Step into the amazing world of Sparkle – a surreal ocean, where life is thriving and conditions are perfect to make an evolutionary leap.
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Release Date: Apr 24, 2015

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About This Game

Take the evolution into your own hands.

Step into the amazing world of Sparkle – a surreal ocean, where life is thriving and conditions are perfect to make an evolutionary leap.

A beautiful visual experience. Control the fate of a single dreamlike organism through the course of it’s life. Explore the vast ocean in search of micro-elements that will help you evolve from a tiny speck of life into a magnificent Sparkle. You can choose whether your Sparkle will become a quick and relentless hunter, a peaceful plant-eater or a creature whose feature lie in between.
Every element you eat matters. Every element will influence how your sparkle grows, what his skills will look like, what his strengths and weaknesses will be. Spend the micro-elements in the genetic store to improve your Sparkle the way you want. Partake in quests essential to your Sparkle growth. Evolve special skills that will help you in your journey. Become the master of the evolution.

- Virtually unlimited number of gene manipulation to perform
- 12 dreamlike levels to explore
- multiple quests to complete
- special class powers to unlock
- fights with epic bosses
- mesmerizing ambient soundtrack

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 7800, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2600/3600
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 320M or higher, or Radeon 7000 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.4
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGl 2.1 compatible
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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Rapscallion
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Pretty fun and quite relaxing! No major bugs either.
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Draconis Nox
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Noplace near as good or entertaining as Sparkle 1 or 2. It lacks anything that makes it entertaining past swimming really. Its slow, tedious, and will make you fall asleep very fast, to be honest. Its pretty to look at but when it take ten seconds between eating each element, its very boring. I even went "blue" which is supposedly going to make you eat faster, which it was un-noticable to be honest, even after level 30.

I dont reccomend this unless you like very very boring moody casuals.
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Bdarty
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Sparkle 3 Genesis is a visually astonishing game, using a top-down 3D view and multiple layers with smooth and colorful visuals. The game is very much so playable, i've found myself constantly playing it because it's soo fun! Also because there are multiple stages of life that make you want to keep playing to see how they are, the stages are Newborn, Adolescent, Mature, and Grown. Along with 3 types of micro-organism you can be, Carnivore(Red), Herbivore(Green), and Omnivore(Blue).The Quests and Bosses really liven up the gameplay and make goals to reach. Sure I must agree, the tunnels are very difficult and very frustrating, however once you do manage to complete it, the feeling of success is just very satisfying. I'd say that the tunnels just add difficulty, along with some of the harder missions. Overall I would recommend this game.

Basically:
Pros:
-Advancing Difficulty
-Good Gameplay
-Colorful Visuals
-Smooth Animations (@60 FPS)
-Multiple forms to grow into
-Full control on what you grow into
-Beautiful Settings
-Multiple Biomes
-Levels within Levels

Cons:
-Some Missions can get boring
-Not that many lifeforms swimming around (This changes later on in the game)

What I would personally like to see in this game, or in Sparkle 4:
-Fully customizable organisms
-Ability to go to an ocean area and keep growing
-More organim species
-Larger game overall
-(If possible) More Graphical Settings (Like MSAA/MFAA Anti Aliasing)

The List Directly above is completely suggested. The game would still be amazing without this, but I think these would seriously make the game much better. Something that will bring many.

So if your a fan of cell games, or anything along those lines. You should defninetely get this game.

What's the difference from this and Sparkle 2 EVO?

This has more content and more control over your growth. Overall improvement.
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THE SALTY FISH
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
a good game for time killing anyway...like the soundtrack and the primitive scenries of micro world ....just take the game for pleasure and have fun with it!
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✠ Master Hakuprime ✠
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
Product received for free
Nice game. Pretty hard at some parts but its k.
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Tzυηηу
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
If you do not want to get frustated & after 2 maps to stuck in game do not buy it, if want it just for collection go ahead.

I planned to buy the mobile version of this games, but because of the id.ot who created spikey tunnels they won't see not even 1 cent anymore from now on. The thing is that the curents are to strong, also if you get to close to the walls you get bumped somehow and sent straight into spikes.. and all this in a tunnel which is tighter than your creature.
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NaR_RoW
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
A good toy, something resembling the game Spore, at an early stage of evolution, with good graphics, music, and of quite interesting gameplay! I played with pleasure, as already tired of shooters.
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Morphy
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
A better and more complex game than Sparkle 2, more variety in terms of what you have to do, a better experience. I wouldn't say it's that fun a game, but definately an improvement on Sparkle 2.
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KDova | Iris Lumina Oyakuro
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
Product received for free
Interesting one. I recommend this game for You all, while having boring days without ambitious products on the Steam Library.
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Alex
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Relaxing for the first 1-2 hours before you get to spiked tunnels, game then becomes all frustration.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Product received for free
Interesting one. I recommend this game for You all, while having boring days without ambitious products on the Steam Library.
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66 of 75 people (88%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2015
I had a negative review due to a pretty bad bug, but it looks like they fixed it so let's try this again.

Sparkle 3 follows Sparkle 2 in the evolution of the venerable Sparkle series. I reviewed Sparkle 2 as one of, if not the best jellyfish eating sims available. I stand by that review even today, as we look toward the future, or more accurately, the near present, to Sparkle 3.

The big question, which is to say, the largest one, is just how does Sparkle 3 live up to the legacy? Pretty well, actually. There are some new twists on the eat everything in sight until you get big enough to eat bigger things and so on gameplay. Quests have been introduced, and if you think that a phytoplankton can't do quests, well think again bucko! These aren't the standard "kill ten rat" quests either. Why, I just finished one that required killing nine jellyfish. Take that, boring old quest games!

Seriously though, when you play a Sparkle game, you're not looking for fast paced excitement, you're looking for a relaxing game with depth, and since this game takes place in the ocean, its got plenty of that. Enjoy the calm, serene atmosphere as you drift about, eating things and getting larger. Its a good time, even if it does make me think of my ex-wife.
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72 of 88 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2015
THE NEGATIVE REVIEW WITH THE MICROELEMENTS INVISIBLE SHOULD BE DISCARDED AS THE GAME UPDATED AND THEY HAVE REAPPARED.

Sparkle 3 Genesis is a follow-up to Sparkle 2 Evo with the same concept: you play with DNA to make your own sparkle (or Animo) that will explore the depths of an unknown world. But to grow, it must eat microelements. These will be stocked in your Genelab and depending on what you want your Animo to be, you'll add them to DNA (making a red, blue or green pet with its own power). A red animo will have the power to rush, the green to be invulnerable for a few seconds (very very practical when in a tunnel quest) and the blue will drain every element around. But you can also play with other possibilities.

In each little world, you will have quests to do, like investigate tunnels (and make sure not to hit a sort of flower unless you want to be thrown a layer deeper), defend nests or attack other species. While there is something like 10 worlds, you can come back to them later and eat elements, though the quests, as being fullfilled, will not reappear. The more you grow, the more your Animo will develop to the point where it will be big.

And while the gameplay is repetitive (eat, eat and eat and do quests), the soundtrack is amazing and the visuals are esoteric like in Sparkle 2 Evo. But true, you have more parameters to take into account, the quests are more varied than before and it is easier to fill the DNA compared to Sparkle 2 Evo.

The controls are also very intuitive, whether on keyboard or on gamepad, though I prefer the gamepad for it.

Yes, it's not the game of the year. Yes, it's essentially Sparkle 2 Evo but more understandable (at least for me). But I can't say that I found myself happy to be in that enchanting world, with an amazing soundtrack and better visuals. I don't know why but Genesis seems to me more appealing than Evo. Maybe because the enemies changing layers disappeared and that I don't have to run after them.

A very relaxing series, with Genesis as ice on the cake. Release me that soundtrack and I'll instabuy!
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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Sparkle 3 is a nice casual game where you control a creature swimming in a kind of primordial soup. Your goal is to consume nutrients scattered around, slowly growing from a tiny creature into a huge (relatively speaking, of course) behemoth. You have full control over your creature’s evolution (which is largely similar to RPGs’ level-up system), and unlike in Sparkle 2, you don’t have to worry about eating particular elements if you want to evolve in a certain way.

To spice up gameplay, you regularly receive tasks from the scientist who created you, and completing all tasks on the level allows you to move to the next one. Some tasks make the game a bit action-y, but it remains fairly easy overall, and most of gameplay consists of casual exploration of your environment. (One particular kind of challenge – Spikey Rivers can be quite hard, but it can be bypassed effortlessly if you evolve in a certain way.)

If you are looking for a relaxing game with occasional bits of action, Sparkle 3 has my full recommendation!
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45 of 67 people (67%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2015
I was expecting a nice relaxing, slow-paced experience; I got confusion, frustration, and rage instead.

First two areas are mostly easy and enjoyable. Your critter drives like a bus but slowly gets more agile. Then they throw you into the third area of "spikey rivers" and expect you to expertly maneuver your slug down a long path just wider than it through currents and spikey trees that blend into the background and make you start over if you so much as come close to them. After half an hour of attempts, I got halfway through and ragequit. I came back later to try again and after another half hour ragequit again.

You can't bypass it. You have to get through it in one attempt. Could I have evolved my critter to better handle this challenge if I had known about it beforehand? Maybe - too bad you can't change your upgrades without restarting. If you look at the achievements, about half the people who get to this area make it past. I honestly have no idea why they decided to make something so aggravating in a game that's supposed to be about relaxation.

The other quests weren't a whole lot better. Save these eggs from the predators? Okay, great. I feel vaguely heroic. Ok, now eat all the eggs because the omnipotent power says he doesn't like them anymore? What? That doesn't make any sense and immediately pulled me out of the experience.

Other than that, the in-game text is poorly translated with grammar errors in more or less every blurb. Overall, it feels very unpolished and unprofessional. The graphics are the only thing it's got going for it (they are quite pretty); the music is nice for five minutes but gets old very quickly.

3/10 with 6 stars for the first two levels and then -3 for the third. Only get if you're an absolute fan of the series.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2015
Sparkle 3: Genesis is a beautiful game, relaxing overtones, and peaceful atmosphere(even though you are hell bent on devouring most living creatures in the universe. It has a lot of the same characteristics as the game FLOW(a sony game from 2007), and game on kongragate called "ef"(also based off of Flow, 2009), I dont know if this series predates those or not,

Small fich in a big pond, you start out as this little "sparkle" and have to eat your way to becoming the"Ultimate Sparkle".
Along the way you meet different creatures, such as jellyfish, parasites, and many more. You complete maze's, eating related challenges, an escort mission or two, and many other things.

Right away there were some bugs, but those have been(at the time of this review) swifty been fixed. Such as not being able to see the elements you are supposed to be eating. But bear in mind this game has been out for not even 48 hours, so it's n0t going to be perfect right out of the gates.

As time goes on, and as I complete more of the game, and as more and more of the game becomes available to me through updates and such, I'll add more and more to this review.

SO as of right now, I'll give this game a 7/10. Room for improvement, but still pretty good.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 26, 2015
Sparkle 3 - Genesis is a game about a small creature living in water, absorbing the nutrients around it to grow bigger to be more efficient at absorbing nutrients, with some skill-based challenges. It is a simple game, with simple controls, great graphics and a passable soundtrack. If you have a couple hours, this is a good game to play.

Graphics

Everything is well drawn and animated. The color scheme changes depending on the stage you're in and enemies and yourself have a detailed appearance. The background is great and seeing the lower layers of the stage under you is very nice.
- 10/10

Sounds

The background music is good, although a bit repeatitive. As far as I know, all the stages have a different soundtrack, which is great, but each tune is short and you can hear the full song a dozen times during a single stage. It is not that noticeable though, since you are usually focused on making a difficult pass in a tunnel or trying to evade an enemy in the middle of whirlpools trying to bring you to the lower layer.
- 7/10

Gameplay

If it moves, you eat it. If you can't, you break it, then eat it. If you still can't, stop trying to eat the wall or a stream. You get bigger when you level up (as you eat), and you can increase some of your stats by combining nutrients into aminos, up to 49 times, with increasing proficiency as you get to higher levels. What you chose to make into amino changes your appearance and your special power. The enemies are all pretty simple to kill. Everything is simple, but well done.
- 9/10
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
Quite a good game, I bought this as my Spore game by EA and Maxis no longer works - why I am clueless. The bright colours can be quite straining on your eyes when you first start playing but after about five minutes you get used to it. Honestly though, I expected more - much more - at the start of this game. There are a limited number of levels and only three different shapes you can be depending on your level - either a red, blue or green organism. There is not much to do other than follow simple tasks that don't ask much of the player, other than the odd few tasks that are extremely difficult to complete. There is no HP meter or health bar etc so you cannot die, meaning that the few enemies and one boss fight aren't challenging at all - more laborious. However, my deep affinity for evolution games and the empty hole left by Spore kept me playing this game, despite all that is wrong with it. Overall, I think it would be much more interesting if there was more freedom given to the player, e.g. the same evolution system but utilised in a different way, such as the nutrient points could be 'sold' for certain body parts you could place on your creature, wherever you wanted. Also, I like the idea of having your 'creator' looking in and talking to you, but maybe a deeper storyline would help. To sum it all up, I would only recommend this game to people who love evolution style games.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Sparkle 3 is a good game but if you played Sparkle 2 before you will feel this one is not as good, I recommend to play this one first then try the 2 after to not be disappointed.
Rating: ★★★☆☆
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Pretty. But ultimately boring and the bright effects hurt my eyes. I really don't like the long all-white screen transitions. Then in the game there are a lot of bloom and light effects. They look great, but gives me a headache. If you liked Sparkle 2 Evo, you'll probably like this.
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