If you’re an older gamer like myself then you likely remember the game Missile Command that released on the Atari 2600 back in the 1980s. The game was fairly basic in its premise with you having to aim and fire missiles to destroy enemy missiles that were raining down from the sky at you. If you’re a fan of the game and wish you could play it again but with a little bit better visuals than Missile Command Recharged on the Nintendo Switch might be for you.
Recharged is pretty much the same game but with a fresh coat of paint and some other nice features. Your mission is to destroy the enemy missiles in the sky before they hit your bases placed at the bottom of the screen. If you lose all of your bases then it’s game over. Playing on the Nintendo Switch you have two different options for controls. You can either use the touch screen to tap where you want to fire or you can use the analog stick to manually aim. Both options felt good to me to play so I don’t think you can go wrong with either one.
The goal of the game is really to see how long you can last and to put up as high a score as you can. As time passes you can find power-ups on screen that can aid you such as the ability to heal damage done to your bases and more. Once you die your score is uploaded to the online leaderboards for you to compare against everyone else. If you’re a score chaser this will keep you playing but if you aren’t so much then the game will run out of steam quite fast for you. The points you earn do serve another purpose though. As you amass them you can then turn around and spend them on upgrades to help yourself last longer. These range from things such as faster weapon fire and more damage. It’s nice that they have these upgrades as it helps keep you wanting to play knowing that even when you fail you may have made progress towards doing better next time.
The only other thing worth mentioning about this game is the audio and visuals. The audio in the game is fine but it only has a single techno music track that just plays over and over. You’d think they could’ve at least had a few music tracks in there but sadly that isn’t the case. The visuals are really nice though with the art style in this version of the game having more of a neon look to it.
There is little more to Missile Command: Recharged outside of all that. 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. If you’re a score chaser fan it very much is worth the price.
*Missile Command: Recharged is available now on Nintendo Switch and PC. Reviewed on Nintendo Switch. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.