I stumbled upon this game while looking for couch co-op and local multiplayer titles.
This is an amazing work of art.
The over-the-top 16-bit era style sprites are crafted with such love and quality it puts damn near every other 'indie' title to shame. A true pixel master slow-roasted these graphics to perfection and it shows in every frame. Everything is so incredibly individual, it really makes this game stand out in a sea of sadly imagined "pixel-art". Details like arrows catching fire and archers hats and cloaks being shot off to reveal their little faces can be so easily overlooked in the overall beauty of the environments and the chaos within them.
The sound is absolutely amazing. The soundtrack is so fitting and the sound effects are so thoughtful and beautifully mastered. Just hearing the title music gives me goosebumps, and the sound effects are so amazingly original. The sound really makes the game pop and it really showcases the individuality that this game posseses. I cannot stress enough how it seems that audio has been put on the backburner in games for so long and almost lost as an art, yet Towerfall is spilling over with so many incredible tracks and sounds. Not just sounds, but video game stuff. Stuff that doesn't fit anywhere but on a screen in front of a controller, and it's heaven to my ears.
Beyond just these athstetic properties, the game, although simple, is a masterpiece full of replayability. As one of many (unlockables!) archers, you can battle against challenging evil NPC creatures alone or with a friend in Quest Mode, or cross arrows with up to 3 other human rivals in the furious Versus Mode. There's also a Trials section where a single player can race the clock with skillful displays of archery. As you would expect, the Versus mode is very customizeable, making for many many types of multiplayer battles. There are currently 75 variants to tweak and the developer has been adding more since release. And since the game isn't incredibly complex, there's not a lot of room for bugs or glitches to occur. The game runs flawlessly 100% of the time and doesn't require a massive gaming rig.
There are some interesting ways that the game lets you unlock new areas and fighters. Perhaps this one thing was the reason I felt so attached to this game. Unlocking secrets can be so squeelingly exciteable that it makes this old gamer feel like a kid again. In an age of DLC and dollar unlockables, this title still has the ability to make a digital unlock feel earned. Without giving too much information away, one of the final(?) unlockable sequences requires a pretty immersive association with the game, which felt very clever and rewarding.
Although, this game may not be for everyone. The fast-paced mechanics and 'twitch' control style could potentially be a barrier for a lot of inexperienced gamers. There's no online mode, so if you don't have a lot of couch buddies, the replayability level might not be as high. The Trials section of the game does offer a heap of challenge though, so if you're only 1p you won't be left out cold. The keyboard is just no way to play this game though, so you'll need at least one controller to really enjoy it, and if you don't have a set of controllers for a few other players, I'd immagine the fun would be dulled a bit. That said, if you enjoy a challenge, or challenging your friends, this incredible title will have you and your buddies hooked.