TowerFall Ascension Reviews

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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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Eurogamer
Top Critic
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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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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Metro GameCentral
GameCentral
Top Critic
9 / 10
Feb 10, 2017

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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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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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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9 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2014

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

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8 / 10
Mar 7, 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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9.5 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2014

TowerFall Ascension is never not fun.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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