Assault Android Cactus Preview (PC)

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Gear up androids, it’s time escape the Genki Star!

Assault Android Cactus is a work-in-progress indie action arcade shooter currently on Steam Greenlight. You take on the role of Junior Constable Cactus who is sent to investigate a stranded space freighter only to find that it’s been taken over by malfunctioning robot workers. Your goal is to fight your way to the brain of the ship and make things right.

I am not really a fan of twin stick shooters, but there is something about this game that is really intense and addictive! Everything about it is just right, from the art-style to the game play to the music. The super small indie team at Witchbeam (which is in Brisbane, Australia) have made something really special here.

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Ohhh god that’s a lot of bullets…!

The game play is simple enough, avoid the enemies in a small enclosed space and shoot them down. Every character you play has a primary weapon and a secondary weapon. Your secondary weapon is used to take down heavy enemy units and has a cool-down before it can be used again.

One of the fantastic things about Assault Android Cactus is that it offers you several different characters to play as, and each one has her own unique play style. Too often I’ve played games where there are several characters to choose from, but some are very similar to each other.

There are some unique mechanics in this game which help keep the high intensity of the game. Some enemies spray bullets in particular patterns which force you to move in particular ways to dodge them while still trying to avoid another enemies reach. If you’re hit too many times you get knocked down and lose your enemy kill combo.

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Bye-bye baddies~!

As our heroines are androids, they need to keep their energy levels up. Your battery level is displayed at the top of the screen. If it empties, your girl shuts down and it’s game over. Luckily the enemies drop battery charge every now and then, so make sure to pick them up whenever you see them. The enemies also drop power ups for your android. They can increase fire power, increase movement speed and lock down all enemies on the screen for a short amount of time.

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Might need to use a bigger gun here…

This game is meant for a PC/Mac/Linux release, so you can play on keyboard and mouse, but also has controller compatibility. I find this a good thing because this game also has local co-op of up to four people. I’m not sure about anyone else, but I don’t know how well I’d be able to play local co-op with four others with only one keyboard and mouse. That would just put a strange level of difficult to the game play.

Assault Android Cactus isn’t finished yet, but Witchbeam are aiming for a 2013 release. Even though it isn’t one hundred percent complete, I can’t stop playing what levels are available in the preview build. Already it feels incredibly polished and I haven’t encountered any bugs or other issues with it yet. I can’t wait for the full version of this game to be released and wish Witchbeam the very best in getting this published through Steam Greenlight.

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