Assault Android Cactus is an arcade-style twin-stick shooter with so much hyperactivity it barely lets you scratch your chin. WitchBeam’s foray into Indie Gaming is a hit or a miss based on what your preferences are, but mostly it’s a hit in that the game offers enough diversity which could garner lasting engagement.
Review: Assault Android Cactus
Developer: Witch Beam
Publishrer: Witch Beam
Available On: PlayStation 4 (tested), Microsoft Windows (tested), OS X, Linux
Assault Android Cactus features eight femdroids each with their set of primary and secondary attacks varying from shot guns, machine guns, to laser and magma guns. Each femdroid has their strong and weak points adding to the challenge.
The game’s titular character, Cactus, is a space cop on her mission to investigate a civilian freighter gone quiet. The player is introduced to the plot and gameplay mechanics through shorthanded narrative, and thus the adventures of a spacefaring cop begins, so to speak.
The objective is simple enough as it is with you pit against hundreds of thousands of robots and droids hell bent on destruction, requiring the player to frantically shoot left right and centre in order to survive the robopocalypse or be consumed by the oncoming horde of deadly bots. Solaces comes in the form of energy balls and sporadic orbs that grant power ups for a limited time period, which are awarded on the basis of your killstreak.
The game plays like a delight with oft-quirky dialogues and characters’ antics during cut scenes, then drops you dead in the middle of a robot avalanche. Each character having their own ups and downs defines how get through each level, but the base challenge remains same no matter how tough the enemies are or which android you’re playing with. Keeping your battery gauge powered is imperative as it depletes pretty quickly resulting in failed mission.
A levelling and credit system keeps the intensity factor replenished as you’re awarded on basis of your performance. Credits can be used to purchase addons, which are mostly visual or otherwise for your co-op playthroughs.
For the hardcore gamers who prefer to reach the top of leaderboards after they’ve beaten the final boss, there’s the Infinity Drive mode where you shoot down enemies to your heart’s desire. Daily Drive enables four player co-op.
While it won’t tickle the fancy of the lovers of hardcore shooter, Assault Android Cactus plays quirkily around with frenzied gameplay and light-hearted challenge while keeping the player going till the end with its various surprises. Easy controls and straight-forward objective will make you keep coming back for more despite the rather short campaign mode, which clocks in at 3 hours, give or take.