Monday, September 17, 2012

Shatter Review + Video I uploaded:

Breakout games have been around for a while, and for a good reason! They are hard, easy, fun, relaxing, and frustrating. However they are one more thing that makes them all enjoyable, they are essentially you vs yourself. You see in other games like battlefield, CoD, Madden, etc. you face opponent(s) and while this game does have a boss battle at the end of every world, the essence of breakout like games is that you try to beat yourself. You shoot ball at wall and try to hit the ball back to it when it comes your way, that's all there is to it, and while some poeple say that simplistic games are boring, they have never played a breakout/Arkanoid.

Shatter takes a proven formula and changes it for the better, not only do you hit the ball abck and fourth but you get to blow away blocks and items or you can suck them towards you. This mechanic gives a while new approach to this style of game because if you are trying to get the little orbs that grant you your powers you need to suck them towards yourself, but what about those rogue blocks that are also attracted towards your vortex? That's why you have the ability to push them away as well. Also your ball gets affected by this power so you can either bring it towards you, or push it away.

The visuals are great from the backgrounds of the different worlds to the explosions, even to the normal blocks, everything has a nice vibrant color to it.

The sounds/music is fantastic, so much so that I'm thinking about buying the digital soundtrack for it. From the sounds of blocks breaking and or exploding to the sounds that the boss' make, everything has a feeling to it. The music is fantastic, simply outstanding which doesn't surprise me at all because it is an Indie game. In my opinion the best musical soundtracks that are in games are in Indie games. They know what others don't, they know the type of music that goes with the game. Many games fail with this little part that makes a tremendous difference.

There are many modes of gameplay from World (kind of like a story mode but with no story), endless, time trial, co-op, bonus level mode, boss mode (battle all of the boss').

All in all this is a really fantastic little game that has quickly risen to be one of my most favorite games that I have. I give this game a 9.5 out of 10.

Here is the video that I uploaded, enjoy!

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