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It’s Full of Sparks – Puzzle Platforming Through Rose-Tinted Glasses

Published by Sam Eskenazi in Puzzle
20 Feb 2018

It’s Full of Sparks is a puzzle platforming game not about surviving the environment, but actually managing to kill yourself.

You are a firecracker. Your destiny is to explode majestically but you decide, no, you won’t go out like this. You will plummet yourself into the water to extinguish your flame and ensure you don’t have to die in a ball of fire.

Sadly, the world seems determined to stop you from exploding gloriously. In your way are rolling blocks, obstacles you need to time properly and even, somehow, cross-dimensional bridges.

It’s Full of Sparks is firmly in the category of a puzzle platformer, but it incorporates a good deal of fast moments and quick reaction times as well. This adds additional depth to It’s Full of Sparks, making sure the player is always constantly attempting to get past the latest obstacle.

The scoring system at the end of each level awards you up to three stars depending on how fast you completed the level. To receive the maximum three stars, you need to essentially complete the level perfectly with barely any room for error.

This does create a slight problem for the perfectionist in every mobile gamer – when you finally complete a level after a few attempts, you are presented with the close, but no cigar reward of a measly two stars. “Only two?!” You’ll cry, offended at your own inadequacy. So, you play again and again, plus a few times more, until you finally get the full three stars.

But now you’ve got to do the next level.

It is easy to say that you don’t necessarily have to get three stars, but many gamers are going to feel ultimately compelled to do so, adding in a small layer of frustration to the otherwise entirely pleasant experience that is Full of Sparks.

It’s Full of Sparks seeks to take the genre of puzzle platformer and amp it up, providing new interactions with the environment and a variety of new puzzle types that require your constant attention and speed.

It's Full of Sparks seeks to take the genre of puzzle platformer and amp it up, providing new interactions with the environment and a variety of new puzzle types that require your constant attention and speed.

You are obligated to speed run It’s Full of Sparks, so the entire experience becomes one of endless perfectionism – move fast, pass the obstacles and make sure you don’t hesitate even a moment.

It’s Full of Sparks is a fun game, but also a game that’ll drive any perfectionist mad. It requires complete perfection and undefeatable will, as well as a heavy amount of quick reflexes.

If you’re looking for a fast, intense and no-nonsense puzzle platformer, It’s Full of Sparks is for you. Just don’t always try to go for three stars, okay?

Our Rating

ProsCons
Quick-fire mechanics improve the already good platforming mechanics. Fast paced enough to be amusing, but not too frustrating.The scoring system encourages perfectionism to a fault.
Rating
8.5/10