Shatter is a retro-inspired brick-breaking game that merges familiar action with unique twists and a modern crafted production approach. Innovative controls, physics effects, power-ups, special attacks, and boss battles which combine to provide an experience that is always interactive.
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Very Positive (890 reviews) - 94% of the 890 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 15, 2010

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About This Game

Shatter is a retro-inspired brick-breaking game that merges familiar action with unique twists and a modern crafted production approach.
  • Innovative controls, physics effects, power-ups, special attacks, and boss battles which combine to provide an experience that is always interactive.
  • Includes Story, Endless, Boss Rush, Time Attack, Endless Co-op multiplayer, and Time Attack Co-op multiplayer modes with leaderboards and achievements.
  • A Vibrant 3D Style presented across 10 distinct worlds in up to Full HD.
  • A fully scored soundtrack featuring over 90 minutes of award winning original music.

System Requirements

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    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or higher
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz+ single-core or dual-core (any speed)
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB of free space
    • Graphics: 128MB dedicated graphics processor with shader model 2 support (e.g. NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 or ATi Radeon 9600)
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible audio card
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • OS: OS X version Snow Leopard 10.6, or later.
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Video Card: 128 MB VRAM
    • CPU: 2.0 GHz
    • RAM: 512 MB
    • GPU: OpenGL-compatible with 128 MB VRAM
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Very Positive (890 reviews)
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良品铺子
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
It cannot runing on windows 10.
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Pre Zombie
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This is the game breakout from the old atari days, which it self is a great game. This version however I found boring and didn't feel it was worth putting in another quarter, in fact i killed myself and started doing something else.
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ENG
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
This game goes back to the old arcade classic Arkanoid.

It's essentially a game where you control a pin, and move it to prevent a bouncing ball from falling off the screen.

The visual effects are good, and the physics work as expected, but I felt the player doesnt have much control over where the ball goes despite the push/pull controls.

The game doesn't present much of a challenge, beyond occasionally failing one time and getting it the next go.

The bonus rounds are enjoyable, and the bosses provide more of a challenge, but ultimately the game is let down by it's lack of risk/reward.


The gameplay also becomes repetitive fairly quickly, it is the sort of game you would play for 10 minutes once a day rather than in a long playstreak.

3/5
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Captain Chaos
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 12
Very enjoyable Arkanoid clone with some variations in stage format and ball behavior. Interesting boss fights. Excellent soundtrack. Both coop and competitive multiplayer modes available.
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Zilexion
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Don’t honestly have too much to say about Shatter. It’s a breakout clone with a twist, the ability to manipulate the balls trajectory mid-flight, by blowing or suctioning. This is a great concept, as it helps to eliminate that ‘last block’ moment, and the way it affects other elements of the game is satisfying. However, controlling this ability can be a bit tricky, the circular levels almost always end up having that ‘last block’ struggle anyways and a couple of the boss fights are frustrating because of it. Overall if you’re looking for a new experience with a breakout-style game, this is for you.
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ThunderLintu
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
This game is quite mediocre and repetitive. Too few items too (4-5 while dx ball has like 20). I guess boss battles are quite fun. Not worth 8 euros. Get it from elsewhere cheaper if you really want it.
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B. B. Banana, Professional Memer
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
Very creative take on breakout-style games, the skill ceiling seems limitless and there's significant level variety. I've only been through the story mode once but if you ever see this as part of a bundle, definitely pick it up!
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CornCobCodger
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Highly recommended.
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EatingABagel
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Awesome game
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Dick Nation
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Cannot get it to work under Windows 10 under any circumstance. The developer seems to have gone quiet and there's no information on getting it to function on current systems, so despite being a fun game I can't recommend it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This is the game breakout from the old atari days, which it self is a great game. This version however I found boring and didn't feel it was worth putting in another quarter, in fact i killed myself and started doing something else.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Highly recommended.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 2, 2014
✓ Excellent soundtracks
✓ Pretty graphics and animations
✓ Interesting game mechanics
✓ DRM-free version exists
✓ Linux support!
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2014
Shatter is quite good and i have to say is all aroudn THE best block breaker game ive ever played. I spent a lot of time as a young kid playing Arkanoid with my family. My mother and I spent hours upon hours playing it, had the actual Arkanoid controller and everything. So this type of game is a classic to me. An all time favorite. Before i played this, Reaxxion was the best block breaker game that i had ever played, but it doesent even come close to being able to compare to Shatter. Shatte3r is in a class by itself.
You can control the ball once you get it down pat, you have the ability to push or pull the ball by using either the left or right mouse buttons. So as its bouncing aorund you can kind of direct it to where you want it to go. At first it seemed random to me. But after a few minutes oif play i caught on, and i was guiding the ball straight to the blocks i wanted it to hit, instead of just bouncing it off of my paddle and hoping it hit something like every other block breaker game in existence.
The graphics are really nice, the music fits well and is upbeat, gets you hyped up while playing. The controls are nice and tight, no movements you dont expect or anything of the sort. It also has boss battles. I've only odne 1 so far, and it was pretty interesting. Was battling a big snake-like thing that had a paddle on its head, hitting the ball back at me, and i needed to keep hitting its body to defeat it. After that, there was a bonus level where i had ot keep 3 balls in play at once, there were no blocks ont he screen, just the balls, but the gravity was random and made the balls fly all goofy, and got faster and faster as you went on.

If you're into block breaker games, you are definitely going to want this one. There i sno comparing it to any other, at least not that ive hand my hands on.

For the genre this game is in, on a scale of 1 throguh 10, its an easy 10/10.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Easy to play, difficult to master, Shatter is an arcade dream, taking the basic concept of Pong, and flipping it on its tail. Suck in power ups, blow out fragments and manuever your ship through some beautiful environments and challenging bosses. I figured this would be a quick one off 10-minute pick-up game, but the "one more round" leveling and mastering the physics just sucks you in... It's fast, fun and challenging to figure out when to suck and when to blow to best position your ball for maximum fragmentation.

Recommended for arcade puzzle and shooter fans alike; Shatter is good for a quick blast, or an OCD high score mission. Plus Multiplayer hot seat or co-op and XBOX 360 controller support...I picked this Steam Key on sale at Amazon for 2.49. That didn't suck either... Enjoy.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
A hugely underrated game. I was expecting a slightly generic breakout game with above-par graphics but what I actually got was a breakout game with great graphics and innovative and fun mechanics like pushing/pulling, physics, bosses and the shard-system with associated shard storms.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2013
Stunning graphics, awesome soundtrack and clever/innovative game mechanisms make the brick-breaker genre reinvented. Enemies are usually dropping lives when you're about to die and the continue option helps sustain the fun so you never quit rage, having to restart all over again. Different bosses and bonus stages break the continuity that would make the game too repetitive. Multiple game modes are also offering a good replay value. Very nice game.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2015
Classic Breakout gameplay at its best. Music is great, and the additional features during gameplay, such as powerups, shields, fragments, and multiball, make the game worth getting. Reminds me of Blasterball.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2015
The music is just legendary.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
When it comes to brick-busting, contenders to the Arkanoid throne have always attempted sophistication through complexity and glitz. Physics was always going to be a natural evolution for the genre. Unlike its forerunners, the quality in Shatter is not from quantity, but clarity. There is physics: bricks swing, bounce and slide about, but it's not the centrepiece. It's developers remembered correctly, that in games like these, the star is the paddle.

Left and right triggers push and pull with understandable conviction, letting you curve the ball slightly for ninja-class aimed shots. Bricks shatter into Shards, collected with pull to charge a manually-activated super-shot barrage that blasts through bricks in slow-motion. The charge meter also powers your shield, used to protect yourself from incoming bricks. If a brick hits the paddle, it's out of commission for a few vital seconds. Trusty multi-ball is available at any time, if you want to risk your ball stock on it. Press X, and one of your lives enters the playfield in simple risk versus reward.

Long after you're done playing, the modernized chiptune retrostyled music will remain in your head, by far the most memorable aspect of the game. That, and how cheap it is.

After 23 years, there is finally something better than Arkanoid. It tells an engrossing story of an errant kinetic harvesting machine gone rogue. The plot is presented in pantomime. The paddle, your avatar in its two-dimensional world of balls and bricks, is a Jedi.
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