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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    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: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.4
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
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ionblastshield
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I just bought this during the steam summer sale where it is less than $2. with that kind of price, I see no reason for a negative review...

with that said, I missed Flow... wait, Sparkle? what? when did they rename Flow?

anyone who grew up playing on the website xgen studios back in the early millenium will immediately recognize this game as Flow. (mind that there is a phone ap game out there also going by the name Flow, so if you look it up, look for something that looks exactly like this game)

anyway, this game is nostalgic for me. a simple, relaxing, and mindless game you can play to burn some time.

I have not played 2 or 3 yet but they were on sale too so I bought them, total of all three was still under $2. highly recommend grabbing it sometime before july 4th.
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LinaVx
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
It's not a bad game but it's a step backwards instead anything new in it. If you don't own any sparkle games, get Sparkle Evo or Evo 2 instead. If you already have those and liked them, you might get this and genesis for completing your series. Recommending to people who actually know and like the gamestyle. Not recommending it to people who's new to it. You almost won't miss anything.
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Telarius
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Sparkle ZERO is a deviation from the prior Sparkle games, Sparkle 2 Evo & Sparkle 3 Genesis. Though both are casual games, Sparkle ZERO is even more so. Sans changing levels, evolution appears to be completely passive in nature and determined by what one's organism consumes. There is no real goal to the game other than to evolve interesting creatures and store images of them in the gallery.

Gamers looking for a game with a goal like the prior Sparkle releases would certainly be disappointed by this game, which is evident by many of the comments. I, however, love a truly casual/mindless game from time to time where I can just let my mind wander. This is an ideal relaxation/distraction game, no stress, just enjoyable music and creation. My only disappointment is that it is not as colorful as the other games.
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Ariandel
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
A dull and depressing addition to the Sparkle series. In comparison to Sparkle 2 Evo, and Sparkle 3 Genesis, this game falls flat in all aspects. While the general gameplay is the same, the lack of colours, level design, and varied enemies makes this game incredibly boring. The soundtrack also lacks the relaxing quality that the previous games held.

Avoid this game. If you're looking for something relaxing, check out Sparkle 2 Evo. If you want something a little more action/stat-based, then pick up Sparkle 3 Genesis. But leave this one alone.
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ChrisP
( 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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Ezrael
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
NO! Hear me again: NO!
Don't spend any time nor money on this title.

This game is dull. I was expecting very little and yet got disappointed.
The graphics are not good
The music is bad
The sounds are anything but special
There is no story, no purpose, no evolution, no tutorial, no achievement tracking, NADA.

All you do is swim meninglessly until the game lies to you "You're the ONE, the biggest SPARKLE".
Why lie? Two seconds before I met a bigger SPARKLE I couldn't consume, gaining a level would have at best set me to the same level as that SPARKLE.

Oh, bugs. Even at the very end. When the game was supposed to congratulate me on getting to the end ... it bugs: screen turns white, you can hear sounds bu can't aything. Had to force close the game ...
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Spicy Biscuits
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
That's a nooice game boi.
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noFrag
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
One mre of those little masterpieces of new games. Very fun to play , enjoyable content, also supported by controller. Definetely recomended to spare your free time :)
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Tzunny
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
there is lag when killing otehr creatures, but completed the game, fun & love flow look alike games
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Bugboyb
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Product received for free
sparkle zero is a good time killer and not be bored when you play it its full of open world an you eat lots of cubes in order to grow i rate this game 10/10
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
The winner of the award "Best game without a tutorial in 2016"
What to do? Where to go?
What is this shiny cubes? Oh, I can eat them, nice!
Hello, another player eating my cubes, do you want to greet me? Damn, I ate him :(
Ok, this all food is mine now!
Damn, its over, what to do now? Oh, hello blue cyrcles, why nothing happens when I stepped into you?

As a result - empty map, no targets, no point to play, dont know what to do
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
It's like Spore but better
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
This is actually a fun and enjoyable game definitly worth getting
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
there is lag when killing otehr creatures, but completed the game, fun & love flow look alike games
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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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34 of 43 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 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
Overview
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.

Conclusion:
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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46 of 72 people (64%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Pros and cons huh

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

Cons
- 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)

To play once
5/10

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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Introduction
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.

Gameplay
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.

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

Cons
- 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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