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In the end Sparklite feels like a game that could have been great, but ended up just being good.
Sparklite is a colourful rogue-like that yearns for the pixel-based games on the original NES. By removing most of the challenges generally found in rogue-likes, this puts itself at the top of the list for newcomers who want to dip their toes into the water. Aged fans of the genre won't find any surprises or challenges here, and the lack of a real contest or a risk-versus-reward system can be a turn off. Ada's journey can be a short one, as it can be completed in less than five hours, and it provides enjoyment due to an addictive gameplay loop, catchy music, and the ability to relive the pixelated days of old.
A roguelike, very beautiful, very funny, very easy to play but difficult to master and with mechanics that mix the pleasant playable flavor of the great classics with the most current formulas
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Overall, I did enjoy my time with Sparklite. It’s a lovingly crafted game with buckets loads of charm. However, it just doesn’t have enough variety to make it stand out from its peers. That said, Red Blue Games have shown a lot of promise here, and I truly look forward to whatever they do next. For now, though, I’d recommend Sparklite to fans of the genre looking for a short game to play over a weekend. Just don’t expect something you’ll keep coming back to. With this in mind, I award Sparklite a Thumb Culture Silver Award!
Sparklite is one of those games that can take you an hour or a year to complete! If you are a fan of the top-down action games of old, then you’re going to especially love this game! The joy of it as I said in my intro, is that it is clearly inspired by but not a gimmicky copy of the classic Zelda games.
The patch system is fun to mess around with as well, but it can help with the tediousness and make you feel weak because of the randomized nature. The final fight was the best part of the forgettable journey, but if you don't have the right patches, Geodia will be doomed.
This roguelite work with clear Zelda influences is certain to keep players concentrated on its marvelous and colourful game world and motivating gameplay, while the outstanding soundtrack does a great job at pleasing the ears. Anyone who enjoys exploring new worlds, catching items and some combat action will have all the reasons to get their hands on Sparklite.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
There's much to love about Sparklite, and it's clearly been a passion project for the small development team, but my overall experience was a frustrating one. It's hamstrung by its half-formed and unnecessarily repetitive roguelite structure that undermines the positives of the aesthetic and challenging boss fights. A good roguelite gets better and more complex with repetition, but Sparklite just increasingly overstays its welcome.
Sparklite is an appealing rouge-like action adventure that can entertain you for a few hours. If it wasn’t a bit short and if the developers gave it more development time, it could have become a AAA title and a main player in its genre.
Review in Persian | Read full review
Despite Sparklite being yet another retro-indie title, I still think it is worth checking out.