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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Very Positive (40 reviews) - 95% of the 40 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (2,337 reviews) - 94% of the 2,337 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 4, 2013

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August 24

Owlboy on Steam

Hi guys! Our next game now has a Store Page and a new trailer!

Owlboy Steam Store: http://store.steampowered.com/app/115800

We're announcing the release date at PAX West in September, meanwhile, feel free to put it on your wishlist :-)

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August 16

Savant 50% and Owlboy Progress

Our upcoming game Owlboy has been choosen for the PAX Rising this summer, and we've put Savant - Ascent up for sale to celebrate! Come and try the demo for our next title!



If you're going to PAX West this September, make sure to give our booth a visit at PAX Rising, smack in the middle of the main floor, we'd love to meet you and let you try Owlboy! Its a big one - as it's been in development for almost 10 years(!!!).

At PAX, we're going to finally reveal the launch date for our biggest game yet!

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum 1024x768 screen resolution
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thespectacularamazing
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 31
Literally the best 2$ game in existence. The dislike you see to the right on the first page is only because he didn't know holding up to dodge is different from left/right. But yeah look, some other people played this for 20 hours, a 2$ game. Thats like a 2$ to watch a full television series right there. You know how much 20 hours of full priced movies costs? I'm being kind saying 100$. Get this game.
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c|c.Baren
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 31
Man, where do I begin with this game. If I can say anything, this game has to be the most intense, hype, and energetic shoot em up I have ever played.
The gameplay feels smooth. Playing with an analog stick, you feel like the shooting feels precise and fluid. Any time you take down enemies, you feel like you're in power especially with the numbers you are taking down while still maintaining a lot of challenge.
Music is outstanding. Savant is an artist that I love a lot with ISM being one of my favorite tracks of all time, makes taking down enemies even more hype than usual.
If I can give a few complaints, it's that the camera moving to where you aim really throws me off. If anything, the only reasons I felt like I died is not because of the enemies, but really more of the camera throwing itself out there. I also wish that earning abilities when collecting discs happen during gameplay and not after you die.
All in all, the game is still lovely. I'm glad I managed to purchase this game while it was on sale and I would love to see D Pad make more games with Savant's name to it or even more indie titles as well. They honestly have the skills to possiblly surpass Yacht Club Games as an indie team.
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Chandevoir
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
So this game... think of playing stepmania with a blocker with off beat notes and on expert that's this game is hard in easy *softly screams*
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The Ghost of Robert Johnson
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
A fun little game.

Great pixel art, cool character, and simple, yet fun, high octane gameplay.
Took me 30 minutes to beat the story mode. After you've finished the story, it allows you to play various time and challenge modes.

Definitely worth the value!
I recommend.
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Conmon
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
A fairly priced small arcade game.
Solid gameplay and progression.

I would have prefered there being some more levels and the story mode to be a bit longer too. But for the price, I say the game is absolutely holding up and it's entertaining throughout.

I should also not forget to mention that the soundtrack is amazing but that's a given.
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wizr0b
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
Pros:
-Beautiful Sprites and background
-Satisfying shooting

Cons:
-Jumping/dodging mechanic doesn't work properly - sometimes you jump straight up, sometimes diagonally and sometimes you roll and then jump, all off the same button press. Makes the game completely unplayable.
-Awful music

Conclusion:
Do not purchase.
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マクロス2187
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
/!\ Don't be fooled by my playtime, I actually have 5-ish hours, but had no network connection, so no Steam Cloud sync ): /!\

PROS :

- Great "time-killing" game
- Simple but fun gameplay with great mechanics
- Can be really challenging in some modes
- AMAZING soundtrack (for real, Savant is <3)
- Great graphics
- Easy to play, hard to master


CONS :

- Short
- can be repetitive
- lack of story

I'd give it a 7.5/10. For such a small price, it's clearly worth it.
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Soul
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 24
Fun game with great art and a great soundtrack.
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msithis
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
Savant - Ascent has an awesome gameplay & music. For its price i can say for sure that this one's a value for money purchase! :)
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Abu
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 22
The games more of an Old style arcade blaster but is fun. The sound track is great! (Should make shoundtrack purchasable via steam btw)
And just some back round this game is circled around a elcronic/EDM artist named Savant/Aleksander Savant, hes one of my favorite artist because of his love of video games and mixing them into his songs!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
The best game I have ever bought by accident
Awesome soundtrack and the endless mode is soo fun
The only con I have to say is that it's short
The free void update made the game longer and included overdrive mode
12/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Though the first impression was "WTF is this s...?!", I gave the game a second chance after reading the other overwhelmingly positive reviews on the store, and I have to agree that the game delivers.

For the price, the gameplay is unsuspectably good, and the mechanics are not as hopelessy shallow as they seem at first glimpse, with a nice retro-coin-up feel to boot.

Not my cup of tea, as a genre, but I have to give it to the developer for the nice product. Nice for most people, but very Recommended if you are the kind of adrenaline, high score addicted kind of player.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
its simple,challenging,inexpensive,nice artwork,soundtrack are awesome..summary,worth every penny..just give this game a try,its freaking awesome.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
/!\ Don't be fooled by my playtime, I actually have 5-ish hours, but had no network connection, so no Steam Cloud sync ): /!\

PROS :

- Great "time-killing" game
- Simple but fun gameplay with great mechanics
- Can be really challenging in some modes
- AMAZING soundtrack (for real, Savant is <3)
- Great graphics
- Easy to play, hard to master


CONS :

- Short
- can be repetitive
- lack of story

I'd give it a 7.5/10. For such a small price, it's clearly worth it.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Happiness is only $2
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Ever wanted to fight evil sphere robots on an elevator to hell, no? Well too bad!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
274 of 307 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
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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191 of 209 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
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.

Pros:
- Fluid animations
- Crisp old-school graphics
- AMAZING SOUNDTRACK!!!!
- Challenging, but enjoyable

Cons:
- 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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158 of 167 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
72.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
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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139 of 157 people (89%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.2 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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