Halo: Spartan Assault brings the excitement of Halo combat to Steam for the very first time. Battle your way through 30 action-packed missions against the Covenant as you explore the origin of the Spartan Ops program featured in Halo 4. *DirectX feature level 10 required.
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Mostly Positive (55 reviews) - 74% of the 55 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (3,028 reviews) - 81% of the 3,028 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 4, 2014

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“Halo: Spartan Assault is an addictive shooter that retains enough of the look and elements of the Halo universe to please.”
4/5 – PC Magazine

“Spartan Assault is a true Halo game, even if the series signature scope and size are scaled down.”
8.25/10 – Game Informer

“Varied, bite-sized missions fit the top-down play perfectly.”
4/5 – Digital Trends

About This Game

Halo: Spartan Assault brings the excitement of Halo combat to Steam for the very first time.
Battle your way through 30 action-packed missions against the Covenant as you explore the origin of the Spartan Ops program featured in Halo 4.

Earn Steam achievements, complete missions and compete against your friends for the top scores in the leaderboards.

It's time to join the assault, Spartan!

  • Epic campaign featuring 30 action packed levels with a brand new Halo story set just before the events of Halo 4.
  • Command many of your favorite Halo weapons, vehicles, and armor abilities, and customize your Spartan to create the perfect Spartan warrior.
  • Complete weekly challenges for XP and compete against your friends in Leaderboards for ultimate bragging rights
  • Game supports keyboard/mouse, USB Xbox controller and virtual joysticks for touch.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1
    • Processor: Dual core processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX10 compatible graphics card w/ dedicated 512MB RAM (ATI Radeon 3670, NVIDIA 8600 GT or Intel HD 3000)
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 2550 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: ** DirectX feature level 10 required **
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1
    • Processor: Quad core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX10 compatible graphics card w/ dedicated 1GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2550 MB available space
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Recently Posted
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
port of a twin stick mobile shooter

it's okay for the price
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( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
this game is brillant but my down side for this is that there is no coop so i can play with my friends. one of the reasons im not mad at this by is that well... it halo isnt it cant go wrong there. or can it
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( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
This table top formation game is very good and like the Halo's of the xbox era you go around shooting the grunts and elites with their own weapons as well as the UNSC's fine weaponary.

Halo fans may well be into this formation or perhaps not but to each their own.
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( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Halo 3 is the best halo, even though it has bad hit detection.
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( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Fun little twin stick shooter.
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MS. GreenLabel
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Nice game for the price smooth controls, looks good and plays very well and of course the all important Steam trading cards
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Psychotic Raptor
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Why this game was released for the price that it is, I don't know. I thought the hateful reviews were all just haters making every flaw stand out, but there are so many flaws. All of them stand out.
First few seconds into the game, you know it's crap. You accept that it's crap, and you continue playing it for a while longer hoping that it will get more fun. It doesn't
A Few Reasons Why This Game Sucks
  • Graphics are terrible
  • Gameplay is simple
  • Combat is unnecessarily easy
  • AI can't think for themselves
  • The Magnum got nerfed. In other words, it shoots super slow and feels like a marshmellow gun on anything stronger then a grunt. Not to mention it's short range. It's bullets literally disappear after going five feet away.
  • No reloading (now this could be considered a good thing, but it takes away from the game). Having an endless clip makes the game feel, well, weird.
  • Your gun doesn't point to where you're aiming until you shoot.
  • Raising your gun to shoot takes too long. They've literally already reached cover by the time the first bullet reaches their old position.
    And these are just the ones that I can think of off the top of my head! There are way to many flaws to consider this a completed game.
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( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Let me just start off by saying, this game is fun.

But the AI could be better.

I know this game is here for PC players that wouldn't have been able to play Halo on a console because they didn't have enough money, etc, but this specific game has it's ups and it's downs.

I don't have much time so I'm gonna write a quick review.

The controls are spot on and easy to use.
Some missions make the game exceedingly fun.
This game lets you have fun, but be serious at the exact same time.
Remember the Focus Rifle in Halo Reach? They upgraded it to max, and they will drain your shield in no time.

The AI could be harder, it's real easy to kill an elite as you need to melee it two times.
The story is short.
Price could be lower.

But here, let's talk specifically about the AI.


The setting is a little weird actually, it's in Halo 4, but, correct me if I'm wrong, but there were no brutes in Halo 4 right? Because they are in here.

The Elites are very easy to kill, 2-3 melee attacks and they're dead.

Grunts, easy as always, really no con there.

Jackals, medium, I mean they have shields and they are very hard to avoid for me, so I'd give them a medium because when their shields are down they are very easy to kill.

Drones, for people who don't know what drones are, look in the link below this sentence, anyway, they're somewhat hard, as you can't melee them so they can be a little difficult.


Brutes, complicated, they swarm into battle on jetpacks so you can't kill them instantly, they take a few hits to hit and are a little hard.

Overall rating of enemy AI: 9/10


In Halo 4, there were spartans that would help you in battle, same as a marine that has shields and a little more health. I don't see them in this game, not that it bothers me, it would be a nice feature or skull that would remove half of the credits you earn, but, I'm convinced that this game takes place in Halo 3.7, (almost to the setting of Halo 4) so I would expect them, but oh well.

Marines, they uh, switch on and off of when they want to die? I don't know, it's just that the game has certain times where they'll die and when they won't, either I'm protecting them a lot or they don't die from a grenade blast, kinda confuses me.

Overall Friendly Rating: 7.5/10


Game needs adjustments, but it's pretty fun once you get used to it!
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( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
This game needs local multi-player and controler support. Without these two things, this is just a mobile game poorly ported to the PC. I regret buying it.
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
Fun, cool and brings back some good memories of fighting grunts and elites in New Mombasa. But it gets really tedious and and constantly running up and down the map to complete objectives. A lot of running around the map and too little gun blazing like the Halo that i know. It's a mobile game so dont expect much. Though it's really good, it should have just stayed as a mobile game. Controls a bit challenging and not as easy and using ur mouse to aim and shoot. Not much story but still nice. However, even with that, it's still really cool how they made the game from a bird's eye view unlike the fps version. Guns are cool and all but lack the real Halo feel. The "no reload" thing is ok but find it hard to keep a gun for long before needing to find another or getting more ammo. But kinda disappointing overall for a Halo game. Really should have stayed on mobile. Unless u are the "new comer" of Halo, the people who played from Halo: Combat Evolved wouldnt enjoy it as it feels different from the originals. It's really mixed feelings for this as it's a Halo title, and I'm a huge fan of it but this game does not live up to that name, mobile or not. Nice and cool for a new view and all but would not reccomend if u are a long time lover of Halo just to save u from the dissapointment. For others to try out this, it's nice to get a game that somewhat feels like Halo just to get u into the feel of Halo before entering console(if u were considering) I'm not saying this game sucks, its nice and good and cool and stuff for new players but old timers wouldnt like it. Reccomended for new players/first time players but for long time fans, it could be a huge disappointment
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
even though it's a top down twin stick shooter, it's still a fun Halo game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
This isn't the Halo game you are looking for, but it doesn't mean it's not a good game.
Still has everything Halo has except it's top down shooter. I personally think it's a nice twist
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
I enjoyed it, and I recommend it to any other big fans of the Halo series, especially for the price
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1,580 of 1,750 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
For £3.99 it's a pretty decent game. The use of Steamworks is really nice, it's good to see this game has achievements & full controller support.

The levels are short & simple, so don't expect a massive game. Achievements & leaderboards add some replayability.

This does NOT have micro-transactions. Previous versions on the mobile version had them, but they were since removed.

The only feature I would like to see added is co-op mode.

Also Halo 3.
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656 of 756 people (87%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
A Halo game on Steam? Hopefully the first of many more! I'm a huge fan of Halo and when I first heard of this game coming to Steam I got excited. The game is only 5 dollars which is a great price for the content it provides. Does the game run smoothly? Well yes! The movement is spot on and the keyboard/mouse controls are well done. So I love the controls, the gameplay, the price, and the content the game brings us in general. But, there are a few things I don't like about it. I don't like the video settings. They are very lacking for a PC game. The options are Resolution, Anti-Aliasing, and the refresh rate. And I wished it was Multiplayer. Maybe co-op; that would be very fun. But besides all of that, I think the game is great and worth the price!
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571 of 686 people (83%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
Great game but seriously Microsoft put Halo 3 on Steam it will give you teh moneys.
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523 of 651 people (80%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
If you compare it to other Halo games it will be the worst of them all. But it is stilll a good game. The mechanics/controls are smooth and feel responsive. the story is interesting (if you are a fan of the Halo universe). The cutscenes are also really well made, same goes for the rest of the graphics. I think I beat it within 3 to 4 hours so it is not too long but is has some replay value.

Overall it is a nice little game you can kill time with. I think 4.99 is a good price for it and for me it was worth it.
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120 of 129 people (93%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2015
I'm sorry the Halo game you really wanted isn't available for Steam. And yes this is a mobile port.

Now that part's out of the way, Halo: Spartan Assault is a fun little top-down twin-stick shooter and it's a great deal for its already low price (and an even better deal during one of the frequent 75% off sales). It's short, but I don't really see that as a downside, personally. As someone with a fairly short attention span at times (like the times when I am awake), I like that Halo: SA is a game that I can pick up and run through a level in a few minutes.

The graphics are nice, particularly since this started in the mobile sphere. I played using an Xbox 360 controller and I didn't find the controls awkward at all, though it did take a few missions for me to get the hang of things. The music's also really good. The story is pretty basic, but you're a recruit in training in some sort of Halo universe thingie, and you are using the game to re-enact the historic battles of some heroic spartan assault in some futuristic past. Probably this all makes great sense if you're already a Halo fan. What you get is a nice little series of missions in which you are some kind of badass futuristic soldier tasked with clearing enemies, escorting vehicles, holding strategic points, destroying heavy weapons, etc.

The enemies, weapons, power-ups, and the missions themselves are all varied enough that it keeps things interesting as you progress through the 30 or so levels. Surprisingly, there's also quite a bit of replayability, whether it's trying to get gold stars on each mission, going for all the achievements and medals, attempting missions with the "extra credit" parameters, farming for XP to buy upgrades, or playing with various handicaps (skulls) turned on. In addition, once you factor in the muliple difficulty levels and the ability to compare your scores to those of your Steam friends, you can easily play through several times.

Add nice Steam integration features (trading cards, achievements, leaderboards) and the only reason not to get this one is (apparently, judging from the negative reviews and threads I see) if you are too busy crying that Micro$oft didn't put the Halo game you really wanted to play on Steam.
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163 of 189 people (86%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Tl'dr version:

A fun and responsive top down shooter. Bizarre design choices and a weak story does not stop me whole heartedly recommending this game to anyone who likes this kind of thing. If you're a Halo fan you probably already own this. I would however advise buying this on a sale if you can help it as the games replay value is limited.

Now if MS would hurry up and get Halo over here on pc, that would be nice.

Elaborated version:

Halo Spartan Assault is a isometric top down shooter brought to you by 'Vanguard games', who holds reasonable pedigree, as they made the well received title 'Gattling Gears', another top down shooter.
Originally made for Windows Phone, then ported over to Windows 8, then to both generations of Xbox consoles, then finally to Steam, which means it will run on anything. Basically you'll find this title on virtually any reasonbly current gen platform you can find.

From the very start, you can tell this is a ported mobile game almost instantly. Giant menu buttons and a small array of graphical and audio options are not unexpected for these types of game. However it doesn't make it any more excusable. This stuff does not belong on pc and, where I can forgive a smaller company the lack of attention to detail, this is f***ing Microsoft and Co!

Controlling your Spartan is easy. WASD keys will move your guy around, while aim and shoot with the mouse. Pretty simple. Everything here feels tight and responsive. Quite an achievement for a top down shooter, where many a time you'll find yourself struggling to control a slow and unresponsive character.
Gameplay wise, this is about as good as you're going to get out of this genre. Good stuff!

Graphically, the game is very pleasing to the eye. It's by no means going to win awards. But it definitely has it's own style and charm to it. Everything here feels like Halo. Plasma grenades explode with a satisfying buzz Halo players will no and love, while the chatter of different weapons all feel hefty and interesting. One of Halo's greatest strengths is its weapons variety and while it does taught some of the best weapons from the game, I was slightly disappointed they didn't include more weapon variety.
Also, due no doubt to this being originally a Mobile game, some weapons are extraordinarily overpowered (The automatic rocket launcher for example) This completely breaks the tactical nature of the game, and really only limits you to a few weapons which you'll either start with at the beginning of the level, or by unlocking them XP points. None of the guns enemies drop are worth anything. And they'll more than likely get you killed if you attempt to use them on harder difficulties.

This brings me to another strange design choice the game has. Instead of paying for an advantage, on console and desktop versions of the game, you can simply buy OP weapons with XP points you earn by repeating levels. This to me, feels sloppy and hurried. Maybe I was expecting too much, but it would have been cool to have some kind of progression system to unlock more guns. It would have lengthened the games longevity somewhat also.

The story here is about as by the numbers as you'll get. Rookie Spartan Sara Palmer gets into trouble with the covenant. Davis, and her fight back and win the day. Pretty standard stuff. This is by no means going to make you fall in love with the Halo lore if this is your first outing of Halo. Which it very well might be,given MS's track record of releasing Halo games on PC.

One massive, and rather nonsensical issue I have with the game however is that MS has actually made the decision to strip the CO-OP mode out of the game entirely. Unless you own the game on Xbox One, (which I do) you wont be able to play with friends. Aside from the insanely short sighted design decision to rip pieces out of the game so the Next gen port would look more favorable, I can't think of single reason to do this. This severely hurt the games fun factor as two players really makes this one of the best top down shooters out there.
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1,156 of 1,670 people (69%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
Halo 3 would make more moneys Micro$oft
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