Sparkle 2 releases on Xbox One after the launch of Sparkle spin-off title “Sparkle Unleashed” which released in June 2015 from developer 10tons Ltd. It’s a classic match 3 orb game with levels set across a map with the aim to match all the orbs on a level and see the story through to the end.
What it’s about…
A long time ago, five keys were created. These enchanted keys are supposed to open a lock which guards something valuable. The keys were scattered across these lands forever locked between night and day. Many have tried to search for the keys, but they still remain undiscovered. Will you be the one to unravel the mystery, or will you become yet another soul consumed by the search?
As well as the overarching story there are 3 bonus modes to the game one of which has been made especially for the Xbox One version: Survival Mode where you need to last as long as you can and you earn stars for how long you stay alive (160 to be earned in total), Challenge mode with various difficulties of levels spread across 24 levels and Cataclysm which is new for this version and your aim is to restore order by completing much more challenging cataclysmic levels.
With all the bonus modes and the regular story mode map which has over 90 levels there is a lot of content in the game.
The core gameplay of the title is very good, it’s very simple needing to match at least 3 orbs of the same colour together as they move round the track but there is also a variety of power-ups to collect which and various enchantments to choose from to enhance your orb slinger, these are unlocked as you progress through the story and there is a nice choice of options to suit each played.
There is a ton of content in the game which will really challenge you to finish it as well as a scaling difficulty across the story mode and all the other game modes, its at its best when its more difficult with more thought needed on where to fire orbs and have to use power-ups effectively. The extra modes are really nice for adding longevity to the game after the story mode has been completed, there is so much to that if you are really enjoying the game you will find plenty of reasons to come back to it.
It’s really easy to play for as long as you want, if you want to play which waiting for a friend to get ready for something else you can do a quick level or two if it suits you or if you really get into it and enjoy the challenge the different modes will keep you going for extended sessions if it suits you.
The presentation, graphics and music are quite nice too, a minor point really but it was just something I noticed.
Whats not so good?
There are a bunch of modes which is nice, more content is always good but I feel they might be a bit too similar in some ways, the survival (endless) mode is a nice touch which I really like especially as it gives you a choice of all the different levels too but combined with Challenge and Cataclysm perhaps there could be something else to mix it up a bit.
It’s similar to what I said about Sparkle Unleashed and I feel that if this is the biggest concern I have with the game then it’s doing pretty well on that front.
The achievements for the most part are simple and some will be unlocked as you progress through the different modes but a few of the 14 achievements will take you a long while with points to be awarded for completing all of Challenge, Survival as well as the main quest on normal, hard and nightmare difficulties so they will take you quite a while to get them all even if your skill level is quite high.
Sparkle 2 is a fun and inexpensive classic match 3 orb game, there is a ton of content and the core gameplay is enjoyable with a lot of choices and increasing difficulty for those that really like it. If you aren’t into this type of game then Sparkle 2 probably won’t sway you round but as someone that does like them its fun and nice game to play which can be good for a variety