Pros: Inventive gameplay builds on existing conventions to create something fresh, Outstanding soundtrack, Memorable boss battles, Good implementation of leaderboards, A few new modes not included in the PSN version
Excerpt: It takes a certain kind of guts to take a classic game, especially one from the 80s, and try to make it modern. You can't go too far outside the original parameters, but you can't just add silly graphics, either.
Excerpt: Shatter feels like an extremely polished offshoot of many games. Its physics-heavy twist on the standard Breakout gameplay is reminiscent of Magic Ball ; its pick-up-and-play accessibility echoes that of Super Stardust HD ; its psychadelic backgrounds, visuals and soundtrack echoes Rez HD ; the slick, stylish and understated presentation could have easily stepped straight out of Wipeout HD .
Summary: Shatter is another brick-breaking game, but the good news is that developer Sidhe is following the same successful path that many other classic game remakes have recently taken: examine the formula, update it so that it makes sense by today's standards, and dress it up in beautiful HD explosions.
Pros: An inspired re-imagining of Breakout, Excellent electronic funk-rock soundtrack, Very reasonable value
Cons: A bit heavy with the circular levels, Can sometimes lose track of the ball when things get explode-y, When there's only a few blocks left, action slows down at the end
Excerpt: Arkanoid for the modern gamer Shatter is a great indie title from Sidhe Interactive, which manages to showcase all the great things about independent game making. Free from franchises, huge-budget expectations and genre-pigeonholing, independent games tend to focus on the core needs of most gamers: make something fun, visually appealing and competitive. Shatter delivers this in spades, and the PSN classic is now available on PC through the Steam network.
Pros: High definition, brightly coloured backgrounds, well crafted techno/ambient tunes enhance gameplay, gameplay is good, bosses are awesome, easy to learn, tricky to master, online leaderboards should keep you busy for ages.
Cons: Still a Breakout clone (albeit a great one), can be a little nauseating after a while.
Excerpt: This modern twist on Breakout is much more than a clone. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are that you’ve heard of the game ‘ Breakout ‘. To summarise – players control a paddle and eliminate bricks at the top of the screen, by ricocheting a ball off the walls of the screen, or the paddle itself. Missing a ball on its rebound costs you a life.
Pros: New and dynamic ideas, Enjoyment factor, Sharp visuals, Great soundtrack.
Cons: Short length, Occasionally too much going in a small space.