Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!
Tonight we played Sparkle Unleashed from 10tons. Sparkle Unleashed is a fast-paced puzzle game in the style of Zuma's Revenge. We also gave out some great prizes, including advance copies of Sparkle 2 for Xbox One. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay!
Finnish developer 10tons recently announced that its popular puzzle game Sparkle 2 will be coming to Xbox One on January 27. Already a hit on Windows Phone, Sparkle 2 tasks players with shooting and matching colored orbs before the oncoming flood of orbs reaches the player's base.
In celebration of Sparkle 2's impending arrival, we're playing Sparkle Unleashed – 10tons' first Xbox One release. Sparkle Unleashed plays a lot like Sparkle 2, as it still involves shooting colored orbs at each other. But Unleashed lets you slide around on a path, whereas Sparkle 2 has players rotating from a fixed position as they aim.
Both Sparkle games play lot like the Zuma series, which means they're fast-paced and extremely fun. Sparkle Unleashed boasts 108 levels, 23 power-ups, and 5 difficulty levels – that's tons of puzzle action for your buck. Watch us play Unleashed, and be sure to grab Sparkle 2 when it launches later this month!
- Buy Sparkle Unleashed at Xbox.com ($7.99)
- Buy Sparkle 2 on Steam ($7.99)
- Buy Sparkle 2 for Windows Phone ($4.49)
We streamed Sparkle Unleashed and Neverwinter for ~90 minutes tonight. During that time, we gave out a total of 19 game codes:
- 5 Sparkle Unleashed for Xbox One
- 5 Sparkle 2 for Xbox One
- 3 Sparkle Unleashed for PlayStation 4, 3, and Vita (North American accounts only)
- 3 Sparkle 2 for PlayStation 4, 3, and Vita (North American accounts only)
- 3 Sparkle 2 for Steam
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Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? We stream a different game every Saturday. The stream always starts at the same time: 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):
- Saturday, January 23: Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires from Koei Tecmo
- Saturday, January 30: Paul will be out of town at PAX South, but we'll still have a stream!
- February or March: The Fall with special guest cohost, a member of the game's development team!
- February or March: Tachyon Project
- February or March: Neverwinter: Underdark – See the newest free Neverwinter expansion and win premium items!
- February or March: Lifeless Planet
- February 27: BladeStorm: Nightmare from Koei Tecmo
We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.
The guys and gals know how to sparkle!
Sparkle Unleashed Xbox One
Sparkle 2 Xbox One
Sparkle Unleashed PSN
Sparkle 2 PSN
Sparkle 2 Steam
Tonight's prizes generously provided by 10tons. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!
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