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.
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Erg positief (11 recensies) - 90% van de 11 gebruikersrecensies in de laatste 30 dagen zijn positief.
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Overweldigend positief (694 recensies) - 97% van de 694 gebruikersrecensies voor deze game is positief.
Releasedatum: 23 sep 2015

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31 mei

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!

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25 mei

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

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Recensies

“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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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

Systeemeisen

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Besturingssysteem: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Geheugen: 2 GB RAM
    • Grafische kaart: Intel HD 4000
    • DirectX: Versie 9.0c
    • Opslagruimte: 1 GB beschikbare ruimte
    Aanbevolen:
    • Besturingssysteem: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core i5
    • Geheugen: 4 GB RAM
    • Grafische kaart: Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD6850
    • DirectX: Versie 9.0c
    • Opslagruimte: 1 GB beschikbare ruimte
    Minimum:
    • Besturingssysteem: Lion
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core
    • Geheugen: 2 GB RAM
    • Grafische kaart: Intel HD 4000
    • Opslagruimte: 2 GB beschikbare ruimte
    Aanbevolen:
    • Besturingssysteem: Mountain Lion
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core
    • Geheugen: 4 GB RAM
    • Grafische kaart: ATI Radeon HD 5870
    • Opslagruimte: 2 GB beschikbare ruimte
    Minimum:
    • Besturingssysteem: Ubuntu 12.04 or Equivalent
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Geheugen: 2 GB RAM
    • Grafische kaart: Intel HD 4000
    • Opslagruimte: 2 GB beschikbare ruimte
    Aanbevolen:
    • Processor: Core i5
    • Geheugen: 4 GB RAM
    • Grafische kaart: Nvidia GTX 460
    • Opslagruimte: 2 GB beschikbare ruimte
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Recentelijk geplaatst
Badger
( 5.9 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 1 juli
Pros: A fantastic twin-stick shooter with local co-op, a very interesting weapon switch/dodge mechanic, and a selection of characters that each have a use.

As an added bonus, this game is actually (in my opinion) BETTER with the Steam Controller! Even without using Mouse Regions, the triggers alone made temporarily playing this with a 360 controller an agonizing experience. I also frequently have problems with my right thumb getting over the edge of a stick in intense settings like this, making me have to adjust under fire- not a problem with the Steam Controller.

Cons: Compared to what's been expected of you in every level and every boss previous to it, the final boss is BRUTAL. Unbeatable? No way. But objectively an insane jump in difficulty vs. the process that's led you to that boss? Absolutely. That's by no means a reason not to buy this game- I just feel it's a one poor design footnote in an otherwise fantastic title.

Campaign isn't so long, but it's a shooter- when are they ever? The reward is in practicing it and facing the infinite modes and achieving high scores.

Totally 10/10 if you're at all into the genre.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
yesbaba
( 8.9 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 30 juni
very great god view tps bullet hell game, especially with friends playing it together.
this is a bug i can controll 2 characters, moving the same way (if not eat speed-up item), fire power increase.
level changes dynamically, very awsome.
i'm bad aiming person , if this game has auto-aiming and dodge game, i 'll love it more
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
TwirlingFern
( 114.2 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 28 juni
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.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
zveno虹.justGGray
( 14.6 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 27 juni
It feels to me that developers did set up deadzone on the right thumbstick (for aim) in the shape of cross and not in the shape of circle. Half of the characters dosen't require precise aim to shoot stuff, though. But it will be difficult to learn how to not drop the chain with aim like this.
You have to spam button to revive (6-7 clicks).
Except "classic screen mod" all Ex options are crap.
All androids seems to be "female".
Not enough jokes.

Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
IcyJuice
( 12.8 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 26 juni
Very fun, gets more intense with more people, could use online multipalyer though.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
Jean
( 1.3 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 25 juni
Very addicting and exhilarating out of the box, even when played alone. Crazy good in 3d with patch on helixmod blog. Also, lots of playable characters and unlockables. Control feels tight and game can get quite challenging. Great OST. Highly recommended.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
Diopside
( 2.9 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 24 juni
Very video-gamey videogame.
Game itself is easy enough, but a real challenge to get S+ ranking on each stage. Gameplay is your standard twinstick fare, with a good variety of "ships" that each offer a unique playstyle. Excellent sound design, music and graphics, varied level design and a bunch of different enemies, it's just fun to play.
A little bit short but has an endless mode and again, going for S+ ranking will take some time and dedication.
Wonderful title all around, would recommend.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
Clara
( 9.7 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 13 juni
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A light multiplayer bullet hell that is a TON of fun. Flashy pretty, humourous writing, and a variety of androids to choose from. Great sound design/music and satisfying to beat.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
リサフランク420
( 26.1 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 12 juni
Story - 5/5 (Hilarious, short and spunky)
Sound - 4/5 (Could use more intensity, but very colorful)
Controls - 5/5 (tight, responsive and fun)
Gameplay - 5/5 (replay value through the roof, all modes are fun)
Graphics - 5/5 (SD Girl Androids, mucho cute. Can run at amazing FPS on a good PC, smoothly on a potato)

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Assault Android Cactus is lock barrel shot of cocaine through your controller.

You drop down into level after level of robots gone haywire, armed with only your chosen weapon and a fun alternate heavy weapon.

This twin stick shooter pits you up against hordes of enemies at a break neck speed, and you have to do all this while managing your battery supply (basically keeping you alive based on time, so falling down is no-no), which can only be maintained by slaughtering more robots!

Through this journey you unlock other robots with huge personalities and fun weapon styles. You can fill a Codex full of fun little bits of information, collect artwork, and even do FPS and Isometric view modes once you do enough killing. There are fun modes like Infinity Drive, which is basically survival mode. Boss Rush (unlocked after one successive play through) which pits you against all the games bosses! And Daily Drive, which gives you an interesting challenge each day.

It's full of fun, fast paced action, and can run on a relatively normal computer without issue. Graphics are kawaii to the max, and these little big headed androids (or normal bodied, if you unlock that fun feature) tear through levels at a breakneck speed, and a moderate difficulty.

Assault Android is a short game - perhaps only 8 hours for the skilled (haha I'm not the skilled, btw~) but its countless modes, addictive multiplayer, cute unlockables, and near drug-induced levels of mayhem dazzled me to the point where I had to write a review.

Be prepared to dodge, destroy, and be an irresponsible android to your hearts content.

10/10 would play again.

Chaos with friends, chaos alone, it doesn't matter, the havoc never stops.

Heavily recommend purchase, and recommend playing with friends, preferrable with a few drinks (one of those being a red bull).

Worth far above its price tag, an essential for the steam library.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
Guilty Subterfuge
( 9.4 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 27 mei
Extremly good level desing
Good gameplay mechanics
Likeable characters
Variety of enemies
Fun and tense boss fights
Good voice acting

Short campaing, but has infinity mode, a boss rush mode, and a "daily rush mode" wich is basically a new different level each day that you can do. Also, extra options you can unluck such as first person mode, extra IA buddies, new secondary attack for each android and a couple more visuals ones.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
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1.3 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 25 juni
Very addicting and exhilarating out of the box, even when played alone. Crazy good in 3d with patch on helixmod blog. Also, lots of playable characters and unlockables. Control feels tight and game can get quite challenging. Great OST. Highly recommended.
Was deze recensie nuttig? Ja Nee Grappig
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26.1 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 12 juni
Story - 5/5 (Hilarious, short and spunky)
Sound - 4/5 (Could use more intensity, but very colorful)
Controls - 5/5 (tight, responsive and fun)
Gameplay - 5/5 (replay value through the roof, all modes are fun)
Graphics - 5/5 (SD Girl Androids, mucho cute. Can run at amazing FPS on a good PC, smoothly on a potato)

--

Assault Android Cactus is lock barrel shot of cocaine through your controller.

You drop down into level after level of robots gone haywire, armed with only your chosen weapon and a fun alternate heavy weapon.

This twin stick shooter pits you up against hordes of enemies at a break neck speed, and you have to do all this while managing your battery supply (basically keeping you alive based on time, so falling down is no-no), which can only be maintained by slaughtering more robots!

Through this journey you unlock other robots with huge personalities and fun weapon styles. You can fill a Codex full of fun little bits of information, collect artwork, and even do FPS and Isometric view modes once you do enough killing. There are fun modes like Infinity Drive, which is basically survival mode. Boss Rush (unlocked after one successive play through) which pits you against all the games bosses! And Daily Drive, which gives you an interesting challenge each day.

It's full of fun, fast paced action, and can run on a relatively normal computer without issue. Graphics are kawaii to the max, and these little big headed androids (or normal bodied, if you unlock that fun feature) tear through levels at a breakneck speed, and a moderate difficulty.

Assault Android is a short game - perhaps only 8 hours for the skilled (haha I'm not the skilled, btw~) but its countless modes, addictive multiplayer, cute unlockables, and near drug-induced levels of mayhem dazzled me to the point where I had to write a review.

Be prepared to dodge, destroy, and be an irresponsible android to your hearts content.

10/10 would play again.

Chaos with friends, chaos alone, it doesn't matter, the havoc never stops.

Heavily recommend purchase, and recommend playing with friends, preferrable with a few drinks (one of those being a red bull).

Worth far above its price tag, an essential for the steam library.
Was deze recensie nuttig? Ja Nee Grappig
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19.6 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 28 september 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.
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85 van de 90 mensen (94%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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4.0 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 29 november 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!
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70 van de 79 mensen (89%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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3.7 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 5 oktober 2015
If this game had online co op then I'd play nothing else but this.
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53 van de 70 mensen (76%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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17.1 uur in totaal
Recensie tijdens vroegtijdige toegang
Geplaatst: 23 september 2015
Nearly two years ago, my then-managing editor Jaz Rignall pointed me in the direction of an intriguing-looking Early Access game on Steam called Assault Android Cactus. After taking a peek at the pre-alpha build, I began corresponding with Mr Sanatana Mishra from developer Witch Beam Games, and it transpired that the game would be on show at the then-new Eurogamer Expo (now known as EGX). Since I was heading to EGX anyway, I made an appointment to meet with Mishra and have a chat about the game, and in the meantime I familiarised myself a little more with the early build.

When I first heard about Assault Android Cactus, I wasn’t sure what to think. On paper, it sounds like any number of games that bloat Steam’s marketplace daily — it’s an arcade-style twin-stick shooter inspired by retro classics — but it quickly became apparent from playing through the limited number of levels in the early build that there was actually something quite special taking shape here. This feeling was further compounded when I eventually made it to the Eurogamer Expo and had a thoroughly enjoyable chat with Mishra about the game and the team’s plans for it in the long-term — to cut a long story short, it was apparent that Witch Beam was a small team who were absolutely dedicated to making Cactus the best experience it could possibly be, and to creating a truly authentic Dreamcast-style experience heavily inspired by the masters of Japanese shoot ’em ups like Treasure, Cave and their ilk.

Since I first gave Cactus its glowing write-up on USgamer, I’ve checked in on the Early Access build numerous times as it’s developed, and regularly talked about how much I like it. I’ve also kept in touch with Mishra and the rest of the team at Witch Beam via Twitter, and it’s been a genuine pleasure to witness the passion they’ve been pouring into their project. It’s been a long and slow road to release for the game, but it's finally here.

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from Mishra containing a beta code for the full review build of Assault Android Cactus’ full version as a “thank you” for the support I’ve shown them over the last couple of years. Touched by this thoroughly nice gesture of appreciation, I made a point of immediately downloading the new build and playing it for a good few hours. And it seems my early impressions were very much correct: Assault Android Cactus is something very special indeed, and if it doesn’t end up taking its rightful place of honour alongside modern arcade classics like Ikaruga, DoDonPachi, Geometry Wars and their ilk, something is very, very wrong.

For the unfamiliar, Assault Android Cactus is, as previously mentioned, a twin-stick shooter. There’s a few twists on the usual formula, though: the right stick just aims rather than shoots, for one, so you have to actually pull the trigger to fire, while the left trigger swaps between your chosen character’s main and secondary weapon. Main weapons have unlimited ammunition; secondary weapons have a cooldown before they can be used again, but tend to be considerably more powerful.

Another major twist on the formula is the fact that there’s no lives system, with the challenge factor instead coming from a time limit represented by the characters’ declining battery charge. Blowing up a wave of enemies allows you to collect a recharge item, while getting knocked down wastes time and battery charge as well as costing you some points, so avoiding getting hit is a very important part of going for high scores. The battery system proved to be a controversial addition to the game when it was first put in place, but it’s now such an integral part of the game structure that it’s difficult to imagine Assault Android Cactus without it. It ensures the game strikes a good balance between accessibility for casual players and rewarding skilful play from the people who know what “1CC” stands for.

One of the most noteworthy aspects of Cactus’ gameplay is its selectable characters, who are gradually unlocked as you progress through the main series of levels. Far from just being different skins, each of the playable android characters handles uniquely, with very different main and secondary weapons allowing you to play in different ways. Title character Cactus is the most straightforward, boasting a simple machine gun and short-range flamethrower combination, while Aubergine is one of the more peculiar offerings due to her main weapon being an independently controlled helicopter drone and her secondary weapon being the ability to summon a quantum singularity and suck everything into it. The way the different characters play is one area where Witch Beam has clearly taken inspiration from classic Japanese shoot ’em ups, since many of these have selectable ships with different weapon setups. There’s a huge amount of creativity in the way the characters play, though, and it’s a real pleasure to get a handle on how some of the more outlandish characters work. (I still have no idea how to use Aubergine effectively, mind.)

Another interesting aspect is in the level design. Cactus could have easily been a straightforward arena shooter, but instead the levels show a great deal of variety in their structure. While they all have the same goal — destroy all the enemies — some of them take place in a confined space; some of them unfold in an arena that changes shape over time; some of them are in levels that force you to move from one place to another. One particularly memorable one scrolls infinitely in every direction, with checkerboard floor tiles flipping up and down according to which direction you’re going; the backdrops are always interesting and exciting to look at as much as the main action is.

Cactus’ long-term appeal comes from the same place as other arcade-style shooters: score attack. Completing a level immediately shows you a leaderboard as well as a letter grade, with the elusive “S+” rank being reserved for those who chained all of the enemies in a level into a single combo, didn’t die and were generally a bit of a superstar. After attaining an S+ rank, you unlock “Pro Mode”, which puts an on-screen indicator on your HUD showing whether or not it’s still possible to attain an S+ on the level you’re playing; you can also quickly restart a level if you make a mistake along the way somewhere.

The ranking system has been well thought out. Levels are designed so that you can “learn” them, much like a bullet hell shooter, and attaining the best ranks is dependent on you figuring out these enemy patterns, how to avoid their attacks and how to ensure that you’re always on the offensive to keep your combo active. Bosses are similar, unfolding across several learnable phases, with the boss’ health bar clearly showing where there’s a phase transition so you can ensure you’re in an advantageous position ahead of time.

If you’re not in the mood for score attack, though, some Sega-inspired “EX options” allow you to play the game in various different ways. You can try the game in first-person, for example, or from a fixed isometric perspective rather than the dynamic camera angles of the regular game — though both of these options disable the leaderboards. There are also several graphical filter options — including an entertaining “JJ Mode”, which spooges lens flare and bloom all over the screen for an incredibly colourful experience — as well as options for having AI players alongside you or taking on co-op enemy waves with just a single player.

In short, if you’re a fan of arcade-style shooters and you’re looking for something entertaining to feed your virtual quarters into, Assault Android Cactus is pretty much an essential purchase.
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26 van de 28 mensen (93%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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89.4 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 24 september 2015
Here's what you need to know.

The basic robot-shooting gameplay is practically flawless. The controls are sharp, with both gamepad and mouse / keyboard working just fine (although I personally find using a gamepad much more fun). There's no ammo or need to reload, meaning you can put out a never-ending barrage of firepower against the constant stream of enemies. Visual design is superb, with all the robots having distinct looks, making it easy to remember and react to their attack patterns in the middle of the chaos. Despite the ridiculous number of exploding robots on screen, I never find it overwhelming - everything reads well and the times when you die to something you didn't have a clear warning about are very rare. The battery system (which is effectively a timer + checkpoint system, with a bit of a twist) keeps the pace up and forces you to be aggressive.

Sound design is great too. Audio cues are easy to pick up on (such as the "woop woop" when you reach low health, or the little "tink" when your secondary weapon recharges), even while having your face melted off by the soundtrack.

All the little details feel right - the speed at which the power ups cycle, the range at which you can collect the weapon orb things, the time it takes for the secondary weapons to reacharge - and it all comes together to make a game that is just plain fun.

On top of all that, the difficulty curve is handled well. There's a smooth progression from playing just to clear levels, onto playing for S+ ranks (along with a robot voice saying "S plus!" that makes you feel special inside), onto playing for pure score on the leaderboards. There are no real difficulty spikes - by the time you've cleared most of the levels, getting the top rank on the first stage is easy, and from there you can just keep going.

Having said that, I do have a couple if issues with the game, the only one worth mentioning here is that I don't think it works very well in co-op mode if you have a bit of a skill mismatch. Due to the battery mechanic, every member of the team needs to contribute to killing robots as fast as possible in order to reach the next battery drop. If you have a less experienced player who falls behind, it's not like you can wait for them to catch up - the other players need to immediately pick up the slack by killing robots even faster. While this is possible, it's no fun for the player at the bottom, as they will be constantly dying, having their weapon level lowered, being unable to keep up with the damage, and then dying again.

In single-player, however, this is a game that I can recommend unequivocally if you have any interest in fast arcade games.
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21 van de 23 mensen (91%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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24.3 uur in totaal
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Geplaatst: 2 december 2013
Super fun game and if you have other friends playing the game aswell it can get VERY competitive. Gets addicting and is very rewarding after you S+ that one level that takes ages (I'm looking at you Furnace). Would reccomend to everyone that is a fan of twin stick shooters with elements of bullet hell. Incredibly addicting.
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18 van de 19 mensen (95%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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6.0 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 25 september 2015
If there's two things I couldn't care less for it's games that are ultra arcadey and games that are twin stick shooters.
Yet Assault Android Cactus managed to catch me off guard by doing above two things with such charm, energy and perfectly balanced gameplay that I found my first playthrough utterly entrancing.

AAC is the sort of game that reminds me why I love games.
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17 van de 18 mensen (94%) vonden deze recensie nuttig
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Geplaatst: 7 oktober 2013
[2013/10]
Assault Android Cactus really shines in local coöp!
On Friday evening, we slapped two PS3 pads and two Xbox pads onto a Linux machine, connected a projector, and had a 5-hour marathon session, with maybe 20 people rotating in and out at various times.
There was lots of shouting at the screen and at each other ("Battery! Battery!" "Kill the toasters!"), as well as a fair amount of trashtalking over the statistics on round completion.

[2014/08]
AAC was one of my first exposures to Steam Early Access, and it's a shining example of how the system was meant to work. When I first began playing, they had implemented one game mode, the four main characters, a handful of levels, and one boss. Since that time, WitchBeam has continually blasted out new characters, levels, bosses, and game modes, while continuing to revise, rebalance, and polish existing content.

At the time of this edit, AAC is still in early access (update 8.5), but I'm already extremely happy with my purchase, and I can't recommend this game enough. Additionally, future WitchBeam titles will be unquestioned day-0 purchases for me.
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