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: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,379 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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September 26

New expansion teaser! Planned Release Oct. 22nd

Hallo everyone,

Last weekend we presented Savant at Raptus, and left the audience with a teaser of what's to come for Savant - Ascent.

You can view footage from the presentation here:
Youtube: D-Pad presents Savant at Raptus(sneak-peek at 6:48).



We'll be announcing the official release-date soon, meanwhile, here's some additional info on the game:


Will the expansion be free to download?
- Yes, all the new content will be free for those who already own Savant - Ascent. This is because we love the players(you guys). You're the ones who's been making this game a success. We've collected the numbers, soon surpassing 300.000 copies of the game sold. We're thinking this is cause for celebration and new content worthy of the players!


What will the expansion add to the game?
- A looong list of things! We were originally gonna update the game slowly over the weekends, but it turned out way bigger than we thought, and we decided to bundle it all up in one go: Here are just some of the improvements:

  • New level + boss showdown
  • New soundtrack and ability
  • Stage selection screen
  • Full controller support
  • In-game achievement screen and progress tracking(cds collected etc.)


Will this be the final version of the game?
- Maybe, maybe not. According to Savant lore, there's still one chapter left of the Alchemist's story. We might tell it at some point, although most of our time these days is dedicated to Owlboy, so we can't promise anything. After Owlboy is done, we will most likely jump onto other projects, and there might be a chance one of those will be Savant related(Simon and Savant has created a universe we can literally make 100s of games from).


So, you're working on Owlboy still? When is it coming out?
- Don't ask.



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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

PC
Mac
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
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
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 9
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
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 23
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
One word for this game; Awesome!

What I Love
1) Amazing soundtracks (6 unlockables). If you love Electronic music, try this game :D
2) Bullet-hell dodging. It will pump your adrenaline. Shoot there, jump there, and move there xD
3) Endless and Time Attack Mode with Leaderboard.
4) Achievements! :D
5) Cheap but tons of fun.

What I Hate
1) Story mode, too short. You can finish the story in 30mins :/

Overall 9.5/10 "Too epic"
Posted: June 26
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
This is a great arcade style game with original gameplay which is very surprising since most arcade games that come out nowadays are a remake of something or a new version of something else, very detailed animations with great aesthetics and amazing music.

It's a mixture of a run and gun shoot em up (Metal Slug) and a arena shoot em up (Geometry Wars) where you are locked to 3 directions (Left, Up, Right) and you shoot enemies from every angle while trying to not get hit by them to build up your score (And not die since you can only get hit 3 times) with some small but very interesting twists from the enemies and the enviroment.

Absolutely recommended for someone looking for a simple game to chill and be satisfied with for short periods of time, there's a lot of replayability if you care about the unlockables (Music tracks/Powerups) or high scores.
Posted: September 16
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
There’s elegance in trying to craft something compact but wholly satisfying, even if it means making a seemingly small game like Savant: Ascent. Just like a good arcade title, it can be completed quickly, it’s highly challenging to do so and there are enough replay possibilities to last ages. Pour that into some Neo Geo grade pixel art and attach an entrancing soundtrack to it and the result is a recipe for sweaty palms.

Full review: http://www.noobfeed.com/reviews/1073/savant-ascent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0T0gjuTXmk
Posted: August 17
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268 of 301 people (89%) found this review helpful
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 4, 2013
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