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Assault Android Cactus is coming to PS4, Vita, Wii U, Steam, and you can play an early version now
Assault Android Cactus was one of the best games I saw at PAX Australia, and you can read my initial preview for some idea of why it was so exciting. There’s no single thing that makes the game great; it’s simply one of those titles where everything works together to create an experience that feels right, and that's hard to do in the world of twin-stick shooters, a genre that often feels like you're being given a slightly fancier stick with which to beat an already desiccated horse.
It’s hard to tell in videos or still images, but it’s a joy to play, especially when you’re doing well and the music kicks up and SSSHHHIIIITTT I just want to play more of it.
The good news is that the game won “Best Action Game” in the 2013 Intel Level Up competition, which means the game has been brought to Steam. That’s a huge boost for an indie title, and you can even pay $15 for a pre-order and start playing an early version of the game today through the Early Access program.
I’ve played a bunch of these levels already, and you’re in for a treat. You’ll also be able to witness the progress being made in the game, and directly support its development by sharing your thoughts and feedback in the game's forums.
“Being on Early Access is going to give us a direct line to thousands of players well before we finish the game, being able to get that kind of feedback on even one area like your difficulty curve is going to be invaluable,” Sanatana Mishra, the game's designer, told the Report. “Right now it's too early to be looking for specific feedback as this is the first time more than a handful of people in the world have access to the game, although I am very keen to hear what kind of weapons people want to see for the next 3 Androids!”
The game will also be available on the PlayStation 4 and Vita next year as a Cross-Buy title, which means one purchase will get you both versions of the game, and the team has recently announced that the game is coming to the Wii U in 2014.
It’s great to see the game getting so much momentum, and if you're a fan of local co-op, bullet hell games, or good things that are good, you can start playing today. I think that would be a good use of your time.