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Our overall verdict "silver"

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.

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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.

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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.

Conclusion

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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Blondlizard

Blondlizard is from London, England. His love of gaming continued onto the Sega Mega Drive, Gameboy, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, PlayStation 1,2,3 and 4, PSP and PS Vita. Blondlizard loves his racing games and is yet to play a RPG, but tells us he is willing to change.