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Gaming Age (Jul 30, 2009)
All together, Shatter is a fantastic title on the PSN, and one that nobody should overlook. It'll easily appeal to all players, and manages to turn a pretty stale formula on it's ear without really tossing a great deal of new play mechanics your way. It's still an Arkanoid variant, sure, but it's the best damn version of Arkanoid you're going to play.
Digital Chumps (Jul 24, 2009)
Having now completed the story, I've been spending my time in the Boss Rush mode and in re-playing the story to try to improve my high score. My friends are starting to get on board with Shatter as well and the friendly, but sincere, competetion between us is starting to heat up. To this point, I've put in about ten hours into Shatter, which is already well worth the $8 price. Shatter will have a permanent place on my PS3, just like Gripshift, and I predict I'll be playing this one for a long time to come.
Finalboss (Jul 27, 2009)
Se você torce o nariz para qualquer jogo que seja clone de um título famoso/clássico, repense suas atitudes. Shatter pode ser uma variação de Arkanoid, mas é tão divertido e adiciona tantos novos elementos que a ''cópia'' é altamente perdoável. Some isso ao belo visual e à música, que é alucinante, e temos um belo jogo para se aproveitar por um bom tempo. Seu valor de replay é alto, graças ao sistema de leaderboards, ainda que não funcionando muito bem (aguardamos um patch Sidhe Interactive!), e aos troféus, que são até relativamente fáceis. Se tudo isso não fosse o suficiente, Shatter custa apenas US$ 7,99 (cerca de R$ 16) e ocupa menos de 200MB, perfeito até mesmo para aqueles que estão com pouco espaço no HD do PlayStation 3.
IGN (Jul 21, 2009)
Shatter is a delight from beginning to end. The new ideas it brings to the table for this aging genre will make it hard to go back to Arkanoid. A multiplayer mode or something more substantial to do after completing the story would have been nice, but those minor disappointments don't keep this from being a must-play game. Shatter stands right up there with Breakout and Arkanoid as one of (if not the) best brick-breaking games ever made.
PSX Extreme (Jul 25, 2009)
For the cost and time involved (it won’t take more than a few minutes to download), Shatter is an absolute must-buy. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
Hooked Gamers (Jul 27, 2009)
For $8, Shatter is totally worth your time; it is beautiful, unique, and most of all, fun. It takes a tired genre and turns it into something new and original, and it might just be one of the PlayStation Network's best exclusive games to date. Unless you are into high scores, it's not the longest lasting game, but it lasts about as long as a block-breaking game should, and the promise of DLC has me pumped. Shatter is another must-own PlayStation Network title, and puzzle game fans will find plenty to love in its retro gameplay and art style. Buy it!
Gamer Limit (Jul 27, 2009)
Shatter has so many great things going for it that the minor gripes it has can easily be overlooked. It mixes old-school gameplay with fresh new physics based control mechanics, beautiful graphics, an incredible original soundtrack and packages it all together for the reasonable sum of $7.99. This is the must own PSN game of the summer, so what are you waiting for? Go buy it!
90 (Aug 02, 2009)
Shatter takes the classic Breakout and improves on every aspect of it, if you are old enough to remember that classic title or have been recently hooked on the similar Ice Breaker title from Playstation Home, then once you download this you are going to be in for a real treat. There is no doubt that Shatter is one of the best games that you will play on PSN this year, it offers a real good challenge, looks fantastic and is also very addictive, so what more can you ask for in a Arcade title? We say buy this now because you won’t regret it.
NZGamer (Jul 23, 2009)
So does it all work? Is it fun? Well, yes. Taken as a whole, Shatter combines well-thought-out gameplay with a highly polished and immersive aesthetic. Only a particular type of person need apply, perhaps, but if you’re into Geometry Wars or other score-based titles, Shatter should keep you satisfied. At NZ $10 on the PlayStation Network, it represents a lot of bang for your buck.
Game Observer (Aug 11, 2009)
Hits the ball breaker formula at a slightly different angle by adding a few twists to an old formula and by giving players a colorful and joyful experience.
83 (Jul 27, 2009)
Die Entwickler aus Downunder haben ganze Arbeit geleistet: Kaum etwas an Shatter erinnert noch an das angestaubte Original-Breakout. Überall fliegen bunt glühende Splitter über den Bildschirm, es gibt fette Bosskämpfe, einen zum Heulen schönen Soundtrack und einige neue spielerischer Feinheiten. Mit dem Ideenreichtum von Nervous Brickdown kann das Spiel zwar nicht mithalten, im Gegenzug wirken die wenigen vorhandenen Neuerungen sehr durchdacht: Mit Hilfe der Kombi aus Staubsauger und Laubgebläse lassen sich Bonus-Splitter einsaugen, herumtrudelnde Blöcke auf Abstand halten und andere praktische Dinge bewerkstelligen. Leider konnten sich die Entwickler offenbar nicht entscheiden, ob sie den Fokus auf die Kampagne oder die Highscore-Jagd legen sollten. Erstere ist zwar abwechslungsreich, fällt für meinen Geschmack aber zu leicht aus.
80 (UK) (Aug 06, 2009)
In the end, Shatter is an engrossing, smart, beautifully conceived and executed arcade game, but it doesn't quite have the score-racking purity of purpose that makes a Geometry Wars, Pac-Man CE or Out Run Online Arcade so endlessly compelling. Once you've beaten it, which won't take long, you'll move on - but it's a blissful spell while it lasts, an absolute steal at £4.79, and a definite feather in PSN's cap. And you can always boot it up again just to listen to the music.
Retro Spirit Games (Feb 28, 2013)
Shatter comes highly recommended and is an inventive and brilliant new take on one of the oldest game genres around.
80 (Aug 06, 2010)
Tout peut arriver, on peut être surpris par un casse-briques. Accrocheur et addictif, Shatter dépoussière le genre et lui donne un air tout ce qu'il y a de plus moderne. Pour un prix qui va de 6 à 8 euros selon le support, les amateurs de softs chronophages, les adeptes du high score ou encore ceux qui cherchent à renouer avec avec leurs tendres années sans pour autant soulever la poussière peuvent foncer sans hésiter.
Giant Bomb (Jul 27, 2009)
So with that in mind, Shatter is best-suited to people who have a friends list full of scoreboard fiends. That's what'll bring replay value to a game that's only going to take you a couple of hours to see in its entirety. But even if you're not that type of player, Shatter still has enough style and action in it to be worth checking out.
GameSpot (Jul 28, 2009)
Shatter wears its retro inspiration proudly in its visuals and the simple bleeps and bloops that serve as the occasional sound effects, but you don't need to be a fan of the games that inspired it or old enough to remember when they were introduced to enjoy Shatter. It's that rare game that builds on existing concepts in such a way as to create something entirely new while holding onto what made those concepts so compelling in the first place. Priced at a reasonable $7.99, Shatter's irresistible action, and the fact that it constantly taunts you with the next highest score on your friends' leaderboards, will make it an experience you'll keep coming back to long after you've smashed the final boss into a million little pieces.
Thunderbolt Games (Jul 29, 2009)
As a tribute to Amiga-era retro gaming, Shatter is a resounding success. It has a perfect price point at just £4.79/$5.99, and represents a worthy successor to Super Stardust HD as possibly the most addictive game on PSN.
Tech-Gaming (Jul 28, 2009)
Shatter is a competant game with a very reasonable price of $7.99 USD; fans of Breakout-like games should be quite pleased with it. It just feels somewhat lacking in content. After beating the game, you may find a bit of fun in the Geometry Wars-style leaderboards (though I had some difficulty loading some of the tables). The meager boss rush and bonus stage modes don't make up for a lack of any cooperative mode or level editor in a game that screams for them. Maybe some DLC could cure the itch.
1UP (Jul 23, 2009)
Shatter is a bit brief, with 10 worlds you can blow through in a couple of days and two extra endurance modes, but it's enjoyable enough to justify a purchase (FYI, it's $7.99 on the PlayStation Store). It's a fine interpretation of the old brick-breaker style, and it should keep you entertained, even if it's only once or twice.
Totally Gaming Network (Jul 28, 2009)
So far we’ve seen a few other Breakout-style games hit the PSN Store, and Shatter joins their ranks as one of those titles that looks initially promising, but swiftly becomes a bit of a chore. When the whole idea of playing games is to enjoy yourself, then there really aren’t enough hours in the day to tackle something that’s got such a short burst of appeal tacked around an age old game dynamic. Slick it might be, but essential it isn’t. (Aug 11, 2009)
If you like brick-breaking games, Shatter is a must have. Even if you don’t like these types of games, Shatter could be for you. Shatter is a combination of solid action, beautiful graphics, excellent sound and a ton of fun for a modest $8 price tag. Thumbs up!

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