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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June 7

Latest update

Hey everyone, we've been busy with other projects lately but have found some downtime to tweak Ionball 2.

The patch has fixed it so Xbox controller now works properly in the levels, sadly we can't make it work in the menus just yet.

We have also (finally) added an input sensitivity controller to edit mouse speed.

Some people don't seem to be getting the sensitivity controller, if this is the case we ask you to reinstall the game if you want to use it (we're working on why it's not showing up).

Thank you again 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

    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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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DjGodary86
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
this should be free
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kophis
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Garbage. Get a free game instead.
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Lee
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
funny game :)
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Bouchart
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
Arcanoid clone. Well made, but some of the flashing colors and particle effects can be distracting.
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jgallegos1123
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
This game is actually really friggin fun. I bought this on sale to giveaway on steamgifts, only to find out it wasn't able to be given away... so I activated it. Plesantly surprised at how much fun this is! My only issue with the game is that it doesn't score achievements until after I close the game. Otherwise, definitely worth a few bucks!
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Frezno
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Love it, Great game. all around fun, has pretty great gfx for what it is on highest settings. Paid a couple bucks for it and is well worth it. Kindof reminds me of another game i can not remember the name to, but this one gives you allot more options like add ons, customisable upgrades. Bosses that are actually not easy. right now im stuck actually on quite a large boss with levels of lasers and rockets that bounce off the walls, then the big guy appears after a greuling totrure chamber of weapons shooting at you, there are patterns to most of it, he starts shooting lasers, green and red balls then make sure you have a fully upgraded laser and save a couple of your lives for this guy unless your a master. Have fun, i am..
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Rico
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Product received for free
Nice time waster but only for 2 hours :(
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McGray
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
best!
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Tiffany is best Huniepop girl
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
a Breakout clone with really ugly 3D graphics. I liked Wizorb enough to play through it on Xbox, but this is just lame.
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55 of 64 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.

http://youtu.be/AFYSH55uRwo
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47 of 54 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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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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35 of 46 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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32 of 42 people (76%) 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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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2015
Holy Moly - after 2 mins I was all

"I CAN'T SEE ANYTHING - HOW THE HELL - BAD REVIEW THIS!!!"

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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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 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
Recommended
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!

Video Review Below:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=271142373
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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