Scarlett and the Spark of Life: Scarlett Adventures Episode 1 in Review – If you want anything done right, you have to escape the kidnappers yourself…

Are you tired of those whiny princesses? Tired of always being the “Prince Charming” or the “Knight in Shiny Armour”? Are you a fan of adventure games? Then the newly released title by Launching Pad Games is for you! It’s girl power time in Scarlett and the Spark of Life: Scarlett Adventures Episode 1 with the aforementioned princess taking the lead in saving her lovely backside from the would-be kidnappers.

Scarlett and the Spark of Life is the first chapter in what is planned to be a classic episodic point-and-tap adventure game series. Scarlett and her sister are kidnapped by two pairs of kidnappers. But on the way across the mountain Scarlett decides that simply waiting to be rescued is not very practical and tricks her kidnappers into escaping. After a short trip down the side of the road she finds herself face to face with a horrible creature named pocalco. These crazy llama-look-a-likes are worshipped in a nearby town of Monteil. With the thugs hot on her track she finds an unlikely ally in the face of a mechanical horse imbued with the soul of a demonic entity to find and rescue her sister.

Scarlett and the Spark of Life is true to the traditions of the point-and-click adventure genre. You’ll have to guide Scarlett along the village of Monteil with quite an extraordinary population. The puzzles are rather equally split between items and dialogues, though they never offer any challenge. If you find yourself stuck you can always use the helpful hint button to highlight all of the hotspots on the current screen. And if al else fails just talked to everyone possible using all dialogue options.

One thing deserving a special mention in Scarlett is the writing. All of the characters are thoroughly thought out and memorable. Even the idea of a remote village worshipping a crazy llama like creature on a whim of the founder is worthy of the hall of the fame. And the dialogues are so hilarious that on multiple occasions I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. The only real issue is that this festival of pure joy only lasts for about an hour or so and leaves you hungry for more.

Another feature of Scarlett and the Spark of Life worthy of praise is the graphics. The game is made in a distinct visual art style, with carefully drawn object and backgrounds but sparse animations. The interface is fully touch-oriented and won’t pose any issues. The lack of voiceovers is a bit disappointing, but for an indie project, it’s not much of a surprise.

Scarlett and the Spark of Life follows in the footsteps of 1112 episode 01 and HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 (TMA Review) in establishing that quality adventure games can be developed originally for the iOS platform. Scarlett’s tale offers a fresh point of view on how a princess should behave in a visually beautiful and superbly written tale of “mystery, deceit, and psychopathic furry animals”. The only disappointment is that this title ends just as you get into the characters and the setting and I hope Launching Pad Games will not keep us waiting long for episode 2.

With this I declare Scarlett and the Spark of Life: Scarlett Adventures Episode 1 officially touched!

App Summary
Title: Scarlett and the Spark of Life: Scarlett Adventures Episode 1 Developer: Launching Pad Games
Reviewed Ver: 1.01 Min OS Req: 4.0
Price: $2.99 App Size: 35.35MB
  • Superb hilarious writing
  • Memorable characters
  • Detailed stylish graphics
  • Intuitive interface
  • A bit on the easy side
  • Ends far too quickly
  • No voiceovers


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