When a stack consisting of layers of soft elastomer and thin metallic film is subjected to low intensity impact by releasing an axisymmetric spherical indenter from a vertical height, the foils buried within the stack undergoes large deformation and fracture. The shape of the deformed area nevertheless remains circular, its radius first increases with the depth from the surface of the stack and then decreases. In contrast, here we show that the symmetry of the deformed area breaks down when instead of a smooth elastomeric layer, one with topographical patterns is used in the stack. The metallic foil deforms through a polygonal area. The size and shape of the polygonal area vary with the flexibility of foil, geometry and dimension of the patterns and the intensity of the impact. For example, for one elastomeric layer decorated with pillars arranged in a square array, the damaged area turns rectangular to hexagonal and then to octagonal with increasing severity of impact, very much similar to polygonal wetting and spreading by a liquid on a patterned substrate. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.