Shatter Review (PlayStation 3)

For this Shatter review, we play a game that is basically Arkanoid but not as we know it—giving us HD graphics, a banging soundtrack, and weapons. This is Arkanoid grown up and ready to play. Shatter is a retro-inspired brick-breaking game that merges familiar action with unique twists and a modern crafted production approach.

Shatter Review

Shatter Review Pros:

  • Lush, vibrant HD graphics.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Simple gameplay gives us a fresh take on the Arkanoid genre.
  • Change the way the projectile works with a blow-and-suck mechanic.
  • Get pickups such as weapons and extra lives.
  • Massive boss encounters.
  • Collect broken shards to charge up a super cannon to help break the remaining blocks.
  • Online leaderboard support.
  • Good soundtrack.
  • 3D animated backdrops.
  • Nice-paced campaign mode boasting over 7 hours of playtime dependent on your skill.
  • Unlock boss mode where you look to set the best clear time to defeat just the bosses.
  • Blocks in-game are physics-based meaning it can all get a bit crazy later on.
Shatter Review

Shatter Review Cons:

  • Levels can be really small and chaotic.
  • Boss battles are annoying and at the same time relatively cheap.
  • Can still suffer from the irritating, “Can’t hit the last block” syndrome.
  • You have to advance the story to unlock the other modes.

Shatter Review

The game is now delisted but here is a link to the remastered version.



In summary, this is a really nice to-play title. The leaderboards keep you coming back for more as you do high-score runs. It’s such a nice game to look at and indeed play. It offers new yet familiar gameplay and will be a game that you keep coming back to.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!