The developer Red Blue Games has managed to give us one of the most interesting and careful titles of recent years in the roguelike genre. Very simple gameplay, an interesting story, charismatic characters and graphics that capture the attention of any player. It is an ideal game for dungeon lovers, as the constant change of landscapes, enemies and scenarios could confuse those players who never touched a title of this style. Similarly, do not expect a work of art, because the title does not add anything new and is repeated constantly.
Though levels are procedurally generated, Sparklite succeeds in building a cohesive world that feels as though it has been carefully designed, making it a great entry point for those apprehensive about this trait of roguelikes.
Whenever you die, you are returned to the
Refuge and the world resets, with the order
and position of the ‘rooms’ changing. But
while death means you lose any consumables
you may have picked up on your adventures,
you keep any Sparklite you’ve collected,
taking the sting out of what could otherwise
be a frustrating mechanic. And while it’s
not in the realm of soulslike
difficulty, there’s enough
challenge for this game to feel
rewarding and make you want
to keep playing. [Issue#170, p.92]
Sparklite is a fun title that is born from a wealth of classic influences. However, it may test the patience of players in the latter half of the game due to it's procedurally generated world and crazy difficulty spikes that force you to grind as much as possible just to give yourself the smallest of advantages.
Sparklite is a pretty fun game. It’s vibrant and cute and as a fan of pixel art, I admit that I may be a little biased. However, thanks to its rogue-lite elements, you can play in short spurts or sit down for a few hours at a time which is a real plus in my books.
Sparklite is a safe, stock-standard rogue-lite RPG that attempts to mimic The Legend of Zelda, but never manages to emulate it. An otherwise brief journey that requires some samey exploration to prepare for late-game hurdles leaves this adventure feeling a little stale.
SummarySparklite is an action-adventure set in the whimsical and ever-changing land of Geodia. Battle foes in top-down action using an arsenal of gadgets, guns, and gear. Explore dangerous corners of the procedurally generated world, take down titans of the mining industry, and harness the power of Sparklite. Everything in the world of Geodia i...