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Sparkster (SNES)

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Sparkster is a 2D side-scrolling platformer starring the eponymous hero who previously appeared in Rocket Knight Adventures. It is very different from the contemporary Genesis title Sparkster, as it does not continue the story from the first game and has completely different levels, enemies and gameplay mechanics. In that way it can be considered a spin-off in the series. The introduction merely shows how an elderly man captures a girl and takes her into his airship. At that point Sparkster appears and he decides to chase them.

Sparkster is a rodent carrying a rocket pack on his back. He can move around, duck, jump and hang from branches or rails. His regular attack is a sword slash that sends out a circular projectile. Through the L and R buttons he can dash left and right in a circle of fire. Keeping the attack button pressed powers up a rocket meter. When full, different types or actions can be performed: dashing left, right or up to cover a large distance, ricocheting off walls in a diagonal motion, or a stationary attack.

The game consists of nine levels of which the last two can only be accessed on higher difficulty levels. Sparkster collects diamonds for points, defeats all types of robot enemies and collects apples to restore his heart meter near the top of the screen. Most of the game consists of regular platforming gameplay, with a few diversions where Sparkster rides a robot bird, or is shown from a top-down view flying in the air like a vertically-scrolling shooter. All levels have a level boss along with a large number of mid-level bosses. The game supports a password system.


Sparkster SNES Sparkster achieves orbit by pointing straight up.
Sparkster SNES Duck to let the rocket pass
Sparkster SNES The flying body parts of this caterpillar are still dangerous.
Sparkster SNES Use the dash move properly to escape the water.

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A great spin-off/sequel to an awesome Genesis platformer. Idkbutlike2 (23) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Best platformer in history. Stefan Schalk (5) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Video Game Den May 29, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Players Oct, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Nintendo Magazine System UK Sep, 1994 91 out of 100 91
Total! (Germany) Oct, 1994 1.75 out of 6 85
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Oct, 1994 8.2 out of 10 82
Mega Fun Nov, 1994 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) Nov, 1994 4 out of 5 80 Jan 22, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Nov, 1994 7 out of 10 70


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Sciere (268388) added Sparkster (SNES) on May 14, 2010