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Missile Command: Recharged

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Defend the skies in modern remake of the arcade classic.

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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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 26, 2020
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Topics: Space and Aliens
  • Publisher: Atari
  • Version: 0.52
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or higher; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: March 26, 2020

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