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 (570 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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“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
390 of 555 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
The game itself is okay. There is a relatively weak SP, and couch-co-op only, so that hurts my opinion of it significantly. The majority of the game's content is only accessible if you have another friend who can come to your house and wants to play this game. There is an expansion coming out, and surprisingly, considering how little content there is overall, the expansion is not free. The dev is of course free to charge for DLC, but it just seems to be a bad move to me. Personally, I'd make sure the base game is stable and substantial for the current audiences it caters to (SP and local split-screen) before I'd ask people to pay for me.

One of the dev's forum admins is a little trigger happy on the thread deleting as well. They seem to get rid of anyone with anything negative to say.

More recently, there's this http://www.polygon.com/2015/2/10/8011477/towerfall-anita-sarkeesian
I've seen multiple threads of people calmly discussing this, without negativity, just curiosity, and those threads get deleted as well.

I did play over 4 hours of the game as well, so I'm not one of those people who plays for 10 minutes and gives a bad review.

EDIT: They delete threads that even mention the deleting of threads. Seems like the only place you can speak your mind is in the game reviews.
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195 of 315 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Great game, but I bought it for the online multiplayer without realizing it's local multiplayer only.

Made me get friends.

8/10 got me friends but made me realize I'm an idiot.

EDIT: Okay, I know this review has been up for a while, but it's time to be honest. There was never a part where I got friends. :C

EDIT EDIT: Yeah, I know there's a controversy, but it's stupid as all hell. Not getting involved.
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457 of 828 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
I wouldn't buy this game. Opt for something else. The developer has gone full McIntosh and is adding an Anita Sarkeesian player to the expansion. Don't support this anti-gamer dev.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
This game is a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ delight. It's got fast paced multiplayer that feels easy to learn but difficult to master, and the single player challenges are well designed and have perfect difficulty scaling.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Towerfall is like sex: one is good, two is better, four is amazing!
No, wait..


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675 of 894 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
82.8 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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247 of 315 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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221 of 330 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
62.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2014
Do you remember playing multiplayer games such as Goldeneye or Smash Bros. with friends for hours on end? TowerFall is that experience and more. Matches are fierce and exciting. They are the perfect length to allow players to rotate out without feeling too short. You’ll be cheering and yelling alongside everyone else as you wait for your turn.

TowerFall is a masterclass example of intentional game design. Nothing feels out of place or missing. The controls and pacing have been fine tuned to create the best possible experience.

While multiplayer is the main focus, and is amazing, there is a substantial amount of single player content. I’d like to focus on that in this review since everyone else is going to talk about multiplayer.

In quest mode you take on waves of enemies with a friend or by yourself. There’s one level for every tower with normal and hardcore difficulties, which I would rename to hardcore and insane. Waves and enemy movement are not random, they have been carefully designed to provide a varied and challenging experience. Even the simplest of enemies can be a huge obstacle with so much going on at once. The boss fights are epic too.

Perhaps the most challenging mode in TowerFall is trials mode. It’s like break-the-targets in Smash Bros. but way more intense. Each trial is like a puzzle -- figure out the optimal way to beat it -- then figure out how to pull it off. Gold times are set so someone moderately good at the game might have a chance with practice. Diamond times are even harder with most set to under a few seconds. It feels very satisfying when you pull it off. Each trial feels unique and like the game is trying to teach you something.

TowerFall is a beautiful game with an insane amount of visual polish. While its character and environment designs stand out, the details and animation are what puts it over the top. Everything from how the character moves to the environment details such as dripping water or crumbling skeletons.

This review is not complete without talking about the audio design. Each character has a unique set of sound effects. This not only gives them individual personalities but also lets you know what’s happening elsewhere on the screen. The soundtrack is also worthy of much praise. Each tower has a unique track that matches the visuals perfectly. It echos the gameplay both in tempo and mood and tells a story at the same time.

Multiplayer is what you buy the game for but single player is very good too. TowerFall is an amazing game and is worth both your time and money.
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108 of 153 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
Are you kidding me? What is with these controls? First of all forget using any logical controls in the menu. 'D', 'C', and Space are the keys you use to accept something. 'S' will back you out of a menu. And 'Return' does nothing... except if you are in the first scene where it says to "Press C". By the way, you can go back to the first scene by pressing 'S' in the main menu...
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88 of 131 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
60.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
This game is "OK", it is quite enjoyable, but get's irritating because of the lack of information. There is no rebindable keys and it seems like i MUST use my keyboard as a player. All the keys are for a controller so when using the keyboard you lose many abilities.

Give a tutorial of how to play this game and i will recommend it
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94 of 148 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
A great game that feels a bit out of place on a PC. A PC is not particularly good at supporting local multiplayer for a reason. Yet this game proudly flaunts it's "local multiplayer only" design on a platform that was never designed for it.

Unless this game gets an online feature, it will only collect digital dust. Which is a shame because the game really is fantastic. It's just the developer clearly didn't take into account that most people don't use their PC for local multiplayer, they have their living rooms and video game consoles for that.
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83 of 138 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 23, 2014
The game on it's own right is pretty good. The real flaw in this game comes in the fact that there is no online multiplayer. With that said the Bad out weighs the good simply on that fact. The single player isn't enpugh for the price tag, and not having multiplayer completely makes it not worth it.
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85 of 154 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2014
Honestly, don't even bother to try to play this with a keyboard. You NEED a controller.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2014
Amazing Local Multplayer

It can be hard to find a game I can play with family and friends on a single pc. This is one of my favorites, no doubt. Hook up some controllers and you're set.

The controls are simple, making it easy for anyone to get in to. Despite the simple controls, games get intense quickly. Gather up some people and watch the blasphemy ensue.

Extremely Recommended
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103 of 198 people (52%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2014
Buy this game right now. Tell that random guy at work you talk to on occasion your home address. Wait for him to arrive. Play this game together until the sun goes cold and the mountains turn to ash. Be happy with your life knowing that you have seen and played with the greatest creation known to man.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
55.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
I love TowerFall Ascension. Excellent gameplay, great variety of multiplayer options and a great questing mode. I find myself getting invested every game, and even though I get super stressed at every failure while heading towards full gold skulls the feeling of victory is unmatched.

(For those against Anita Sarkeesian, don't let that get in the way of enjoying the game. Buy it based on game, not on a single alt skin. It is DLC afterall. The only thing that should make such a huge sway on what you will do should be if you have a console controller, because it is so much better with one)
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Best 6 hours of swearing on hardcore mode ever
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
55.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Requirements:

* This game requires controllers. Technically the keyboard can be used by one player, but it's really awkward. I use Xbox 360 controllers and they're perfect.

* This game really requires friends that you hang out with sometimes. It has no online mode, so you can't play multiplayer when no one else is around.

If you can swing that, then this game is absolutely amazing. At work, we've just made this game our normal afternoon break.

Note: at first, you may feel like the movement is a little slow. This is because the ability to move very quickly requires somewhat advanced technique, similar to special moves in a fighting game. Look up dodge cancelling.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Pretty addictive arcade style game. Think bubble bobble with limited ammo that you can pick up again after firing :woo:

Should be a blast with 4 players
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
First found out about the game about a year ago at an event held by my college organization. Decided to buy it (since it was on sale) a few hours ago and I already feel like I got my money's worth. While online multiplayer is the name of the game nowadays, I feel like the local LAN is the only way to play this game. The gameplay itself gives me a nostalgic feeling that takes me back to the days where I played Super Smash Bros. with my cousins when we were children. Few games do that nowadays.

10/10!
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