Just a few weeks ago, Sony’s PlayStation Network (or PSN) had an online poll for what should be the free PlayStation Plus game for the PS4 in March. This was the first time I knew of Witch Beam’s Assault Android Cactus making its way to consoles, and I voted for it after checking out the wild and fast paced gameplay. While it lost out to BroForce, it’s good I still got to play the game anyway, as it is one of the most fun titles you’ll catch yourself playing this year.
Popzara’s own Cory Galliher reviewed a Steam Early Access version of the game late last year which is basically the same as this console release. So be sure to check out his review HERE as I just fill in some of the small differences while also giving my two cents on it. This title is now available on PlayStation 4 while coming soon to the Wii U and the PS Vita, with me being sent a PS4 copy to review. I loved the overall presentation of the game, as the simple yet cool looking graphics look great in high definition and move at a constant 60 frames per second for buttery smooth twin-stick shooter goodness. It reminds 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.
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.
You would think for a four player co-op game that it would include online co-op this time around. Sadly it’s still only local co-op with the online leaderboards still present at the stage clear screen. It would’ve been nice for Witch Beam to add in online play to the console version, as most people love playing with friends and family while chilling on the couch. Cory (along with everyone else) will be happy to know there’s a few cutscenes in the later part of the game, including some for the final bosses that flesh out the small but neat story. There’s even one after the credits that hints at a sequel, so here’s keeping my twin-sticks crossed for that.
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.