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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!
Release Date: Dec 4, 2013
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Minor update(v1.39.99.2)

May 11th, 2014

Ok, second part of our weekend bug eradication is live!

This version makes further fixes to shaders.

You can now set shaders to: advanced, basic or off. Basic shaders will do a simpler shading on things like enemies and Savant's powerups.

Advanced shaders will require more resources out of your graphics card but will perform some advanced color swapping on Savant's cape when it is powered up(if your graphics card does not support this, it won't change color at all).

I didn't get the chance to check out the possibility of adding Trading Cards, but will look into next weekend, as well as keep an eye out in the community for additional bug fixes/suggestions.

All the best
~ Jo, D-Pad

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Minor update(v1.39.99.1)

May 10th, 2014

I'm back from sick leave, and I've been looking at the bug reports coming in, which I will try to sort out during weekends when we're off from development on Owlboy.

This fixes a couple of things:

+ Added keyboard layout support for AZERTY(commonly used in France/Belgium) and QZERTY(commonly used in Italy). You can find these settings in the options menu(press the cog in the lower left corner of the title screen.)

+ Hopefully I was able to make enough changes to the shader so that it compiles on more systems now. I will continue to work on the shader till it works properly.

Please don't hasitate to report bugs in the community, I'm reading through them once I'm free, and will hopefully be able to sort most of them out within a few weeks, working the weekends.

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Reviews

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

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

“Quite Genious”
4/5 – IndieGameReviewer

About the Game

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?

Features:
+ 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!

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Core2Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.4 or better
    • Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum 1024x768 screen resolution

Mac System Requirements

    Recommended:
    • OS: Mountain Lion v10.8
    • Processor: 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000
    • Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum 1024x768 screen resolution

Linux System Requirements

    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.10
    • Processor: 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000
    • Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum 1024x768 screen resolution
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
99 products in account
3 reviews
2.5 hrs on record
Awesome game for lovers of this genre and of course for lovers of the music from Savant. 1,99€ - worth its price
Posted: March 1st, 2014
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
248 products in account
4 reviews
7.9 hrs on record
After looking at some reviews, I expected Savant - Ascent to be a very short, competent shmup with a good soundtrack. After going on a five hour binge of playing the game, I can contest that it's not just a competent game, but rather great at what it does. The controls feel extremely responsive (I've used mouse & keyboard), the animations are well-excecuted, and there is no dull moment.

You start the game with only a rudimentary set of skills – and it's hard in the beginning (or at least was for me), however, you unlock extra abilities by progressing through the levels and game modes. You can probably beat the Story Mode in half an hour or so, but that's where the fun begins. Time Attack Mode is over quickly and good for a short game, while Endless Mode is where the real challenge lies – i.e. in defeating neverending ways of enemies, each wave stronger than the last.
The skills you unlock are tied in with six different music tracks you can change at will, all of which are great (and I'm not a huge fan of electronic music, in general).

It took me five hours to unlock all the different skills and get every achievement in the game – extremely good value, considering the price point of the game, I'd say. One thing to consider is, however, that this will be most enjoyable if you are into score attack games – beating the game once does not take very long, as I said. If you want to challenge yourself (and beat your friends' score, maybe?), though, this might be the ideal game for you.
Posted: April 9th, 2014
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2,055 products in account
128 reviews
1.1 hrs on record
Arcade super-fast platforming action style. Very cheap, and equally short. The music is nice also.
Posted: April 17th, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
774 products in account
25 reviews
14.1 hrs on record
Brilliant! I didn't think of this much at first to be honest. When I started it and realised that the character wasn't moving freely, only hopping between two possible spots while shooting enemies, it seemed very limited to me. Everything was happening in this confined area without the possibility of going anywhere. That early impression wasn't fair. As it turned out the strength of this game lies elsewhere.

The gameplay is generally about shooting swarms of enemies with your character's powers, who can fire magic missiles from his hands at really high speed. Lots of sweeping action as you clear them out while dodging them when they charge. Music plays an important role in this game and while I may not normally listen to this sort of music, it's very appropriate for such a fast paced game.

The real fun comes from obtaining new abilities and learning how to use them effectively to become even better. In fact... Every ability you unlock is something new, but having a big impact on the gameplay. It forces you to change your habits to get used to the new mechanic, as it gives you decisive advantage that helps you make even greater progress. The abilities are unlocked along with new music tracks that you collect as you play and once you have them all, you can also obtain a secret ability (if you figure out how or look it up) which leads you to possessing unbelieveable power that you'll need to prove your true ability in the Endless mode.

Overall this was fun!
Posted: June 9th, 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
148 products in account
5 reviews
1.2 hrs on record
This is the coolest Shmup I've played in a long time. Unique gameplay twists accompanied by great artstyle, responsive controls, and a bangin soundtrack. This game is less than a bag of chips and 69 times tastier. If you enjoy shmups at all definitely pick this one up.
Posted: June 23rd, 2014
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260 of 293 people (89%) found this review helpful
407 products in account
4 reviews
1.2 hrs on record
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
Posted: December 4th, 2013
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