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.http://youtu.be/AFYSH55uRwo