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  • Summary: Project Spark is an open-world digital canvas that enables anyone to build, play and share whatever they can imagine and create in the game. Its a powerful, yet simple way to build and play your own worlds, stories and games. Share all of your creations with a dynamic community and play whatProject Spark is an open-world digital canvas that enables anyone to build, play and share whatever they can imagine and create in the game. Its a powerful, yet simple way to build and play your own worlds, stories and games. Share all of your creations with a dynamic community and play what the community makes. Project Spark brings creation to life and presents endless opportunities for play across Xbox One, Windows 8 and Xbox 360. Expand
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  1. Oct 17, 2014
    80
    Project Spark is an imaginative and rewarding game about making games. It's tough, but worth the work.
  2. Oct 22, 2014
    68
    At first glance this is a dream come true for creative gamers. The custom worlds look neat, the mechanics give you a lot of freedom from action-adventures up to sports games and retro revivals. But you’ll definitely need to spend more time to get decent results than in the LittleBigPlanet-series. On top of that there is a distinct in-app-purchase-flavor.
  3. Mar 4, 2015
    55
    It’s more of a LittleBigPlanet than a new Minecraft. It’s fun and cute, but because it’s neither a really powerful editor nor a full-fledged game, I don’t think it will find many admirers. [02/2015, p.56]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Dec 4, 2014
    7
    Comparising this to Littlebigplanet is just childish.
    Microsoft has announced some good new franchises at E3 2014 and i have to say that i am
    Comparising this to Littlebigplanet is just childish.
    Microsoft has announced some good new franchises at E3 2014 and i have to say that i am slightly interessed but also a bit dull about this game.
    It's not awful but it's not a masterpiece.
    I would rate this between 5-7. I don't understand why this gets a 3 and the XBONE version has a 7?
    Ps4 fanboys, please stop by going to XBONE games and rate them a 0 because they won't come to your console. (I'm not defending the Xbox fans but i'm not against them)
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  2. Oct 15, 2014
    5
    What is right:
    -Nice graphics.
    -Able to create games. -Terrain modeling is quite stunning. What is bad -The UI (for design a game) is
    What is right:
    -Nice graphics.
    -Able to create games.
    -Terrain modeling is quite stunning.

    What is bad
    -The UI (for design a game) is pretty but dysfunctional.
    -The game lags even on a i7.
    -The "free" asserts are horrible and limited.
    -Even when it allows to assigns ai, add asserts and model the terrain, this program (as a editing tool) feels really limited. This limits joined with the limited of the free asserts are simply spoiling the whole creation experience.

    What is awful
    -Micro-transactions, even the beta has micro-transactions.
    -The game is pay per time.

    I give a 5 only because i have faith in the common sense of Microsoft Studio.
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  3. Jan 24, 2015
    5
    I want this to be an objective Review:

    "Project Spark is a powerful, yet simple way to build and play your own worlds, stories and games."
    I want this to be an objective Review:

    "Project Spark is a powerful, yet simple way to build and play your own worlds, stories and games." This bold, and opening statement laid out directly on the front of their website, I cannot agree with at all.

    Powerful? - How so? With limitations such as 30fps; unusable metrics (that have to be purchased to be used) that don't present useful or helpful info, just basic number counts; or the large set of brains, and characters that barely function and could easily be regarded to as lazy programming.

    Simple? - Like the 1000 hours it takes to begin to understand how to Kode due to the complete lack of any sort of compendium of information regarding the language (unless you LOVE watching 10,000 hours of Youtube videos). With no one ever willing to help explain or lay out the aspects of what we don't see. Or how about the fact that every patch breaks something, and they don't tell you, they just hope you don't realize and as a result it's up to your best guess (or excellence with research) to know anything.

    Games? - No, no one is making any games in Project Spark. That's never going to happen. And if it does, I have to say that person is a fool, or a paid fool. Neither of which anyone should aspire to be. A game is more than a few poorly programmed AI smacking a few other poorly programmed AI with absolutely no UI and over a dozen bugs at every corner. If you want to make games, please go learn what it takes to make a game. Please go learn actual programming languages. It will be easier, more rewarding, and your friends/family won't look at you as if you're just playing with some Children's Legos.

    Project Spark was perhaps released a bit too soon. Considering Win8 isn't the most popular system, and with Win10 around the corner, I could even argue that it was a wise decision to release in October as they did, to encourage Win8 to further stomp out the issues to prepare for Win10. Or perhaps it was a result of desperation, it's difficult to tell since as we close in on February, a slew of game breaking issues have been fixed, but there still remains an enormous pile of simple tasks that have yet to even be touched. In my book, that suggests laziness. I hear excuses constantly "small team" "trying their best" well, I'm sorry, October to February, how long are we supposed to wait until Project Spark is actually released in any sort of manner that you continue to promise?

    I'd have to say these people are obvious Amateurs. We as humans make mistakes on a daily basis, and a lot of the time we can't handle the reality that we messed up, or were lying. We continually try to justify every one of our actions with some kind of explanation. I don't care for that, I look for 1 thing, and 1 thing only, action. Action which I see very little from other than ONE Community Manager, SparkBrian. Who was only hired on near the end of 2014.

    There is so much to slam this "game" for, but I only have 5000 characters max to express to you what I see.

    Considering Project Sparks limitations (especially on PC), it still can't compete with the majority of top-end games out there, but it's not even in the same Category really, so we shouldn't be look at it that way. Compare it to game making Software like RPG Maker for instance, and it's a colossal step up, no doubt about that. And that's more of the category it fits in.

    I wish Project Spark could've been more. It had promise, it had potential, but that's all clearly going to waste without me having to say anything. You can be delusional and pray for the best every day, or you can be realistic and realize there are much better things you can be spending your time on in a day, than Project Spark. If learning is your goal, learn something else, that's my advice. It will save you some regrets.

    I've attempted to remain positive in this atmosphere for a long time (not an easy thing for me to do), and no where do I claim that I can do better than these people or what they're trying to do. I do however claim that I'm not dumb enough to try or pretend to.

    What is Project Spark? A question 4 months I've been asking myself and still can't answer. It's not a game, it's not really a game making tool (since it's pretty haphazard, lacks a ton of basic tool functions, and provides no opportunity for anyone using it). The community managers struggle to keep the peace, but do so by squashing any doubt with baseless promises (he said she said), that and a lot of the community is young and lack knowledge.

    If anything, Project Spark is a great example of "What not to do when creating a game" if there ever was one. As in, don't attempt to grab something outside of your reach without first taking whatever steps necessary to understand and know how to extend said reach.

    If you have thousands of hours, PS has plenty of examples (and is itself one) of what not to do. That is what Project Spark has taught me.

    Words of the Day:
    Complacency and Delusion
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  4. Oct 17, 2014
    1
    Yeah, no wonder it's free. I've done the beta for a long while, and while it was interesting in the beginning. It's just fails at everythingYeah, no wonder it's free. I've done the beta for a long while, and while it was interesting in the beginning. It's just fails at everything it tries to be and now they released it as f2p. Just skip this mess. Expand
  5. Oct 14, 2014
    0
    This game tries to be Littlebigplanet and fails at every level. How about some innovation from Microsoft and not copying everyone else orThis game tries to be Littlebigplanet and fails at every level. How about some innovation from Microsoft and not copying everyone else or buying multiplatform titles. I'm glad I bought Minecraft before Microsoft took over. I sold it immediately. Expand
  6. Oct 7, 2014
    0
    A PC release that REQUIRES windows 8.1? Especially when Microsoft knows it is nearly as unpopular as vista? Bad move. Really really bad move.A PC release that REQUIRES windows 8.1? Especially when Microsoft knows it is nearly as unpopular as vista? Bad move. Really really bad move. Microsoft needs to pull its head out of its collective backside and start listening to its customers rather than trying to force our hand. This is a game I'll never play so long as it is only available on windows 8 Expand