Those gun toting lady androids are back once again for some more action, and are bringing it to the Xbox One, One S, and the new One X in native 4K with HDR to boot in Assault Android Cactus. Featuring improved visuals, buttery 60fps gameplay, and some newly added optional commentary, this is the definitive version of the game and a must play for twin-stick shooter lovers.
Popzara’s own Cory Galliher reviewed a Steam Early Access version of the game some time ago which is basically the same as this console release. So be sure to check out his review and mine of the PlayStation 4 version from last year as I fill in what’s new in this edition. I loved the overall presentation of the game, as the simple yet cool looking graphics look even better in native 4K with HDR when running on the One X while running at a constant 60 frames per second for buttery smooth twin-stick shooter goodness. It reminded me heavily of old arcade games such as Robotron and Smash TV (yeah I’m telling my age there) and more recent ones like Konami’s Zombie Apocalypse series.
The music and audio is pretty tight on here too (there’s a soundtrack you can get for the Steam version) and will keep you pumped up and in the action. I also like the fun voices the androids have and the funny things they say as you’re mowing down enemies, picking up power-ups, and after you’ve cleared a stage. The first unlockable character Starch comes to mind with her derpy-like expression and quotes such as “Yellow Wings!” for the speed power-up or “Blue Circles!” for the shutdown one. Also added to the audio side of things is some new optional commentary by the game developers. Here you can listen to how the game came to be and how some of the insane stages and enemies were brought to life as you make your way through each of them.
You would think a four player co-op game would include online co-op this time around, but sadly it’s still only local co-op with the online leaderboards present at the stage clear screen. It would’ve been nice for Witch Beam to finally add in online play to this version, as most people love playing with friends and family both off and online while chilling on the couch. This is something Witch Beam should really consider adding as a patch in the near future as it would make this game truly complete.
Assault Android Cactus is a well done, cool little twin-stick shooter that anyone can pick up and play, but will take some time to master. It can get a little hectic with all the swarms of enemies and bullets, but you’ll have a blast working your way through it with the buttery smooth gameplay and thumping soundtrack. Those looking for a fun time will want to hook up with these lovely (and deadly) ladies. Just don’t get on their bad side.