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Shatter Remastered Deluxe Review

This both sucks and blows

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS5 on 🧱

Shatter Remastered Deluxe is also available for PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

Shatter Remastered Deluxe is rated Everyone by the ESRB

I love when obscure classics come back so here's Shatter Remastered Deluxe; a superb brick-breaking indie with clever mechanics.

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Well, this seems simple enough

Break bricks with style

Holy hot darn, Shatter Remastered Deluxe is a great-looking game. Back when I played the original on PlayStation 3, I remember being blown away by how stylish and sleek it looked and having playing this remake, I must say that it has held up wonderfully. Not only that, the visuals have been revamped with 120 frames per second and 4k resolution (depending on which console you're playing on) and it looks absolutely phenomenal. Also, I appreciate the unambiguity of everything as fast-paced arcade-style games are sometimes difficult to follow yet everything generally remains easy to quickly decipher here. With all of this out of the way, let's get to the gameplay! v1d30chumz 44-210-77-106

I didn't think it was physically possible

Shatter Remastered Deluxe may look like a typical brick-breaker on the surface but it features many clever gameplay elements that make it stand out. For starters, you can hold the shoulder triggers to either blow or suck from your paddle which can help redirect the ball, suck in energy for your power gauge, and even make some blocks float where you want them to go. Thankfully, the ball has a clear path shown ahead of it so you can steer it intuitively by blowing and sucking but it's still not an easy game. You also have special abilities such as the powerful Shard Storm ability that uses a full energy meter to shoot a barrage of shards at the playfield. There are power-ups, too, and a shield that you can combine with sucking to deflect shards back. It may sound like a lot but it's all very intuitive. 😅

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This boss can be a real clock blocker

Snag the high score

With all of these mechanics in place and the fact that playfields can be oriented vertically, horizontally, or even in a circle; you may imagine that achieving high scores will be an exciting feat and it certainly is. Now, Shatter Remastered Deluxe doesn't do a particularly good job of explaining how to score higher which is kind of a bummer as you'll have to figure everything out on your own.

This is especially frustrating because there are a lot of elements to keep in mind such as the Multiball mechanic where you can deploy extra balls which double as lives for more points and there's a score multiplier that increases as you suck in shards. However, that multiplier decreases as blocks cross your line but you can earn points when you collide with them using the shield. You can also achieve combos by destroying blocks in rapid succession but it's advised to only do so after you build your multiplier up. Finally, there are end-level bonuses and you get more points for how quickly you beat bosses. See? It's super-complicated so I wish there was more instruction. 🤯

Master oodles of content

The main campaign of Shatter Remastered Deluxe contains 10 worlds with a boss at the end of each and a total of 71 levels. On top of that, you can attempt Endless and Time Attack modes with optional co-op variations, Bonus mode where you can practice the tricky bonus rounds, and Boss Rush mode. Needless to say, climbing the leaderboards is excellent fun no matter which mode you decide to play and there is a lot of content to master for sure. I'm #4 on the leaderboard right now for Story mode so try and beat me! 🏅

Oops, I hit a wall

Even though Shatter Remastered Deluxe is a wonderful old-school arcade-style brick-breaker that I highly recommend, it definitely gets frustrating from time to time. For starters, some of the bosses are perplexing when you first face them and require a great deal of experimentation in order to take down. Once you have that "a-ha!" moment, it can be rewarding to finally defeat them but stumbling around before that may take the wind out of your sails. Also, I know I said that Shatter Remastered Deluxe is graphically unambiguous yet some levels are simply too chaotic; specifically, the ones with lots of explosions as blocks will fly everywhere uncontrollably. 😳

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I have a feeling like things are about to explode

As an old-school gamer, I'm delighted that the PS3 buried treasure Shatter has returned and this Remastered Deluxe edition brings back its brick-breaking fun in an impressive way that'll keep you hooked as you suck and blow your way to the top of the leaderboards.

  • + Tight and challenging break-bricking gameplay with rewarding score mechanics
  • + Stylish and unambiguous visuals
  • + Loads of content to master
  • - Some bosses are highly irritating
  • - Scoring could be explained better
  • - Certain levels can get too chaotic
8.5 out of 10
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