Many organisms fight for resources and the opportunity to evolve. Be one of them, start from ZERO and become the best, the biggest and the most efficient of them all. Become the ultimate sparkle.
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Release Date: Mar 14, 2016

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About This Game

Before you play Sparkle ZERO please be aware that this game contains no tutorial. You will be left to explore the world alone, learning to climb the evolutionary ladder.

The blue whale is the largest living organism on Earth today and can reach a length of 33 meters. Evolution comes a long way to develop such large and powerful organisms and that evolutionary journey always starts from much smaller creatures, like those the Blue Whale now eats; which can be up to 4 tons a day.

Go back to the beginning of evolution. Start from ZERO and become the smallest creature – a spark of life - which has endless development paths ahead of it. Your task is to find food, which helps to grow and develop. But be careful, you are not alone on your climb to the evolutionary peak. Many other organisms also fight for the same resources and development opportunities.

Evolution is rich in variations, some of which are not favorable for survival, leading to defeat by better suited organisms.

Be the best, the biggest and the most efficient. Become the ultimate sparkle of them all.

Fill the gallery of amazing creatures – the results of countless evolutionary variations.

- Visionary graphics
- Amazing atmosphere highlighted by mood music
- A complex evolution system for organisms with;
- Variety of organisms that populate the different layers of the world
- Gallery of the most interesting sparkles

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 320M or higher, or Radeon 7000 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0a
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • 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: 100 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.4
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Not so good like part 2, but a short little collecting game where you can use your trains to hunt enemies, try to time vs good defenses or just collecting items as fast as possible. Very short game but i am happy its done to Steam and show the Evolution from part 0/1 to 2. Even a developer needs to start with small steps. Sure there could be more enemies, more things to collect/ find (easter egg enemies like in 2), more achievements like beat 10,50,100 of the small enemies, 10,25, 50 of this jellyfishes 5,10,15 of the own sparkles and getting 5,10,20,50 of the protected sources, but its fine. The high price is a bit bigger problem for only 1,5-2 hours gaming, get it with 60 % or higher discount. Its a good gamer for Achievement Hunters (73%) and people that just want a harmonic slow game. Normal gamers should be carefully even with discount. Thx 4 Reading.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
TL;DR Cons outweigh the Pros, while the game is fun for a minute or two it's ultimately bland and not worth the money. Sorry devs.

Time to give this a real review, now that I've beaten the game. I'll start with the pros;

- Simple gameplay
- Nice atmosphere/ beautiful graphics
- Eat ****, get bigger; really fun to watch

Now the many cons.....

- No tutorial, not even a simple menu to show basic commands. Took me 5 minutes trying to get through my first portal before I gave up and googled it. For those wondering, it's the "R" key or scroll the mouse wheel down.

- Bumpers. F***ing BUMPERS. They exist just to ruin your day. They make you want to strangle whatever idiot thought it would be a good idea to make these. I don't mind a challenge, but those F******* BUMPERS. I would suggest the devs balance these so they're not as aggresive, just my opinion.

- Eating speed. Everytime you eat a little cube your sparkle's mouth closes for a second and he can't eat, then it opens and... you get it (except when eating enemy remains, those are how it should be). Now this alone wouldn't be annoying, but the devs made these little lines of cubes everywhere for you to follow that lead to cube fields or enemies. Problem is, your 'sparkle' moves juuuuust fast enough and eats juuuuuust slow enough that you have to hesitate at every cube i.e you can't just swim through the line to your objective and gobble the cubes as you go. It gets

- It's bland. While the atmosphere is nice there's really nothing to do but eat cubes and attack the 2 types of enemies. Bland.

- Enemies die too easily, everything is a 2 hit kill. Jellyfish (?), 2 hits. Giant sparkle as big as you, 2 hits. It would be better if the other sparkles got more health the bigger they got, more of a real challenge.

- No replayability. Once you've seen the first level, that IS the whole game. Once you've beaten it you have no reason to play it again.

- It's short. Completed it in roughly 1 hour, I think. (play time is higher because I let it idle for a while)
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Complete ♥♥♥♥ compared to the other games. A no brainer with no anything. even the ♥♥♥♥ing volume control doesnt work. You move and you eat ♥♥♥♥. Thats it. There is no sotry, no control over evolution, and no fun. I can see why its called ZERO.
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52 of 65 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
NOTE: This was provided to me for free for review purposes
Sparkle ZERO is the last iteration of the Sparkle series, of which I was pretty fond of. Being able to play as a tiny celular being and seeing it grow and develop, hunt and learn was a great concept, and the game was well developed, with beautiful visuals, interesting evolution options, great soundtrack, etc. Unfortunately, the ZERO is both a token of "we are running out of ideas to rebrand this series, this'll do the trick" and of the good features they left in the game. Let's go over it step by step.

The Pros:
  • Easy Achievements - 40 minutes of this will get you a perfect game, in case you are an achievement hunter.

  • Nice Visuals, and OK music - Nothing too fancy, but it helps to have nice visuals and calm music in a game such as this. I (hope) it was meant to be the little cousin of the series that just wants to chill.

The Cons:
  • Very Short - The end scene shows up at random after you've eaten enough. That was about 40 minutes in. There is no incentive to play again, do what you will with that information.

  • There is no "evolutionary ladder" - You are the most advanced being in the whole game since second one. You are immortal, faster than everyone else, and the only one that can actually eat. Others are just nuisances. Do you consider it "climb the ladder" just by adding a few new flaps on your back?

  • No Control over Evolution - From what I can tell, every time you start another profile, you will randomly be assigned a pattern of modifications that will gradually pop on your back as you consume more. Everything is purely for looks.

  • They stripped this game of EVERYTHING - You no longer have beautiful colored food, walls, and enemies. Now everything is just two shades of blue. You no longer have walls! Maps? Naah, just some layered open space. There are no enemies! No one can kill you! No matter how small you are, two taps on another sparkle or jelly fish will kill them, and the only other two entities either harmlessly bump in you, or try to take food away from you. There is no challenge! You cannot die, you have no objectives, you just consume, without any effort! Just look at gameplay videos of the previous games and see just how much has been removed, whilst nothing was added.

I don't consider this to be a good game. I wouldn't even consider it worthy enough to be an alpha. That being said, if you got your hopes up for the idea of the game, rest assured! Sparkle 2 and 3 are still worthwhile games. Check them out!

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37 of 41 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Anyone being used to Sparkle knows that you need to eat nutriments so that your little sparkle can grow into a powerful organism that can be herbivore, carnivore or omnivore. So, you were used to the green, blue or red elements floating, with medusaes to eat or any other species wanting to challenge you. Besides, some levels were huge as you needed to use vortex to reach another level.

That's Sparkle 2 Evo and Sparkle 3 Genesis.

Erase everything you've learned because Sparkle ZERO, despite belonging to the same series, just wants you to grow a sparkle, without any tutorial and learning about the commands, that will be the predator of everyone. No more carnivore, herbivore or omnivore, no more faster sparkle or with a better range of absorption or with a better defense. However, everything else is still there: micro-elements that will grow your sparkle, jellyfishes still floating, other species still there to annoy you (bumpers that will send you far away of your food, parasites stealing it, etc.) and vortex to use if you want to evolve.

You don't have missions anymore, you're just eating, growing in a deep blue sea, with white stuff all around. You still have that sixth sense that will guide you to the nutriments but now, your little one can also sense vortex or enemies and show the way to them, which is good because as usual, the minimap on your right corner isn't really clear. I've seen it because I recognize the symbol for a vortex. Now, on the map, you can also see species wandering around.

I don't know how many layers exist because I finished the game before checking if I was at the end or not. I largerly preferred the ancient system of levels and missions, mainly because you can come back to them and keep growing in beautiful landscapes.

I finished the game in 95 minutes, where the others took me more time to do it. I was kinda disappointed that I couldn't control anymore the evolution of my little sparkle thanks to the DNA manipulation and that I couldn't see my level, so that I didn't know if I was nearing level 50 or not. I managed to reach it quickly because I've cleaned every floor - in other words, I've eaten all elements presents and defeated every enemy.

Sparkle ZERO has still a relaxing soundtrack, at least, the new developers didn't remove that good feature.

I was under the impression that Sparkle ZERO was in reality the first game in the series, if I didn't check before if it was the case. Apparenlty, it's not. For me, it's a huge step behind compared to Genesis and Evo and for the new player, without any indication about the commands, it will seem impossible to use a vortex. I only managed to do it because I remembered more or less how it was for the other games.

So, should I recommend it or not? I must say that the game is avoiding a thumb down because I still enjoyed the challenge, despite all the missing features that I liked. But if you want to try one of the Sparkle game, I would point you to Evo and Genesis.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Product received for free
Basic Information
Title: Sparkle Zero
Developer: MMEU
Publisher: Forever Entertainment S.A.
Genre: Abstract Simulation

General Impression
Players that have tried in the past any game from the Sparkle series, already know that the games mimic an abstract form of the evolutionary ladder regarding microorganisms. It is an interesting approach that still doesn’t feel forced or boring. An yet with Sparkle ZERO, we now have a trilogy that can’t really seem to diversify too much. It has soothing music and the art style is easy on the eyes but no innovating elements, make this game only as good as the last two. It needs to stand out, as the niche for abstract games is still not filled by many titles.

Strong Points
+ Beautiful art style.
+ Relaxing selection of sounds.
+ Steam Trading Cards & Achievements.

Weak Points
- Doesn’t improve over the last two games in the Sparkle series.
- Can get repetitive pretty fast.
- Lack of a tutorial.

Rating 7/10

This review was submitted for Cubbes.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Pros and cons huh

- You can eat things
- Great visuals
- Relaxing music
- Has cards
- Ez Achievements

- You CAN'T be eaten by things (i really tried to)
- Stupid AI
- Short (~1h)
- After 1h it becomes extremly boring
- No multiplayer (would be cool if you could do everything you do in a single player, but with friends)
- If you are playing the game for the first time it might seem a little confusing, because there's no tutorial (Pro tip: press "R" to enter the vortex)

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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Good (kinda) mindless fun in small doses.
Eat food, grow bigger, & repeat. Eat other fishes/ sparkles (??) & turn them into food too.
Took me just under 2hrs to collect all 11 achievements & get the 3 trading cards.
Only cost 49c during a 90% Off sale, so i'd consider it pretty good value for that amount of change. $4.99 which is full price, i'm not too sure about. I'd recomend waiting for the sale personally.
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44 of 73 people (60%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Great game. Very nice evolution mechanics. It was fun to play.

But better than all, The best thing about this game is Joanna. Will you marry me? haha
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Sparkle ZERO is from the same series as Sparkle, Sparkle 2 and Sparkle 3 are from. It is a simulation game whereby you start off as a small organism and try to become the biggest of them all. Although this game in the series, it does seem a bit out of place compared to the other Sparkle games in the series.

With the game being from the Sparkle series there are some standards that have been set from the previous games that you would expect to be in this game or be better than the previous ones. The game is fun to play, to a certain extent. Playing for about 2 hours I found myself getting fairly bored of just eating other smaller organisms and getting bigger to eat more. It was a endless cycle of trying to be the best of them all. For me this was not a decent enough goal set to keep my entertained enough to motivate me enough to play the game more.

I feel like in my own personal opinion that the game doesn't cover enough mechanics to keep a player interested enough to go back and play the game more. There is little, or no replay value of this game because of just how boring the game is the first time you play through it.

Something good about this game though, is the graphics and some of the sounds that were produced as you play through and grow your organism. The sounds are rather quite nice, with a sort of ambient feel to it which really sets the tone for what this game is, it makes you immersed into the game and pulls you in with the sounds as well as the graphics. The graphics of the game also set the tone for the game and really fits the game well, as the previous Sparkle games have done.

+ The game is fun to play for a hour or so
+ Full controller support
+ Beautiful ambient sounds
+ Nice graphics
+ Steam achievements and Trading cards

- Game gets boring after playing it for over 2 hours
- The game doesn't set a decent goal to want me to go back and play it more
- Doesn't feel like it belongs in the series of the other Sparkle games
- The asking price isn't worth the game
- Little or no replay value

Result / Final Thoughts
The game for me is split in half, on one hand my first experience of this game was fun. The first hour or so of the gameplay was enjoyable to play, the graphics are really nice as are the ambient sounds. But then again, now that I look back at the gameplay I feel like it wasn't really worth it. I will definitely not be going back to play more of this game. Final verdict, don't buy this game, waste of your time and your moneys worth.

Rating: 4.7/10

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3.8 hrs
Posted: October 19
A return to the simplistic origin of FLOW, but it misses, hard.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: October 19
There is as much "content" in this "game" as there is in this review. Save your money.
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4.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
Maybe the other games in this series are good, but this one isn't.

You are an organism floating through some sort of tech sea. The game, if it can be called that, is similar to pac man if pac man had no walls, no enemy ghosts, no fruit powerups.... really just a mouth and dots.

- Pleasant sound and music
- The art is interesting for what it is
- Control is easy to figure out and works as you would expect
- Achievements and cards I guess

- short
- easy
- boring
- there is no way to die or fail. You just swim around collecting spark blobs. The end, when you finally get there, is terrible, and appears to be bugged.
- on your quest to level 50 there is nothing that shows you your current experience or what level you are on. Yeah, so my stupid swim thing got big enough to fill half the screen.... so I'm almost done with this right?

This competes with fishtank simulators, except this one pretends it is a game. I was not impressed.

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RPG Gamer Man
1.8 hrs
Posted: September 23
Interesting game

You basically evolve your little creature to a bigger one by eating these shiny things floating around. I imagine this is the micro level of life and your like a little celled amoeba or something.

Anyways, the game is kinda fun, and very easy to get all achievements for it without much difficulty. There is a ending bug that seems to mess up the game after you beat it, but that is only bug i found. Recommended you play this game with a controller. Anyways, the game is relaxing and interesting. Only problem is you can get bored of just "eating" the sparkles all the time. It is actually very easy to beat this game, look at my time to see just how fast i got all the achievo's and beat it..

This also includes two other games in the series:

Recommended for interesting idea and "eat and grow/evolve" type game
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Mongoloid Mike
3.2 hrs
Posted: September 8
The world didn't need a fourth retread of this same game. Not much to this one either.
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Your friend, Patrick Bateman
7.0 hrs
Posted: September 5
Product received for free
The game itself is pretty fun for a time killer. At least that's what it looks like at first. The graphics are pretty OK, I suppose, nothing too spectacular, but captivating nonetheless. The music, albeit absent for most of the game, is also very nice done. It adds to the already alienating atmosphere.
You go around eating stuff to get bigger to kill bigger mobs, sure, plenty of games like that, but this one gets the gameplay just right, it makes you feel like you're under a " microscope". The controls are pretty nice, there are not tight or to loose, just right for the type of " vehicle " that you are driving.
Even though the graphics are not too intense, at higher " levels " (or layers since the stages are layered on top and under one another) , they all add up, so the elements/food/mobs from the lower levels are in your field of vision so your FPS take a huge hit the higher up you go. I went from a silky smooth 60fps to a horrible 9fps, though I'm pretty sure this is because I didn't " eat " everything in the lower levels.
Game ran great otherwise on a 980gtx @ 1440p. Superb.
I do see a lot of people claiming that they are unable to get the game running, but its actually quite simple: You create a profile and then hit the " GO " button, that's it.
I do wish the music was more constant since its awesome, though.
I had 0 issues with launching the game,pausing, unpausing, taking screenshots through the in game feature.
I do want to keep going just to see what my little " guy " evolves into, or how it changes. Pretty imaginative game.
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