Shatter review

  • Incredible visuals
  • Push/pull objects mid-flight
  • Horribly addictive
  • Mostly just copies Breakout
  • Visuals can get hectic
  • Almost too addictive

All you need to know about Shatter is that it’s essentially 3D Breakout in space. And, like everything else in space (except juggling and using a urinal), it’s much better than normal. The basic setup is familiar – your spaceship is tasked with smashing up collections of cosmic blocks by deflecting a shiny disc into them over and over, making sure the disc doesn’t ricochet off-screen.

What makes it different from the much-copied original are incredible visuals (it has the same kind of fizzing HD sparks and neon that made Super Stardust HD a hit) and some smart twists on the ages-old gameplay. Now as well as bouncing your galactic wrecking ball all over, you can pull and push it mid-flight using the shoulder buttons (the suck/blow effect also drawing in or repelling power-ups), and there are boss battles at the end of each one of the ten stages. Smart, smoothly playable and super addictive. Another great PSN title.

Aug 20, 2009

More Info

Release date: Jul 23 2009 - PS3 (US)
Jul 23 2009 - PS3 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3
Genre: Arcade
Published by: Sidhe
Developed by: Sidhe
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Mild Fantasy Violence


  • garnsr - August 21, 2009 3:41 a.m.

    I had a hard time following the ball amid all the blocks and fragments flying around, but it may have been partly due to color-blindness. It's pretty easy to get 1-ups, and you get three continues per world, so it's not super hard. The bosses can take a while to get your ball in the right place, and fill up your meter to blast them. It's a cool game, and a pretty good deal.
  • John-117 - August 23, 2009 4:13 a.m.

    I definately agree that the visuals get too hectic, but I bought this on impulse after watching a video and I couldn't bee happier with my purchase. It's old and new school, and has a great soundtrack and presentation. This is to breakout as Pacman Championship edition is to Pacman, awesome.
  • rekof - September 25, 2009 7:18 a.m.

    I love it 2! great game and it costs 2 bucks less,.. usually they are 10$ ,.. and the game is a blast!

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