In ION ASSAULT players wield thousands of Ion Particles to blast, fry and disrupt anything on screen as you see fit! GAMEPLAY WITH A TWIST: By centering its gameplay around its unique fluid and particle physics system, ION ASSAULT adds a twist to arcade style space shooters!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (124 reviews)
Release Date: 17 Nov, 2010
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"Asteroid particle hell! Clever weapon design but little tricky in use, responsive controls, hard, fierce action & chain combos yet lacks content/modes."
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About This Game

In ION ASSAULT players wield thousands of Ion Particles to blast, fry and disrupt anything on screen as you see fit!
GAMEPLAY WITH A TWIST: By centering its gameplay around its unique fluid and particle physics system, ION ASSAULT adds a twist to arcade style space shooters!
ANYONE CAN PLAY: Utilizing its dynamic level intensity, ION ASSAULT is both accessible for the beginner as well as challenging for the skilled gamer. The faster you destroy obstacles, the more enemies the game will throw at you, so play it safe and clear one obstacle at a time or go crazy and see how many enemies the game can throw at you for a maximum score!

Key features:

  • Classical Shoot’em up with tactical depth: Ion Particles are limited for each level
  • Wield thousands of Ion Particles.
  • Use your space ship to fight against enemies and to destroy asteroids by absorbing and blasting Ion Particles.
  • Collect valuable power ups to improve your ship, your defense or your fire power.
  • Blast 30 different enemies using a variety of patterns to attack.
  • Fight through 4 large sectors, each guarded by a huge boss!
  • Over 20 levels, 5 levels in each sector
  • Conquer the leaderboard by mastering the innovative multiplier-based scoring mechanic.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Video Card (GeForce 7800 GT / ATI HD 2600 XT)
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB space free
    • Sound: DirectX-compatible soundcard
Helpful customer reviews
1.4 hrs on record
Actually I like it! You collect gallactic "dust" to kill stuff :D 7/10
Posted: 21 October
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Ion Assault is an arcade space shooter that has not really a lot in common with the typical arcade shooter. The beautiful art and level design is the best special feature in this game.The graphical effects for the Ion Particles are excellent. The game is a small, independently developed affair, and the graphics largely reflect that. Many of the effects, however, give Ion Assault a real vibrancy. The game's soundtrack is made up of techno and dance music. Your appreciation of this will be very much down to personal taste.Ion Assault is worth a look if you are a fan of the genre or space arcade shooters in general. It combines two well established formulas and adds some extra mechanics to make a rather interesting game.Ion Assault is a well polished, frantic and addictive little game. Unfortunately it comes with plenty of little frustrations, not least of which is that if you want to play, you have to be able to dedicate enough time to make it to the end of the campaign, else you'll lose your progress.Overall 6/10.
Posted: 19 July
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22 of 42 people (52%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
It's okay
Posted: 6 May
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
I loved space shooters back in the '80s arcade days, but this just isn't fun imo. Terrible music, simplistic controls, and muttled, erratic gameplay don't make a good space shooter, imo. A space shooter is about clicking the heck out of the fire button! Not holding down the left trigger button, picking up particles, then release. Glad I got it in a bundle. 2/10
Posted: 10 August
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Disappointing Asteroids style shooter. Despite the impressive particle show, the shooting just seems to lack punch and excitement. Geometry Wars was an additictive Asteroids clone that nailed that sense of blasting enemies to bits through great use of audio & visual feedback to the player, but Ion Assault fails to delivery shooting that clicks in the same way. And when core gameplay lacks that essential fun factor, it doesn't take long for things to get boring.

I also found the amount of stuff flying around on-screen a bit over the top - especially the survival mode - making death by collision a frequent occurrence. It would make a good screensaver, I guess...
Posted: 18 May
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
It's not a bad concept, and it DOES work in practice, but it's unfortunately too lacking in actual substance and what makes shooters fun to be a good game
Posted: 6 August
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Horrible tutorial and even worse visuals - there isn't any gameplay - don't waste your money on this garbage
Posted: 30 June
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Nice particle effects
Posted: 28 May
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Like a modern Asteroids. This is one of those games where it might be faster to watch the trailer to see if you like it or not.

There's lots of particle effects, which is distracting at first. Your ship gathers these 'particles' and uses them as a weapon. Your goal is to destroy all the asteroids in a tight arena. Enemies spawn in to distrupt you.

It's a pretty solid game -- if you like Asteroids.
Posted: 16 May
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Joguinho bem legal, lembra geometry wars, porem com alguns toques interessantes de gravidade, sua nave usa particulas da tela para matar os inimigos. Bem viciantee divertido, recomendo.
Posted: 25 May
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Beautiful and unique game. Still getting the hang of it and my lack of coordination is certainly costing me there, but still very fun. I have had a problem with getting a DX9 texture error from time to time, but I'm hoping my latest driver update might mitigate that.
Posted: 26 May
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Quite fun, nice-looking... but for long time it is boring. So few elements, and the objective is all the same: destroy the fkn asteroids. Only the boss fights can be a challenge. Not bad at all... but it is for only short time play. 5/10
Posted: 27 May
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
This game was freaking awesome, i got it in a 1 dollar bundle for another game but this game was better. Unfortunatly shorter than id expect it. about 25 levels and 5 bosses. This game is like the original asteroids meets hellshooter, very intense and if your trying to get high score or survival pretty difficult it will really test your hand to eye coordination and reflexes, but easy and fun if you just want to stroll threw story mode. The musics great graphics are great but it was short and the only thing that would make it better aside from 100 more levels is adding co op. there was no story if there was i missed it completly i think your job is to destroy asteroids that threaten earth if not then i LIED because im a LIER!!!!!!! D:<
Posted: 1 June
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
This game is ok. Its not worth $10 but has a good level disign with quite a lot of levels.
Posted: 3 May
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Great game, highly recommended!
Posted: 28 July
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
The basic premise is the classic arcade shooter Asteroids with tons of awesome particle effects. I found it to be quite enjoyable, with the different levels becoming more difficult as I went along, even as I learned new tactics and techniques for manipulating the particle cannon mechanic. Overall, a very fun game!
Posted: 9 August
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Sweet. For casual gaming. Like, play it a few minutes before doing work on the PC or something.
Posted: 27 June
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
fun shooter thats not as easy as it looks and actually requires pretty good accuracy. casual, but always keeps you on the edge of your seat
Posted: 1 July
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1.3 hrs on record
I'm not that huge on sci-fi games, but I am a retro gamer, so i'm obligated to love this without question. x)
It runs well on my laptop that has 8GB of RAM and 2.44 Ghz processor. No frame drops / performance issues. I'm surprised I actually got this game for 80% off, it's truly worth it! :D

I died a few times on the bosses, and for some reason I kept playing. I'm one of those people who get frustrated easily and quits a lot, but for whatever reason I kept playing. I don't really have anything more to say, it's a fun-♥♥♥ game, deserves a try, especially at 80% off.
Posted: 20 May
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6.8 hrs on record
Love this game !
Great game for relax.
Posted: 23 June
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