If Rogue Legacy and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past had a baby, would you want to play that game? That is the hope of Merge Games as it brings its “approachable roguelite” action game, Sparklite, to the PS4 next year. The nonspecific release date was announced after a partnership was formed with Red Blue Games to publish the title.
In Sparklite, you are an engineer named Ada. Gremlins are destroying the world (and you thought it would be zombies) by eating the magical rocks that give this game its name. They power the planet, and the planet is pissed. Earthquakes cause the world to shift and open up new quests for Ada. (Spoiler alert, Ada. Expose them to sunlight, and you can be home by dinner.)
The gameplay is a mix of ideas. It’s a roguelite, but it still retains an adventure game heritage. There is a mixup of the levels to keep things feeling fresh, but I am not reading anything that says it’s so hard it cuts diamonds. Ada’s an engineer. She will use her noggin to create weapons and tools to solve problems one way or another.
Check out the trailer for some pixel-y, world-saving action.
Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.