The Game: The premise of Sparkle HD is to return the light to a blackened forest by using your orb slinger to shatter the various orbs of darkness. You shatter orbs by connecting three or more similarly colored orbs together. The orbs appear on the screen as a string of misplaced and different colored orbs. You sling orbs at the quickly moving string of orbs in order to shatter them. There are 6 major levels that you must complete, which each levels containing about 6-8 smaller stages. Once you pass a major level, you receive an amulet. Each amulet is different and can assist you in various ways. My favorite amulet to use was the amulet of Luck. This particular amulet increases your luck and random events tend to turn up in your favor.
Graphics: The graphics are great for this type of game. A lot of fun, bright, and vibrant colors.
Sound: Sparkle features quite a repetitive soundtrack. Or else, all of the tunes used sounded the same. The sound, however, does play an integral part of the game, considering that it gives you hints as to when you are about to die.
Difficulty: Like the other 10tons Ltd. titled I previously reviewed, Azkend HD, I feel that the levels could have been a bit more difficult. I did not really get that feeling of gaming frustration that you normally get when you have difficulty passing a level. I found that I was usually able to pass a level after the first try. Of course, the later stages are harder, but still, I took no more than 2-3 tries to pass those harder levels. In fact, the final level I passed on the first try.
Cons: I was really disappointed with the final level of the game, which, by the way, I passed on the first try. The level featured a blackened out screen exposing only the colored orbs, so you didn’t know beforehand where the orbs where going to move on the screen. Also, I think the speed at which the balls moved could have been increased for some of the harder levels.
Final Thoughts: Sparkle HD is a great game for what it is. It looks great and is very responsive to your touch. It’s a simple game that you can enjoy in short spurts. Each level took no more than 2-4 minutes to pass.
“No one travels without worries in Crowberry Woods anymore! Vast blackness has blanketed the once beautiful forest. Only small sparkles of light trickle through the all consuming darkness. Use your orb slinger to shatter the orbs of darkness before they release their destructive powers. Can you bring the light back, from a sparkle to full bloom? Explore three different game modes, multitude of greater magical amulets and powerups, and uncover the deepest secrets. Don’t leave the fair trees of Crowberry Woods unsparkled!”
Company: 10tons Ltd.
Buy Sparkle HD from the AppStore.