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 (1,514 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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October 22

The Void Update is Live!



The free expansion to Savant - Ascent is live!

New Features:
+ New stage, drifting through space.
+ The Samurai is waiting for you in the void!
+ Additional soundtrack and ability, now seven total.
+ Stage selection screen.
+ Achievement/Progress screen.
+ Now supports up to 1920x1200 resolution.
+ Additional time attack challenge.
+ Steam leaderboards have been split among the new challenges, and reset. You can filter friends or global leaderboards.

The new update brings a new and even tougher challenge than before! Hope you will enjoy it! <3

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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
24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Best elevator music i've heard in my life 10/10
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
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
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
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 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Best indie game I've played for a while, but altogether short. Worth the two bucks!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
bestes game ever
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This is a fantastic game for it's price, it offer's you great challenges, 3 types of gameplay and exclusive soundtrack of the one and only music producer Savant.
This is a game which has a great gameplay, soundtrack and offer's a lot of fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
The gameplay proved to be awesome. I think this is a really interesting type of shootemup with abilities that you need to learn when to best utilize. There are interesting trade offs after you get various CDS Like using your burst ability that explodes pretty much everything on screen but losing your double damage normal attacks, or stop attacking to jump multiple times so you can full your burst super fast (You get this with the 6th CD) but you need to take care not to get hit and spamming burst all the time can create some problems depending of the situation.

I recommend this game even if you hate the gameplay as long as you like electronic music. It's 2 dollars for 8 free full musics pretty sure that's still a bargain. Savant is a musical genius you should check him out as well. He also has many other free releases out there and 13 amazing albuns.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Holy ♥♥♥♥, 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Swoopin' through a tower destroying evil glitches and tiny robots to get up to space to be swoopin' through space defeating an evil space samurai while listening to some heavy metal/techno 69/10
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
OMG 10/10 MUCH SAVANT SUCH MUSIC MORE LASERS SO HARD
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Good music, but somewhat limited. Also, fun game.
Careful, very short. Worth a buck though.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
WUBUBUBUBUBUBUBBUBUBUBUBBUBUBUBUBUBUBUBUUBUB.............
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Wildly changing difficulties, poor hitboxes, and terrible controls plague a game that might otherwise have been enjoyable for more than 15 minutes. The designers decide that everything needs to get more hectic and unpredictable to the point where if you're not playing a flawless game, you're going to lose repeatedly to things you can't see coming or don't look like they'll hit you but do anyways. Too bad.
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I don't understand all the positive reviews for this game. I don't get it at all. The movement system is stupid, and attacking one direction moves your field of vision in that direction so you can't see the thing that kills you from behind. Completely unintuitive and no fun at all to me. Music is good, though.
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0 of 8 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
No.
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5 of 22 people (23%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Can not customize the key bindings and no option for Dvorak keyboard layout. I will edit this if these issues are ever fixed.
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1 of 18 people (6%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Controls are so LIMITED in this game, all it does is just frustrates the hell out of you when sometimes the character doesn't move where you want him to. Definietly not worth 99 cents or anything, DO not BUY IT.
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