Sparker, a game from Spinapse, Inc., describes itself as the “Game of Games”, which is accurate since it’s not just one game. Sparker is a unique game offering its users many different games all in one convenient location.
What’s so cool about Sparker is how it differs from most other game apps. It’s actually a collection of 11 games rather than a single game itself, with the app developers promising to add more games, challenges, and bombs.
Additionally, each game features various levels, and these levels increase the variation of the challenges presented through Sparker as well.
However, perhaps one of the most interesting features of Sparker is the social aspect that the game features; players of this app are encouraged to challenge their friends to different games within the app, thereby creating a fun, competitive playing environment.
Additionally, it is worthwhile to note that each Sparker challenge/game is designed to be played in a less than a minute, allowing players to rally back and forth fairly quickly and not get bogged down in one long competition.
Overall, while I found the games within Sparker to be entertaining, I was disappointed to find that use of the app required that I first sign up through my Facebook account.
While doing so was not a problem for me, anyone without a Facebook account (or anyone simply not wanting to link their two accounts) would probably be a bit frustrated with this requirement. We suggest allowing registration using an email address.
Appearance and Layout:
Sparker is an app that is well designed and simple to use. That coupled with the short duration of each game makes it something that you can easily pick up an play whenever you have a bit of downtime.
Finding new games to play is easy to do, and challenging friends is also easily accomplished. Graphics within the app are clean and simple, and I really appreciated the little details that were included throughout the various challenges that gave a feeling of continuity to the games.
For example, even though the games change, the little illustrations at the bottom of the screens stay similarly themed throughout the app.
As a whole, as long as you don’t mind using your Facebook account to login, Sparker is definitely a good value for its price (free). The games are quick, the challenges are fairly simple yet still entertaining, and the graphics are pleasant to look at. Plus, if you do connect with your friends it can be quite a bit of fun.
Additionally, I really appreciated the degree to which the challenges in the app can be personalized.
However, at the same time, I would have found Sparker to be a more appealing app if creating an account didn’t have to be linked to my Facebook account.
Sparker requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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