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.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,420 reviews)
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!

Features
  • 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2550 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: ** DirectX feature level 10 required **
    Recommended:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2550 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
159 of 184 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
37.2 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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68 of 72 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
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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58 of 69 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
This is not a review, but I highly recommend this twin-stick shooter for the following reasons.

1. The story is set between the events of Halo 3 and 4.
2. Many enemies with different tactics.
3. Vehicles can be be driven on some of the maps.
4. Good selection of weapons.
5. Great music!
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
The game really feels and looks like Halo even though is not a FPS. It has the same atmosphere and the same graphic and artistic direction, making it a real Halo game.

These being said, the game is actually designed for mobile touch enabled devices and the first thing that gives it away is the missions length that never reaches 10 minutes. In fact, you can finish most of the missions in less than 5 minutes(if you're good enough), making Halo: Spartan Assault the first casual game in this series.

The story is interesting and it's written in such a manner that can justify the moments when the game gets really hard.

The game features and experience system that allows you to buy new weapons and abilities. You can get XP points only based on the enemies you kill and the manner you kill them. This way you can earn the Bronze/Silver/Gold star or none (this means no XP points). You can also select 2 out of 6 skulls to make the game harder but gain more XP points.

The game is really enjoyable but unfortunately it has some serious issues.

There are moments the game feels so scripted and cheap that you really want to ditch it.

The default weapons set usually feels useless so you have to pick your own custom ones. However this requires a lot of XP points and force you to pick up skulls. This makes the game harder but frustrating and cheap.

While the Covenant troops have no problem in controlling the vehicles, you struggle to.
While the need 1-3 grenades to blow up their own vehicles when you are driving them, you need 3-5 at least to do the same thing with the same vehicles. While they can blow up you vehicle really fast with mounted turrets without stopping from shooting, you need more shots and time to do it and you also have to stop firing since the turrets magically start overheating when you use them.
And you also need more grenades to blow up the turrets when the enemy uses it than they need for when you are using it.

All those aspects make some missions so hard that you have to keep on trying to finish them. Sometimes you need to replay old missions to get XP points so that you can afford the right set of weapons and abilities since you waste all those points trying to figure the right set out, making a 5 minutes mission feel like a 30 minutes repetitive hell and a very bad way to make a game feel longer than it really is.
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
No, Master Chief is not here.

Halo: Spartan Assault is a SPIN OFF game (why are people still comparing this to Halo: Reach?) Anyways, for me, it's a fun top down shooter to kill time. In fact, this game captures the feeling of playing Halo games.
Grunts will panic like the cowards they are, Elites get ♥♥♥♥♥♥ when you drain their shields, and let's not forget to mention the jihad grunts :3.

Overall, I recommend you pick this up if you want a casual arcade shooter with a Halo theme.
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28 of 46 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Originally released for Windows 8 devices, it really was only a matter of time before Halo: Spartan Assault saw a wider release on Xbox consoles and PC. However, as it is not one of the main Halo flagship titles, it was easy to pass over this game without notice. So, in the end, is the game worth tracking down? Well…maybe if you are a hardcore Halo fan who absolutely needs to have something to fill the void until the next game is released.

Halo: Spartan Assault shares only the basic skeleton work with the other titles in the series – for one, this game is a top-down isometric twin-stick shooter. As far as the Halo universe is concerned, this actually makes for a fine fit – it plays very much like a Halo game, but viewed from a distance. The visuals are spot-on for the Halo games as well, as there are several parts in which every visible color in the light spectrum will be present on your screen at the same time. It’s a pretty game, to be sure, and I didn’t feel as if the environments were stale or boring.

Granted, that may have been because the game is very short, and you don’t spend more than five minutes in every level – typically, even less than that. This is the result of being designed as a mobile game, in which you tend to only spend a few minutes on a sporadic schedule to only finish a mission or two. The early missions will fly by and the game does scale up the difficulty with reasonable progression. I did experience a few deaths on the later missions, but that was primarily because of my own fault of trying to rush through a level and not paying attention to my Spartan abilities or avoiding enemy fire. Enemy types aren’t particularly varied throughout, though that is typical for the Halo franchise.

The story is barely serviceable, though hardcore Halo fans will probably want a look. I had to check online to figure out that this title takes place between Halos 3 and 4, when the newest Spartan volunteer program has been implemented and the elite super-soldier unit is growing once again. The missions alternate back and forth between Spartans Palmer and Davis, although there’s no real difference between the two other than a slight visual difference with their armor color and helmets. As it is a side-story, there is very little impact here in the grand scheme of things, and the game is mostly devoid of voice acting or cutscenes – most story information comes from in-game text before every mission, and I had to resist the urge to just skip through the handful of paragraphs that moves the story forward. Also, the game just ends without much fuss, which is disappointing.

It’s a very short, average game, but serviceable for five bucks or less. Not recommended unless you are very much invested in all things Halo – it can be skipped otherwise.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
This is a great game for any fans of Halo. It was a tiny bit disappointing, but its really fun. I never played Halo: Wars, so I didn't really know what to expect from a skyview Halo, but its a really good game! I recommend it heaps!

Even though this was made by 343. THOSE B@STARDS!!!!

7/10
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Oi5Al3Dp4&index=1&list=UUB7oH0JlWiE7hAW_ugErlbQ

Honestly didnt know what to expect from what is basically an Iphone port but was surprised to find a charming game for a really good price. It is NOT a Halo game and if your expecting Halo 2 again you wont find it here.
What you WILL find is a nice, top down shooter in a twin sticks style with decent graphics and half decent story. Its extremely satisfying to destroy everything and provides some challenge without over doing it for a more casual Halo experience.

Highly recommend.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Halo Spartan Assault is pretty fun and i like the challages and the missions are good wish they had more missions to do.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Let me start off by saying that Halo: Spartan Assault is not a "traditional" Halo game nor does it come close to the perfection of others in the series. But, nevertheless, it is a good game.

Aside from the movement and steering of some vehicles, which can get a bit sketchy at times, the controls are smooth and the gameplay gives a fantastic arcade feel to Halo. Considering the depth and magnitude of the story told throughout the rest of the Halo series, my only complaint about this game is that the story and connection to the characters simply is not there. This game is definitely more of a shoot-em-up type instead of an epic, emotion packed, story-teller like the other Halos.

Despite all of the anger and ranting by Halo fans concerning the series not being brought to Steam which seems to be directed at this game, I actually really enjoyed it.. and for only 5 bucks I definitely got my money's worth!

If you are considering purchasing this game, just keep in mind that it's very different from the other Halo titles and it certainly doesn't deliver the same experience, but it is a fun game and I definitely recommend it.

Thanks for reading, have a good one! :)
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Microsoft be like :

"Hey ! Let's release Halo games for the PC !....

... that's NOT an FPS !"

I like this game though
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Pros:
Famaliar weapons and universe makes the game easy to jump into
The conversion of the world lore from the FPS games is excellently done
Cheap (1/2 price of what is charged for the game on other systems)

Cons:
Targetting is often poor, ever for a twinstick shooter
Far too many escort and protect a character missions
No multiplayer campaign (the reason the game is 1/2 price of other versions)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Lots of medals, achievements and other little challenges kept this little top-down HALO shooter running for me. There might have been some more weapons, enemies and mission types and also might have been co-op tho. Otherwise - simple gameplay, nice piece of Spartan stories, dem 0.99$ and 9 hours well spent!
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
I'm a halo fan since the beginning, but this game is bad.
It's not fun, and the story not interesting.
Maybe it's a good halo on tablet, but on pc, you can play Halo:CE wich is better...
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68 of 130 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Stop with the mobile port garbage and put haloCE on steam already
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
It's good to see a Halo game on Steam. It's nothing like the Xbox version of Halo. I like how they actually took time for this port to be on computer, because most ports usually suck, this one on the other hand is pretty damn good. Can't wait for the next one, which is coming December 2014!

Now, I'm a huge Halo fan, I've played and beat the original Halo's on the Xbox and PC a couple hundred of times, no lie.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Halo and masterchief are well known among gamers and this spin off title shows that when brand is bulletproof its easy to create something very traditional which still has the winning edge against competetors. Halo: Spartan Assault is very generic shoot-them-up which puts player to the boots of spartans - an elite soldiers with energy shield. The game has 30 missions total and most of them are about defending some position or rushing through the map killing all the enemies which stand on your way. However there is also some cool vechile driving missions where player supremely crushes enemies with terran- or covenant tank with all familiar weapons included!
I don't know what Halo -enthusiasts think, but I found the story nothing signigicant - terrains and covenant compete ground control and hunt some powerful relic laying somewhere.
All in all Halo: Spartan Assault is good fun in small steps and that's also primary reason I wonder why there isn't any co-op availabilities which would have done Spartan Assault nice party game - well maybe in the sequel if it should have one.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
The only Halo game on Steam, it's almost a no brainer.

It is refreshing to have a top-down shooter in the Halo universe.
Spartan Assault takes place in between Halo 3 and Halo 4.

Multiple weapons to choose from, vehicles to drive and armor abilities to upgrade your Spartan with.

30 missions to complete - this game has plenty of content for it's small price tag.

8/10
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Just a boring game really. It's a twin-stick shooter that takes place in the Halo universe which sounds cool but it's missing alot of what makes Halo great and what makes twin-stick shooters great. There isn't an exciting story like Halo games usually have, in fact there isn't a story at all. No dialogue or cutscenes, you just kind of go mission to mission. But it does get a lot of other things right about Halo with its enemy types and weapon selection but that kind of ruins the twin-stick shooter aspect of it by making it very slow paced.

As a twin-stick shooter it doesn't bring anything special to the table. There are maybe 4-5 enemies fighting you at once, and then you run to the next group. No unique element to the gameplay whats-so-ever. The game is just a twin-stick shooter in its most standard form and takes place in a Halo environment. Nothing more.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
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Ingredients:
1. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2. 1/2 cup white sugar
3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
4. 1/4 cup water
5. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6. 1 pinch salt
7. 5 apples - peeled, cored and sliced
8. 1 pastry for double-crust pie

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. Combine butter, white sugar, brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside.
3. Roll out half the pastry to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place bottom crust in pie plate; pour in apple slices.
4. Roll out top crust into a 10-inch circle. Cut into 8 (1-inch) wide strips with a sharp paring knife or pastry wheel. Weave the pastry strips, one at a time, into a lattice pattern. Fold the ends of the lattice strips under the edge of the bottom crust and crimp to seal.
5. Pour butter-sugar mixture over top of pie, coating the lattice, and allowing any remaining sauce to drizzle through the crust.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and bake until the crust is golden brown, the caramel on the top crust is set, and the apple filling is bubbling, 35 to 40 more minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing.
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