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: Very Positive (401 reviews) - 98% of the 401 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 23, 2015

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"Showed at PAX Prime 2014 - Far too much fun for its own good, and great looking as well, AAC is a devlishly difficult twin stick shooter."
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October 7

7.10.15 Update - features and fixes

  • Soundtrack now includes FLAC - anyone with this DLC will find an additional directory inside their game directory
  • Credits are now earned on Battery Depleted (stage loss) during the campaign and when restarting / quitting stages
  • Credit earning rate has increased slightly
  • (Windows / OSX) Gamepad disconnection detection - the game will attempt to pause and offer a chance to reconnect the controller or migrate to a new control device
  • In co-op, if a player other than Player 1 pauses the game, the pause menu will say who it is so you can yell at them to unpause the game and keep playing
  • added an Accessibility menu under Options
    • Fire Mode - able to switch to Inverse fire. The character will fire their gun all the time and only stop when the fire button is held - intended for anyone experiencing discomfort from holding the trigger for long periods
    • Colour Filter - filters that may increase game readability for players with limited colour perception (this is an experimental feature)
    • Enemy Hit Flash - to reduce the intensity of the white flash effect on enemies
    • Screen Shake - to restrict screen shudder to Events (eg, stage transformations, boss introductions) or disable it completely
  • Small adjustment to battery frequency and Boss hitpoints when in 3 and 4 player
  • Small adjustments to Phase 4 of the last boss
  • Added a command line workaround for Windows 10 users who are experiencing phantom controllers and are not in a position to fix the underlying issue. Adding -p:1 to SET LAUNCH OPTIONS... will restrict the game to a single player

Fixes and Changes
  • Consistent enemy spawn rules for all screen dimensions. Extended resolutions (super wide screen) may experience enemy pop-in on some stages, but will now function normally without setting the -screens:# command line property (this command line argument can still be used to position the HUD better for multi monitor users)
  • Failing Boss Rush will no longer present the enigmatic "Play Advice" text
  • Attract Mode will no longer earn Achievements for you
  • Restarting a level after being Battery Depleted will no longer sometimes mute the gameplay sound effects
  • Fixed some cases where the Vorpal Blade could leave level bounds or place the character inside geometry
  • Fixed missing sound on Autoturret in Control (5-2)
  • On beating the game and watching the ending sequence through, the mouse cursor will no longer be hidden on returning to main menu when playing with Mouse and Keyboard
  • Avatar silhouettes won't show during stage enter animations, even when the character clips the ground slightly in a totally-not-a-big-deal kind of way

Coming Soon
  • Additional language support

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September 23

Assault Android Cactus out now!

we are excited and proud that Assault Android Cactus has left Early Access and is now a full release!
Experience the complete journey, unlock new parts to the game and make a name for yourself on fresh leaderboards!

To coincide with the release of the game, the Assault Android Cactus OST is now available as Steam DLC and through various online music retailers

  • Intro and Outro cutscenes
  • Four new EX Options - Mega Weapons, Duplicate Characters, Rubber Music and Regular Head Mode
  • Can now unlock the ninth playable Android
  • Steam Achievements added
  • Steam Trading Cards added

Fixes and Changes
  • EX Options First Person Camera and Classic Camera can now be used with leaderboards
  • Improved text rendering
  • New textures for Tank enemies
  • Infinity Drive may yield more of its secrets
  • Many many improvements, fixes and tweaks across the game

Coming Soon
  • Additional language support

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“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

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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD6850
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Lion
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Mountain Lion
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5870
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or Equivalent
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Processor: Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 460
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
If this game had online co op then I'd play nothing else but this.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Not a fan of twin-stick shooters but that one is dope:
  • Was afraid of playing Chibi little brainless dolls. Turned out to be badass brainless killers. Awesome.
  • Epic soundtrack. I cannot stop beatboxing the main theme on morning shower until neighbor loses his s***.
  • Whoever came up with Aubergine's gameplay deserve to be given a medal (and be impaled at the same time).
  • Overwhelming waves of raging crawling mixers and flying stuff. Feel like a lady in a suburban nightclub at dawn.
  • Found myself rage quitting because of score. Never done that before. Having living nightmares where I lose the Kill-chain.
I recommend it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Sometimes we like a girl with big....guns, and that is exactly what Assault Android Cactus brings in oodles. If you like explosions, missiles, lasers, and more explosions this is a love letter to you. AAC is an amazing twin sticker shooter that just does everything right. The controls are tight, the graphics pop and dazzle, the soundtrack is enjoyable and never gets dull or lost in the background of explosions. The gameplay itself is fast, fun, and addictive, having that "Must play one more time" mentality. As you begin to unlock more characters and defeat bosses, you essentially unlock new play styles for you to try out. Each of the nine characters has their own distinctive weaponry that changes the way you approach enemies and situations. One character can generate black holes while another drops deadly land mines. It's this dynamic shift in combat and abilities that makes picking new characters refreshing and enjoyable. While AAC story isn't necessarily the focus, the game does have plenty of charm and style. Each of the nine androids is adorable and comes with their own dialogue and bios. I shouldn't forget to mention the game also features Co-op for up to 4 players, so bring your buddies along and blow some ♥♥♥♥ up! On TOP of all that is unlockable content and different game modes to keep your appetite wet. Anyone who enjoys twin-stick shooters, bullet hell games, or just wants to not think and blow stuff up is going to love this game.

I made a video review to show off some of the features and gameplay of this game!
I hope you enjoy!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Bought this game when it was on sale and it was the best cash I've spent in a while.

All the old school bullet hell elements are here with likeable characters, great level design, and awesome music.

My only regret was not buying the music DL from the start.

Assault Android Awesome!!!!

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
A quirky, fun, and super addictive top-down twinstick shooter, Assault Android Cactus will capture your imagination with its gorgeous design and simple, yet deep gameplay. The game features a roster of unique characters, each with their own special abilities, and you get to unlock more as the game progresses. The game is enthrallingly difficult at times, but never does it get you so mad you want to throw your controller across the room. The graphics are great, and somehow invoke memories of the Sega Dreamcast, although I cannot think of a game that looked or played anything like this on the machine.

At $15, this game is an utter bargain. Come on, you've spent more than that on utter rubbish before, why not spend it on something great?
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