Being a fan of Zuma and similar games, I had wanted to pick up Sparkle for a while now. I decided to wait until it was on sale because I figured it would be on sale sooner or later or it would eventually be free with PS+. After downloading this game I immediately started playing and here’s what I thought.
I was surprised to see that Sparkle 2 had an actual story to it. It’s up to you to pick up the five keys throughout the forest in order to enter this mysterious portal at the end. Each key has a different pathway to it leading you through different levels throughout the whole game. It isn’t much, but it’s something and it shows that effort was put into it.
It’s easy to get caught up in this game and play for much longer then you intended to. Wanting to only play for half an hour turned into playing for two hours and completely losing track of time. The different levels of difficulty and the different enchantment combinations will keep things interesting as you work your way through 92 levels. There’s also challenges and survival mode to keep you playing even longer.
The playability for this game is pretty simple. You line up the colored balls and shoot them at the other colored balls. Make a match of 3 or more of the same colored balls and you’ll take those balls off of the board. The balls will keep coming until the level is over, just make sure that you don’t let them go into the hole at the end of the line that the balls are following. You’ll also have power ups that appear on the board every time you make a combo of three which will help you out along the way.
I wasn’t expecting much graphic wise from this game, but I was very impressed with the amount of detail that went into the graphics. Being used to the Zuma type graphics, that’s what I was expecting when I first went into this game. The graphics are similar but they’re also more detailed and crisper. I liked that they were similar but also different in a sense that they were more evolved.
There are a total of 14 different trophies for this game. All of them are extremely simple to get and just require you to play the game. You’ll have to play the game at all three different levels of difficulty, survive endless mode for the different levels, and complete all of the challenges. While nightmare mode isn’t all that easy, it’ll take some time, patience, and the right enchantments hooked up, it’s still really do able. All you have to do is invest the time into it and these trophies should be a breeze.
There’s no multiplayer for this game and I like to consider that a good thing.
Overall I give this game a 4 out of 5
+ There’s an actual story that goes with the game and it shows that a lot of effort went into it.
+ Very easy to get caught up and just keep playing for hours.
+ Nice graphics.
+ Offers a lot of different modes to keep things interesting.
What’s Not So Great:
– Harder levels get a little frustrating at times.
Sparkle 2 is a fun little game that offers a hell of a lot of play time for not a lot of money. If you’re a fan of Zuma and Zuma type games I would definitely recommend giving this game a chance.