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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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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7 of 7 people (100%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
The best Arkanoid clone I have ever played.

Even though sometimes the ball is really hard to follow due to the amount of stuff on screen, it really ups the challenge within.

It was free, but it's really worth buying if you like arkanoid-like games
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Features and positive opinions:
+ Great Heavy Metal soundtrack
+ Pure action
+ Nice colors & graphics
+ Very challenging
+ Increase XP to upgrade the ball-catcher
+ Game types like ladder mode or survival mode to choose from
+ Cool camera view and 3D environments


Bugs and negative opinions:
- The ball-catcher isn't optimized to stay in the room when moving it to the wall. It can go through it and go off screen far away.
- Do not use keyboard when playing this game without optimizing the keys first, holding the keys for 1.2 seconds will move the ball-catcher off screen very far away, use a controller to play this.
- Mouse cursor may disappear when going back to ladder menu or main menu, you have to minimize the game and open it to make the mouse cursor to turn up again, you can't use a controller when on menu - use mouse.

In my opinion, this is Ping Pong and Space Invaders combined.
That's why I like this game. It's fun and very challenging.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
I have a soft spot for bat and ball games like Arkanoid and Breakout (yes, I'm that old). Ionball 2 isn't the best of them, but it is the hardest! Unfortunately its difficult is mostly down to it being very hard to see the damn ball. There's bling, blam and explosion effects everywhere, plasma trails on anything that moves, a dense background that's hard to see anything against, and sparks whenever anything that moves hits anything that doesn't. I very nearly wrote this off after 10 minutes as completely unplayable, but do yourself a favour and a) turn the graphics settings to Fastest (ie. minimum)... trust me, it's far better this way, and b) select the "overhead" view from the options. Then it becomes playable and you won't burn your retinas off, although it's still quite challenging due to its speed. Most of your deaths will still come from losing sight of the ball amidst the chaos, but at least you can learn to filter it out.

On the plus side, it has mostly smart level design, the upgrade system is worthwhile, and the periodic laser that blasts stray blocks is a godsend to minimise hunting the last brick syndrome. It's also responsive, the angles work as they should, and the music's pretty good. What can I say?

Still, this is a borderline recommendation for those who love this genre, otherwise I'd give it a miss.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
"An over-the-top modernization on the classic breakout formula that sacrifices the simple charm of its predecessor for flashy visuals and fast, frantic gameplay, power ups and enemies. Purists may scoff at the visual changes, but the pure block-breaking bliss is still ever-present."

Full Review Here: http://www.tech-gaming.com/ionball-2-ionstorm-review/
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Even at a great discount I found this game not to be worthy of my time.

The physics feel wrong, the gameplay area is too constricted, the screen gets too cluttered and, most annoyingly, the ball one is supposed to chase in order to bounce it back is, more often than not, obscured by either the falling bonuses (of the exact same color) or pieces of the exploding aliens/bricks (of the exact same brightness).

I used to have a (free) Arcanoid-clone game on my Win98, I think it was called DX-Ball. It was more fun than this.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Ionball 2: Ionstorm is one of the countless 'Pong' clones. Compared to the free browser clones, this one does not change anything to the main formula; The power-ups, moving enemies.. it has all been done before.

The only real difference are the graphics, which obviously look better than the browser games I've played. The only problem here is that you sometimes lose track of the ball, because of the use of colours and explosions (once you destroy enemy ships). The space theme and the uplifting trance music fit the game nicely and there are online leaderboards, which might be a reason to play this game more often.

It wouldn't hurt if the game had some achievements but overall Ionball 2: Ionstorm is a musthave for people who enjoy pong clones and don't mind throwing a few bucks around for a Steam version.

At the time of writing the game costs 1,04 euro which is a great price but I wouldn't recommend buying it for full price (7 euro).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Just like break a brick game but with music and a lot more graphics. The setup for the game is amazing. You can skip any mission but you must beat the levels. Once you lose all of your lives you must start all over.

pos
Great soundtrack
Pure intense action action
Nice colors & graphics
Very challenging
Game types like ladder mode or survival mode
Cool camera view and 3D environments

Cons
Using mouse is kinda laggy for game
No trading cards/ Achievements (achievements is a must for this game)
Just like break a brick game but with music and a lot more graphics. The setup for the game is amazing. You can skip any mission but you must beat the levels. Once you lose all of your lives you must start all over.

pos
Great soundtrack
Pure intense action action
Nice colors & graphics
Very challenging
Game types like ladder mode or survival mode
Cool camera view and 3D environments

Cons
Using mouse is kinda laggy for game
No trading cards/ Achievements (achievements is a must for this game)
Just like break a brick game but with music and a lot more graphics. The setup for the game is amazing. You can skip any mission but you must beat the levels. Once you lose all of your lives you must start all over.

pos
Great soundtrack
Pure intense action action
Nice colors & graphics
Very challenging
Game types like ladder mode or survival mode
Cool camera view and 3D environments

Cons
Using mouse is kinda laggy for game
No trading cards/ Achievements (achievements is a must for this game)
Just like break a brick game but with music and a lot more graphics. The setup for the game is amazing. You can skip any mission but you must beat the levels. Once you lose all of your lives you must start all over.

pos
Great soundtrack
Pure intense action action
Nice colors & graphics
Very challenging
Game types like ladder mode or survival mode
Cool camera view and 3D environments

Cons
Using mouse is kinda laggy for game
No trading cards/ Achievements (achievements is a must for this game)
Just like break a brick game but with music and a lot more graphics. The setup for the game is amazing. You can skip any mission but you must beat the levels. Once you lose all of your lives you must start all over.

pos
Great soundtrack
Pure intense action action
Nice colors & graphics
Very challenging
Game types like ladder mode or survival mode
Cool camera view and 3D environments

Cons
Using mouse is kinda laggy for game
No trading cards/ Achievements (achievements is a must for this game)
Just like break a brick game but with music and a lot more graphics. The setup for the game is amazing. You can skip any mission but you must beat the levels. Once you lose all of your lives you must start all over.

pos
Great soundtrack
Pure intense action action
Nice colors & graphics
Very challenging
Game types like ladder mode or survival mode
Cool camera view and 3D environments

Cons
Using mouse is kinda laggy for game
No trading cards/ Achievements (achievements is a must for this game)
Just like break a brick game but with music and a lot more graphics. The setup for the game is amazing. You can skip any mission but you must beat the levels. Once you lose all of your lives you must start all over.

pos
Great soundtrack
Pure intense action action
Nice colors & graphics
Very challenging
Game types like ladder mode or survival mode
Cool camera view and 3D environments

Cons
Using mouse is kinda laggy for game
No trading cards/ Achievements (achievements is a must for this game)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Fun
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
I like it. Nice graphics and cool music :D

10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
I got ear ♥♥♥♥'d by this game.
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡ ) out of ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Pretty fun game, You should really buy it. The graphics are cool and look very smooth,
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
This is a quite enjoyable, but not very good, version of brick breaker. Lots of cool upgrades. The only problem, and it is actually a big problem, is that the boundaries on the left and right side of the screen are never defined enough. This means that you can never really tell if you are all the way to the side or not, allowing your ball to slip between the wall and you quite often actually. $7.00 is pushing it. I would recommend waiting for a sale. It is basically only worth it if it was free.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
due to the isometric view, it's very hard to predict where the ball will be
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Very interesting game and it keeps the player motivated until the end.
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54 of 61 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.9 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.

http://youtu.be/AFYSH55uRwo
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38 of 45 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.1 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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34 of 44 people (77%) found this review helpful
55.4 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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65 of 101 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Darude - Ionstorm.
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26 of 36 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.1 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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