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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!
Release Date: Nov 17, 2010
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About the 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
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
818 products in account
391 reviews
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: July 19th, 2014
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21 of 35 people (60%) found this review helpful
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14 reviews
7.1 hrs on record
It's okay
Posted: May 6th, 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
5.0 hrs on record
This is a unique and enjoyable little shoot-em up. Whereas most shmups are about precision movement with wildly imprecise shooting of bullets everywhere, this changes it up with it's mechanic wherein you need to gather up enough matter from the map to shoot out. The result is that you have to get skilled at shooting precisely, because if you waste a shot, you have to gather up particles again for the next try. Often if I wasn't sure if I could be precise enough, I would opt to move in really close before taking the shot. It's very fast paced and challenging. At first it was a bit overwhelming with so many particles moving on the screen, but I got over that quickly. They made good art choices which kept the enemies or shots from getting drowned out by the particles, so it was very seldom that anything snuck up on me in the chaos. All around, I was very impressed with the art for this game. Often 2D shmups are made with far less eye candy.

The one bad thing I'll say is that I was rather frustrated by their level progression system. There isn't really a save file that you can continue from. Instead you just permanently unlock levels by beating them, which would be fine except that it doesn't do it by stages, it does it by the larger chapters, of which there are only 4 in the game. This means you have to beat 25% of the game at a time to make any permanent progress. If you call it quits for the night on stage 3-5, then next time you have to start again at 3-1. On the bright side, while you're in a playthrough, you can keep hitting continue when you die, so you don't get sent all the way back for that, just for closing down the game session.

Don't let that flaw stop you from getting it however. It's a great game, but you just need to make sure you have a chunk of time to devote to it if you want to make progress.
Posted: April 4th, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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47 reviews
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: August 10th, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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70 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
A 'thrust' style 'shoot the asteroids' arcade game with nice graphics and sound, Ion Assault's control system is not as fluid as it should be for a game of this type and having to charge your weapon over and over in the early stages doesn't allow for the frenetic gameplay a shooter requires. I'm sure it improves as you progress but I, for one, don't have the desire to find out. 40% is being generous. But I picked it up as part of a cheapy deal so I MAY look at it again - don't hold your breath.
Posted: April 13th, 2014
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
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2.0 hrs on record
I have this game for PSN as well. On the surface it looks like a new school version of the arcade classic Ateroids. It is a simple mouse and arrow key game with a few special weapons. The objective of each stage is simple.... blow up all of the asteroids. There is an option to use the X-Box 360 controller, but there is no menu support for the controller which leads you having to use the mouse anyway. To top that off, the targeting is literally rotating the ship instead of just aiming at something.

Ion Assault has a few twists that make the experience both better and worse. The improvements to the experience are simple, variety of enemies and boss fights in the story mode. These are the only good things about the game that add to the old Asteroids formula without taking away.

Now for the negatives, lets start with the fact that you need to absorb ions to shoot. This means you need to hold down your mouse button and fly around the single screen stage to collect ions. The more ions you have, the stronger your shot will be from your space ship. Its not just enough to hold it down, but having to collect the ions seems like a chore. Your ion blaster doesn't feel impactful at all even when fully charged with a screen full of ions.

Another downside is having these ions EVERYWHERE means the screen is covered in blue and for the most part the enemies are blue... a brighter blue, but a blue nevertheless. It just makes it more difficult to see. This is a game about precision, having to shoot in a direction with your mouse, all while piloting around a single screen. To make things worse, if you knock the screen border, your ship will bounce off and most likely hit something and make you die.

This is not a fun game, but it is a challenging one. Every level / stage feels exactly the same as the previous. Destroy asteroids. Shoot them and they split in pieces which then need to be shot again and again until they are no more. Eventually your screen will just be full of enemies, with your weapon too weak to kill anything. If I could shoot without having to collect ions, then it would feel better.

I cannot even justify this game for $2 even if the Steam version is superior to the PSN version in ways that seem inconsequential. Oh and to top it off, Beat Hazard is just a lot more fun and you can see what you're even doing without having to charge a beam.
Posted: July 29th, 2013
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