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: Mixed (125 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 17, 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
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1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Actually I like it! You collect gallactic "dust" to kill stuff :D 7/10
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2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
It's visually insane, which would be fine if the ♥♥♥♥ that killed you wasn't impossible to see. The particles are pretty and everything, but the gameplay suffers as a result. For this game to really be playable, you'd have to either reduce the vibrancy of the ions, which would probably kill the aesthetic, or come up with some creative way to make dangerous things stand out from the background of moving particles. If the projectiles and enemy ships interacted more with the particles, it might be easier to deal with. Finding wakes would allow you to judge threats inside the cloud. As it is right now, it's just too hard to see, and I don't think that should ever be a factor in the difficulty of a game.

The achievements are kind of ♥♥♥♥ty, by the way. The 500k points in survival was really hard for me to get--I can't imagine getting some of these score achievements. There's evidence that more than half of the people that have them cheated (i.e., with the steam achievement program thing), since the ingame leaderboards and the percentage of players who have them don't match up. A few of the people who show up on the leaderboards may also have cheated, since their scores are insanely high (1.9 billion, as an example). I don't know. I don't consider myself a ♥♥♥♥♥ for achievements, but I do consider them part of a game. When they're chosen arbitrarily or carelessly, they can easily become impractical or flat-out intractable. That makes the achievements unfit for purpose, which makes the game much less attractive to me. It would be a better game if there were no achievements and just in-game leaderboards.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
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.
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22 of 43 people (51%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
It's okay
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
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
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
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...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
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
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Horrible tutorial and even worse visuals - there isn't any gameplay - don't waste your money on this garbage
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Nice particle effects
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
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.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
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.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
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.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
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
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Great game, highly recommended!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
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!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Sweet. For casual gaming. Like, play it a few minutes before doing work on the PC or something.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
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
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1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
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.
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6.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Love this game !
Great game for relax.
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Found myself enjoying this game, somewhat surprisingly, as I purchased it in a bundle and wasn't expecting much from it. I gave it a try just to see what it was like and got caught up in the simple mechanics of the game and found the difficulty curve just right as I am not all that good a game player.

Would certainly recommend this game as an enjoyable diversion!!
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