Android Assault Cactus Review
Here comes the waves of enemies, lasers, bullets, and missiles are everywhere. Is this another shmup? What is the alert about a battery getting low? Welcome to the Android Assault Cactus, which The Gamers Lounge got a chance to review on PS4.
At it's core Android Assault Cactus is a twin stick shooter full of frantic game play. Gamers get to choose from several character classes each with their own primary and secondary weapon. Some of the primary weapons are fast like homing bullets or lasers, while the secondary may be a cannonball or a barrage of missiles. All of the secondary weapons have the expected cool down before using them again. The game may seem to be fun and casual from the art style and quirky characters and new players shouldn’t have a problem picking it up.
Android Assault Cactus does have some depth and it will get harder. The hardest part that I had to get used to was keeping an eye on the battery levels while strafing enemy fire and getting power ups. This is just another idea I had to monitor when playing. Once the battery dies game over and it's back to a checkpoint.
Speaking of depth, there are a few unique characters that offer something else besides missiles, lasers, flamethrowers and bullets. One of the androids shoots molten metal and has a drill attack. Another wields a drone that deploys black holes. The game has some fun bonuses for those who can master it, which was not me. Gamers can unlock a first person mode, filters and new secondary weapons. But this means trying to get an S rank which will require gamers to not let the battery run out. There is local co-op up to 4 players which makes the game a lot more fun and makes some of the boss fights a lot easier that I initially struggled with. There is also a Boss Rush and an Infinity Mode to challenge players.
The game looks good, the isometric viewpoint makes it easy to see everything on screen without getting too overwhelmed. I liked the art style, it's like a cute sci-fi robot mash up. I am a long time fan of twin stick shooters and Android Assault Cactus is a welcome edition to the offerings.
Currently Android Assault Cactus is available on PC and PS4 for $14.99 and it's well worth the price. The Gamers Lounge wants to thank the Publisher and Stride PR for providing a review copy.
Final score 4.25/5