Assault Android Cactus is an intense arcade style twin stick shooter - pick from one of nine unique synthetic heroines and blast your way through overwhelming robots hordes to save the ship from its own workforce. Supports single player and local co-op game modes.
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Positive (21 reviews) - 95% of the 21 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (710 reviews) - 97% of the 710 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 23, 2015

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Assault Android Cactus

Buy Assault Android Cactus - Soundtrack Edition

Includes the soundtrack DLC

 

Recent updates View all (49)

May 31

Coral t-shirt available for a limited time!

this shirt is only available to order for the next two weeks



In the same style as the Holly t-shirt, this one has Coral on the front and the AAC logo on the back and is available on blue or dark grey.

Get a look at all the colour and t-shirt options here

There's a range of shirt types, suitable for men and women. I was really happy with how well the Holly t-shirt came out so I feel pretty good about this one! Last time people seemed sad to have missed out, so if you know any Coral fans, do them a favour and let them know!

3 comments Read more

May 25

25.05.16 Update



Fixes
  • fixed a visual glitch where a players Chain meter could fade out even though non-player kills had revived the Chain in time
  • controller disconnect menu can no longer appear once a stage has ended
  • Centrifuge (zone 5 - 1) animates more smoothly at higher framerates
  • Helo spins down better on Stage Clear / Battery Depleted
  • Aubergine's Press Fire text is no longer reflected by the floor in Zone 3

Also added a few new Avatars, including Liquorice and icon versions for characters that didn't have them!



You can find them under Assault Android Cactus in the list of Official Game Avatars

1 comments Read more

Reviews

“Chaotic, polished, packed with variety and effortlessly charming”
8.8 / 10 – IGN

“Please play Assault Android Cactus”
11 / 10 – Midnight Resistance

“The most remarkable twin-stick shooter of all time”
10 / 10 – Save Continue

About This Game

When you're running on battery, make every second count!

Assault Android Cactus is an arcade style twin stick shooter set in a vivid sci fi universe. Junior Constable Cactus is outside her pay grade when she responds to a distress call and ends up stranded on a crippled space freighter under attack by its own robot workers.

Utilising a draining battery mechanic in place of lives, Assault Android Cactus challenges you to think fast and keep the bullets flying, blending the gameplay of western styled arena shooters with aspects of Japanese style bullet hell as you charge head first through transforming stages, massive boss battles and an eclectic cast of characters on the way to saving the day.

Key Features
  • 9 playable androids, each with a distinct play style and personality
  • 25 stage campaign spread across five areas of the ship, face down giant bosses, earn characters and uncover the story of the Genki Star
  • Dive into the Infinity Drive to test your skill and endurance or challenge the Daily Drive to pit your wits against the community
  • Supports keyboard or joypad and 1 to 4 players with local co-op
  • Unlock game modifying EX options, Codex entries, artwork and more for wrecking robots

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD6850
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Lion
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mountain Lion
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5870
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or Equivalent
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 460
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated! Learn more
Recent:
Very Positive (21 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (710 reviews)
Recently Posted
karlsanada13
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Product received for free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vMTwhnk064

Good:
+ Vibrant and Colorful Graphics
+ Level design is well-made.
+ Exciting gameplay
+ Many androids to choose from.
+ Soundtrack is awesome
+ EX Options for experimental gameplay
Bad:
- Campaign is very short
- Needs to grind a lot to earn enough credits
- Cutscenes are few
Gray:
/ Very linear level design

Story - 50%
Graphics - 86%
Gameplay - 84%
Sounds - 73%
Replay Value - 70%
Verdict - 73%

Assault Android Cactus is worthy of its $14.99 price. The developers, Witch Beam, developed a very fun and amazing game. The story may not be interesting, but that is not why you buy this type of game, right? It is because of its gameplay. It delivers its gameplay with crisp control, fluid animation, great soundtrack, and well-detailed graphics.

Helpful? Yes No Funny
fritzfred
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This totally rocks! Best game I've played in a long while. So well tuned, and everything else is totally impressive the fact that has been made in such a small time. Kudos to you! - The last boss is hard. Really hard, but in a good way... you gotta know the characters, and get into the zone there, really fun game :)
Helpful? Yes No Funny
₯Lettuce Engineer
( 69.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
have you ever wanted to take on hordes of killer robots with a cactus wielding enough firepower to make the us miltary cry?

if you said no. buy this game.

if you said yes. buy this game.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
DeathHawk206
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
love this game so much fun and i got it for free :) at a convention
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Therandus
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
It's a fun game, and I enjoy playing it... however even with the gameplay being amazing there is one major problem... The battery mechanic. It's frustrating to the point that I don't want to play, it adds unnessecary stress to the combat, and frankly doesn't feel like it serves much of a purpose, for all the talk the devs have done defending it.

I've seriously gotten to the point where I've had 1 enemy left on the screen, battery almost depeleted, kill the enemy... it drops nothing, and a new wave comes out right as my battery drains completely. Batteries just didn't drop, and when they do drop you have to put yourself in harms way to even get thim, and some bosses take those batteries as well!

It's a fun twin stick shooter, has amazing characters, great music, and the gameplay is for the most part excellent. However that one major flaw has really ruined my entire experience with the game. Everytime I go to play the game even for just a little bit it just glaringly shows each time. So I really can't suggest this game with that there.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Lord Viana
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
THIS GAME IMO:

Great game made by a very small developer team.

-Fast-paced game.
-No time to think, just act.
-Characters that fit every taste.
-Challenging as hell.
-Has multiplayer (but no online though).

I was playing with my wife and we had a good time. It is a pity that the dev can't afford to invest on an online version.


Helpful? Yes No Funny
Benji
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
Great game but being assaulted with a cactus in real life is no joke.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
JamesGecko
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
This is a serious contender for the best twin-stick shooter on Steam. The core gameplay is tight, with a focus on movement and maintaining a score combo. Every level has a twist; one takes place on conveyer belts, another is a stovetop with moving hotspots, and yet another rearranges itself bastion-style. Each playable character requires a different strategy; they each have strengths and weaknesses. It's all quite polished. I especially like how each character calls out powerups and rattles off catchphrases at combo milestones.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Schenk
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
I had this game on my Wishlist since I first saw it in my discovery queue, which couldn't have been too long after it had been released. After reading a little bit about the game, I felt like full price wasn't something I was willing to pay. In that regard, I am glad I waited. This is a really fun game, for a short amount of time. I made it to the final boss in a little under 3 hours. It then took me countless attempts to finally beat it, though your mileage may vary on both those counts. You are able to unlock new characters at a pretty frequent pace, and they have their own unique weapons and specials.

Highly recommend that you purchase this game when it is on sale (at least 50% off).
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Warmonk xD
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
I dont normaly play this kind of game, fast paced bullet hell kinda thing, but when I saw the video for this game I thought i would like it for some reason.... and boy I was right.
This game is really fun, fast paced and satisfying when you start to get better.
+ it have a nice reaplayability because of the diferent characters.
If you like this kind of game or if the trailer made you interested I surely recomend giving it a try.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
338.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
I have a lot of hours in this game, and it's been hugely fun. Tight responsive controls, each android plays significantly differently, lots of level variety in form and performance (dark levels, fall-away floors, spinning floors, perspective changes, etc, etc). The achievements are hard but doable, and the soundtrack is just flat out amazing. Highly recommended!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
114.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This is the best twin stick shooter in the store. Amazing graphics and swarms of enemies. Lots of characters to play as with different guns and play styles. Boss battles after each set of levels. You can chase high scores by chaining enemy kills. Global leader boards.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
THIS GAME IMO:

Great game made by a very small developer team.

-Fast-paced game.
-No time to think, just act.
-Characters that fit every taste.
-Challenging as hell.
-Has multiplayer (but no online though).

I was playing with my wife and we had a good time. It is a pity that the dev can't afford to invest on an online version.


Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Great game but being assaulted with a cactus in real life is no joke.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
I had this game on my Wishlist since I first saw it in my discovery queue, which couldn't have been too long after it had been released. After reading a little bit about the game, I felt like full price wasn't something I was willing to pay. In that regard, I am glad I waited. This is a really fun game, for a short amount of time. I made it to the final boss in a little under 3 hours. It then took me countless attempts to finally beat it, though your mileage may vary on both those counts. You are able to unlock new characters at a pretty frequent pace, and they have their own unique weapons and specials.

Highly recommend that you purchase this game when it is on sale (at least 50% off).
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
This is a serious contender for the best twin-stick shooter on Steam. The core gameplay is tight, with a focus on movement and maintaining a score combo. Every level has a twist; one takes place on conveyer belts, another is a stovetop with moving hotspots, and yet another rearranges itself bastion-style. Each playable character requires a different strategy; they each have strengths and weaknesses. It's all quite polished. I especially like how each character calls out powerups and rattles off catchphrases at combo milestones.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
It's a fun game, and I enjoy playing it... however even with the gameplay being amazing there is one major problem... The battery mechanic. It's frustrating to the point that I don't want to play, it adds unnessecary stress to the combat, and frankly doesn't feel like it serves much of a purpose, for all the talk the devs have done defending it.

I've seriously gotten to the point where I've had 1 enemy left on the screen, battery almost depeleted, kill the enemy... it drops nothing, and a new wave comes out right as my battery drains completely. Batteries just didn't drop, and when they do drop you have to put yourself in harms way to even get thim, and some bosses take those batteries as well!

It's a fun twin stick shooter, has amazing characters, great music, and the gameplay is for the most part excellent. However that one major flaw has really ruined my entire experience with the game. Everytime I go to play the game even for just a little bit it just glaringly shows each time. So I really can't suggest this game with that there.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
love this game so much fun and i got it for free :) at a convention
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
80 of 81 people (99%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
Geometry Wars has company. Assault Android Cactus is quite the score based twin stick arena shooter. The game also supports mouse and keyboard. I've tried both controller and keyboard and each method of control is more than precise enough for this genre.

Multiple characters are available, four initially and five unlock-able, each with different load outs and each requiring their own strategy for you to perfect, and I do mean perfect. Every little detail in Assault Android Cactus has been methodically thought out and implemented by the veteran developers and it is up to the player to not only play but observe and learn the characters and arenas in order to maximize scores. The Austrailian developer team's lineage has roots in Midway, Electronic Arts, Sega and Professional Gaming Leagues.

The ranking system is of the D to S / S+ variety. In AAC, to maximize scores, it is not only about dispatching enemies as quickly as possible but how you dispatch them. Maintaining chains is paramount. Strategy is important and seeing players with 100+ hours in the game speaks volumes of depth and replay-ability.

AAC features a battery mechanic, essentially an energy charging pickup that prevents death. In simple terms, your battery runs out and it's the scrap heap for you. Hits alone will not explicitly kill you but will make your demise imminent if you accrue too many. The player character has a limited number of recharging hit points of which a count of zero will render the player incapacitated requiring resuscitation by mashing the fire button. When rendered incapacitated you will lose some of the energy pellets you've been accumulating to power level your weapons resulting in a powered down weapon and ruining any chance for leader board supremacy.

The game spawns not only batteries but a power-up, one of three types. Speed, companion orbs to accelerate weapon discharge and stasis. Not all types are optimal for every situation or every character in every arena. The three types will rotate in place until the type you desire is picked up.

AAC features a twenty five stage campaign encompassing five themed levels made of five arenas with difficulty increasing with progression. AAC is high intensity, very challenging and will require a degree of dedication in order to maximize efficiency. Arenas may contain environmental obstacles and will on occasion morph. Each of the themed levels is capped with a very challenging boss battle. Boss battles are typically multi layered and require advanced pattern recognition. In addition to the campaign, there are additional modes such as survival, daily and local coop with up to four players. Coop games are also recorded on the leader-boards. Locally, game pads and mouse / keyboard combinations may be mixed on the same computer.

I mentioned Geometry Wars. The spawns in the AAC, both battery and power-ups are designed to encourage aggressive game-play. Having played my share of Geometry Wars, obsessively battling for score dominance with a lovely friend of mine, I'm reminded of a similar design. Baiting the player to take risks to maximize scores but yet encourage mastery by rewarding success with ascension up the leader boards. From experience in both games you might think that you've achieved your score goal only to stare in disbelief at the final total. One more time ......... and so it goes.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
86 of 91 people (95%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
My first playthrough of the game was with my 7 year old daughter and from start to finish, we had a great time. At first, it felt brutal and maybe too hard for a 7 year old but it felt rewarding with every attempt as we both got better at the game with every try. About 15 minutes in, we knew how to play and started dying less and making more progress. We faced our first boss together and it took a few tries but we beat him and it was satisfyingly hard.

I'm rating this up because not only is the game style cute and over the top action packed for my taste but my 7 year old enjoys it and it got us some pretty good time together. We're taking a break because we have company coming over but we both look forward to playing more Assault Android Cactus either with them or alone after they leave. It's hard to find a game both parents and children can enjoy together and this might be one of them.

Thanks!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny