Over the weekend I had the opportunity to try the Project Spark beta for Xbox One. I did not have any expectations and I also had not heard too much on it since Gamescom mid last year. I had no idea what this game was, so I was thrilled to try it out.
Project Spark is broken down into two major modes. The first is called Crossroads. In this mode the player has the opportunity to play a sort of adventure game, but the story and objective of this adventure is all customized by you, the player. You can decide on who the hero will be, what enemies will populate the world, what your main objective will be and other things of that nature. After you customize your own story you actually play through it using all the elements you implemented. Crossroads, in other words, is like a very light game creation mode that is set up to be an expedient process so you can quickly set out on your adventure.
The second mode is called Create. I am sure you can guess what this part of the game is, but humor me for a second and pretend you don’t know. Unlike Crossroads in Create you just, well, create! There is no quick play through like in Crossroads and the process of game creation is undoubtedly much longer. All the tools are there for the user to make whatever they dream of, and not just adventure games. In my time with it, I noticed a wide array of games made with Project Spark. Games such as pinball, tetris and some really cool puzzle games. You can even do basic coding which is handled in a very user friendly manner.
The first word that comes to mind when I think of Project Spark is “ambitious”. This is both a good thing and bad. The game is still in beta so obviously their are many hiccups in the gameplay and not all the options, as far as customization is concerned, are available to you from the start. There is a marketplace, so that leads me to believe that Project Spark will be rampant with microtransactions considering the sheer amount of customization that can be had. With that being said, the creation system is fairly user friendly and very deep. Basic coding is actually easy to do with the way it’s handled. Lastly, Project Spark has a very charming style to its aesthetics which make it a joy to look at.
All in all Project Spark looks like a dream for creative people or if you have ever wanted to try your hand at game creation. If you would like to be a part of the beta just sign up here.