Assault Android Cactus is an intense skill based arcade styled shooter - pick from one of eight synthetic heroines and blast your way through overwhelming robot hordes in an attempt to save the ship from its own workforce. Supports single player and local co-op game modes.
User reviews: Very Positive (211 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 28, 2013

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We think the best way to develop a game is to get it playable early and keep it that way. We're confident that Assault Android Cactus is fun to play and worthy of peoples time right now, and will only improve. We're thankful to everyone who has wanted to play our game and for those who are sharing their feedback with us to help make it even better!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to release the game in 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“There will be an opening cutscene, additional EX options, greater animation variety, better input and graphic options, Steam Achievements, Steam Trading Cards and additional finishing touches across the game.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Our current build contains
  • 8 playable characters (4 unlocked through gameplay progression) and four player local co-op
  • Tutorial
  • a 25 stage Campaign, consisting of 20 regular stages and 5 boss battles
  • Infinity Drive (a large, complex stage similar to an 'endless' mode)
  • Daily Drive (a daily challenge you can only play once)
  • Boss Rush
  • Codex, Art Gallery, Sound Test, Jukebox
  • EX Options
  • Online Leaderboards

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We are not planning to change the price, although there is a possibility it may go up based on where we are at launch. If this happens we'll give as much warning as we can!”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We (the developers) are easily reachable on the Steam forums and love hearing feedback. We have strong plans for the game but have regularly implemented improvements based on what our players have told us and hope to keep doing this going forwards!”
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Recommended By Curators

"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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Recent updates View all (37)

August 8

Early Access Update 18.5

Features
  • Lemon has her own stage start animation
  • Updated final boss Codex artwork
  • Retimed a few details in boss battles

Fixes
  • Boss Rush - fixed a nasty bug that was affecting S+ runs, so sorry about this one!!!
  • any batteries within Medulla's shell will be flung to safety
  • fixed issue where the music wouldn't return to full volume during Boss Rush

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August 2

Early Access Update 18.1

Features
  • Art Gallery - added 7 images

Fixes
  • Boss Rush - Extended the Chain timer between Venom and Medulla
  • Boss Rush - Venom will drop his final battery outside of Medulla's shell radius

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Reviews

“Assault Android Cactus is a brilliantly conceived, masterfully designed bullet hell joy pit of fun.”
The Penny Arcade Report

“I played the hell out of the first five levels. It’s like a dancefloor laser massacre, and you’re Lady Gaga.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Assault Android Cactus is a freakishly relentless twin-stick shooter that’s as finely tuned as Usain Bolt’s calf muscles.”
IGN

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About This Game

Assault Android Cactus is a manic twin stick shooter combining arcade style action with hordes of enemies and transforming stages.

Junior Constable Cactus is outside her pay grade when she responds to a distress call only to be left stranded on a crippled space freighter under attack by its own robot workers. But using her wits, unlimited ammunition and all the androids she can conscript along the way, she will save the ship or run down her battery trying!

  • Eight Playable Characters - Each android has a unique weapon set and play style, experiment to find which android suits you best.
  • Dynamic 25 Stage Campaign - 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.
  • Extra Modes - take the Daily Drive challenge, tackle Boss Rush mode, explore the ingame Codex. unlock EX options and dive into the Infinity Drive.
  • Local Co-Op Play - Join in with two, three or four players and experience escalating chaos. Supports Keyboard/Mouse and Gamepad configurations.

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Lion
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mountain Lion
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5870
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or Equivalent
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 460
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Early Access Review
Most important thing about this game is that it is fun.

Grab some friends, find a couch, and steal all their powerups forever.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Early Access Review
Pros:

+ Graphics are astonishing, even for an Early Access Unity game
+ Neat soundtrack
+ Controls are simple and easy to learn
+ Level layout changes while you're playing, keeping things interesting
+ Different characters have different backstories and weapons to suit most playstyles
+ Wonderful final boss fight (minus a couple things)
+ Alternate settings (like First-Person mode, extra co-op partners, etc.) spice up the gameplay a bit

Cons:

- Awesomeness of soundtrack usually depends on how well you're doing
- Final boss suffers from the cliche of "oh and here's the other bosses you killed but they're back now"

I'd give it an 8.5 or 9/10 if I had to rate it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Early Access Review
This game seems like great fun so far, it has a very entertaining campaign with a variety of characters (all with unique abilities), great audio and impressive visuals.

Some of my favorite features were
- The lights turning on and off
- Map structure shifting and changing around during gameplay
- A wide range of enemies
- Challenging and entertaining boss fights
- Local Co-Op for fun with friends
- Enemies climbing up from the edges of the map
- Camera rotation
- Interesting power ups
- Several game modes

After a few hours playing I can definitely say I would recommend it, this game has been well executed with careful attention from it's developers. This is early access done correclty.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Early Access Review
This game is like suuuper fun amg, when i first played as Cactus i was like pew pew pew in the demo and i had 2 ask my bf to get it, he got it too. It's got a dandy sound track andd theres lots of shootingg. The only thing i don't like is how theres no online multiplayer, i can't play with my bf D:
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Early Access Review
This is brilliant! Old school done by new school! This is a great demonstration of the evolution of traditional gameplay combining new ideas and old. A clever mixture of Cave bullet hell with Smash TV twin stick play. I'd say the gameplay balance is spot on, easy to understand and perform but to master takes some effort. The soundtrack is good too.

Totally recommended! :)
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