A malicious orb has cast Savant out of his tower and transformed his surroundings into dangerous enemies! Dodge and shoot your way back up the tower, and blast down waves of enemies as you make your way towards the top! As you progress, you unlock CDs that not only give you new tracks to play to, but also grant you powerful new abilities!
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Savant - Ascent 구매


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2015년 12월 24일

Merry Xmas

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(To activate an extra festive mode in Savant - Ascent this christmas, press the 'X'-key in the main menu) - Available till the 1st of January.

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“Savant: Ascent Is The Best $2 You’ll Ever Spend”

“Pure shot of adrenaline!”
9/10 – Retr0J

“Quite Genious”
4/5 – IndieGameReviewer

게임에 대해

A malicious orb has cast Savant out of his tower and transformed his surroundings into dangerous enemies!

Dodge and shoot your way back up the tower, and blast down waves of enemies as you make your way towards the top! As you progress, you unlock CDs that not only give you new tracks to play to, but also grant you powerful new abilities!

You play as the powerful Alchemist, a mechanical wizard who tries to possess the power of the mysterious orb. He's able to shoot vollyes of magic missiles, aswell as being nimble enough to dodge and jump out of harms way.

Unlock 6 unique soundtracks from musical artist Savant each with unique powers to help you ascend the Alchemist's tower, or reach new highscores in Time Attack or Endless Mode. There are also secret powers to unlock, and several achievements to challenge the most experienced of players.

Can you make it to the top?

+ Challenging dodge & shoot gameplay!
+ Powerful abilities, fast action, hoards of enemies to obliterate!
+ 6 unlockable soundtracks, each one gives you a new power
+ Several modes to play
+ Secret powers!

시스템 요구 사항

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 운영체제: Windows Vista/Windows 7
    • 프로세서: 1.5 GHz Core2Duo
    • 메모리: 2 GB RAM
    • 그래픽: OpenGL 1.4 or better
    • 저장공간: 120 MB 사용 가능 공간
    • 추가 사항: Minimum 1024x768 screen resolution
    • 운영체제: Mountain Lion v10.8
    • 프로세서: 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    • 메모리: 2 GB RAM
    • 그래픽: Intel HD Graphics 5000
    • 저장공간: 120 MB 사용 가능 공간
    • 추가 사항: Minimum 1024x768 screen resolution
    • 운영체제: Ubuntu 13.10
    • 프로세서: 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    • 메모리: 2 GB RAM
    • 그래픽: Intel HD Graphics 5000
    • 저장공간: 120 MB 사용 가능 공간
    • 추가 사항: Minimum 1024x768 screen resolution
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Jarl Hamm
( 1.3 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 5월 28일
Savant is a fast-paced, difficult game with beautiful pixel art and a neat approach on a platformer. You unlock abilities as you unlock CD's - which also unlock new soundtracks! This game gets to be very, very difficult, but totally do-able.

No, you're not going to find some kinda advanced story here (or, really, any story at all), but for the price this game is totally worth it. Hours of entertainment for $2!
( 1.4 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 5월 27일
1. This game doesn't have any pretense of being too long or involved and really isn't. The hour or so it will take most people to get through the story mode on this is a fun hour w/ really no dull moments. If you are fine w/ that, this game is for you.

2. It sort of feels like an old shareware title from back in the nineties where you got the first episode of the game for free and then had to pay to get the rest. Only in this case you pay up front and there is no more game when you're done.

3. Just kidding, there are actually two extra modes unlocked once you've finished. Not the same as more levels but, hey, it does add some replayability beyond just going for a high score.

4. This game goes out of its way to call attention to its soundtrack but the music is only pretty good.

5. Graphics are also pretty good.

6. Overall presentation strikes me somehow as just feeling very loud, almost feels like the game was designed to stand out in an arcade. I suppose the avalanche of indie titles these days does approximate the din of a packed arcade though so fair enough. I never would have played this were it not for the black metal sounding intro music in the trailer (which sadly devolves into some wubby techno).

7. This controls better w/ mouse and keyboard than with a controller but it controls really well either way. There are definitely frustrating moments in this game but it's because you are a palsied and ill-coordinated nerd and not because you didn't doge in sync w/ your inputs.

8. If you quit before you finish on your first session, you have to start at the beginning again but you maintain all your power ups so it's a bunch easier.

9. There is a weird mechanic in this where you don't get to use any of your powerups until you die. This would make for a great hardcore challenge--to beat the game w/o dying means you don't get to use powerups--but *spoiler* you can't kill the final boss w/o the first power up. I saw an explanation from the devs about this and it still doesn't make any sense.

10. Don't worry. You are almost certainly going to die on your first attempt and many times after that. Nobody who has seen the sun in the past fifteen years has spent enough time playing shmups to crush this thing on the first go.

11. I dig that this is a Game Maker game. I once tried to make a Game Maker game to snowball into the indie game avalanche and only got as far as making a couple sprites flit about randomly while you shot bullets at them that did absolutely nothing.

12. Games don't have to be big and complex to be good. They just have to be good.

13. At the end of the day, my judge of an aracady shmup type game is if when I beat the final boss I give out my secret aracady shmup boss beating victory yell and I did that w/ this game. I call this a win for DPad Studios. I am looking forward to more titles from them.
Brayd of Guy
( 1.9 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 5월 24일
I would f#ck this soundtrack
( 1.2 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 5월 19일
What a game. What a strange beast of a game. Part twin stick shooter, part platformer, Savant - Ascent is a whirlwind of color, music, and exploding robots. It's also incredibly bizarre as you play a Guy Fawkes lookalike alchemist whose goal is to retrieve an orb that has the essence of a purple Mario clone called "Vario" in it and...yeah. It's a weird game. But it's pretty fun, too, and that's important.

As you play Savant - Ascent, you hop from one of three platforms, dodging enemies and their incoming fire all while firing back at them. That's it. That's the whole game. It's super simple. As you progress through the levels, you can unlock record pieces that, when fully formed, not only grant you new music to listen to, but new upgrades to your own weapon. Very straight forward, but it works well.

Savant is extremely short, however; with determination, you can probably beat it in a sitting, 100%. It's tough for sure, but nothing patience can't fix. If I had a problem with it, it's that when you aim at an enemy, the camera pulls towards them, leaving you blind in the opposite direction. Expect many, MANY, deaths because of that. But still...what to make of the mish mash of steam punk, EDM, and weird Mario insertions?

Fun Fact: I was at work the other day (a supermarket) when I saw a customer walk by with a t shirt with this game art on it. I thought, "Oh, wow, that's cool! I didn't know this game was so popular!" I talk to him about it and learned that Savant is actually an EDM artist. The game, Savant - Ascent, is actually a strange side project featuring his music. IT SUDDENLY ALL MADE SENSE.

I think I got this for a dollar. Buy it. It's worth the one dollar.
( 22.8 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 5월 15일
Awesome little game that, for the price of just 2€, delivers a real challenge (at least to me). Ascent definitely isn't the kind of title you would play every day/week/month, but it's loads of fun every time!
( 7.5 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 5월 14일
Best two dollars I have ever spent in my life.
Pros: Quick, amazing, and fun gameplay. Being a badass. Amazing music, and addicting gameplay. Challenging gameplay.
Also its only 2 dollars. Buy it now.
Cons: Not long enough. Also if you are prone to rage quitting this is not your game.
( 0.6 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 5월 9일
Port of an iOS game. Less of a game than it is a mostly brainless twin stick shooter. Nothing intrinsictly wrong with it, just not worth more than a buck.
( 0.9 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 5월 8일
Not long enough and doesn't have replayability
( 4.0 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 5월 6일
11/10 would Ascent again
( 3.9 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 5월 4일
Hello there everyone, and welcome to my first [or second i cant count] Review.

This is for SAVANT:Ascent. Enjoy, Or not, Your life.

Postive [A breif overview]:
Really dam good pixel graphics.
Good Controls, shooting works fine.
Design is fantastic, especially SAVANT&The backgrounds. Did i mention this game has dam good graphics?
The CD mechanic is intresting, its a bit diffucult for me as im not good at this game at all, but whatevs.

Now for some negatives, because no game is perfect:
The enemy designs are simplistic [Note:I mean the normal enemies, not any bosses if there are any]
Pretty hard, though thats really more nitpciky on my part. Alot of people might like that challange.
The soundtrack,atleast to me as its really not my thing, is awful.
Now this last one is prooooably just me, but at the beginning screen, it glitches out nonstop, showing 01010101s and a few other werid things. I dunno, might just be me.
The CD grabbing can be delayed, or not even registered.


For me, a soundtrack is a BIG part of a game, and thats why im not giving it like a 8 or 9. I do reccomend this for you players out there who like your Shoot-Em-Ups, And your difficulty. Just dont expect that theres no bugs with the game, mkay? Thank you all for reading!
( 1.0 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 4월 28일
is good bass
Chocolate Thunder89
( 2.6 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 4월 24일
Short little game, wish it was way longer. The music is at least half the reason to play it and it is amazing. I liked it...if there's ever a sequel or any DLC, I'd get that Day One.

Overall: Fun but short.
( 6.5 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 4월 21일
Do you like short playtimes or just need to play something for a while?
Do you like music?
Do you like flailing your mouse around in panic when everything starts exploding around you?
Do you like hard, but fair games?
If you said yes to any of these, you should get this game.

Also, spoilers the game does NOT end after Vario there is 1 more boss and it is crazy
( 0.7 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 4월 20일
The maker of this game is also a Musical artist, he also helped with [bass for autism] which a fundraising program Via Bandcamp, which donates to helping kids with autism.

i didn't beat the game, maybe i'll add a review when i beat mario...
۞_۞ 忍びz7
( 1.9 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 4월 19일
At first i was like tha F___ and then i was like oh this game is easy. 40 min later i ended the game.
Wtf... gg
( 0.8 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 4월 18일
A small little game, but it was really enjoyable and fun. Deffentily worth it
Shy Guy
( 2.0 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 4월 18일
This game is a 10/10
( 0.3 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 4월 17일
I'm a big fan of Savant's music, so I figured I'd give the game a try. I don't play a lot of 2D games like this, but I enjoy this one a lot, if nothing else for the music and action.
( 0.3 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 4월 16일
I've only played 20 minutes of this game so far, and it's one of the most engaging and addicting games I've ever played.
It's Okay!
( 0.3 시간 기록 )
게시 일시: 2016년 4월 12일
skrillex, diplo, and justin beaver throw down in the all new dubstep dlc: savant-ascension.
-2 maps
-15 guns
-new zombie gametype
-limited edition recess and jack u tracks

requires call of duty black ops 1
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1.9 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2016년 5월 24일
I would f#ck this soundtrack
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7.7 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2016년 3월 27일
Savant - Ascent is a two dimensional, action-packed, point-and-click, arcady shooter. It revolves around a mysterious figure, who aims to climb a tower in order to find the secret source of magic. Countless and diverse types of enemies try to hinder him and you need to help him getting rid of the evil forces that guard the philosopher's stone.

Design & Art
The game is nicely designed and features an original gothical artstyle. The character and enemies look very detailed and well animated. In my opinion, the visuals were crafted with tender, love and care, they positively enhance the atmosphere of the game.

Controls are pretty straightforward; you aim with the mouse and the game offers a tutorial for the moves you are able to do. Also, the Savant - Ascent features complete controller support, for people who want to play that way. Nice!

Sound & Music
The soundtrack is what keeps this game alive. The game features a set of electronic/dubstep songs, that accompany you during your play. In my opinion, the music is really awesome and makes the game feel more arcady, even without repeating chiptunes!

Sounds are nice too. Overall, the sound of the game enhances the gameplay and lets you feel the action from start to finish. It really feels like you are playing an arcade game!

The gameplay is kept simple: you, enemies, shooting, surviving. You aim in the general direction enemies are in and shoot. That's it. Disc parts you can find or unlock throughout the game will give you a new track you can listen to, but they also grant you a special power (more damage etc.). There are different powers and all of them make you somewhat stronger. Try to find all of them, in order to beat the endgame content this game has to offer!

Chain up kills to increase your score multiplier and reach that sweet, sweet highscore in the leaderboards. But be careful not to get hit, since it reduces your multiplier, aswell as your lives. Three hits and it is game over for you!

Next to a small story, this game features and endless mode, in which you have to survive as long as possible (and consecutively gain very many points). Lastly, there is a timed mode for the storymode, in which you will need to beat the game as fast as possible. Small eastereggs are also included.

Unfortunatly, music is (as always) a matter of taste. If you feel a strong dislike for said music, I would advise against buying this product.

Be aware of the fact that this game is short and might not keep you engaged for a very long time. Fortunatly, the shortness is compensated with its price. Consider it a tasty snack you discover, so tasty you want to savor it by not eating it too often.

Concluding Thoughts
Savant - Ascent is a game that could really be called a new age arcade game.

For a game that small in size and content, I really had lots of fun with it. The soundtrack enhanced my complete experience with it and kept my heart pumping and my head banging. The gameplay feels overly satisfying, wrecking some enemies with POWER OVERWHELMING has never felt that good for me.

So you should definetly give it a try, because Savant - Ascent took the term "Brevity is the soul of wit." and "Sometimes, less is more." very literal. So literal, that I can't even believe I didn't spend more than two dollars on this game.

Friendly advice: Just be careful not to headbang too much or you'll wake up with neck muscle hangover the next day.
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1.0 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2016년 3월 16일
Simple, quick and most importantly: runs on lower-end machines. Great way to pass time.
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0.8 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2016년 4월 10일
A quick and short shmup with some replayability. You can easily finish the game within 15 minutes, like me.
But then I came back to it...and again, and again. The game control perfectly, the action can get quite crazy (especially
in the unlockable Endless Mode) and overall the game is just a blast to play.

The best 2$ I could have spent on that type of game, ever.
I really hope the developer could make a much bigger sequel.

Highly recommended.
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1.5 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2016년 1월 3일
├Honest Review┤
Review is based on current state of game.

Game Pros
• Quick Startup
• Easy concept
• Awesome soundtracks
• Challenging but not overly difficult
• Great visuals

Game Cons
• Game was too short. I know it's not high budget, but I just wish there was more.

Relateable Games
• N/A

Savant - Ascent is truly an amazing game based of the music artist "Savant" and his music. Jump between platforms and kill the enemies to progress through each level, and collect CD shards to unlock speacial abilities. Best couple dollars i've ever spent. Fun fact, The definition of "Savant" is "a person who does not have normal intelligence but who has very unusual mental abilities that other people do not have. and or "a person who knows a lot about a particular subject which this artist has. Hence his stage name.

(If you found this review helpful, consider giving it a thumbs up!)
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5명이 이 평가가 재미있다고 함
0.3 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 12월 26일
I can't get past the first screen and it gave me a nose bleed 10/10
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0.5 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 12월 11일
Cons:another endless survival game
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2.0 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2016년 1월 28일
A really short aracade game, with a an amazing soundtrack and great fast paced eciting gameplay but the length is really a killer to game that could trully be something amazing, but still at the price of R12($0.50) when on sale you'll more than get your money out of it so its worth picking up when on sale or just for the great music.
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8.9 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2016년 1월 4일

Gameplay level: OVER 9000!!!
Dankness rate: 9/11

And that's all what'ya need, m8. Buy and play!
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1.0 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2016년 2월 12일
If you are a fan of Savant you will like this!
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10.1 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2016년 2월 8일
It's difficult
However I recommend it because it can really pass the time
It seems repetitive, but it does get harder, get endless mode, after about like 15 million it gets insane
it's cheap so you can't go wrong
oh yeah and visuals and graphics are awesome
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6.8 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 12월 14일


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6.9 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 12월 5일
is good, you shoot the robot with the beat, then the ninja man try and kill but you kill first, then he kill you anyway
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4.1 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 1월 18일
별 생각 없이 잡았다가 생각보다 재미있게 했던 '슈팅'게임이다.
웬 콧수염 아저씨가 장풍을 날려대며 기계뭉치들을 부수는 게임으로 좌, 우, 위로 적의 육탄공격을 피하며 죽여야 한다.

장점이라면 굉장한 타격감, 흥미로운 스테이지 구성, 긴박한 보스전이 있고
단점이라면 자비없는 난이도, 더 자비없는 보스전, 파워업이 적용되려면 반드시 한 번 죽어야 한다는 점인데, 떄문에 스토리모드를 스트레이트로 진행할 수 없다.

짧지만 강렬하게 즐길 수 있는 게임으로 추천하는 편이다.
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3명이 이 평가가 재미있다고 함
2.3 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2015년 2월 8일
난이도 모친출타. 그래도 30분이면 엔딩보고 다른 모든 컨텐츠 섭렵가능. 즉, 가격대비 플레이타임 부친출타.
그리고 대사가 없는 게임이라 애들이 뭣 때문에 싸우는지 잘 모르겠음.

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이후에 무료로 추가 컨텐츠 업데이트 해줘서 새로운 스테이지랑 보스 추가됬는데, 그 보스는 난이도 양친출타. 공략영상 보고 따라해도 깰수가 없음.
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1.0 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2014년 2월 17일
불친절하기 짝이 없는게임 플레이 시간이라도 적어서 다행이다
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2.3 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2014년 6월 25일
진짜 한심한 ♥♥♥ 게임. 국내 for kakao 붙은 모바일 게임만도 못 한 수준의 쓰레기 게임.
5분도 안 되는 분량의 스토리모드에, 그나마도 그 스토리가 뭔지 전혀 납득도 가질 않는다.
그 외에 즐길 거리라곤 엔드리스 모드와 타임 어택 뿐인데, 타임어택은 그냥 스토리모드에서 살짝, 아주 살짝 적들 좀 더 나오는거에 불과하고, 엔드리스 모드 난이도 조절은 정말 엄청난 대실패작이다.
가격이 2달러고 50% 할인하면 1달러라 정말 싸지만, 싼게 비지떡이 무엇인지를 절실히 보여주는 게임.

더불어, 게임 제작자들은 이 게임을 반면교사로 삼아, 난이도 조절을 할 때 "어려운 것"과 "불가능한 것"의 차이를 올바르게 이해하고 게임을 만들길 바란다.
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1.2 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2013년 12월 4일
A VERY highly recommended game for music lovers and Shoot 'em up gamers, I've been a fan of Savants for quite a long time and in no way expected to see this sort of thing appearing on Steam :D
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0.6 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2013년 12월 4일
Savant, Aleksander Vinter, is one of my favorite electronic musicians. I became a huge fan of his music ever since the first tune of his I heard. He dabbles in dubstep, glitch hop, electro, house, complextro, and some other styles. The superb music is great in this game! It really goes well with the intense action. The gameplay, so far, has been fast, fluid, exciting, and challenging. The CDs you complete for new powers are aquired fairly quickly. I've only played for about ten minutes and already have all but two pieces, of four, for the last CD. Being that Savant is a musician I, honestly, didn't expect much from this game but I wanted to support the artist for all the wonderful songs he's made. I'm glad that I was proven wrong. For the measly $2 you need to spend to buy Savant - Ascent I most certainly got my money's worth. When I'm done with this review I'm turning up my speakers and going to jam out while slaying baddies some more. There even appears to be a mini-boss enemy and I'm hoping that there will eventually be a final boss.

- Fluid animations
- Crisp old-school graphics
- Challenging, but enjoyable

- None, I don't know what else I could ask for with the small $2 price tag.

Bottom line:
If you're a fan of electronic music, or Savant himself, then you should immediately buy this game. Anyone could play it and enjoy themselves for at least an hour. Seriously, guys and gals, it's no more expensive than a candybar but the gameplay, plus the music, is a much sweeter experience!
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72.5 시간 기록
게시 일시: 2013년 12월 4일
Savant - Ascent is a pretty short, absolutely gorgeous, and entirely unique game. It's fast, fun, simple enough to pick up in minutes, and deep enough to warrant long discussions and in-depth guides, and still leave room for new discoveries. The first release from D-Pad Studio (to my knowledge), made in collaboration with the titular musical artist, Savant (Aleksander Vinter), this is definitely a good example of how to make a game the right way.

Story mode is pretty short, consisting of only 5 levels that each take 2-5 minutes (except perhaps the final boss), and the gameplay itself is very simple, consisting of attacking enemies and moving between 2 platforms (and sometimes not even the latter). However, the game really shines through in its ability to stretch everything it offers to the limit. Story mode done? Try to race yourself, your friends, and the rest of the world with time attack, or go for an all-time highscore in endless mode. Maybe [SPOILERS] don the mask of the vanquished Vario and replay story mode with different attacks and movement for a change-up. During play, collect CD pieces from special enemies to unlock bonus soundtracks and new abilities, working your way up to obtaining the ultimate power that is the whole reason you're at the tower. Then try to take on the final boss, a lighting-fast, teleporting robot samurai in space with laser-shark friends who want nothing more than to see you reduced to a pile of ashes with a silly hat. And when all of that's done, maybe think about unlocking all of the achievements in the game. There aren't a lot of them, but when you accomplish them for the first time, they are certainly deserving of the name; the devs intentionally made them difficult to accomplish so it would actually be worth getting them and not just some extra stuff they threw in on a lazy Friday.

The music and visuals of Savant - Ascent also need to be mentioned; and they are both spectacular. The soundtrack is entirely composed by Savant himself and each song goes perfectly with the crazy, upbeat feel of the game. Some parts of the game even feature specific music not available in the 7 records you unlock, and the final boss seems to fight you to the beat of the music playing in the background. The graphics are simple, 16-bit images with that nice comfortable, retro, pixel-y feel while still being grand and beautiful (seriously, take a second to look at the background in the screenshots or during play).

For a while, there were two extra unlockable versions the game: GOTY and X-MAS versions, which changed the look of the enemies and added a nice little change. They aren't currently available as of writing this, but maybe X-MAS will come back for the holidays, and perhaps GOTY will come back in a patch or a further update.

Now for the price. I'm sure this is a big issue for a lot of people, and it definitely is a factor for me. Luckily, this game costs only $2! If you can't quite afford that, maybe it'll go on sale for 50% during one of steams big sale events. I would say this game is definitely worth more money than just 2 dollars, but I'm more than happy to pay just that to play the game.

Alright, this is getting lengthy... In summary, I would absolutely recommend this game to everyone, even if it's just to try the unusual gameplay for a few minutes. The music is great, the visuals are stunning, the features play off of each other perfectly and the Devs obviously knew what they were doing when designing the unlockables, achievements, special abilities, enemies, and levels. Play this game. Seriously, though, play it.
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