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Game Zone: Assault Android Cactus

by daiashi

About The Game


Assault Android Cactus is a manic twin-stick arena shooter for the PC with screens full of enemies, buckets of bullets and high scoring combo chains! Take on the role of Cactus, an enthusiastic police android, who responds to a stranded space freighter only to discover it under siege by its malfunctioning robot workers. Cut off from the outside and in over her head, Cactus and the androids she recruits along the way battle through the crippled Genki Star to reach the brain of the ship and put things right before it's too late.


Assault Android Cactus started as a simple twin-stick prototype with fun characters and lots and lots of effects. Over time, the mechanics were refined and the game was tightened until it became an intense skill-based game requiring aggressive strategies and fast reaction times.


  • Multiple playable androids with unique weapon set and play styles.
  • Dynamic stages change conditions and rearrange themselves during play.
  • Heart pounding soundtrack that dynamically shifts, based on your performance.
  • Giant robot bosses that unleash bullet hell and stage covering special attacks.
  • Up to four player local co-op, supports mouse and keyboard and joypad.

If you want a good two stick shooter with an arcade style and you do not mind the cartoon characters, give it a whirl. It's just plain fun. There have been comments all over the net, mostly good, about this one. There is not much about the company, though they do have Twitter and Facebook pages. This one comes with several awards under its belt as well.

System requirements:

PCLinuxOS and Steam



    OS: PCLinuxOS
    Processor: Core 2 Duo
    Memory: 2 GB RAM
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    Hard Drive: 1 GB available space

    OS: PCLinuxOS
    Processor: Intel Core i5 or Amd equivalent
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Graphics: NVidia GTX 460
    Hard Drive: 2 GB available space

About The Company

Witch Beam is an independent games team in Brisbane, Australia. They build the kinds of games we want to play and are committed to creating polished arcade style experiences.

Early History

Tim Dawson, Sanatana Mishra and Jeff Van Dyck first worked together at Sega Studios Australia. After Tim and Sanatana left their jobs to pursue independent games development, they contacted Jeff for advice on audio design, and he ended up joining the team.

Some Gameplay Screenshots

Getting It To Run

Install Steam (if you don't have it installed already), then start it. You will need to create a new account, if you do not already have one. Once you have Steam up and running, go to the store tab. Click on the Linux tab and search for Assault Android Cactus. If you have updated your system, including graphics drivers, you should be good to go.

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