Sparkle 2 PS4 Review
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An accomplished and engaging take on the match-three puzzler, Sparkle 2 ably provides the PlayStation 4 with the sort of compelling bite-sized puzzle gameplay that it hasn't really had until now. Ultimately, Sparkle 2 is an easy recommendation to make for newbies and seasoned puzzle-fiends alike.
- Easy to understand, yet challenging gameplay
- Perfectly-sized levels allowing for pick-up-and-play
- Great soundtrack and ample replay value
- The lack of multiplayer
- Becomes overly repetitious fairly quickly
Aside from what is arguably a decently sized story mode, developer 10 Tons has also included Survival and Challenge modes as well; further expanding what is already a fairly substantial offering and providing additional longevity in the process.
In terms of PlayStation-specific feature support, like King Oddball before it, Sparkle 2 doesn’t skimp on them at all. Besides trophy integration, which smartly encourages the player to hit higher combos and utilise specific sets of powers, 10 Ton’s latest also plays extremely well through Remote-Play; though this should be less of an issue given that Sparkle 2 is sold as a Cross-Buy title anyway.
Audio-visually, Sparkle 2 is actually quite the polished article in spite of the restrained aesthetical ambition that a match-three game would normally mandate. With absolutely razor-sharp 1080p visuals and smooth animation complimented by a colourful and vivid art-style, Sparkle 2 is definitely easy on the eyes to say the least.
Furthermore, a special mention has to be given to the score. An unusual, yet mesmerising marriage of haunting Tim Burton-esque melodies and more epic sounding orchestrals, Sparkle 2’s music proves to be as apt at stimulating the senses as its visuals are.
Where Sparkle 2 comes undone a tad is in the total lack of any sort of multiplayer mode. Whether its competitive, co-operative, local or online multiplayer, Sparkle 2 doesn’t support it and as such, proves to be very much a lonely experience.Less troubling, though still relevant, is the issue of variety which becomes noticeable fairly quickly.
By its very nature, Sparkle 2 is a streamlined prospect which aims to capture the essence of the match-three puzzler and distil it into an attractive and accessible form. In this, it is certainly a success but later on its unflinching adherence to such simple mechanics which can’t really be expanded any more than they already have, might well prove overly repetitious for some over the long haul.
Designed to be enjoyed in bite-sized chunks, Sparkle 2 does a grand job of bringing the match-three puzzler kicking and screaming onto PlayStation 4. It’s easy to get to grips with, difficult to conquer in the later stages and outside of the puzzling omission of multiplayer support, has enough longevity and extra modes to keep genre rookies and veterans engaged for a good while.
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