Story

It all starts in Crowberry Woods. The darkness is rising. The only thing that can stop it is to be found in these woods. Caught in the middle of all this, the burden has been placed on your shoulders. Your journey starts at the giant Mushrooms.

How to play

The basic goal in Sparkle is to form groups of at least three orbs of the same color. When a group is formed, the orbs disappear. Playing the game is simple: aim with your mouse and press the left mouse button to release an orb. You can switch orbs in the Orb Slinger with the right mouse button. You have to light up the outer ring of the Orb Slinger pedestal to complete a level. In the picture below you can see a situation where the player could shoot the green orb to break a total of five orbs.

Sparkle Manual

Game modes

Quest

The Quest Mode is the main game mode. You need to complete levels to progress on your journey through Crowberry Woods. You will gain new abilities in the form of amulets.

Challenge

In Challenge Mode you try to be as fast as possible. Each level can be played on four difficulty levels which are: apprentice, journeyman, expert and master. While apprentice may be quite easy and relaxing, the master will challenge even those most devoted to art of playing Sparkle.

Survival

In Survival Mode your task is to survive as long as possible in levels that get more and more difficult by the minute. Use your amulet wisely! There are total of four levels which are called apprentice, journeyman, expert and master. Each level has five phases. You need to survive through all these phases to fully conquer an amulet. You can only play with amulets you have unlocked in the Quest Mode.

Power ups

You can collect powerups by shooting at them. Once hit the powerup activates immediately. You gain powerups by making at least three orb breaking moves in a row.

Aim

Accuracy: A beam of light will help you aim.

Backwards

Backwards: When picked up the orbs move backwards. This gives you more time and may provide other advantages also.

Fire Bolts

Fire Bolts: You are given three powerful bolts of fire which you can aim and shoot at the orbs. Each bolt can shatter one orb.

Color Wipe

Color Wipe: This powerful item wipes out all orbs which are the same color as the bonus itself when it is picked up. The color changes over time so if you time your actions right you can wipe out the desired color.

Purple Flame

Purple Flame: Ancient magical purple flame will disintegrate orbs. You may shoot it where you wish.

Frost Ray

Frost Ray: A ray of freezing coldness will shatter the orbs. You may point it where you wish and fire.

Color Powder

Color Powder: Cloud of colored powder colors the orbs. The color changes over time so be watchful if you want a certain color. Just aim the color powder and fire away.

Rune Reward

Rune Reward: When you pick this one up, you will instantly awarded with additional progress in the current level.

Joker Orb

Joker Orb: This special orb is all colors at once. After picking it up, just find the right spot and launch.

Marching Light

Marching Light: Decisive rhythmic bringers of light emerge from undeground shattering numerous orbs.

Fireflies

Fireflies: This amazing powerup will summon a swarm of fireflies which will buzz around hitting orbs and changing their colors for your aid!

Slow

Slow: When you pick up this power up the orbs slow down giving you more time.

Wrath of Moon

Wrath of Moon: When this powerup is picked up, meteors will rain down from the skies destroying the orbs.

Amulets

You gain amulets throughout the game. You can select the amulet you wish to use by clicking the amulets button in the map screen and then selecting the desired amulet. The more you play, the more amulets become available.

Amulet of Swift

Amulet of Swift: The orbs you shoot fly twice as fast, making hitting your target easier.

Amulet of Orb

Amulet of Orb: You'll get an extra orb slot on your Orb Slinger and your orbs regenerate faster.

Amulet of Attract

Amulet of Attract: Power ups are thrown towards you instead of away from you.

Amulet of Luck

Amulet of Luck: Your luck increases. Random events tend to turn up in your favor more often.

Amulet of Small

Amulet of Small: Powerful magic shrinks the orbs. They're harder to hit, but move a bit slower.

Amulet of Cutting

Amulet of Cutting: Orb strips are half as long, but come in a bit more frequently.

Amulet of Firebolt

Amulet of Firebolt: For every ten shot orbs that hit you'll get a fire bolt power up.

Amulet of Duality

Amulet of Duality: Power to summon a friend to aid you. (Plug in another mouse to your computer's USB port)

Amulet of Plenty

Amulet of Plenty: A power up pops out of the Hole in the ground now and then.

Amulet of Ease

Amulet of Ease: Each time you fail a level, it becomes a bit easier. The effect stays until you pass the level or lose all lives.

Amulet of Simplify

Amulet of Simplify: Eliminates one orb color, but the orbs move a lot faster.

Amulet of Ages

Amulet of Ages: Levels are longer, but the orbs move a tad slower.

Amulet of Risk

Amulet of Risk: Levels are much harder, but you gain an extra life each time you complete a level.

Amulet of Victory

Amulet of Victory: The amulet blasts out some orbs when you fill up the Rune Circle.

Amulet of Immortality

Amulet of Immortality: You do not lose any lives even if you fail a level.

Tips and Strategies

  • Try to order your orbs so that you can easily match three times in a row (chain factors 3, 6, 9 and so on) to get a power up.
  • You can save your power ups for later use by pressing the right mouse button.
  • The best spot to grab the power ups is right when they appear. (Notice the opening in the orb strip each time power up emerges!)
  • If you've got for example two same colored orbs in a row in your Orb Slinger, try double clicking the left mouse button to throw them both fast in a row. You can make matches of more than three-in-a-row very easily this way.
  • When picking up Slow or Backwards power up, try to concentrate on making the orb strip(s) "easier" to play. Basically this means shooting at spots where there aren't two or more like colored orbs in a row.
  • Good change to get more power ups is right after you've picked the Fireflies power up. At that time, the orbs are aligned so that matching is easier!
  • In Expert difficulty mode (will be made available when you complete the game for the first time), try using the Amulet of Immortality to "scout" the level. This way you don't lose precious lives even if you fail! If the level is too difficult, try using another amulet when you've gotten familiar with the board.
  • Joker Orbs can be a great way to extend your Chain Factor Level. You can shoot anywhere but the ends of the strip and make a match! It's a good way to get rid of two "lone colored" orbs too.
  • You can finish the level faster by making lots of combos and maintaining high Chain Factor Levels.

System Requirements

Minimum system requirements for playing Sparkle.

  • OS: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows Vista or Windows XP
  • Processor: Pentium 500MHz
  • RAM: 64 MB
  • DirectX 5.0 or higher
  • Hardware graphics accelerator is highly recommended

Note to Windows Vista users

If the game reports that your computer can not display the game at full visual quality please try to download and update the latest Windows Vista drivers for your graphics card.

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