Assault Android Cactus – One of three games currently up for vote
Giving PlayStation Plus subscribers some control over which games they will be able to download for free, Sony Computer Entertainment last year announced they would be holding periodical “Vote to Play” surveys. These would give players a choice of three games, the most voted of which would become free to download that coming month while the others would be available at a discount. This is by no means a monthly feature, but does give subscribers an infrequent opportunity to directly and collectively choose which of three games are most in demand.
The Australian development team at Witch Beam have their latest title Assault Android Cactus up for vote. The inclusion of this Brisbane studio comes after the Melbourne-based League of Geeks narrowly missed out on having their title chosen in the first round of Vote to Play last year. Time will tell if they will be successful. They will be up against tough competition however, with both Action Henk! (Rage Squid / Curve Digital) and Broforce (Fire Lives / Devolver) also vying for top spot. More information on all three titles can be found at the bottom of this post.
To get your vote in, fire up your PS4, login and then access “Vote to Play” under the dedicated PlayStation Plus section on the top left corner of your PS4 home screen. Voting runs from now until February 22nd 2016.
Assault Android Cactus
The first game of indie-start-up Witch Beam from Brisbane, this game is an arcade style twin stick shooter set in a vivid sci-fi universe. While the mechanics of this twin stick shooter will be familiar to many, developer Witch Beam has created a unique battery mechanic (in lieu of lives), providing a fresh experience that helps Assault Android Cactus stand out from the crowd. This game also supports Shareplay, a “virtual couch” that lets a friend join your game for up to an hour at a time, creating an online local co-op experience. According to designer Sanatana Mishra, the goal with Assault Android Cactus was to make a game that he and the rest of the team wanted to play.
This title from publisher Curve Digital and developer Rage Squid, is a fast paced running, jumping and butt-sliding platformer in a glorious 3D toy filled world! Action Henk! is a game about an action figure trying to relive his heroic past. Henk used to be fastest of them all back in the 80’s and 90’s, but nowadays there’s not much left of his former glory. He gets challenged by his rival Dr. Kentony, and is out to prove that he still has what it takes to be the fastest! The goal is to use physics and momentum to race through levels as fast as possible. These short levels require you to master all the subtle tricks that the physics-based platforming has to offer, including the famous butt-slide.
Publisher Devolver and developer Free Lives have teamed up to deliver part irreverent spoof and part loving homage to what are now classic movies and classic games.This action adventure game brings to life the memories (or imaginations for the younger player) of ’80s action heroes and their adventures. While we didn’t know it at the time, this is the game that we always wanted as we cheered those action heroes on to victory. With its online co-op experience, friends can enjoy connecting with each other to bring their own brand of shock and awe to the opposing forces.