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.
User reviews: Very Positive (640 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 15, 2010

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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
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Really cool implementation of the ancient classic block-breaking Arkanoid, with some new mechanics thrown in for good.
Posted: September 12
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Shatter is an awesome Breakout-style game with an amazing soundtrack. It's fun, it has a neat push/pull mechanic, and it's dirt cheap during Steam Sales. More of you need Shatter.
Posted: June 20
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
✓ Excellent soundtracks
✓ Pretty graphics and animations
✓ Interesting game mechanics
✓ DRM-free version exists
✓ Linux support!
Posted: October 2
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Shatter is about bouncing a projectile between your paddle/ship/etc. and various blocks you need to break to progress to the next stage. Power-ups occasionally drop from said blocks, and there are different varieties. That's all pretty basic. What sets Shatter apart is the beautiful backgrounds and setpieces in the game, as well as the unique features it adds. The most obvious is your ability to push away or draw in objects as you play, including the ball, the pickups, the fragments (points), and sometimes the blocks themselves. At first it's merely a nice feature for adjusting the path of the ball mid-flight, but later it becomes necessary to really properly progress through the game. Fortunately, Shatter does a good job of ramping up the necessity of using these features, so by the time you truly need to it's natural.

Another somewhat unusual feature is the concept of boss fights, not totally unseen in a block-breaker clone but rarely done well. Shatter does it quite well, I'm happy to say, and thanks to the aforementioned beautiful design of the game the bosses are visually satisfying in addition to challenging. The mechanics of each boss fight are similar but not identical, making you target specific vulnerable points while dodging whatever attacks the boss is capable of. The fights are also spaced evenly between the levels, giving you a nice change of pace to break up any monotony that might set in.

Difficulty wise, the game is not easy but not especially hard for an experienced player... at least when it comes to just surviving the game. If you want to rack up the high scores, well that will take some serious skill. The game's scoring system is simple on paper but hard to master, relying on a multiplier which increases with gathered fragments but decreases for any blocks which slip past your paddle or make contact with it (yes, they can do that). It provides a reason to replay the game for people who are all about the high scores, made even more attractive with the game virtually taunting you by showing you higher scores from any of your friends who also play the game. Devious, but effective.

Beyond all that the game is quite solid, featuring some unique types of blocks, interesting mechanics, varied arena shapes including circular, and a fun bonus round after each area where you have to keep three projectiles in the arena for as long as possible. I also really have to compliment the game's music, which is both fitting and kind of catchy. If you have any love for Kavinsky or Daft Punk you'll probably like the soundtrack.

Shatter is a fresh take on an old formula, one that adds some interesting new concepts without straying too far from the basic idea. It hits that perfect line of "easy to pick up yet difficult to master", and provides something you can either spend hours on or just pick up for a few minutes at a time.
Posted: June 7
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Clearly a breakout clone but the best I've played. There's a lot of variety and game modes to keep things interesting and the difficulty curve is well balanced.
Posted: June 22
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: January 4
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