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 robot workforce. Supports up to 4 player local co-op.
User reviews: Very Positive (204 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?

“The final boss will receive art dressing, there will be an opening cutscene, art gallery, additional EX options added, 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 finished stages and 5 bosses (one of which lacks final art)
  • Infinity Drive (a large, complex stage similar to an 'endless' mode)
  • Daily Drive (a daily challenge you can only play once)
  • Boss Rush (containing the first 4 bosses)
  • Codex
  • 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 (36)

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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August 1

Early Access Update - Beta



With the final stage textured and the art gallery added, we've reached another important milestone, Beta! Our definition of Beta is 'content complete' - we now have every level and game mode present and working close to its finished state.

From here, we plan to add a couple more EX options (the most exciting one is Mega Weapons, which we recently announced via a trailer) as well as a short animated intro and outro, as well as hook up achievements and other polish tasks.

Mega Weapons will make their debut at PAX Prime when we show Assault Android Cactus as part of the PAX 10 so if you're attending please come and meet us! The team (all three of us) are flying over from Australia for it.

Features
  • Zone 5 boss Medulla has art dressing
  • Boss Rush now contains all five boss fights back to back, and is unlocked by beating the final boss. The leaderboard has been reset
  • Shiitake and Lemon have received minor balance adjustments
  • Every character now has clean weapon icons on Android Select that show their actual silhouette
  • Art Gallery is now available (more entries to be added)
  • Auxiliary Codex entries all have art now
  • Notification System reports on what content has become available when returning to the main menu
  • Refinements to music in Zone 1, Zone 3, Zone 4, Collider and Medulla's stage
  • Added and improved sound effects

Fixes
  • Lots of small stuff
  • Starch has the correct icon for her Laser in game
  • Intel videocards show shadows in Linux
  • Improvements to gamepad support under Linux, but there are still issues. Logitech gamepads and Dualshock 4's seem to work in SteamOS now but not on other distros, but it's an area we're investigating

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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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
53.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Early Access Review
Best twin stick on Steam.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.0 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Early Access Review
I definitely have a sweet spot for Assault Android Cactus. It brings me back to another game that I loved in my younger years... Smash TV for the Supernintendo. The running and gunning plays alot alike except you are a cute Android and this game won't kill you off as fast and as often as Smash TV did. Like Smash TV you are stuck basicly to one screen, unlike Smash TV the levels morph as you are fighting in them. In a way you have unlimited lives but the limit is defined by a battery you can't let run dry over time. This game has great running and gunning fun and boss levels that attack in patterns that you can figure out. Is this a massive game? No but what it does it does well. It maybe not a long game but it is definitely a fun one. By the way, get yourself a controller. Keyboard and mouse work well but not as good as a controller. As far as recommending this game, there isn't much to dislike except how short it is. But even so it's definitely fun and that's the important factor to me.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Early Access Review
I LOVE THIS GAME IT IS AMAZING!
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