Big News… Savant – Ascent!

A malicious orb has cast Savant out of his tower and transformed his surroundings into dangerous enemies! Dodge and shoot your way back up the tower, and blast down waves of enemies as you make your way towards the top! As you progress, you unlock CDs that not only give you new tracks to play to, but also grant you powerful new abilities!

To the right, to the right, to the right, to the right, to the left, to the left, to the left, to the left, now shoot, now shoot, now shoot, now shoot. Now that I’ve lost 60 readers for that reference, let’s begin!

Gameplay
Savant – Ascent is shoot-em up arcade game where you dodge enemies between fixed positions and attempt to take as many down as you can. You dodge back and forth with either A+D or Left+Right, while using your mouse to aim. Gold enemies will drop pieces of CD’s for you to collect, expanding your powers and the soundtrack.

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Charging up! RUAAAAAAAAHHHHH!

The game feature multiple modes to choose from, but in order to unlock the others, you must play through Story Mode. The first few levels are pretty easy once you get the hang of them, but when you beat Vario, it skyrockets. It becomes insanely difficult at that point to continue. However, when you beat Vario, you unlock Vario Mode, Time Attack, and Endless Mode, which allow you to finish collecting CD’s as well as try other things.

Music
Speaking of CD’s, they actually do alter what you hear. Each one is a different “soundtrack” for the game. You start with zero CD’s, however the game still has music. The main music isn’t my favorite of the CD’s though it does hold it’s own. Some of them sound really good, but there are others that I do not care for.

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This is my favorite CD.

Graphics
The graphics really shine in this game. For one, it’s one of the few games I can have on maximum settings on Mesa drivers and still get 60FPS. Second, it has a very wonderful art style. Not a single pixel looks out of place, and every part of the game has those little details that make the scene even more fun to look at.

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This is an awesome looking scene.

Bugs
There are a couple of issues I had when doing my review playthrough of Savant. To start with, I had to manually force the game out of fullscreen. Admittedly, it was just pressing F11, but the options menu didn’t work. The reason I switched out is the other issue. When I was fullscreen, I couldn’t take a screenshot of the whole window. Neither of these are really game breaking, but they are still bugs nonetheless.

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Fullscreen screenshot.

Overall, I’d have to give Savant – Ascent a Toast rating. It is a simple arcade game with a fun challenge and makes for an excellent game for people who only want a small break to play. It also has really nice artwork, and feels thoroughly completed, however it isn’t really a game for extended periods of time. That is it’s only flaw that I have with it. If you enjoy these kinds of games however, do pick it up.

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Savant – Ascent can be purchased from the following locations:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/259530/
http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-SAVANT/savant-ascent
http://www.humblebundle.com/store/product/savant/Sew6Yth8Hsg
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/savant-ascent/id737368932?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dpadstudio.SavantGame

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