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.
User reviews: Very Positive (82 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014
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September 1

Tower Assault DLC available now!

The Tower Assault DLC delivers an all new survival style game mode to Ionball 2: Ionstorm, with 30 new levels where you must last as long as you can to get the best score on the Ionball 2: Ionstorm leaderboard. Once all 30 levels are completed you can re-start the game at which point the difficulty moves up a notch.

Other features included with this DLC:
An all new top-down classic game view.
Ability to turn off explosions for better visibility.
Option to use an XBox control pad.
The re-spawn time of the bat after death has been halved.
All new music tracks
A new ‘wave’ system where each 'level' has 3 waves for faster paced action and less down-time.
Available to download free or included in new purchases

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August 28

New Update!

Bug Fix: *Crash when exiting tower assault mode
Bug Fix: *Continuing main game after tower assault mode could make central projector open
Bug Fix: *Continuing main game after playing tower assault (when bat extension upgrade purchased) made the game crash.
Bug Fix: *Key droids missing in main game.
Visual Fix: *Some levels in main game mode looked bad in overhead view

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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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    Recommended:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Not much to say about this one :) The game is kinda like if Breakthrough and Space Invaders had a baby this would be it :P real good game and fun to play!! Give it a gogogoogoogog !!!
Posted: October 8
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Fantastic sci-fi breakout game on crack! Fast action, nice graphics and cool music. Hope you have good reflexes.
Posted: October 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
for a game that's only about one thing it does that surprisingly poorly
Posted: October 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
I really want to like this game i got it for free and it just feels so unforgiving its like a mixture of Breakout and Space Invaders but with an added xp system that just feels unfair and broken. The worst part of it is when the ball breaks alot of targets really quick and drops a ton of xp that you can't get because the ball is coming down the oppisite side and it forces you to go for that or you explode and can't get the xp anyway and the way the levels work is shockingly bad and the added tower defence mode is just as bad if not worse.
Posted: October 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
I found this game pretty boring.
You might not. Im not sure.
Posted: October 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
I picked this up as a Free game from Indiegala, and I have to say it is incredibly fun and super addictive. The graphics are sharp, the music is kicking, and the 2 differant game modes are both very satisfying. Excellent game!!!

Posted: October 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Got this game for free in a giveaway.
I was sure something was wrong, when in a promo video, for a retro-style video game, they used a modern dubstep tune.
Dead giveaway. Deeeead giveaway!
You listen to dubswtep music in a promo video and you just KNOW that people TRY to promote it.
I hate it when people use all the trends to draw attention and to show off things in a more fancy way.
On the other hand I can't blame marketing people for doing their job right.

So let's take a look at the actual game.
It is a 2D style game but it is implemented in 3D graphics.
It is like a fusion of school Arkanoid with space invaders.
You hit aliens with a ball that bouces through walls.

Fancy and nice graphics.
Everything merge together in harmony.
Everything except explosions and gameplay. I will talk about this later.


Music:
Well... it is Electronica. I listened to tunes that you can call trance, some could be a merge of other styles like techno house beats. What is sure is that the sound is not retro, which is not a bad thing, since the music is well compressed and gives you that "action" feeling.


So what's the bad thing here?
Gameplay. It is really hard to play it even from start.
The idea would be nice if the ball wouldn't bounce SOOO fast.
Add explosions that cover the position and the direction of the ball sometimes and you got a really bad experience.
Anyway, this doesn't kill it as a game, since you can farm for lives.
At the end of each stage you get an extra life.


What kills this game is flow.
You press play, select a level, then what? It loads all right. You play it...
you end the level... and you have to WAIT to load for the next menu.
Maybe SSD HDDs have no such performance issues, but standard HDDs make this significant.
This get ou out of the gaming experince.
Not to mention that instead of floating the user through a bunch of levels, you throw him out on a menu...
WHY? You can implement upgrading on the start of each level keeping the gaming feeling alive.
On contrary we see our fancy 3D ship flying away with great animation then what? Wait and then get out of the gaming experience to enter a menu. Think of it. It looks really bad in my opinion.

Tell you what, you touch such retro concepts to make a new innovative game. That's good!
So your target group is people who recognize these games.
Right?
Most possible scenario is that modern day kids will not even give this game a chance.
You just forget one thing though.
Gamers of that era, people like me, were used to a world that serious gaming companies were making games working PERFECTLY out of the box. No patches, no fixes, no sorries, no nothing. Even renting a game for a weekend would be a bad experience. Gamers having a ruined weekend back then, would really discuss how BAD a game was. No excuses, no sorries were accepted. Nowadays people became softer. Good thing for them. I am not as soft as they are though. And many people of that era are like me.

Let me see the price now...
Oh! 7 Euro???
I can recommend that ONLY on a 90% discount then.
Seriously, I can understand that people worked on that, but as a consumer I wouldn't give more than that for this game.
I believe that games that work and give some joy always deserve some money.
A game will get my rate down ONLY if ut is worthless, broken or REALLY BAD in my opinion.
Every other game, I will give a recommendation even on a huge sale, like here.
It's not bad, but it isn't a game that is better than the competition.

That's always my personal opinion.
Posted: October 24
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Shatter was much better, as I think.
Posted: October 15
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
it's a good game for relaxing
Posted: October 7
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Ionball 2 : Simplemente una version mejorada 3D del clasico y antiguo "Arcanoid" , Muy recomendable.

8/10
Posted: October 13
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
GAME suck, ball moves way tp fast :( 3/10
Posted: October 15
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0.3 hrs on record
I just picked this game up from Indie Gala - if you have not checked them out, do it now - and I absolutely love it. This game is Breakout or Arkanoid on more STERIODS than than the entire MLB organization. It has everything you want from a time waster. Great music, awesome graphics, smooth gameplay and loads of replay value. I am 100% satisfied with this game and I am sure you would be too.
Posted: October 8
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0.3 hrs on record
It's a truly a next-gen game,one of the best in the industry.
Posted: October 8
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0.9 hrs on record
Awsome game. Definetly recommended!
Posted: October 12
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0.1 hrs on record
Great old game, pew pew, with HD and cool sound FX.
Posted: October 13
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1.3 hrs on record
A great game! Quickpaced and flashy! And it has an AMAZING soundtrack!
Posted: October 7
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0.1 hrs on record
This is a solid Breakout clone, although its 3D graphics are somewhat busy and distracting compared to Wizorb. I got this game for free from IndieGala, but it would have been worth picking up for a few dollars during a sale.
Posted: October 7
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0.1 hrs on record
Really like the soundtrack!
Posted: October 7
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2.2 hrs on record
The game itself is not bad in the graphics department. Its by far not the best looking PC game of all time but its not too shabby. The options menu is simple, you have the usual resolution options, controls, etc. but I found it to be lacking. There is no mouse sensitivity slider which was dissapointing as I like to have my sensitivity super high and kept overshooting the ball at times.

The graphics options were also dissapointing. I didn't see a way to customize the graphics and instead were limited to the games presets. The ability to turn off certain graphics options would be nice.

The biggest problem I have with this game is the loading times. Everything you click in the menu takes about 10-15 seconds to load. Sometimes it even took twenty seconds to load something as simple as the level select menu. When you combine that with how long each round of the game actually lasts, you end up spending more time waiting for the game to load then actually playing it. (Now, to be honest I don't have an amazing computer but I still find the loading times to be awful.)

Onto the gameplay, and after playing through the first "set" of levels, and trying my hand at the Tower Assault mode, I think I can say it: THIS GAME IS FAST. When first clicking the mouse button the ball zoomed forward beyond what I was expecting. The levels are very fast paced.

The gameplay itself is similar to that of your average breakout game: You shoot the ball, the ball bounces off walls and destroys stuff, you keep the ball from falling off the screen using a "paddle." This game definetly trys to seperate itself from the rest with many little tricks of its own such as multiple types of enemies, powerups, a XP system which you can use to buy upgrades, dubstep, 3D graphics with very shiny lighting effects, and so many enemies on screen at once that my computer slowed to about 5 FPS sometimes.

The soundtrack, from what I've seen, is quite varied. One level a nice electric trance song was playing, then it switched to very wubby dubby dubstep, then finished off with a heavy metal song before I stopped playing to write this review. Who knows? Maybe there is country music too. (I highly doubt there is any though, judging by the style of the game. Not that I mind.)

The Tower Assault mode is probably my favorite thing about this game so far. It also is the thing that my computer liked the least and managed to cut my framerate by quite a bit, but I doubt everyone will experience this problem. In said Tower Assault you play the same kind of breakout game but turned up to 11. Such explosion. Much boom. Wow. There are falling powerups, coins (Not sure what the point of them is but ooh! Shiny!) more enemies, more indestructable enemies, etc. Essentially its more chaos. My favorite.

So after playing more of this game, I think I am ready for my final score:
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 9/10
Gameplay: 8/10
Optimization: 7/10
Lasting appeal: 9/10
--Overall: 41/50--

Things I think could be improved: Graphics options, mouse sensitivity slider, mostly optimization stuff. Also, this is just a minor issue, but on my 1680x1050 monitor I noticed that the options menu went off the screen a bit, partially covering the last option. Its not that big of a deal but it was a little annoying.

This game turned out to be pretty awesome. Feel free to pick it up if you want to.
Posted: October 7
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0.1 hrs on record
This game does fun! I can waste my time with this.
Don't know why people don't like it.
Posted: October 9
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