Scarlett and the Spark of Life: Scarlett Adventures Episode 1 Review
- Classic adventure gaming.
- Casual challenge level.
- Amusing dialogue and storyline.
- Simple and effective controls.
- Bite-sized game length.
Scarlett and the Spark of Life is a fun, funny and entertaining journey and a great lead-up for what could end up being a solid episodic adventure title.
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Traditional adventure titles are somewhat of a rarity these days and while the genre has survived thanks to casual hidden-object and even puzzle variations, there's just something far more satisfying about completing a game using your wits and logic while being absorbed in a great story. Scarlett and the Spark of Life by Launching Pad Games is the first episode in what will hopefully become a regular series as it's hard not to be entranced by this game's amusing and tongue in cheek style.
Point and click (or in this case, tap) adventures have long suffered from the need to hunt for objects that you can interact with, but this is simplified in Spark of Life by a highlight system that indicates new areas, objects and people you can talk to. You'll need to explore a town dominated by people who all but worship what looks like a mangy crossbreed between a llama and a goat in order to construct an unholy mechanical horse and escape your disastrous fate. Scarlett herself isn't your typical princess either and players delving in to conversations may find her acerbic wit to be abrasive at times, but not without a few nods to classic adventure tropes such as blurting out the worst possible thing to say at a given time.
For those used to traditional adventure titles, the pacing can be quite quick, especially as the puzzles you're confronted with aren't terribly complicated to solve. However, this is tempered by the clever dialogue that strays from the norm wherever possible, providing more than a few chuckles as you mollify a horse with delusions of grandeur or put a lazy peasant on trial.
Scarlett and the Spark of Life is a beautiful and satisfying adventure title, if somewhat shorter than most already available. A definite must try for fans of traditional adventure games and great casual title for those after something a little different.
Description★ Finalist in the Pocket Gamer Awards 2011, Adventure/RPG category! ★
★ Top ten in the ‘Role Playing’ category in 50 countries ★
★ Thanks for all the amazing 5-star reviews! ★
Please do read our blog post if you're wondering about Scarlett Episode 2: http://bit.ly/JnRcYy
★ About the game ★
Kidnapped? Standard princess procedure dictates dutifully awaiting rescue by a knight in shining armor.
But Scarlett isn’t dutiful. She’s angry. She’s going to start a fight, make a daring escape, and ride into the sunset on an egotistical mechanical horse built from spare parts. Hang on…
Scarlett and the Spark of Life is the first episode of the Scarlett Adventures, lovingly crafted in the spirit of classic ‘point and click’ adventures exclusively for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
★ Features ★
★ An angry princess with a crowbar
★ A talking horse with a god complex
★ A hilarious tale of mystery, deceit, and psychopathic furry animals
Do you really need anything else? Yes? Okay:
★ Frustration-free ‘point and tap’ gameplay built specifically for the iPhone / iPod Touch
★ Explore an eclectic alpine village and figure out its puzzling secrets
★ Battle, belittle and/or befriend an eccentric cast of characters
★ Go behind the scenes with the unique Visual Commentary mode
★ Test your mettle with integrated OpenFeint Achievements
Scarlett and the Spark of Life: an offbeat adventure that fits in your pocket.
★ Reviews ★
★ Jayisgames: “The writing in this game is nothing short of brilliant … a must-buy title for any iPhone/iPod Touch owner!”
★ Paste Magazine: “Remarkably assured”
★ GameZebo 4/5: “Sublimely simple touch controls”
★ Wired: “Excellent story”
★ Slide to Play 4/4: “The visual developer commentary is a great incentive to replay the game”
★ Pocket Gamer 8/10: “Charming visuals, sharp writing, and interesting puzzles”
★ AppSpy 4/5: “A beautiful and satisfying adventure”
★ Game on Mac 5/5: “This was seriously one of the best games that we’ve ever played. If you don’t pick this up, you’re missing out.”
★ Eurogamer 8/10: “This is a hugely promising start for Launching Pad Games. More, please.”
What's New in Version 1.2.1★ OpenFeint Achievements ★
Are you the local Scarlett expert?
★ Can you tap like a wild person and race through the adventure in super-quick time?
★ Can you play a certain well-known tune on the graveyard contraption?
★ Can you delve into Gherkin’s dark psyche and uncover a softer side?
★ Can you stoop to telling terrible bee jokes?
Prove your worth with eleven new OpenFeint Achievements!