IonBall 2: Ionstorm is an arcade game with a modern 3D twist; re-live the joys and frustrations (in equal measure) of classics games such as Breakout and Arkanoid, in a no holds barred fast action game with stunning 3D environments, awesome effects and a thumping soundtrack.Read full description
IonBall 2: Ionstorm is an arcade game with a modern 3D twist; re-live the joys and frustrations (in equal measure) of classics games such as Breakout and Arkanoid, in a no holds barred fast action game with stunning 3D environments, awesome effects and a thumping soundtrack.
Battle through 60 formidable levels and 3 boss levels with a multitude of enemies; each with their own unique abilities. Upgrade your armament from a range of weaponry such as the mighty machine-gun upgrade for the ball, or the rampant rail-gun for your bat; Ionball 2: Ionstorm will set blood pumping and pulse racing like no other ball game before it!
Ionball 2 is the kind of game, that starts with an old, and tried concept(breakout in this case) and then, keeps putting shiny, unnecessary things on top of it. For example, this game has a story, about some virus, that you need to eradicate, by bouncing that ball, and breaking the bugs up there. There are also minor rpg elements. You can buy power ups, upgrades, and so on. Not that bad of an idea actually, but if you're a good enough player, these just make the game way too easy. Or at least, they would, if the ball didn't shine that much. I know it doesn't sound like a problem, but it makes the ball look bigger, and so, you tend to miss it because of that. Anyway, the biggest problem, is that currently, the story mode ha s a bug, that stops you from getting to level 10. The last update was in october of 2016 and no word from it ever since. The survival mode works fine though.
Why in the world would anyone do this? There is no need to change breakout into a 3D game when the whole gameplay happens in two dimensions. It only makes the experience more disturbing. If you want to have a breakout clone that does things from a new angle, I recommend WizOrb. Now that is a great game with great retro aesthetics! Give this one a pass.
Generally speaking, I agree with the reviews. This game is great for bring back memories of fun times with games like Breakout. The graphics and game style give it a great new twist. The only problem is that the game play doesn't quite feel right. The perspective makes the speed of the ball quite deceptive. It feels very slow when its near the top of the screen and speed up near the bottom. I understand this is a somewhat accurate replication of what you'd expect but it's like the right idea with the wrong execution. It may be that you get used to it with time but it makes the game feel quite different, and for me, not as much fun. If you're a fan of these games, it may still be worth your while though.
Ionball 2: Ionstorm might remind some people of arcade classics, such as Breakout and Arkanoid, and the truth is: It borrows heavily from them. However, there are some new and interesting mechanics which make the game worth getting. Gameplay is quite fun. It starts off quite fast-paced, and the ball can reach ridiculous speeds quickly. Breaking "tiles" (They resemble alien ships in this game) gives you experience, which you can use to buy active and passive skills. Graphics are somewhat okay. Not the best I have ever seen. Ionball 2's soundtrack is amazing, and it fits the game's setting. Buy Ionball 2 when it's on sale, it is worth getting if you are a fan of the genre and you want an innovative game to play.
I remember my early gaming days filled with many versions of the game called Breakout. I actually consider myself a veteran in these kinds of games, if that's something to be proud about. I eventually grew tired of the genre and moved on. Each game I played was just a simple derivative with different graphics and it got old quick. I will say this about IonBall 2 though: there aren't a lot that can boast the leaps in innovation that this game has done. It got me to like the genre again. And more importantly, it got me to play these games again, starting with IonBall 2. The best part for me were the many different challenges they threw in the massive amount of levels available. That really kept me busy for a while.
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