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TowerFall Ascension (2013) is a running, jumping and archery game where each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. Play is about quick reactions and second-guessing what your human or computer opponents will do. It stands out for the multiplayer mode where up to six players battle it out with limited resources of arrows and all manner of customisable powerups each round.

In the battle mode players each start with a limited supply of arrows. The aim is to find the right trajectory and momentum to hit the other fast-moving players. However, if you don't hit your target the arrow sticks in the wall and can be collected by your opponents. What starts as mild chaos soon becomes a cat-and-mouse game of offence and defence.

Because the levels are only one screen you can see where your opponents are at all times. There are powerups you can collect from chests that adjust the rules of the game, give you a shield or offer abilities like being invisible if you don't move.

What makes it so competitive is the limited resource of arrows and the ability to dodge and catch them if you get the timing right. It’s frantic and requires a lot of shouting and screaming from participants. It’s a great family battle because of the simple action, short rounds and ability to extensively customise power-ups, teams, weapons and ways to claim victory.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked TowerFall Ascension 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Platform and Shooting game with Collecting, Fighting and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. On the Nintendo Switch version, you can play with up to 6 people in one battle. The other versions only support 4 players.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round of this game.

BenefitsBenefits

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This game has helped players develop their Disposition as part of the following pathways:

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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. The game has a fantasy feel to it which shapes the levels and enemies. The violence in the game is aimed at pixelated human-like characters and monsters. These monsters can consist of blobs, flying eyeballs, skeleton warriors etc. You can defeat enemies by jumping on their heads or by shooting them with your bow and arrow. When an enemy is hit by an arrow, they get knocked back and grind to a halt or are stopped by a wall. Since the game is pixelated, there isn’t much detail in the violence. The fantasy monster theme isn’t enough to warrant a PEGI Fear pictogram. However, the setting could be disturbing to younger children.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. School-aged children love the retro graphics and the idea of a limited number of arrows. Competing with six friends has been a popular activity for Birthday parties. As they get older, the extra skill of dodging and different modes keep this popular.

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CostsCosts

TowerFall Ascension usually costs £1.72 to £17.99.
 

Towerfall

Switch Store Switch £17.99

Towerfall Ascension

XBox Store Xbox One £11.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £1.72
Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
Additional levels, weapons and characters can be purchased via the TowerFall Dark World Expansion. Dark World in-game purchase offers new battlegrounds and new game-changing arrow types and a co-op campaign for 1-4 players. This is included in the Nintendo Switch version for free. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/06/2013, updated in 2017

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-6

Genres: Action, Platform, Shooting (Collecting, Fighting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 16 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Exok Games (@Exok_Games)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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