TowerFall Ascension is a 2D sidescrolling local multiplayer shooter with gameplay that focuses on tightly controlled arena platforming. Using a unique twist, the players ammo is limited to three rounds This makes for a hectic situation where each shot needs consideration, and each miss requires fast thinking and action, in order to not run out of ammo.
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Pro Well balanced risk-reward gameplay by way of limited ammo
Players are limited to three arrows at the beginning of each match. Once they are fired, the arrows can be collected by whoever is nearest. Therefore players need to think strategically in order to ensure their arrows don’t fall into the wrong hands.
Pro Any skill level can figure out the gameplay, while still keeping it challenging for everyone
Anyone can pick up the game and reach a level of basic competence in a matter of minutes. To become a great player, however, there is a lot of technique and strategy to learn. The gameplay remains pretty basic and easy to grasp, but there is a level of skill that can only be learned through repeated practice.
Pro Friendly fire during local co-op means communication is key but also leads to humorous banter
While not the core play style of the game, there is a 2-player local co-op quest mode that pits you and a friend against hordes of bad guys. Friendly fire will harm your teammate, so without communication this mode is difficult, which is what makes this such a fun mode for local co-op players who are already in the same location, as it leads to a lot of back and forth banter.
Pro Refined power-ups and arenas creates a situation where the gameplay has no fat
TowerFall Ascension features more power-ups and arenas than the previous title in the series. The game has been refined and expanded, making for a better gaming experience.
Pro Old-school, arcade-like design adds a level of complexity not found in many modern games
In the style of Asteroids, everything that flies of the left side of the screen appears on the right. This allows for trick shots and adds to the level of complexity that you need to plan for. You also need to remain aware of your partners’ location, as they can be damaged by an errant shot.
Con Limited to local multiplayer only
Limiting a game that thrives on multiplayer to local-only co-op really hampers the fun that can be had, especially on PCs. Not many PC gamers own four controllers or have the space and screens to host that many people.
Con Co-op quest mode is short
The co-op quest mode takes around seven hours to complete. For those looking for a longer game with full co-op quests, this may not fit the bill. Fortunately this isn’t the only game mode.