“Project Spark” is a free-to-play game construction kit, designed exclusively for the Xbox One by Team Dakota. While the main game employs a fantasy-style look and feel, “Project Spark” allows for an incredible amount of visual and design variety. This weekend, the team is gearing up for the “Project Spark 1 Year Anniversary Celebration” and offering players more than ever before: XP and Credit multiplier, rebates on Spark Credits, and more. Head on over to MajorNelson.com for more information on this fantastic, fan-centric event.
Over the last year, “Project Spark” users have been crafting their own levels at a furious pace. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best they’ve cooked up.
A Cotton Tail
The story of a small squirrel trying to escape a desert environment, this is one of the prettiest “Project Spark” creations to date. It’s a nice, enclosed world with more than simply enemies to kill; your job is to run, jump, and not get eaten, all in an attempt to escape the desert.
This is a full recreation of the very first quest in Lionhead’s classic Xbox title, “Fable.” It includes the entirety of the Oakvale map and all of its inhabitants—even including all of their original dialogue. It’s no surprise that the fantasy stylings of “Project Spark” are right at home here, but you’ll still be shocked at how much detail the creator has managed to wedge into it.
Halo HUD and Enemies
More of a “proof of concept” than an actual game, this is exactly what it sounds like: a strikingly convincing recreation of the original Halo, down to the number of bullets remaining displayed on the HUD of your assault rifle. Expect to see some familiar enemy faces.
Another simple-but-effective concept, the goal here is to help your little white square avoid attacks from all sides by bigger enemy squares. The results are surprisingly fun, with an impressive amount of polish for a user-made game.
Yep, this is pretty much “Tetris,” expertly executed using the “Project Spark” tools. You’ve played it before, certainly, but it will only take about 20 seconds to remember why you want to play it again.
In “Bubbles,” your job is to guide like-colored bits toward each other; once they’re close, simply click them, and they disappear. The goal is to clear the whole screen, and the experience is a bit like popping packing bubbles—just way more colorful.
This conceptual, twitch-based puzzle game demonstrates that you are definitely not limited to fantasy fare in “Project Spark,” and can definitely veer into abstract territory. Basically, when you move the white block in “Anti Smasher,” the black one moves in the opposite direction… it’s that simple. There are only five levels at the moment, but this is smart, addictive stuff.
Pinball Raid 2
Pinball, anyone? “Pinball Raid 2” takes you to a rather historic-looking miniature village, with interactive scenery that your ball can activate or destroy. Very slick!
This 2D platformer recalls the Xbox Live Arcade “Super Meat Boy.” It’s minimal, stark, and tough-as-nails.
Gradius Fox Complete
A mash-up of some pretty classic space shooters, this sidescroller is akin to “Gradius.” It’s chock full of weapons and power-ups, and features a multitude of cool nods to the games that inspired it.
These are just a few of the varied and offbeat things that creative gamers have made using “Project Spark,” and we will continue to feature our favorites here. In the meantime, check out the open beta, available exclusively for Xbox One!
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