Breakout: Recharged Reviews
While there is fun to be had with Breakout Recharged, I really can't suggest you go out and buy it at lunch. At $10 the game is simply overpriced and not worth your time. When the game is finally on sale, that would be the best time to experience this version of Breakout. Otherwise there's a really good Atari Flashback Collection on Switch, which is a much better investment to enjoy these classic games.
There's not much to say about Breakout: Recharged other than it's a decent-looking revamp of Breakout. The gameplay is still a lot of fun, which is why official and unofficial Breakout games have been released on so many platforms over the years. The Breakout: Recharged package doesn't add much outside of its endless arcade mode. Breakout: Recharged may be a budget game, but the original Breakout is something that can be played for free within Google, so it's harder to justify paying for a new version of the game when it's already available in so many places.
The problem with Breakout: Recharged is being asked to pay the thick end of a tenner for something that doesn't re-invent the wheel, and can be experienced better elsewhere. Sadly it just represents poor value.
The main problem with Breakout: Recharged is that the block breaking formula has spawned literal hundreds of different games over the past decades, a good chunk of them featuring more gameplay elements and content than this one. Why should I pick this one up instead of a Taito collection featuring Arkanoid or one of the dozens of Breakout clones published by Sometimes You? The only thing going for Breakout: Recharged is the authenticity badge it carries, the fact it is the return of the original block breaker franchise.
Breakout: Recharged features a standard brick-breaking concept that still resonates today, and the addition of power-ups is a nice touch. However, those changes only bring it on par with what others did in the space decades ago, and when compared to a few of the other brick-breaking games on the Switch alone, this feels rather bare-bones. You can give it a shot if the name Breakout strikes a chord, but don't be surprised if it doesn't draw you in like the other modern brick-breaking games.
Atari's Recharged series has produced some fantastic remakes of classic arcade hits, but that series' latest entry, Breakout Recharged, is definitely its weakest so far. That's less the fault of the dev teams or the work they've put into these releases, and more the core game itself, as the original Breakout could only receive so much modernization before becoming a totally different game. The result is that Breakout Recharged will satisfy a specific segment of players who can enjoy its more simplistic gameplay, while leaving most everyone else wishing there'd be more to see and break here.
Breakout: Recharged is a safe game. Definitely not the biggest innovation in the “block breaker” genre. Much of what it offers has been seen in the past, and some gameplay issues end up getting in the way. However, the title is still a competent arcade release, with strategic gameplay, plenty of replayability and challenges that, when not based on luck, entertain while they last.
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Unlike the other titles in the “series”, Breakout: Recharged is more of a safe choice than an attempt to please nostalgic fans. It can even guarantee itself as a stand-alone title, but for those who want to revisit all the revamped Atari classics, this one might disappoint a little.
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Breakout still has a lot to offer thanks to its catchy gameplay. The new neon visual adds a fresh touch to the game, but sometimes you get lost in all the effects and explosions on the screen, and the controls could also be more responsive.
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Breakout: Recharged is a fun spin on the classic formula but one that isn’t as memorable as some other games in recent years. It plays good and it’s nice that you can play pretty much all the modes with a friend locally. Fans of Arkanoid and Breakout games will enjoy it so long as they aren’t looking for something that changes up the formula drastically.
I can easily say that Breakout: Recharged is my favourite Atari Recharged game so far. From its tried-and-true core gameplay that has been duplicated countless times over the decades to its clever modernizations, it's a must-have for anyone who loves breaking bricks.
The developer knew to keep the focus on the fundamentals - multiple game modes to keep things fresh, a way to play with friends, leaderboards, and a clean look. If you're not a fan of brick breakers, then this won't convert you. But if the last one you played was Arkanoid, then you're in for a fun revisit.
Breakout: Recharged is a simple affair, but it’s a wonderful recreation of a classic game. A great job has been done in modernising Breakout, and the new challenge mode makes it a worthwhile investment. It may be available on PC, PlayStation and Xbox too, but it feels particularly at home on Switch, where the handheld format makes it perfect to pick up and play in short bursts.
It’s not perfect, but for the five hours of core single-player gaming you’ll get out of its challenge mode–and many more that casuals and die-hards alike will glean from its simple arcade mode and online leaderboards–it’s a sound casual investment.