Rising Higher: Savant Ascent Has Free Expansion

Savant Ascent is a simple game, but it feels so good. Controlling Savant – avatar of Norwegian music producer Aleksander Vinter – you ride higher and higher into a tower, pushing your right analog stick to fire and aim and your left analog stick to dodge and jump between prescribed positions. It was a fun diversion when it was released on Steam last year, and now there’s a free expansion called the Void Update.

Here’s the trailer:

Released to coincide with Savant’s new album, the update introduces a new stage set in space, a new enemy called the Samurai, a new collectible soundtrack and related in-game ability, and a stage select screen so you don’t need to play through the whole game again to see the new stuff. There’s a list containing a couple of other things I care less about here.

Part of the reason that Savant Ascent looks and feels so good might be that it’s made by the same person chiefly responsible for the wonderful-looking Owlboy, which RPS first swooned over in 2010. I hope it comes out one day.


  1. MadTinkerer says:

    Ooooh, nice! I’ve been working through my backlog of games I’ve bought but haven’t played to fill up my Curator list, and Savant Ascent was one I recommended right away. And now I guess I need to come back and play it some more because you can’t argue with free expansion to a game you already own.

    For those who haven’t played it yet, the game has a very, very arcade feel to it, specifically the kind of arcade game that’s not an established genre but rather is the specific vision of someone who says “what if we did this instead of this, but make sure the new bits feel like they’ve always been there”. Rather than making another bullet hell or platformer, they’ve taken bits from each and made their own thing. If you need to know what genre it is, it’s the original Savant Ascent Clone… if someone else ever makes another Savant Ascent clone.

  2. Bassem says:

    I didn’t know that this game and Owlboy shared artists. Very neat.