Missile Command: Recharged

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Defend the skies in modern remake of the arcade classic.

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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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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.

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What 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.

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What's it about?

MISSILE COMMAND: RECHARGED reimagines the classic base defense arcade game for a new generation, complete with new graphics and sounds, touch-based controls, a new power-up system for upgrading your base, and online leaderboards. Players must once again defend their bases from an onslaught of missiles. You'll use explosive countermeasures to blow the ballistics out of the sky, shoot down flying spaceships, and blast special targets to temporarily gain an extra advantage against the oncoming invaders. You'll also enjoy full-screen gameplay on your mobile device, or feed your nostalgia by using the game's augmented reality (AR) feature to project a virtual arcade cabinet anywhere you choose.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the history of video games. What are some timeless classics from the early days of arcade gaming? How did these games lay the foundation for modern gaming?

  • What are some ways that developers revisit classic franchises and update them for modern audiences? What's the appeal of revisiting these classics and what can they still offer to fans?

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