. It's 2015! This is not on!
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32 of 48 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
119.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
First off, the elephant in the room: This game is local multiplayer or single player only and essentially requires controllers to play. That being said, if you're interested and that's not a problem - it's worth it.

It's well designed to cater to both those who prefer casual play and those who want to master it. While new players will certainly feel less skilled, after getting a hang of the controls even they can get a few good shots in. Everyone I've played it with has enjoyed it after only a few rounds.
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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Unless you have a controller to use, I would not recommend this game. There is currently no way to re-bind keys and the current keys are really off-putting.
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