Percentile Rank

Assault Android Cactus is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 46 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

80%

Critics Recommend

Based on 46 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

gameranx
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 21, 2015

Assault Android Cactus, despite the bold colors and glowing lasers, a very unpretentious game that's mostly about having fun.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 9, 2017

Pure, distilled fun wrapped in a wonderfully colourful wrapper, Assault Android Cactus is, without doubt, a must play title.

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Scored Reviews

The Outerhaven Productions
Sep 9, 2015

Witch Beam has created a title that incorporates old-school mechanics and game-play. Souped it up to 9000 and gave it a new coat of paint. The result is perhaps the single most fun title I’ve played in a very long time. A game that doesn’t take its self too seriously at all and more importantly, a title that anyone, regardless of skill level, can pick up and enjoy.

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Impulsegamer
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Mar 11, 2016

Assault Android Cactus is a delicious dish best served with everybody.

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PlayStation Universe
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2016

Assault Android Cactus manages to vault beyond its classical inspiration to manifest as a genre effort that expertly marries deep mastery with instantly accessible simplicity. Furthermore, here's another bit of simplicity for you; Assault Android Cactus is simply one of the best twin-stick shooters ever made.

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SelectButton
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 8, 2016

Assault Android Cactus is a charming and addicting twin-stick shooter with personality. Each of the nine characters is unique enough to warrant playing through levels multiple times to chase the high-scores. The additional modes, including daily challenges, provides plenty of content after completing the campaign and the inclusion of the EX options adds variety to the experience.

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GameSpew
90%
90%
Nov 10, 2017

Challenging, fast-paced and deeper than you'd expect, there's a reason why Assault Android Cactus has such a strong following, and that's because it's a no-nonsense example of the wonders of unadulterated arcade gaming.

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TheXboxHub
Nov 10, 2017

If you’re in the market for a new twin stick shooter, one that brings a fun little story, some top notch bullet-fuelled gameplay and the chance to go and chase those highscores of your mates, then Assault Android Cactus more than delivers.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
TiquorSJ

Top Critic

Sep 30, 2015

Assault Android Cactus is a fun, fast paced, twin stick shooter that genre blends effectively. It's not a walk in the bullet park either.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2015

Assault Android Cactus kind of snuck up on me, and is easily one of my favorite shooters of the year. I'm really interested in seeing what developer Witch Beam comes up with next.

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ThisGenGaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2016

If you want a great new twin stick shooter that looks great, sounds great, and most of all plays great pick up Assault Android Cactus on PS4. Whether your a pro at these kind of games or an average gamer you can have fun with it and it gives you plenty to do.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Oct 20, 2015

A top notch bullet hell experience racked out with character options, unlockables, and some charming dialogue, Assault Android Cactus is a top shelf choice of any shooter addict. A lack of online co-op is unfortunate, if understandable, and the characters – while cute and expressive – may be a bit too adorable for some.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2015

Fun twin-stick shooter with endearing characters. Grab a friend and unleash a fury of projectiles for the Genki Star!

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Oct 6, 2015

Assault Android Cactus is yet another great Australian indie game that demonstrates why this industry deserves far better support from both the major publishers and the Australian government than it is currently getting.

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DarkZero
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 7, 2015

Assault Android Cactus is a slick game that feels so good to play, feels so right in your hands with its satisfying controls, intelligent game mechanics, charming presentation, terrific levels and exciting weapon styles. It manages to bring refreshment to such an ancient way of playing video games, which is no easy feat to perform.

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Worth Playing
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2016

Android Assault Cactus is a brilliant addition to the PS4 library. Whether you're playing solo or with friends, the action is solid, and the different variations to the androids make experimentation fun. There are a good number of modes, and the various options can give the game some legs. The presentation of the visuals and audio is top-notch, and that's made more impressive since this title was developed by three people. Android Assault Cactus is something that should be experienced by anyone who loves action in an almost pure form.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 17, 2016

Everything about Assault Android Cactus feels perfect. From the controls and gameplay to sound and design. All lovingly crafted by Witchbeam, a development team of just three guys. It may have taken a while to get to the PS4, but I can now see why. Slick menu design, challenging gameplay and genuinely funny characters all add up to a create one of the best games I've played in a while. Whether it's for a full on playing session, or just to kill time for 20 minutes, Assault Android Cactus has you covered.

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Digitally Downloaded
Mar 9, 2016

With a core gameplay loop that is this utterly intoxicating, it's hard not to love AAC. It's an addictive and elegant score-chaser that has the power to bring newcomers into the shmup genre, as well as the legs and tail to truly satisfy shmup veterans.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 22, 2019

Assault Android Cactus+ is a masterclass in twin-stick shooting. The controls are simple, but the environments and enemy waves are complex and perfectly crafted. The huge variety of game modes and unlockables help give me a reason to keep coming back again and again. For a solo-player who loves some arcade action, or a group of friends looking for their next co-op challenge, Assault Android Cactus+ is a must buy.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2017

Assault Android Cactus has been out for a while now on the PSN and Steam with stellar reviews and has now launched on the XB1 with specific graphic content for the Xbox One X. So what's it all about? I'm glad you asked. You see when an interstellar police officer with no regards for the rules decides to crash right through the hull of a ship all mayhem ensues. Taking your twin-stick controller in hand for some very fast paced Bullet Hell and Shoot ‘Em Up Arcade action, you and up to three others get to unleash all hell!

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Geeks Under Grace
8.9 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Drew Koehler
8.9 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2016

One of the better arcade shooters I have played and absolutely worth the $14.99 price tag.

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IGN
8.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2015

Assault Android Cactus is an intense twin-stick shooter that's been polished to within an inch of its life.

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Pixel Dynamo
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2015

I'll just S+ one more before bed...

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Gamers FTW
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2016

Assault Android Cactus is a fun twin-stick shooter with great mechanics and tons of replayability. Its minor audio and trophy issues can't mask the undeniable charm of its colorful cast of characters, making this a tremendously enjoyable game, be it playing solo or co-op

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GameCrate
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 2, 2016

It's great to see developers continue to pour their best effort into twin-stick shooters, even if the concept seems dated compared to other genres. Android Assault Cactus is a quality entry in the genre, filled with personality, excitement and creativity. The amount of characters available is impressive; the co-op factor is insane but fun; and the gameplay doesn't stop when it comes to challenging your high-scoring skills. This is one Cactus that certainly won't sting once you grab hold.

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Video Chums
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2016

Assault Android Cactus is one of the best twin stick shooters that I've ever had the privilege to play.

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We Got This Covered
Mar 9, 2016

Android Assault Cactus is a complete blast. While a lengthier campaign would've made it even better, there's still a ton of fun to be had in this quirky shooter.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2017

At the end of the day the most important aspect of any game is fun. Assault Android Cactus is the epitome of that.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2016

Assault Android Cactus is a solid, memorable twin stick shooter. It has mechanics in place that make it accessible and fun for all. Its visuals and story unfortunately though, leave a lot to be desired.

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The Escapist
Oct 3, 2015

Assault Android Cactus is frantic, energetic, at times too difficult - but overall fantastic.

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Total Gaming Network
Mar 16, 2016

If you are looking for a fresh, colorful, fun twin-stick shooter with a dash of personality, then you should look no further than Assault Android Cactus. With a number of levels, daily challenges, and game altering unlocks, you and up to three friends will have an absolute blast with this game. Yes, it can and will be difficult for many players but what fun would a twin-stick or bullet hell game be without a good challenge.

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High-Def Digest
Oct 3, 2015

'Assault Android Cactus' is a great little shooter that delivers lots of chibi, shooty fun in each level. It has a lighthearted arcade feel and doesn't take itself very seriously, going so far as to crack jokes about gaming itself. Even for those who aren't typically fans of the genre, you'll probably have a good time with Cactus and friends.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Oct 12, 2015

[I]f you like twin-stick shooters or arcadey indie games, do yourself a favour and download the demo for Assault Android Cactus. If you think it's worth your time and money, pick it up. You won't be disappointed.

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Slant Magazine
Mar 9, 2016

This is a twin-stick shooter that adds complexity and depth to a genre that typically has no use for either.

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ThisGenGaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2017

There are many qualities that separate Assault Android Cactus from other games in the genre.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 23, 2015

Assault Android Cactus is the first game from indie developers Witch Beam, and one they've been working hard to polish and perfect for several years now.While the story definitely missed on some untapped potential, this is a perfect benchmark that leaves the studios future one to definitely look forward to.

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Gamerheadquarters
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2017

There's certainly some charm to Assault Android Cactus and it packs a decent amount of content.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2016

Adding up all the features in this arcadey game gives it a pretty high value. There's replayability in the different modes like Daily Drive, Infinity Drive, and Boss Rush for those that like to buckle down and test their skills to get top scores on leaderboards. There's the campaign, which has an interesting story with different dialogue per character. There's extra stuff to buy with credits (earned by your scores per level) like game altering fun features, or concept art and codex entries to further learn about the characters and enemies. The soundtrack is very appropriate to the game, and you can go back and listen to any songs you want. I will even say I would love to see an Assault Android Cactus 2 in the future, because I was so impressed with this one. And hey, if you don't like their silly huge heads, just turn them off with the extra feature!

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Game Revolution
Sep 23, 2015

It's unfortunate that Assault Android Cactus feels a bit slight, because the game is quite a bit of fun in short bursts. Playing through the five zones provided a strong challenge, and the inclusion of so many distinct characters rewards those who experiment and try out different combinations. The luster eventually wears off, but players that enjoy seeing their names near the top of leaderboards will find a reason to keep coming back. As for everyone else, Assault Android Cactus occupies a handful of hours with a solid dual-stick shooter campaign.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2015

Playing locally with friends is where this game holds most of its potential. Playing solo is fine but much of the appeal that resides within the game demands the companionship of someone beside you.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 23, 2015

Assault Android Cactus is a big, bright, blast of twin-stick shooting action, filled with personality and clever design.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 28, 2016

Assault Android Cactus is a very well-polished, entertaining arcade twin-stick shooter. Its only prickles come in the form of some poor level design, occasional difficulty spikes, and a little too much repetition. If you cast these issues aside, what you're left with is a short but sweet experience that's perfect for some competitive couch co-op with your friends.

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The Game Fanatics
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2015

Assault Android Cactus has all the personality and variety of a twin-stick classic, but lets the focus fall too heavily on a single, ever-draining battery bar to match that promise.

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Sick Critic
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2017

Is Assault Android fun? Yes, an almost illegal amount of fun, but it makes severe missteps near the end, and the journey ends before you can even appreciate what happens.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 17, 2016

Assault Android Cactus does what it sets out to do, which is provide a fun and frantic experience made enjoyable by the different playable characters and polished gameplay. Another benefit to the game is the sense of variation offered by the selectable androids' personalities and cartoonish art style; though the action may be familiar and, at times, repetitive, this is still a fun game.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 3, 2015

Assault Android Cactus – between its twin-stick gunplay, dialogue, and ample modes – exhibits a rare polish among its peers, but the atrocious HUD, useless unlocks, and local co-op that's actively better without friends keep Witch Beam's debut from rivaling the genre's titans.

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