[Beyond PlayStation] Sparkle 2 EVO Review
Sparkle 2 EVO is a different type of an arcade-style release now on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about this game in our Sparkle 2 EVO review!
Sparkle 2 EVO is a game in which you’re presented with an arcade experience in which you need to grow by eating bacteria. You control a microorganism and have to evolve it by working your way up the food chain. Think of that Snake game some of you might have played way back when on an old black and white mobile phone, in which you started as a small being that can grow with every meal it has. The theory is very similar for Sparkle 2 EVO, which is both a good thing or a bad thing since it gives us a game that is easy to understand but that might not offer the depth that you are looking for.
You can move around using the analog sticks, or you can use the touchscreen, but I wasn’t a fan of the touchscreen gameplay mechanics for this one since my fingers ended up blocking my view of the action. You will search the depths of a bacteria packed world in search of food, so you’ll need to ease your hunger with the various colorful amoeba around you. Each color sets you up for being a herbivore, a carnivore or an omnivore, but this, unfortunately, has no impact on the game which is a bit weird.
The visuals in Sparkle 2 EVO are great, with lots of colors and effects going off left and right – watching your creature grow pincers as you eat your way up the food chain is definitely enticing, but there’s something missing from the overall experience, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe the game could benefit from a co-op mode or even a leaderboard for competing against other players around the world. As is, this is a plain out arcade style release.
The music is not bad, with a mix of soothing and calming mellow electronic tracks that loop around. It does fit the look of the game, but I believe some upbeat tracks here and there, or a more varied soundtrack of chill songs for a full-on relaxing experience, would not have hurt the overall package.
Overall, it’s hard to recommend Sparkle 2 EVO on Nintendo Switch. The underlying premise is good, and when executed right it can make for a very fun release, but this one feels lacking in some areas. Perhaps the game can be patched to increase its content or add a new mode or two, but in its current state, it’s not a very fun release.
This Sparkle 2 EVO review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Forever Entertainment.