Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Assault Heroes will leave you giddy with its freewheeling, high-score chasing bliss. [Issue # 16, p.114]
  2. 87
    With three difficulty levels -- and believe me, this game can be very tough at some points -- Assault Heroes is a challenge and one of the best XBLA titles to date.
  3. Just as solid as the gameplay in Assault Heroes is the way in which it looks. This is what an arcade-style shooter on a next-gen platform should look like.
  4. 85
    One of the best arcade games on the XBLA and, for many, it may be the single best arcade game available. While not legendary in length or completely memorable for years to come, the awesome action is coupled with a great coop mode that will give the game serious legs.
  5. Assault Heroes is easily one of the best original Xbox Live Arcade titles to date; the graphics are awesome, the action is intense and the gameplay is tough but enjoyable.
  6. 80
    Visually, Assault Heroes blows away most of the arcade offerings on the marketplace. Wanako Studios has made great use of bump-mapped and reflective surfaces to add some pop to the environments and vehicles.
  7. 80
    It’s cheap, fun, and nostalgic, without being shoddy. Excellent action, superb dual stick controls, and plenty of fun for one or two players, this is one of the best traditional 2D shooters around.
  8. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Beautifully thought through, has wonderfully coloured and varied levels and crazed bosses. [Mar 2007, p.92]
  9. Assault Heroes takes several cues from the great arcade shooters of the '80s and '90s but manages to spin all of these influences into a unique-feeling product.
  10. For only 800 points ($10 US), you can't go wrong, but do think of it as an extremely fun three-day weekend rental, and not as a multi-month long quest like Zuma or Geometry Wars.
  11. The game actually plays like many top-down shooters of yesteryear, but it also includes some fun online co-op and surprisingly good visuals to make the package worth a download.
  12. A solid shooter, and comes complete with three different difficulty levels and both single-system and online co-op play. It's definitely worth the $10 price of admission.
  13. Not quite the new "Geometry Wars" then (or the new anything-older), but a solid effort, and definitely one of the best original Xbox Live Arcade titles since Bizarre's opener.
  14. Official Xbox Magazine
    Assault Heroes is a no-nonsense blaster with plenty of co-op chaos and a lust for making hordes of things go boom. [Feb. 2007, p.77]
  15. Simple and attractive, this can be seen as the 'scrolling shooter for the rest of us,' requiring neither the lobe roasting reactions of a Japanese infant nor a great investment of time to see it through. [Issue 21, p.56]
  16. 60
    If you already have Smash TV (which is basically the same but 400 Points cheaper), then I cannot stress enough that you do not need this game. If you don’t have Smash TV, then Assault Heroes would be better option, but even then, you will tire of it quickly.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Aug 23, 2013
    Assault Heroes is a X-Box 360 Arcade Title which drops you (And a buddy if you have one available next to you or online) literally out of aAssault Heroes is a X-Box 360 Arcade Title which drops you (And a buddy if you have one available next to you or online) literally out of a ship into a warzone. You drive a 4 wheeled assault vehicle, and with several weapons and powerups at your disposal, set out to save the world, or something. Everything you encounter is out to get you, and if your vehicle takes enough damage you will be temporarily forced on foot where you are extremely vulnerable. These times of foot training will come in handy when you head into underground bunkers for powerups, and these are actually some of the more challenging parts of the games.

    Assault Heroes is vehicle based twin stick shooter, and after you fight through the hordes of soldiers, vehicles, and bunkers you’ll encounter boss fights. These fights are fairly interesting, which each encounter having a gimmick of some sort you need to figure out.

    Presentation wise, the game is pleasing both with sound and video, though unremarkable. One of my minor complaints involves environment destruction For some reason you are able to blow up and burn down trees with impunity, but buildings seem immune to your heavy artillery. I notice these sorts of things. I also wonder if the enemy is frustrated that two Jeeps can bring down their entire fortress. But I digress... My other major complaint involves some imbalance, in that if you are playing Co-Op you have access to Co-Op attacks, which are special powerups. One of these in particular (The Machine gun Co-Op power) is extremely overpowered and makes using the other weapons or NOT being in Co-Op mode undesirable. This makes the game even more repetitious than it already is.

    Playing through Assault Heroes will take 2-3 hours. There are multiple difficulty levels and achievements if you’re looking for replayability.

    All in all though, this is an average, but competent title. It will entertain you but not excite you.
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  2. AjJ.
    Jan 29, 2007
    Bears some similarities to Heavy Weapon, but I found myself playing this game far more often. The cooperative mode is especially fun if you Bears some similarities to Heavy Weapon, but I found myself playing this game far more often. The cooperative mode is especially fun if you play with a friend. Full Review »
  3. SeanC.
    Dec 20, 2006
    A well made arcade shooter, with surprisingly a lot of depth. Worth checking out.