[Nintendo Switch] Shatter Remastered Deluxe Review
Shatter Remastered Deluxe from PikPok brings us a revamped take on the 2009 brick-breaker now on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Shatter Remastered Deluxe review!
Shatter Remastered Deluxe from PikPok brings us a revamped take on the 2009 brick-breaker now on Nintendo Switch. The original version of Shatter was released for the PlayStation 3 as a digital-only release on the PlayStation Network. The game was then reworked for a release under the Netflix Games banner, and we’re now getting the definitive version of the game on Nintendo Switch as Shatter Remastered Deluxe.
The gameplay is simple, since you’ll travel through 10 worlds and fight against ten deadly bosses as you make the most of the power of physics by shooting a ball to try and destroy all of the bricks on each stage before running out of health. Control the paddle on one side of the screen and hit the ball back to keep it in play, and you’ll be good to go. There are five different ways to play through Shatter Remastered Deluxe. You can go into Story Mode, which is the main option, featuring 71 levels of increasing difficulty as you use your reflexes and abilities to overcome all odds.
You can also play in Endless, which tasks you with staying alive for as long as possible as you aim to get the best high score to climb up the online leaderboard. Boss Rush, as expected, will require you to defeat all ten bosses back-to-back to prove your might. Time Attack will allow you to chase after your best high score while playing with a limited time. The last one allows you to replay the Bonus Mode that you get to take on after defeating a boss – more on this in a bit. And yes, you can indeed play Endless, Boss Rush, and Time Attack in local co-op!
The controls are easy to pick up so that you can focus on the action on the screen. You’ll control the paddle with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, launching a ball into action with the A button. As You destroy bricks, shards will be released. You can blow away with the ZR button and suck in with the ZL button, which will affect the shards on the screen as well as any balls in play. If you suck in enough shards, you’ll be able to use shard storm with the X button, which is a great option to destroy some extra bricks as well as to deal considerable damage against bosses.
There’s also a shield that you can use to protect yourself by pressing the Y button. This is very useful when some types of bricks come loose from the formation since they can damage the paddle. On top of this, if you use the shield while sucking in shards, you will unleash a powerful shield storm that can help you quickly destroy a bunch of bricks or deal the final blow to a boss.
As you destroy the bricks, you can be rewarded with a power-up or two to help you on your journey. These power-ups include doubling the value of shards, gaining some extra power to fill the shard storm bar, gaining an extra ball – which works as an extra life –, making it possible to quickly maneuver the ball by using the suck and blow abilities, increasing the size and destructive power of the ball so that it goes through bricks and deals considerable damage to bosses, or increasing your score multiplier.
After you defeat a boss, you’ll go into a special stage where you can gain an extra 100,000 points for your score every time you hit back a ball. You’ll have three balls to keep in play, and as you hit them back, they will start to arch more and more while also increasing their speed. Also, you can’t use the suck or blow abilities. After you’re done with that, your extra score will be added to your total, along with a bonus of 1,000,000 points for every time you used shard storm, a bonus for clearing that world, a 10,000,000 bonus for not losing balls on a world, as well as an extra bonus for each second under 2 minutes when completing a level.
Shatter Remastered Deluxe brings us a revamped take on an arcade-style brick-breaker game that launched on PlayStation 3 back in 2009 so that you can now enjoy it at home or on the go on your Nintendo Switch. With 71 levels, ten boss battles, and a handful of different modes to play, this is an easy one to recommend. Shatter Remastered Deluxe is out on Nintendo Switch at a $9.99 price.
This Shatter Remastered Deluxe review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by PikPok.