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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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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November 2, 2015

1.3.1 - New Achievement + Fixes

Hey everyone! Today I uploaded a quick little patch to address a few lingering issues after the Workshop Update.

  • Added a new achievement! Speed of Light - Hyper jump across a level
  • Fixed a crash when placing Mud on a bottom row of a level in the editor
  • Modding in new archers or co-op towers by hand, rather than replacing the already-existing ones, should no longer crash the game

Thanks, and have fun!

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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
Helpful customer reviews
45 of 46 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
54.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2015
Note: This game can only be played locally. There is no online multiplayer whatsoever.

Spectacular battle arena-type game focused on fast-paced bow and arrow oriented combat, with mechanics that are very approachable and, for the most part, easy to figure out on your own. The relative transparency of its mechanics does not, however, mean that it is an easy game to master. The game has a high skill ceiling, with substantial room for the player to improve. A notable feature is the added dimension of screen wrapping - players or objects that pass through the bottom of the screen will come out through the top, left side through the right, and vice versa. Should you decide to pick the game up, you will soon discover what a devilish thing this can be.

The game is split into three modes: Versus, Co-op, and Trials. The Versus mode pits 2-4 players against one another in one of three different sub-modes, all focused on killing the opposing players, with a large number of game modifiers available that change the games in a variety of ways. There are a large number of stages available, some of which have to be unlocked through various means. Co-op mode (perhaps more aptly called "Quest mode", as it can be played and enjoyed perfectly well as a solo experience) is a mode that pits you and a friend (up to three friends in the expansion's version of co-op) against waves of different enemies on each of the themed maps. There's not much more to it than that, but it is enjoyable and provides for some challenge if you're going for achievements. Lastly, Trials is a time trial mode that challenges you to destroy a number of dummies as quickly as possible with the tools available in each stage. It's somewhat maddening, but engrossing for the obsessive.

The game has a simple, charming aesthetic, and a suitably valiant soundtrack.

Overall there is little about the game that I can fault. The most notable flaw is its lack of online multiplayer, the exclusion of which may well have been intentional, as the game appears to have been constructed to strongly encourage getting together and duking it out with a group of friends. Even so, I would recommend it as a singleplayer game due to its inherent charm and the challenges it provides in its Quest and Trial modes, although I imagine a lot of people would disagree with me on this point. I'm just a sucker for a good challenge wrapped into a neat little package. I expect I will be returning to this game many times in the future.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
189.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
BEST LOCAL VIDEOGAME EVER .
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
70.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
Simply the best local multi-player game ever made...
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