Mana Spark

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Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Released: December 2018. Added to this library 4 weeks ago.

Overview

Mana Spark is a fantasy adventure where you explore a Tolkein-esque dungeon to fight smart enemies that will plan and collaborate between themselves to defeat you. It's a game you play over and over, improving not only your skill but equipment and attacks each time you delve down into the darkness.

It's a game you must persevere at because you are supposed to die and learn. It has an additional novelty of a analogue aiming system using one of the joysticks as well as granting each enemy a unique set of skills, behaviours and collaborations. You need to learn their patterns and discover weaknesses.

Each time you die you end up back at the camp and can slowly rebuild and maintain the village. Meet new characters, choose your traps, your weapons and keep track of your discoveries and unlocked content.

The game is designed to make each new run a completely new experience. Each room is handcrafted to get the most out of the combat, but you'll never explore the same dungeon twice.

Tip

This game is good if you want to take on a mountainous challenge, build resilience or cope with losing.

Commitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. Sessions may comprise of multiple rounds as you dive into the dungeon multiple times.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

Costs

Does not include in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Ratings

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence.

ESRB TEEN for blood and violence.

Accessibility

System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators... read more.


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