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Shatter is a modern take on the video game classic Breakout. Like in the original game, the player has to bounce a ball off a bat to hit stones which break on impact. Shatter introduces a couple of new twists to the genre. The player is able to influence the ball's direction by either pushing it away from the bat or pulling it in. Some of the stones manipulate gravity and change the ball's flight path. And yet other stones explode on impact or fly away in a certain direction. There are also rotated or oddly-shaped playfields, with general Sci-Fi theme.

Certain stones hold power-ups such as a manoeuvrable ball, extra lives, a stronger ball that dives through most stones without bouncing back, and more. Broken stones also release blue fragments that can be collected. These are added to a meter and when it is full, a shard storm can be unleashed. As influencing the ball's trajectory can also attack loose stones, the bat has an optional shield to protect itself.

The game has different modes and not all of them are available right away. There is a story mode that follows the bat through 10 worlds. It progressively introduces new gameplay elements to the player. Each world has a boss to defeat, all of which can be fought later in the unlockable boss mode. Another mode consists of bonus rounds, where the player has to knock back balls to gain a high score. These are also played after defeating a boss mode in the story mode. The other game modes are endless, endless co-op, time attack and time attack co-op.


Shatter Windows Bonus level
Shatter Windows Pushing back the bricks with force
Shatter Windows A massive hit on a level boss
Shatter Windows A difficult wave in the last world

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Digital Chumps PlayStation 3 Jul 24, 2009 9.2 out of 10 92
Game Chronicles Windows Apr 11, 2010 9 out of 10 90
IGN PlayStation 3 Jul 21, 2009 9 out of 10 90
NZGamer PlayStation 3 Jul 23, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
4Players.de Windows Apr 01, 2010 85 out of 100 85
4Players.de PlayStation 3 Jul 27, 2009 83 out of 100 83
Thunderbolt Games PlayStation 3 Jul 29, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Windows Apr 05, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 3 Aug 06, 2010 16 out of 20 80
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Aug 06, 2010 16 out of 20 80


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1001 Video Games

Shatter appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • IGN
    • 2009 - named Best PlayStation Store Game (Game of the Year Editors' Awards)

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