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Towerfall Review

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Posted: 13 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. The arena is a single shared screen. 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.

Additional levels, weapons and characters can be purchased via the TowerFall Dark World Expansion. This is included in the Nintendo Switch version for free.

DetailsGame Details

Rating:

Release Date: 25/06/2013

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @Exok_Games

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CommitmentCommitment

Players: You can play with 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.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Dark World in-game purchase offers new battlegrounds and new game-changing arrow types and a co-op campaign for 1-4 players. The Switch version includes this content for free.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

 

This game was rated PEGI 7 because it features violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures as well as non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: The graphics are pixelated and have a 16 bit feel to them. The animations are fluent and natural. 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 eye balls, 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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can customise difficulty with a wide range of settings.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Difficulty Options

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Visual Distractions

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @GeekDadGamer



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