Percentile Rank

TowerFall Ascension is ranked in the 92nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 35 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

85%

Critics Recommend

Based on 35 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 7, 2014

Towerfall is a traditional pleasure, and it's easy to see why it's fun with friends or against the computer, because we've all played games like it before and can remember that they were fun. But there's an extra level of beauty and elegance in Towerfall's animations and mechanics, and it's those that make Towerfall special.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 11, 2014

Buy it, then buy it for all of your friends so you can play at their house.

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Scored Reviews

EGM
10 / 10.0
EGM

Top Critic

10 / 10.0
Mar 7, 2014

TowerFall: Ascension might not be complicated or feature-rich, but the instant pick-up-and-play fun of its local co-op arena battles make this the best game in the PS4's fledgling library.

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Twinfinite
5 / 5.0
Twinfinite
Twinfinite Staff

Top Critic

5 / 5.0
Mar 13, 2014

Of all the PVP arena games to have come out in the past year or so, Towerfall stood out as probably the cream of the crop, and Towerfall Ascension not only brings that experience to a wider audience, but actually manages to improve immensely on an already fantastic experience.  The first time I ever played Towerfall was when a friend shared it with me and others in his hotel room at a gaming convention.

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Destructoid
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 7, 2014

TowerFall: Ascension has something for just about everybody. If you're at all intrinsically motivated, you will find something to love in the deep well of content available here. I've (intentionally) not even mentioned the fact that there are hidden secrets scattered throughout the game for the treasure-seekers out there until now, as if the fact that there are secrets was a secret of its own until just now! If you do have some local friends who can come over and hold a controller, buy this game immediately and invite them over, because TowerFall: Ascension is easily one of the best things you can do on a couch.

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Polygon
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2014

TowerFall Ascension is never not fun.

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GamesBeat
95 / 100
95 / 100
Mar 8, 2014

You're going to get a lot of play out of TowerFall: Ascension, which is likely going to be the best version of this deep, clever, and wildly fun game. I loved what I got, and I wanted more. If you thought local multiplayer was dead, you might want to give Ascension a try.

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GameTrailers
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2014

The most surprising thing about TowerFall is that its attractive 16-bit aesthetic also hearkens back to a classic approach to unlocking hidden secrets. The way new characters and stages are uncovered by naturally playing and exploring the game is really rewarding. It's easy to have fun with TowerFall, and there's a lot to like on the surface, but players who put more into it will certainly get more out.

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Eurogamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 11, 2014

Classic board games don't get marked down for only being playable with real-world humans, though, and nor should TowerFall Ascension. This is the type of game that creates memories and dissolves friendships, soundtracked by the pained swears of the defeated and the uproarious cheers of the victors. If that's not worth moving your life around for, then what is?

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PC Gamer
90 / 100
90 / 100
Mar 26, 2014

A single-screen platform brawler that's about as good as the genre has ever been—in versus or wave-survival mode.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2014

Freed from being a system exclusive on a console nobody owns, TowerFall can now take its place among the best couch competitive games of all time

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Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2014

Despite a lack of solo content, few games are as entertaining with friends

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 17, 2014

I wasn't expecting much from the single player campaign, but Matt Makes Games has done a terrific job of retrofitting AI enemies that perfectly complement the game's fantasy art style and existing mechanics.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 20, 2014

One of the best offline multiplayer games for years and yet more proof that the bow and arrow is gaming's most entertaining weapon of choice.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2014

"TowerFall" ascension is a must-buy for PS4 owners, but there's a caveat. You have to have local friends who are ready and willing to play it, not to mention four $60 controllers. If you have all of that, prepare to have some of the most multiplayer fun available on a gaming console. But in today's online-heavy gaming landscape, that's not the easiest thing to find.

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GamesRadar+
Mar 11, 2014

TowerFall Ascension's blend of competitiveness and customization provides you with endless ways to have an incredible time. Just remember to bring some friends along for the ride.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2014

Towerfall knows exactly what it is, and though some may bemoan the lack of online play, it just wouldn't be the same with it. If you're buying it to play alone, you're not going to get the benefit of the full experience, but if you have friends and a few controllers, you'll be hard pushed to find a better multiplayer experience around at the moment.

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IGN
8.9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.9 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2014

Towerfall's fun multiplayer sets up hilarious face-offs with your friends.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2014

If you remember when "multiplayer" meant friends and a multitap, Towerfall: Ascension will fill you with glee. With its healhty dose of old-school adversarial local multiplayer, fans of games like Powerstone or Super Smash Bros should already have Towerfall: Ascension in their libraries. .

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IGN Spain
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018

A games that it's as fun as it was on Ouya, but is even bigger. One of the most enjoyable couch coop games on Switch.

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GBAtemp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2014

A great local party game, it is a damn shame that there is no online mode for this. If you regularly have company this is a must have title and you wont regret picking it up. With a simple pick up and play game style pretty much anyone can have a go of Towerfall Ascension and have a good time. The overall presentation, music and graphics are charming and once you start playing even on your own this is a hard game not to like. However a bit more in game content would have been appreciated, as would the inclusion at the very least of some versus bots. Regardless, there is potentially endless fun to be had here amongst friends so Towerfall Ascension gets a well deserved 8.0 out of ten.

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NZGamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2014

If you already have a regular get together, and you own a PS4 and a handful of controllers then you should definitely consider grabbing this to add to your group's schedule.

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Kill Screen
80 / 100
80 / 100
Mar 10, 2014

While many new arcade games are built for spectatorship, they can be a little unwelcoming, full of secrets favouring someone who has survived a few rounds. That applies to most videogames, after all, but Smash Bros. found a middle ground, with enough combos and generally good ideas to feel rewarding, but none that can consistently overcome a monkey wrench. TowerFall Ascension, then, is the new arcade's Smash Bros.: an answer to a new genre that may be more alienating than it realizes, despite its inclusive agenda.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Apr 2, 2014

TowerFall harkens back to the day when you could play a game like GoldenEye 007, when the person next to you got punched in the shoulder for besting you. This is a game with plenty of laughing and pointing at the screen. TowerFall is not deep in options or features, but the frentic gameplay makes for a surprisingly fun time with your friends and family.

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GameZone
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2014

The competitive game at the heart of Towerfall Ascension is still the main event, so if you don't have extra controllers and friends you'll probably want to pass. That said, it's nice that there's something fun to do with the game even when you're on your own. It's not enough to recommend the game entirely as a solo experience, but I still had a ton of fun with it and see myself going back for more, even if no one is around.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 26, 2014

TowerFall Ascension is a game that relies heavily on your social life. The mechanics are entertaining, the presentation is charming, and the whole affair is top fun – assuming that you have some friends to play with. The lack of an online option is a great shame, but don't let that deter you from the Quest mode, which is still good fun played solo. You'll need pals to get the most out of this package, though, as multiplayer is where the release really shines.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 6, 2014

Towerfall Ascension is a fast and frantic multiplayer game that provides lots of interesting variations on its enjoyable archery combat--just make sure you have a few friends on hand to play with.

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PCGamesN
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 25, 2014

It's additions may feel almost wholly unnecessary, but they do nothing to dilute the genuinely great multiplayer core. The lack of online is surely a barrier to entry for many, but for those in the right environment - university halls, Friday-night game sessions, after school with buddies - TowerFall Ascension consistently delivers massive heaped doses of fun. It revels in humiliation - even saving death replays as GIFs for easy social media bragging - and is likely to destroy friendships for an hour or two. And the more heated the arguments and the fouler the swearing, the more likely you are to do it all over again next week.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2014

TowerFall Ascension is a great example of how far originality can carry a game that is so simple to instant classic status. There are things that could be done to drastically improve the overall package, but the sum of its parts are overwhelmingly enjoyable. Matt doesn't just make games, Matt makes great games.

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Video Chums
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2017

TowerFall Ascension is a highly recommended game for those looking for another frantic local multiplayer experience to add to their collection.

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Game Rant
Mar 19, 2014

It would have been nice to see an online mode for those gamers who can't corral a group at the drop of a hat, but, at the same time, the idea of hopping online runs opposite the game's main goal of delivering the instant satisfaction, or crushing defeat, that comes from competing with the person right next to you. TowerFall: Ascension calls to mind the communal experience of past console generations, and is well worth recommending to those looking to reignite that nostalgia.

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High-Def Digest
Apr 21, 2014

Before putting the ribbon on things, there's a question of value on the table. Without online multiplayer of any sort, every PS4 owner with but one controller will be spending quite a bit of money to enjoy the majority of 'TowerFall Ascension's' value. Two controllers nets you the best of the Quest mode, while four controllers (and three willing friends) nets you the best of the multiplayer offerings. With one controller, you're basically a crab at a seahorse party. Make of that what you will.

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TrueAchievements
Feb 7, 2017

If you need another retro-inspired battle arena in your life and you have friends on hand to play locally, you'll enjoy your time here. Unfortunately, for single players looking for an engaging experience, Towerfall misses its target by a wide margin.

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TheXboxHub
Feb 8, 2017

TowerFall is certainly a very good local multiplayer game that a group of friends can enjoy night after night, honing their skills with the virtual bow and arrow. So it’s difficult then to say the rest of the game, and the price, lets it down. But it does.

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Dealspwn
Apr 6, 2014

The absence of online multiplayer makes this already niche title a hard sell to anyone that doesn't have a bunch of hardcore gamer buddies dropping by often. The quest mode isn't fun when attempted alone either.

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