sr2Not to be confused with the intriguing Project Spark, Wicked Loot’s upcoming Spark Rising already has a lot going for it.  To start with it has an experienced team of developers with a long list of credits to their name, so they know how to get things done.  It’s got some Picross 3D style graphics, but without all the hard work  and stress of passing levels to see the result.  It also has some pretty impressive large-scale sandbox battles on destructible terrain that appear to give you a ton of flexibility.

But wait…

  • Isn’t it just a Minecraft clone?  The inspiration is undoubtedly there, but similarity in one area hardly makes for a clone.
  • What’s the point of the game? Build stuff and fight with it. Or build stuff and share it. Or fight with stuff other people build. Where’s your imagination?
  • Why should I have to build all my own units?  You don’t have to.  You’ll be able to download user created content for free?
  • They can’t make it for $17,000 can they? No, but the Kickstarter money is for improving the game they’ve already been working on. Isn’t that nice?
  • What’s the point of the fighting? What’s the point of any fighting… This isn’t a philosophy class, it’s gaming.  You make stuff and blow it up.
  • You’re just talking to yourself, aren’t you.  Maybe.

Check out the Spark Rising Kickstarter campaign from now until October 30th.  They’ve got a fairly humble $17,000 target to help fund the completion of the game.

 

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Greg Micek has been writing on and off about games since the late nineties, always with a focus on indie games. He started DIYGames.com in 2000, which was one of the earliest gaming sites to focus exclusively on indie games. During his time writing he's been fortunate enough to have his work appear within CloudChaser, Gamasutra, InQuest Magazine, as well as a monthly column in Computer Games Magazine. Cliqist was started in the same spirit as DIY, to help spread the word on a subset of games and their developers that are being marginalized and undervalued by the gaming world as a whole.