If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise. Why? Because Sparkle 2 slithers onto Switch. The Crowberry Woods adventure gave PlayStation gamers a fine reaction puzzler, and now the gem popping puzzler is back – and thankfully still shining just as bright.
If you don’t know, Sparkle 2 is a match three shooter. Using your slinger (which is fixed and can only rotate), your task is to smash marbles of the same colour before they slither down a set path and disappear unscathed. Different coloured maples join the foray and create a long snake like chain, so you’ll need quick reflexes and eagle eyes to move forward through each magical path. Sparkle 2 truly excels on the Switch – exploding coloured chains is executed with ease via the touch screen. Also, a quick touch on the slinger changes which colour orb to fire. Obliterating these maple type orbs also offers up random power ups which bring different surprises to the game. Sparkle 2 does certainly look gorgeous, but don’t be fooled by its whimsical fairytale like display, for under its glossy snake skin coat lies a puzzler that bites back.
On completing the game and collecting the games 5 keys in default mode (there is a story to this), Sparkle 2 ups the speed and delivers a pretty heart racing shooter. In places, match 3 popping has never been so dramatic and with the Pirates of the Caribbean-esque squash buckling soundtrack, you have a game that definitely satisfies. In fact, everything about 10tons Sparkle 2 screams a polished and luxurious release. Colours, backgrounds and textures look super bright, hence why it’s called Sparkle. The backgrounds are simple and never interfere visually with the task in hand. It’s a reaction puzzler that throws out quick and addictive levels. Quick thinkers and fast fingers need only apply.
With a decent length story and survival mode too, here you have one of the strongest puzzler’s on the Nintendo Store. Sparkle 2 is a beautiful, dramatic, glistening little gem waiting to be downloaded. Now that’s a good reason to head into the woods today. Dismiss this at your peril.
Lizard rating: 8/10
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