The word remastered is used far too often. Consequently, there is an argument that the gaming industry is getting lazy and lacks originality. However, occasionally, a remastered title comes along and impresses you immediately. As such, you forget your hatred of this lazy cash cow. This is exactly what happened when I installed Shatter Remastered Deluxe! When I received my code, I shook my head in disbelief. After all, who wants to play a dated brick-breaking game? Well, as it works out, surprisingly, I do.
Developed and published by PikPok, this is a retro arcade experience. What’s more, it is addictive thanks to its simple but effective scoring system. Shatter was originally released in 2009 and was well-received. Roll on 14 years, and you get to enjoy the same moreish gameplay but it has a modern finish. Subsequently, this combination works perfectly, as the action plays out flawlessly.
Shatter Remastered Deluxe focuses on the madness.
With no plot or protagonists to empathise with, you may feel lost. However, luckily, Shatter Remastered Deluxe focuses on its hectic gameplay. With 5 unique modes to explore, 10 bosses to defeat and 71 exciting levels to master, you soon forget what it’s lacking. Instead, you’ll adore the mind-bending physics and the demand for quick reactions.
Each stage concentrates on one simple goal. Consequently, you control a vessel that must prevent your balls from leaving the arena. On top of this, you must destroy every brick in sight. If you do this, the level is completed and you progress. En route, you’ll experience an array of stages that test your resolve. Furthermore, drip-fed mechanics change the way you tackle each level.
Upgrades and gargantuan bosses.
An arcade game would be nothing without game-changing power-ups. Thankfully, Shatter Remastered Deluxe doesn’t disappoint. As such, you’ll collect unstoppable balls, extra lives, extra shatter pieces, and more. The shatter pieces enhance your score while powering your special weapon. This high-powered gun decimates every block and is the difference between winning and losing.
Talking of losing, this is likely to happen when you face each of the gargantuan bosses. These overpowered monstrosities are tough to handle. Furthermore, they test your patience and your tactical mindset. Accordingly, each boss requires some trial and error if you wish to be victorious. This was phenomenal, as much of the action was easy to overcome. Therefore, this smattering of challenging gameplay was a welcome change of pace.
More than just the main mode.
Though the bulk of the gameplay focuses on the “story” mode, there are more strings to this bow. Subsequently, you can while away the hours playing the Endless option, or you can play cooperatively with a friend. On top of this, there is a time attack mode and Boss Rush. Each of these extra modes adds depth to an otherwise simple affair. What’s more, the cooperative option creates some lighthearted competition between friends.
Shatter Remastered Deluxe looks incredible.
Sadly, the next-gen consoles have yet to be tested thoroughly. However, Shatter Remastered Deluxe tries to change this. With stunning 4K resolution running at a strong 120fps, it runs smoothly and looks incredible. Alongside this, the vivid colours and futuristic design are a treat to the eyes. Yet, the developers played it safe with their stage design. Unfortunately, there are plenty of familiar assets and this was disappointing. Accordingly, it would have been nice if PikPok had been more adventurous.
If you’ve played the original, you’ll know how great the soundtrack is. Thankfully, you can re-experience this spectacular synth sound. Furthermore, this remastered title has upped the ante by incorporating 5.1 surround sound. This was an excellent choice as it enhances the gameplay while giving the music the oomph it deserves.
Easy to play.
The modernised UI has made Shatter Remastered Deluxe a cinch to play. Moreover, the simple layout and responsive inputs keep you ahead of the game. However, the lack of a tutorial does muddy the water somewhat. Consequently, there are some frustrating moments as you try to understand poorly explained mechanics.
Thanks to the scoring system, masses of levels, and interesting game modes, there is plenty to do. Furthermore, Shatter Remastered Deluxe has longevity and replay value thanks to its cooperative action. Alongside this, you must consider the large achievement list that keeps you coming back for more.
Shatter Remastered Deluxe is fantastic.
I still believe that remastered games are undermining the industry. Yet, I can’t help but love Shatter Remastered Deluxe. By retaining its moreish action, it tweaks your heartstrings. What’s more, its modern polish will impress you from the off. Accordingly, I recommend that you buy it here! Can you destroy every brick and boss? Move your paddle, react to the situation, and clear every stage.