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Ascendance is all about scaling towers to relaxing ambience tunes. Reach new heights and expand your world in this parkour platformer from ONEVISION games.
Set in a first-person view, you are thrown on the beginning platform with no back story or explanation. You can freely move around and jump, with the goal to collect glowing orbs that will expand the area. Leading to collecting more glowing orbs. Everything is low-poly, even the characters arm will occasionally grace the screen showing a stiff blocky arm. The background consists of only blocks, which you will have to scale with carefully timed jumps.
Controls are reminiscent of N64 games like GoldenEye or Perfect Dark. Jumps are at times unresponsive. The character runs and falls at a slow speed. Looking around even feels clunky at best. As you progress, some platforms will fall after time and some give additional jumping distance to reach out of range places. These add some new aspects to the straight forward gameplay. If you fall into the water, the game will teleport you to the last orb that was acquired. If you have to reach something across the map, be prepared to get sad.
Even with the low-poly style, the colours pop and looks pretty good during play. Background music hums in meditation style, creating a relaxing feel that desperately is needed due to the overall gameplay. There’s no feeling of accomplishment as you progress, as reaching one orb will just pain you with reaching the next. With better controls, going through these motions might be fun and I could see time challenges being added to increase the challenge. Where the game is at now, it’s hard to trudge through the first hour, let alone additional content.
Ascendance aims to be a laid back platformer but it’s everything but. The clunky controls feel more like skipping a rock on the moon than the fluid parkour it’s aimed to be. With proper updates, it could be an exciting title. For now, we recommend leaving it on the shelf.
TBG Score: 3/10
Platform: Steam, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 09/05/2019
No. of Players: 1
Category: Adventure, Action, Platformer
Publisher: Onevision Games
Download link: eShop