FREEview: Mana Spark
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Lemme get this off my chest real quick: I love rogue-likes. It was the 199something Chocobo’s Dungeon 2 that cursed me to forever heed that genre’s call. Probably more of a siren song really. So basically I love to go down into a dungeon, get stuff, and try not to die. That’s it for the most part. Well that and the procedurally generated levels and the constant threat permadeath are the basic rules to being a rogue-like. They are also the basic rules to me loving your game. Enter Mana Spark.
Mana Spark certainly has a little bit of that rogue-like nonsense: procedurally generated levels, random enemies, varied loot drops, and most importantly permadeath. Some plays will be easy. Others won’t. It is the luck of the draw, the roll of the dice, the shoot of the crap scenario. That is where your skills and patience come in. Get dealt a shitty hand and you’ll become a better player for it! The game won’t play easy on you either. It will be tough and you will die my. Hopefully you’ll walk away stronger for it. There is always next time!
Even if it is difficult, you will get better. Every trip down into the depths leaves you feeling like you learned a little more. Every new enemy you encounter has a different strategy. Every item effects you differently. So when you finally, inevitably do die, you’ll bring back little more knowledge of this dark and mysterious world. Let’s get to the nitty gritty my friend.
You’re this little cutie archer with a great sense of fashion: a wicked scarf and a sexy bow. He is probably a tween but who’s to say! Now throw that little sprite boy in a beautifully animated 16-bit(ish) top down environment with unlimited arrows and an increasingly difficult enemies on four evil floors. Slam in a store between each floor for good measure and now you got a game. Kill the enemies in hopes they drop cash. Use the cash to buy items in the three stores. Fight a boss on the final floor! BOOM.
That wolf is fucking cute yo.
Now I’d love to go into greater detail here but I really shouldn’t. These Brazilian developers known as Behemutt were kind enough to release Mana Spark as an early access build. The game ain’t done yet! I can’t wait for more of it. At this point I have probably beaten it ten times. I’ve nearly mastered it but not quite because that is next to impossible! That is the best part of the game too: you can’t master something that changes constantly. You will die.
Get it on PC / MAC / Linux here!