IGN.COM Editors’ Choice Award / IGN PSN Game of the Year Award / “It took 23 years, but Arkanoid has been bested.” – IGN.com.
Shatter is a retro-inspired brick-breaking game that merges familiar action with unique twists and a modern crafted production approach. Developed by Sidhe, and published by PikPok, the game features:
· Innovative controls, physics effects, power-ups, special attacks, and boss battles which combine to provide an experience that is always interactive
· Standard, Boss Rush and Bonus game modes
· Vibrant 3D style presented across 10 distinct worlds
· A fully scored soundtrack featuring more than 90 minutes of great original music
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Ratings and Reviews
Alleyway Breakout R-Type Barbecue!
Shatter is a blast! In addition to circle, horizontal and the traditional vertical gaming fields, this block bouncer, has blowing and vacuuming abilities which adds more intrigue. Even the bosses require strategy inside of just ball bouncing and retrieving. Love the color pallette. The soundtrack is a little reminicient of Squaresoft's (Square ENIX) Einhander, though if it was an all-out platform like Einhander this game would be unstoppable. The endless mode does that- to the extent of being more “Tetris” and less R-Type. But still amazing- this game must be included in airplane seat monitors everywhere!
Game is fun, and definitely breaks away from your typical Breakout style game. Definitely worth the 99 cents.
Only issue is the lack of customizable controls. The developers definitely did not play on a laptop. All your game keys are triggered on the right of the keyboard (cmd and shift). Left cmd and left shift do not function. The mouse is how you navigate. To control this game, you have to cross over your arms. (right hand on touch pad, left hand controlling the right keyboard) It looks just as awkward as it is to play. You defintely need an external mouse to properly play the game if on a laptop.
Re-defining the re-defined.
Everyone knows brick-breaking games. For those who don’t, I’ll recap: Once upon a time there was breakout. Then dozens of games followed that were basically the same game. Some with a few tweaks, some just plain bad. There were so many rip-offs that it pretty much became it's own sub-genre.
Then came Arkanoid. It was transformative to the brick-breaking sub-genre. It essentially reinvented the sub-genre.
What followed was what felt like a million different clones, rip-offs and Arkanoid-inspired titles. There were some bright spots in all of that, but nothing did what Arkanoid did… until Shattered. From the richness of the environment to innovative power-ups and controls, to the surprisingly enjoyable soundtrack, this game is just absolutely fantastic.
Got $5? Don’t throw it away on a Skinny Venti Vanilla Latte. Buy this game. You’ll thank me later.
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