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  • Summary: Project Spark gives players the power to build, play, and share their very own games and worlds on the Xbox One.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Oct 17, 2014
    86
    Surprising and versatile, Project Spark is a very nice videogame editor, with some issues due to its young age and a potentially bright future ahead.
  2. Oct 23, 2014
    80
    As soon as you invest the requisite time and a bit of cash in Project Spark, you'll find it to be a wonderful tool that leaves little to be desired.
  3. Dec 18, 2014
    80
    Project Spark won't have you churning out incredible games like a development powerhouse. It will, however, provide you an accessible set of tools and assets to begin the process of bringing your dream games to life. This won't happen overnight, so plan on spending a lot of time here if you are ever going to make something memorable.
  4. Oct 15, 2014
    75
    Plenty of options and easy to use creation tools, Project Spark is a very deep free to play game creator - simulator.
  5. Nov 26, 2014
    75
    For the creators out there, check out the free version to see if you can come to grips with the system, but dive in to the Starter pack if you want a wider range of elements to jumpstart your creative endeavors.
  6. Nov 17, 2014
    70
    Project Spark could collapse without a more robust curation system to highlight the creations that need playing. [Issue#154, p.118]
  7. 50
    Project Spark's good intentions are undermined by mechanical and economic shortcomings. [Issue#118, p.68]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Oct 10, 2014
    10
    This is my favorite Xbox One game, and actually beats out several other games I've played over the years. I've been playing since the betaThis is my favorite Xbox One game, and actually beats out several other games I've played over the years. I've been playing since the beta version and haven't stopped. Few games fuel my interest and drive to create, while providing.

    As Spark grows, so do we. I think in years to come better and better creations will come of this. The best is yet to come, but if the past few days of the release are any indication, we've only seen the beginning. Yes, this is coming from someone with a level 50 and tons of achievements, but I've earned them all with over 800 hours of play during the beta, and I don't plan on ever slowing down. The first thing I do when I get home from work is look at my downloads, see who played my games, and then begin working on leveling up my characters, doing challenges, and finally improving on and creating new games. It's a lot of work, but well worth it in the end. Keep up the great work Team Dakota!
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  2. Mar 15, 2015
    10
    amazing game. I have no idea why this is scoring so low. if you like creating thing you will like this, if you don't see any games out thereamazing game. I have no idea why this is scoring so low. if you like creating thing you will like this, if you don't see any games out there you like then make your own why don't you. this is what you do in project spark simply an awesome game and the programming side isn't even that hard I mean if I can do it anyone can. best game on xbox one ATM hands down. Expand
  3. Nov 19, 2014
    9
    Impressive 'tool box' for gaming fun. As I'm not a programmer, my skills are limited but Spark allows me to exceed my skill by a substantialImpressive 'tool box' for gaming fun. As I'm not a programmer, my skills are limited but Spark allows me to exceed my skill by a substantial distance.
    Honestly, you won't be downloading any of my 'games' on Spark as I have yet to complete one to the level I think required to share with others.
    The real magic for us non-programmers is that we have access to all the goodies the real programmers and tinkerers with more patience than me will come up with. I've already seen some submissions that look and play better than other indy games available. Keep them coming!
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  4. Apr 7, 2015
    7
    I originally gave the beta of this a 3. But I have played the full version now after 10 month hiatus and I am impressed. There is a lot ofI originally gave the beta of this a 3. But I have played the full version now after 10 month hiatus and I am impressed. There is a lot of content in this game. You can just jump in and play others or team Dakotas creations or you can tackle the level editor which has a fairly steep learning curve but it's intuitive once you get used to it. I look forward to seeing this game improve even more over time. I would score higher if it costs money upfront instead of paying for everything in game. Expand
  5. Jan 18, 2015
    6
    To be honest, I didn't even know the game had come out until I was browsing in store. Not to mention, I wouldn't of thought that the xbox oneTo be honest, I didn't even know the game had come out until I was browsing in store. Not to mention, I wouldn't of thought that the xbox one edition would receive a physical copy.

    Since there isn't really an in depth user review, I thought I would do it so people know the ups and downs.

    I did not expect much of this game, and I was actually quite blown away. But be warned, it's a very steep learning curve, and if you don't have the time nor patience, then you won't be enjoying this game to the fullest.

    I'll start with what's great and work towards what's not. To start off, the graphics are very nice, it has a few frame rate issues, but you can't deny it's beauty. The tutorial is very informative, so there is no need to worry about having to figure out everything on your own. The tools are very powerful, it includes shaping tools, so you can shape the land to what ever you desire (once you figure out how to use it to its full extent.) You will find yourself spending many hours figuring out what game you want to make and how you are going to approach it. The "programming" part has a lot of options, and you can make different things do all sorts of stuff. There is an option to create with a little help from "Pre-programmed" material, which is what I used often and would change a couple of things to my liking. Searching through community built games is fun, and it's exciting to try out people's games and it helps you know what things you could eventually do. There is I'm sure other great things the game offers, but for now I would like to move onto the not so good.

    To start, I would like to mention, that this is all from personal opinion and having played the game for at least 30+ hours.

    The one thing that annoyed me, was the developers of this "game" or building "tool" which ever way you see it. Made it out to be this revolutionary thing, which you could create and make any game you want. Which is completely not true, at all! It is still very limited, you definitely won't be seeing the next big game come from this. Which brings me to my next point. The controls are very awkward and can get extremely annoying from time to time, making it difficult to do things you want.

    The world is nothing too exciting either. At first glance it feels like you have a lot to play around with. But the more you build, the more you will start to realize, the land you have runs out very quick. They tried to make the "programming" part easy, in game it's called the brain. I couldn't help to scratch my head that they decided to go down that path. I could think of better ways to do it, just off the top of my head.

    Finally this brings me to what I thought was the main down side. Everything "good" and I mean literally everything, is locked behind a pay wall. Sure you can level up and unlock this stuff, but it takes a very, and I mean a very long time to reach that. By then you'll be giving up and buying it with your hard earned cash. If I'm paying for a game, I would like to be able to experience at least almost the full thing. more than half the stuff is locked behind a pay wall.

    After playing this game for 30+ hours it doesn't feel like it's as powerful as the developers made it out to be. I remember playing forge on Halo Reach, and that felt more powerful than this, not to mention the land was much bigger. And, that was only a bonus you get with purchasing the full game.

    With that aside, I did enjoy this game and still do enjoy it at times. If there wasn't so much of the game locked behind a pay wall, it could very well be an 8/10. But for me I have to give it a 6. Thanks for reading my review.
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  6. Mar 16, 2015
    5
    I was looking for a way to introduce coding concepts to my kids but this title ended up being less intuitive than teaching them from a textI was looking for a way to introduce coding concepts to my kids but this title ended up being less intuitive than teaching them from a text editor. This game has a good amount of free drag&drop props and playable characters but it seems to be directing you toward in game purchases from the marketplace. The problem I see with paying for more usable content is you cannot do much with your finished project. If you take a lot of time and create a rich game in Spark, say spending significant money on new prop objects and characters, you have no chance to reclaim your investment. Hopefully some of what you learn while playing Project Spark will be transferable to real game design.

    If you want to make video games I would say the learning curve for Project Spark is about equal to that of most free game engines available on PC/MAC. If you have a personal computer I would recommend looking into Unity3d instead. Purchases made from their marketplace are yours to use in your own sell-able games. Even if you are making a free game just for fun, you will still be able to share it with more folks than those who play Project Spark.
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  7. Nov 3, 2014
    0
    More aim-assist casual no-skill, no brains, garbage... A game that plays itself for you like every COD before it. Nothing has changed. It'sMore aim-assist casual no-skill, no brains, garbage... A game that plays itself for you like every COD before it. Nothing has changed. It's the same COD as always, and not worth a cent. Expand

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