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Missile Command: Recharged

Atari, Nickervision Studios
May 27, 2020 - PC, Nintendo Switch
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

60%

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8 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Missile Command: Recharged

Missile Command: Recharged is the upgrade you didn't think you needed. It's new missions and graphical polish is a very nice touch. I'd dare say this is one of the first tower defense/bullet hell games, and Atari never skimps on delivering the "hell" part of that equation. With snappy controls, and a cool soundtrack, Missile Command: Recharged will keep you on your toes, for as long as it wants to.

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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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Missile Command: Recharged still has the underpinnings of the Atari classic holding everything together, but the upgrade system is a double-edged sword that has the potential to break the game. Though this is not a dealbreaker, this change unfortunately trades skill for grinding.

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It might not be packed with content, but Missile Command: Recharged is an engaging new take on an arcade staple.

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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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Missile Command: Recharged is a better game in 2022 than it was in 2020 as the team clearly listened to feedback. There is more to sink your teeth into here and the presentation got a nice touch up too. Some things like the controls on console and grinding to unlock stuff can be a bit of a downer but this is worth checking out nonetheless for fans of the series or score chasers.

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If you've enjoyed seeing Atari dig into its back catalog and remake old arcade experiences with modern sensibilities and features, the "2.0" version of Missile Command: Recharged will almost certainly land a direct hit. If you've never cared for previous iterations of this missile defense simulator, there might not be enough here to sway you.

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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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