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Missile Command: Recharged

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Available on:PCMay 27, 2020
Nintendo SwitchMay 27, 2020

Developers: Atari, Nickervision Studios

Publisher: Atari

Genres: Action, Arcade

Fire missiles to protect your bases! A classic arcade game's back and recharged! Missile Command: Recharged is a re-imagining of the beloved classic with fast-paced, arcade action where players must defend their bases by blasting an endless barrage of missiles hailing from the sky. Launch counter-missiles to protect your base and target powerups to gain an edge at critical moments. Missile Command: Recharged will appeal to those that fondly remember playing the original or its many iterations, and a whole new generation of gamers that are looking for fast-paced, pick-up-and play, arcade goodness. Powered Up: Don’t just target missiles – take aim at all-new powerups to survive longer with defensive measures, silo repair, or a screen-clearing special blast. Upgraded: New powerup system takes points earned and allows them to be used to upgrade all aspects of gameplay to get an edge and achieve the highest scores. Shoot for the Clouds: Compete in global online leaderboards and aim to claim bragging rights as the top missile commander.

Missile Command: Recharged Critic Reviews

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All in all, Missile Command: Recharged is a good game. It doesn't mess with the gameplay design that the original established, but it does give you options and reasons to keep playing it.

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From a value perspective, the fleeting leaderboard-driven fun here is totally fine. From a gameplay perspective, I wish there was more than just leaderboard chasing to drive me forward. I might not be compelled to drop quarters into Missile Command: Recharged over and over again, but I'm happy it exists to bring back a landmark arcade game into modern times.

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Missile Command: Recharged on the Switch eShop, is a cheap release that doesn't do much… but does everything right. It's about just as straightforward as the 1980 coin-op, and it can be had for a little stack of quarters. It is therefore hard to complain at the simplicity, as what is available plays well, at least in handheld mode, and the experience does prove surprisingly addictive. Well, no, it's not so surprising, really - it already was addictive 40 years ago, even on Atari 2600, so it would be hard for it to not be so on the Switch. It may be simple and repetitive, but this is one which, installed on the system, can make a short bus ride or car trip much less dull.

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This new version is very much the same game as the 80’s version except with a cool neon look and some weapon upgrades. While the game doesn’t have much content it’s hard to not recommend with it only being priced at a few dollars.

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