A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The controls are basic and responsive, with touch controls even more accurate than the original arcade version. Difficulty comes in getting quickly overwhelmed by attacks.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of neon-infused explosions as players shoot down missiles, destroy spaceships, try to otherwise defend their bases. Overall style makes this look more like a flashy fireworks show than anything particularly violent.
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Products & Purchases
Game is free to play, with energy recharged either by waiting or by watching ads. There's an option for a one-time $2.99 purchase that will remove ads and grant unlimited energy.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Missile Command: Recharged is a free-to-play arcade game available for download on iOS and Android mobile devices. The game is a remake of the original Missile Command arcade classic, updated with touchscreen controls, revamped graphics and sound, and an augmented reality (AR) option with a nostalgic twist. The combat is filled with flashy explosions and neon lights, but nothing dramatic in the way of violence. The touch controls make it easy to pick up and play for gamers of all ages. While the game's free-to-play, there's an option for a one-time purchase that eliminates in-game ads and allows unlimited play.
Is It Any Good?
While the history of video game has given rise to plenty of classic titles, a few laid the foundation for an entire industry. Now, a full four decades after the debut of Atari's 1980 arcade hit, Missile Command, the skies need defending once again in Missile Command: Recharged. This is a neon-infused reimagining of the original game with its sights set on a whole new generation of gamers. The gameplay remains unchanged by and large, yet this new release does a fantastic job of stoking those feelings of gaming nostalgia while also feeling new and fresh.
Missile Command: Recharged makes use of its mobile release with new touch controls that improve the experience considerably from the days of spinning a trackball. It's much easier to head off your base's destruction by tapping ahead of the oncoming missiles. It still gets chaotic quickly as enemy fire begins to fall like rain, but it's an addictive experience that's difficult to put down. Players can even use the game's AR to place a virtual arcade cabinet, re-creating that authentic old-school arcade feel. The only thing missing is a handful of quarters. And speaking of quarters, while players can watch ads to recharge their energy and keep playing, the one-time $2.99 purchase for unlimited energy (which removes the in-game ads) is well worth picking up.
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