IonBall 2: Ionstorm is an arcade game with a modern 3D twist; re-live the joys and frustrations (in equal measure) of classics games such as Breakout and Arkanoid, in a no holds barred fast action game with stunning 3D environments, awesome effects and a thumping soundtrack.
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Release Date: Jun 6, 2014

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September 21

Level bug

Hey guys, we're aware of the level bug stopping players from progressing. We're looking into it and will sort it ASAP, someone has mentioned an issue with this occuring elsewhere so we need to make sure it can't happen anywhere else before uploading a fix.

Thanks for your patience :)

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August 5

Recent bat bug

Hi everyone, the issue with the bat not reaching the far sides should be fixed now, along with a lag issue involving the upgrade menu.

We hope you can all enjoy playing now, thanks for all of your support :)

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About This Game

IonBall 2: Ionstorm is an arcade game with a modern 3D twist; re-live the joys and frustrations (in equal measure) of classics games such as Breakout and Arkanoid, in a no holds barred fast action game with stunning 3D environments, awesome effects and a thumping soundtrack.

Battle through 60 formidable levels and 3 boss levels with a multitude of enemies; each with their own unique abilities. Upgrade your armament from a range of weaponry such as the mighty machine-gun upgrade for the ball, or the rampant rail-gun for your bat; Ionball 2: Ionstorm will set blood pumping and pulse racing like no other ball game before it!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual Core 1.6 ghz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card supporting DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 ghz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8800 or higher. ATI HD 3850 or higher.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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53 of 61 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
First, I should let you know that while I LOVE Arkanoid-style games, I have never enjoyed an Arkanoid-like game with 3D graphics.

I wanted to enjoy Ionball 2, but for me, the gameplay felt extremely frustrating. The ball does not always travel at the same speed (slows down when near the paddle), and the angles don't always make sense. All the fancy graphics, while very well done, are so flashy that it's hard for me to keep track of the ball. Maybe it's just my eyesight, but I get so overwhelmed with the flashing, explosions, and falling "XP" to collect that I often fail from distraction more than from a lack of ability.

For my money and time, I'd much rather play Wizorb, which I can easily recommend (and which happens to be 2D).
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59 of 71 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2014
Ionball 2: Ionstorm is a AAA 3D Arkanoid / Breakout clone that features hardcore Arkanoid and Breakout like game-play and introduces many original concepts to individualize itself in a crowded genre. The game's difficulty and speed are jacked from the very first board. The speed of the game is extreme and powerups and weapons take some time to acquire making the game at first somewhat difficult to acclimate to.

In Arkanoid and most clones, weapons drop as each board is played. Ionball 2 implements an XP system where XP is released from defeated enemies and needs to be caught with the "bat". Upon board completion the XP becomes your currency to which you can use to purchase both passive and active upgrades for use on all boards.

There is a scoring system as well as a continue option if you trigger game over and which will deduct from your running tally if utilized. The Steam Punk levels are hub based in that you may play any of the 10 boards in the current hub in any order. Once completed, the final level of the hub will need to be completed to advance to the next hub. The game features over 60 levels and 3 boss levels.

Ionball 2 is intense and requires serious concentration especially with the crazy particle effects employed in the game. Outstanding graphics, sounds and a pulse pounding musical score complement the well animated enemy designs. Many boards are littered with different droids which have distinctive responsibilities. Some for example may replenish life of worn down enemy units.

With Arkanoid clones there was always the issue of the last remaining enemy. Many clones just leave the enemy on the board until hit. Ionball 2 rewards you by eliminating an enemy if you've kept the ball alive. This is applicable not just for the last enemy but from the start of the board to it's completion. Given the speed of the game, this mechanism works as a reward to the player for keeping the ball in play.

Ionball 2 features spectacular effects and explosions. While the game is just marvellous to look at, all of the pretty effects may interfere with your concentration and thereby increasing the difficulty in an already difficult game and jacking the intensity.

Ionball2: Ionstorm, challenging, polished and overall an indie gem.
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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2015
Great reincarnation of the classic arkanoid style game.
Many power-ups, cool fx and tough end bosses, plus additional Tower Assault mode, which means 90+ levels of pure brick madness. Higly recommended arcade action!
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39 of 52 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
I'd really like to love this game, but I can't. The main problem is the visibility of the ball. It's the most important pillar in these kind of games. When a ball is full off effects and it pulls a chemtrail-like shinging line, and the whole screen has the same kind of effects, then you'll lose soon.

Just give us a normal ball please :-(
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36 of 48 people (75%) found this review helpful
57.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
This Feels So Good! Pure Dopamine! :D*

This revitalization of the old classic games like Arkanoid is the very definition of a next-gen game! The best I have ever come across. Amazing job bringing an old game mechanic to a whole new level!

* Better go see your doctor before playing it. This game has a strong neuro-active impact on your brain. xD
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2015
Holy Moly - after 2 mins I was all


Then I went into the options, dialled the fx down, switched to the overhead camera and it got a LOT better!!

This isn't one of those breakout games where you carefully knock the ball around trying to get that last brick - it's frenetic and BONKERS busy - you will need to zone-in to it - you may want to tune-out the music unless hardroad/metal/bassdrop is your thing (I kinda like it but it repeats a BIT too often)

Once you've gotten that all done - it's really quite good I think!
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
An excellent game.

Just finished after 5 hours, though you can continue by playing through the levels again another time -- continuing to upgrade your character.

It's a great way to increase your reaction speed. It's basically an upgrade to the classic games Breakout (Atarii 2600) and Arkanoid.

Your job is to kill the brick-shaped aliens by spending for a glowing "ionball" that slowly injures them until they die. The ball moves quickly, the explosions are a great distraction that makes it hard to follow the ball, and there are tons of upgrades to make the game exciting and give you different levels of replayability.

No crashes, but I found two minor bugs that required the restart of the level. But that has no effect on your game.

Graphics begin at 640x480 and go up.

Music is nice, but there's dubstep and I know some of you don't like that. Of course, you can turn down the volume so you don't hear it if you prefer.

The level design toward the end of the game is exceptional and I highly commend the level designer.

I don't like that you can die even after you finish off the last "alien brick", your lives max out at 10, and there are no level numbers (ragingly annoying).

But other than that, I find this to be a quality game.
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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
This is what you get when Ping Pong and and atari space invaders come together.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
A Great Breakout / Arkanoid game!

Just think of those games high on angel dust and you get this game!

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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Ionball 2: Ionstorm - First Impressions

To be totally upfront, when the 90's were over I had pretty much stopped playing 2D games. I couldn't really find enjoyment in them anymore. But this game brought me back to what I first loved about them: Simple layout, skill-based focus & a great time sink.

What's it like: This game feels like classic Pong-meets-Space-Invaders. You're not so much shooting bullets as 'catching' them via your thrown ball. You need to defend a space tower & destroy some alien vehicles. All the while keeping track of your ionball.

Replay: Replay value is good (so far). I've played around 25 different levels of this game and I've found most of them interesting & challenging. When I lose all my lives & it's "Game Over" I don't feel utterly beaten & ready to quit. Instead, I feel eager to try again. It encourages me to hone my reflexes and peak my curiosity over what the next level might bring. I feel the end-goal is far less about 'winning' the game, although there is a Leaderboard you can compete in if you want to try.

Graphics: Graphics are up to date in this decade, with a 3D-look over a 2D format. There are two viewing/playing options but my fav is Top-Down; in the style of the old arcade shooter/pinball games. I will note that beginner players may easily get confused with all the sparkly bits & lose sight of their fast-moving ball. If you're getting frustrated, turn down the graphics to 'Fastest' & then raise them up later to a fancier setting once you've gotten the hang of the game. Focus first on enjoying & progress, rather than perfection.

Controls: From what I've read this game is not compatible with joystick or controller. It is intended to be used with a mouse, and thankfully it works well. You only need to tilt the mouse side to side & left click to fire your first shot at each new level (or use the menu). The great news is it's also a simple one-handed game; so if you've carpal tunnel in one hand you'll still be able to play with the other. Although playing this game with your off-hand will be a good challenge. :)

Price: I got it during the holiday sale, so it was under $2 for me. It's easily worth $10, however. If you're not sure that it's even worth $10 then add it to your wishlist & wait for a sale. That said, you may end up feeling like I did though; a bit guilty about getting such a good deal.

Saves: This game saves your progress after each completed level, so if you lose all your lives & hit 'Game Over' you can still continue where you left off (although there is a score penalty). You can also opt to start a new game to try to raise your score higher (and reduce your # of deaths.) As said before, the replay value is good.

Seizure Warning: I'm sure nearly every fast-paced game on Steam would have this warning but I'll say it anyways. As the levels progress, the game gets far more flashy & intense. If you're prone to intense seizures then LEAVE THIS GAME ALONE - It's not worth the misery. If however, you suffer from very mild seizures and still want to try this game then put all the settings down to minimum, take plenty of breaks & stop if you feel strain or headaches. It's fun to play, but it can get very intense, very quickly. Take care of your health, please.

Playstyle Tip: I personally feel this game is meant to be used with peripherial(rod) vision. Focusing straight on the ball (which most people tend to do) may cause you to lose sight of it very quickly as colours & movement clash together. I recommend instead that you relax your eyes & look 'through' the screen about 1 foot behind it - like you would with the old 3D Magic Eye creations. With a bit of practice, this method will give you a wider field of vision & allow you to react faster to changes. It will also reduce the chance of headaches if you're prone to them.

Now if you'll excuse me, I shall end this review & go back to playing... :)
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Dot Matrix
0.8 hrs
Posted: October 20
Floaty controls, too much crab on screen which makes the ball indistinguisable from the rest and hardly any space between the paddle and the objects makes this one of the worst breakout clones I've played.
It's only strong point is it's presentation, which can be seen in the screenshots but even that becomes a drag because these games you want to play quick and not wait endlessly for the game and menus to load after a restart.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 14
Worst brick buster iv'e ever played hands down. Paddle performance is just horrible. I payed nickles for this and am still dissapointed. Just get a free brick buster on your phone if you got the urge to play one
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3.0 hrs
Posted: October 2
Cannot recommend this game. Nothing fun here for me.
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Auxet ☃
9.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
Overall a nice game totally worth every second of it.
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13.2 hrs
Posted: September 22
I'm a big fan of brickbreaker games and this does not disappoint! extremely challenging and fun.

The only real negatives are
1. Its really hard; the moving pieces and the light that the ball has are both distracting, I have 160 deaths and im on level 4!
2. On leves wheres theres a lot of droids or the droids are close to the bottom it gets a little laggy, but if you can survive long enough to get rid of some of the droids the lag goes away.

all in all 9/10 stars from me!!
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Oscarjames | PRIVATE BUYER
2.9 hrs
Posted: September 20
Highly recommended! :)
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1.3 hrs
Posted: September 16
I tried to like this game... I want to... but the mouse controls make this unplayable. Not to say you can't finish it, you can, if you are determined enough and can refrain from smashing your computer, but seriously the mouse controls... are.. soo.... bad. sooooooo bad. your movement is never consistent. sometimes the paddle movement lags or stutters. sometimes it goes really fast. Either these designers are ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, or, in an attempt to make a "challenging" game, did it on purpose. Either way, designer stupidity a challenging game does not make, and this game is unplayable in its current state.
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4.1 hrs
Posted: September 8
Product received for free
Ionball 2 is a spin-off of the classic Arkanoid game.

Although the idea seems interesting there are some negative points that stand out.

The game looks okay in a graphical point but it’s a little clutter, there’s just too much going on with the effects and the explosions that you will easily lose track of your ball and lose a life. Since we are in the topic of losing lives, when you get a game over you get kicked into the main menu, it would be better for the player if the game over screen had a “Retry” and a “Go to the main menu” buttons instead of this approach because it gets really tiresome after a few game overs.

I found out that the main game has a game progress bug in the “Observatory” level IV where the shield type enemies were indestructible and making the completion of this level impossible, so basically it’s impossible to progress in this current version.

Let’s talk about another thing that should been better design, the bosses, when you reach this bosses you have to be always in the lookout for their attacks but also for your ball, so you will end up taking many hits and making this a little boring and frustrating to play, I used to play an Arkanoid type game in my Nokia 5310 that also had bosses, where when you reached these bosses your little ship would transform in to a version with machine guns and ditch out the ball, this game could use that type of mechanism making it a lot more enjoyable.

Since the game is impossible to complete due to the bug in the level I mention, I can’t really recommend anyone this game. I do hope the people behind this game that still look active in this game fix this bug. If they do, then I will consider changing my review.

Score: 4/10
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1.0 hrs
Posted: September 4
Product received for free
got it absolutely for free. dont understand half the UI but not bad. Probably wouldnt have bought it.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: September 3
pretty cool
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