Assault Android Cactus. Like a Neon Laser Fever-Dream From Hell.

January 23, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

O.M.G!  Seriously, OMG!  Assault Android Cactus is a crazy, fast-paced, twin-stick arcade shooter that pays homage to classic games like Robotron and Smash TV, but the similarity ends there.  The developers, Witch Beam, have taken the idea of a twin-stick shooter to a whole new level, and turned it into a heart pounding, adrenaline soaked psychedelic dance-club battle, wrapped in a gorgeous anime style armored attack suit.  This game is insane, in the best way possible.

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Assault Android Cactus

The game puts you in the role of Cactus, an enthusiastic police android, who finds herself alone on a stranded space freighter, right in the middle of a pitched battle perpetrated by its malfunctioning robot workers.  Cut off from the outside and in over her head, Cactus must battle her way through the crippled Genki Star, using exotic weapons and the help of a few friendly droids she manages to recruit along the way.  Wave after wave, level after level and boss after boss must be defeated, before she can reach the brain of the ship and put things right before it’s too late.

Assault Android Cactus

Assault Android Cactus Gameplay

The game is full of frenetic OMG moments, with seemingly impossible situations where you’re inundated with bullets and lasers and enemies from every direction.  As you run and dodge and try to stay alive, you have to keep your battery level and weapons powered up, by picking up energy dropped by downed enemies, and luckily there is an abundance of weaponry lying around to pick up and play with.

Key Features include

  • Multiple Playable Characters – Each android has a unique weapon set and play style, experiment to find which android suits you best.
  • Dynamic Levels – From lights out to shifting walls to giant flamethrowers, there are surprises on board the Genki Star that will keep you on your toes.
  • Overwhelming Odds – Push back against hordes of robots with quick reactions and clever weapon tactics.
  • Giant Robot Bosses – Challenge the guardian of each deck as they unleash bullet hell and stage covering special attacks.
  • Local Co-Op Play – Join in with two, three or four players and experience escalating chaos. Supports Keyboard/Mouse and Gamepad configurations.
  • Full Featured Campaign – An additional 10 levels including 3 boss battles will be added for a full 25 level Campaign mode along with intro & outro story scenes.
  • Rewards System & Bonus Content – Earn rewards points for clearing levels and unlock codex info, concept art, and EX Options like Retro Camera mode that completely change the game.
  • Leaderboards & Steamworks Integration – Full leaderboards for each level and friends score displays on the level clear screens, steamworks support for cloud saves and trading cards.
  • Customizable Controls – Complete remapping for control pads & Keyboard/Mouse configurations.
Assault Android Cactus

Assault Android Cactus Gameplay

I am a huge fan of fast paced shooters like this, and Assault Android Cactus hits all the right notes for me.  It has very high production values, with a stunning art style, tons of enemies, weapons, explosions and particles, and epic bosses to fight.  It’s a quality game, and it’s available on Steam Early Access to play right now on PC, Mac and Linux.  The game is not finished, and the developers are working hard to add new enemies, characters and features to the game, ready for its launch sometime in 2014.  Buying the early access version will help fund the final game, and will give you access to all new versions and a Steam key once the game is published.

Assault Android Cactus

Assault Android Cactus Gameplay

Assault Android Cactus is being made by three guys, based out of Brisbane, Australia.  Go and show your love and buy a copy of this game right now!

Buy the demo on Early Access on Steam, or Buy it from the Humble Store.

Check out the official game web site.

Visit the Witch Beam’s web site.


Category: Action, Cool, Greenlight, Linux, Mac, PC, Reviews, Shmup

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