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 (477 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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June 30

1.1.19 - Balance + Stability Update

I'm experimenting with some new content for TowerFall, but I took a break to put together this quick update. It's mostly about tying up loose ends, on both the design and tech sides of the game :)

We've got one new variant: Regenerating Shields. It should help beef up the 3v1 juggernaut matches that seem to be popular lately. I'm excited to see what else it gets used for.

Balance changes include some tweaks to the Backfire levelset, and an important change to how Bottomless Treasure works that should improve 1v1 tournament play.

For stability I've improved the replay recording to help performance on weaker machines. See below for details!

Thanks for playing, and keep the feedback coming.

-Matt

The full changelog:

Gameplay:

  • New variant: Regenerating Shields
  • Powerups spawned from the bottomless treasure chest will now timeout and despawn after 5 seconds
  • Rebalanced a few Backfire versus mode level layouts
  • Removed Start with Super Bomb Arrows from the random variants pool

Stability:
  • Went back to using XNA on Windows
  • Added option to set replay recording mode: Use GPU, Use CPU, or Off. Use GPU is now the default (was previously done on CPU) and should be faster on most systems
  • Added option to disable controller rumble
  • Added option to disable controller discovery, and removed startup argument that did the same thing. If you were using the startup argument, you'll have to go to the options menu to disable it again
  • Fixed the Matt Makes Games intro being out of sync with the music when vsync is disabled

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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
26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I've brought this game to a lot of my friends, and it has ALWAYS been a hit in 10 minutes or less.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
I consider this a must own for anyone who typically plays games with friends in the same room. The cooperative Quest mode is challenging and fun, while the competitive Head Hunter and Death Match modes bring in some fierce action. The secrets and endless combinations of arrows, treasure, and wacky options make for a unique match every time.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
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.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
53.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Understand :
1) this is a controller game; KB controls are fine.. just not practical
2) learn your jumps

I die a little inside for every friend of mine that does not own Towerfall.

Admittedly, you could justify not wanting to buy TF because of getting the most out of the main attraction, Local Multiplayer, requires a mobile comp solution as well as 2+ controllers. But you have to understand that:

a) TF more than accomplishes the role of being the go to "mobile comp; 2+ controllers"-type game.
b) TF: Ascension, introduces Quest-Mode and Trial mode that provide excellent opportunities to single-player train while friends aren't around.
c) Quest Mode is so good a challenge that it could stand on its on. We all came looking for the multiplayer but finishing Quest Mode with all red/gold skulls will make you a master multiplayer competitor master (not a typo)

TF contains many more subtleties that you will come to love and adore. I dare not spoil you.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
BEST INDIE GAME SINCE HOTLINE MIAMI AND FTL!

The single player "Quest" mode is so complex and fun that you won't care about there not being any online multiplayer. I would say this game is an 8-bit Smash Brothers, but IT'S BETTER.

Super Simple gameplay with tons of complexity made every round of play an endless variety of chaos that compels you to get better and better. I've put 10 hours in single player, and I'm not even half way through it.

PURE AWESOME! PERFECT GAMEPLAY!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
The best 'couch' experience on PC. Easy to pick up with a fairly high skill ceiling, tight controls and tighter design.

Don't consider buying this if you don't have friends to play with and controllers for them to use.


Controls can't be rebound without the use of additional software and some controllers don't play nice.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Simply one of the best coop/Local multiplayer party game on steam.

Feels like smash bros for NES.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This is a great game!
It was the Ouya seller for quite a while and finally came to PC.
Grab your friends, get your controllers out and have a blast.

This is a fast-paced multiplayer platformer focused on reacting quickly to the other players and the changing environment. I have yet to play a game without laughing and getting punched.

Con: local multiplayer only
Pro: everything else

A++
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Great game! Very good to play when friends are over at your house! The quest mode is very challenging and addicting. Easy to play, hard to be good.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
This is a go to when I have people over. Seriously fun multiplayer action in a simple and competitive game. $17 well spent
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Really fun 4 players split-screen game
the game is very easy to get into but requires some strategy and quick thinking to outsmart your opponents and kill them.
your objective is to kill your opponents with your arrows, they usually die with one hit unless they have the shield power-up. there are many arrow types and power-ups to be grabbed, also there are many options and mutators to change like auto balance that will give shield power up to the losing players..etc. highly recommended if you have enough buddies to play with.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
55.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Greatest couch-Multiplayer since Bomberman 5 (snes). We adore it!
Quest-and Trial mode are also quite enjoyable,
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
164.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
A perfect local multiplayer game really, Co-op or VS.
The great thing is they are always adding things and so I'm surprised and amazed nearly everytime I fire the game up with some friends.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Amazingly fun. Tremendous replay value.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
Towerfall will probably be in my top 10 alltime games. Great 4-player archery battle with customable rules set. Singleplayer quest is not my cup of tea. Trial levels are frustating yet rewarding. Most of the levels are unlocked at the beginning, but needs some singleplayer gaming to unlock the rest.

The downside for some people is that the game supports no network play. I enjoy playing local, but can't get the gang together as often as I'd like.

+ Full chaos 4-player multiplayer
+ Easy to learn, hard to master
+ Variety with custom rules set
+ Time-trial like puzzle levels
+ Supports a variety of controllers without extra configuration
+ Great music and clear pixelgraphic visuals
- No network play
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
A really fun and competetive game! Especially when with friends, the match has customizable features and rules! The game also has controller support!
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
destroyed all my friendships faster than Mario Party 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
An extremely polished and well-made game. Everything works perfectly, and every mode is a joy to play. The lack of an online mode is a bit disappointing however. There isn't any LAN either.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
An incredible local multiplayer game! As a four player bow and arrow killing fest and as a co-oporative endurance test against waves of enemies, you and your friends are guaranteed to have hours of fun! Finding all the hidden conent is also incredibly fun, and there is a surprising amount of content.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
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.

GFX: 10/10
AUDIO: 10/10
GAMEPLAY: 10/10
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