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!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,892 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 4, 2013

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"An action game that has you ascending a tower (no exploration) and kicking lots of monster butt with tight controls,skill upgrades and satisfying combat"

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March 29

Update - GOTY Mode - v1.51.4

We spent the weekend trying to address a few of the bugs that has been reported in the Savant Steam Community, aswell as adding a little something extra!

GOTY mode has now been fixed up, and you can activate it by completing all of the achievements in the game. This will add a button on the Main Menu which let's you turn on GOTY mode.

When GOTY mode is turned on, enemies in the game will be replaced by goats-themed robots(and yes, we know it's a terrible pun).

We've added two new leaderboards for this occation, Vario GOTY(Time Attack) and Endless GOTY.

Other issues addressed in this patch is:
+ Fixed a crash when selecting CDs in the pause menu.
+ Fixed a crash that would occur when using chain attacks on enemy.
+ Fixed a couple of grammar errors.

We will continue to fix issues as they are reported, so please feel free to turn to the discussion community to report any faults.

Enjoy!

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March 25

What we're up to!

This week we put Savant - Ascent up for a 50% sale here on Steam, and our artist Simon(who also draws Savant's album covers) made a new poster to commemorate this!

Full-res version here: Savant Poster on Imgur

Alot of people have been asking whether there will be more content updates for Savant - Ascent, and while it's tempting to continue adding new ideas to the game, we are currently working full-time on our other project, Owlboy.

We've only just got started making games, and we've got a ton of projects coming, so feel free to keep up with us through our official website DPadStudio!

We hope you enjoy playing our games as much as we enjoy working on them!


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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 This 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!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
    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
    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
128 of 145 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
before the void update it was a good game

after the void update its one of my favorite games
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171 of 215 people (80%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Best elevator music i've heard in my life 10/10
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61 of 65 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
"Do you recommend this game?"
HELL. YES!!

This game is amazing on so many levels. The gameplay is ALWAYS action packed. The music is enchanting - you will be dancing to the beat of the music in this game. You can, and will die quite a number of times, but it's all worth it.

And the best part: the game is less than 2 bucks on steam. And that's not even on sale either.
Give steam your money now.
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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Very nice. A very different game, and comes with free music that's worth more than the money you spend on this game. You can compete indirectly online (score system) with ridiculously good opponents. It's generally very fun - and gets better as more updates come along. Really quick to download because it's also a nice compact game.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Remember back when highscores were a thing? Where the only thing you cared about was a number? This game will take you back to the good old days of arcade gaming, with tight controls, fluid and fast gameplay which never gets old, GREAT music, and some nicely done bosses. There are some insane point multipliers, and an amazing endless mode. There are strategies to be developed, and a great reference to Nintendo, whom I also love.

TL;DR This game is amazing, worth far more than just $2. Buy it if you love mindless shooting.

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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
let me admit, I purchased this game for its soundtrack. The way the music perfectly intertwines with the hordes of grunts rushing at you is oddly therapeutical.

Having the giant worm try to kill you without the music in the game would defeat the purpose of this game and just make it damn plain boring, mostly because of the way the music sets the mood of the game. The music perfectly suits the game not because it is dubstep, but because of the way it is aggressive.

Listening to songs like Kali 47 or Bach to the Phuture while killing grunts is a good concept of the game because when the music starts you know what to do, it's as if it's hardwired into your brain that you know you need to kill them. But that theory is not all that far off due to the fact that that is a main aspect of the game.

All in all for $1.99 this game is damn well worth it
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
As an audiophile.. and a fan of electronic music... I cannot recommend this title more.
Great beats, amazing yet simple gameplay, all tied together to make a really addictive, pulse pounding arcade shooter.

Getting to the "gamer high" is very easy with this one.
Autozoning on nothing but the game for 5 minutes at a time whilst leaving your eyes watering simply due to not blinking is common, at least for me.

Seriously,
This is the best $2 you can spend on Steam.
And I do mean that. Period.
Better than what you'd buy on sale for less!
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
The first time i played this game i was like: "oh this game is so simple". Now Im like "bring it on!". This game is awesome and it demonstrate that a game doesnt need a lot of things to be a good game, and this is one of those games.

Pros:

-Awesome music!
-Nice graphics
-Replay Value
-Very difficult

Cons:

-Too short
-Very difficult

10/10 Would die again
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
192.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
This is a 2d Platform dash and shoot game.

This game is really genius !!
The music ... I love it, As long as you like the kind of music.
Controls are quite simple .... just shoot, jump and dash.
But secretly, this game is truly difficult in spite of the simplicity of the way the game is made.
Animations look amazing and think it's really a hidden gem.

You need to collect the 6 disc to get all of the powers.
The powers are needed to get to the final ending and clearing the game for 100%.
Getting all music discs is a really a great challenge.

If you think this game retail price is only for € 2,- that is crazy !!
It's haves a really high replay value for his money.
I really enjoyed this game for what it is.

This is a must have game !!
I give it a 10/10 because of the Difficulty, Replay Value, Beautiful Animation, Cheap Price and cool music.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
An interesting take on the twin-stick shooter. The right-stick shoots, but the left-stick, instead of moving in the direction you point, has you jumping between two platforms. What's also intersting are the CDs which when unlocked not only change the music but upgrade your character's attacks. The graphics look really nice as well. Just don't get too distracted while playing...
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Holy piss, this game is good, and recently became better with a free expansion.
I like Savant's music so maybe I'm slightly biased, but the artwork is also wonderful, and the gameplay, while simple, is challenging and fun.
Arcade-like, high replay value for a low price.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
I've always enjoyed Savant's music, so when I bought this for a single dollar, I thought it would be good music with some mediocre gameplay. That was stupid of me, really really stupid of me... The Gameplay is on par with the music and the crazy flashes to go with it! The game is very stimulating, I was litteraly glued to my computer screen for a while.

The controls were choppy to me at first, but when you get the hang of it they are not at all. The first 2 levels are quite easy, but the 3rd and after take some skill, the color changes on your missiles to the music. I've played some better synchronized games, but not this cheap!

In the end, the game is very affordable, and yet even more fun! 8.5/10
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
I'm sure there are lots of people down there in the recommandations that will tell you how fun this game is but in case you're still hestitating, let me be strictly mathematical: this game is 2€; on Bandcamp, a track typically costs about 1€ and there are seven tracks included in the game.
Do you see why you should buy it?
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
At first, I was a little disappointed at the gameplay and I thought the music was alright. The game proceeded to flip my head over in about 5 minutes as I blew up hordes of enemies in vibrant colours, all in a rhythmic fashion.

Definitely worth more than a measly two bucks.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Before a quick review I want to mention the ridicilous ingame soundtrack (in a good way), such a good mach with the very intense gameplay and all these explosions and enemies surrounding you. I can't really describe it, I never played such a game before. And Its 1EUR on steam sales. You don't have any valid excuses to not buy it.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Best indie game I've played for a while, but altogether short. Worth the two bucks!
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Just dodge and shoot at those mother f♥♥ker sons of the b♥♥♥h before they kick your damn ♥♥♥.

Simple but tough, tough but addictive.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
This game is well done and very fun, hard but very fun. I hope they add coop in the future.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Super fun due to it's enjoyable soundtrack and tight and fast-paced gameplay! (A Little short of a game, but still REALLY fun!)

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Well i didn't expect to became adicted to this game,this game is A.W.E.S.S.O.M.E i just love the music,the in game gameplay is very good,it as an short story but with the other modes it is unlimited fun...i hope to see more in the future ,maybe an extend to the story,or another new story.
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