First off we have single-player mode for all you lonely folks out there. You can play this to unlock new characters and stages while earning coins to be thrown into the Sphere Fountain to unlock different sphere types to be used in the other modes. It consists of 10 stages of ever-increasing difficulty, along with a bonus round to earn some extra coins. Next up we have a practice mode, which really doesn’t need an explanation. Squash mode is a variation of the standard tennis format. Just like its namesake, in squash mode players share the same length of court and must take turns hitting the ball back and forth against the south wall. Points are scored when the player either misses the ball and lets it hit the northern wall, or if a player touches the ball when it’s not his turn. There is a sword icon that appears over the head of the players to denote whose turn it is to hit the ball. If you never played squash before (like me!) it takes a few minutes to get used to, but it adds a little more variety to the game so it’s quite welcome. Sphere Fountain brings you to (yep, you guessed it!) the Spirit Fountain. For every hundred coins you throw in, you unlock a random sphere to use in the other modes. And of course, I saved the best for last.
The graphics are faithfully created in an 8-bit style that even uses a color palette that stays true to the limitations of the NES generation. Just looking at the backgrounds and character sprites gives me a feeling of nostalgia since I grew up playing games that looked just like SpiritSphere. It’s pretty cool to think that it was all created by one single person (with the exception of the eclectic soundtrack by a man known only by the name of Gas1312). That’s right, Eendhoorn Games is made up of only one person; Martino Wullems. If you are in the market for an easy to pick up, yet hard to master quick-paced skill-based game that you can load up and have a blast with whenever you have some friends over then I highly recommend SpiritSphere. However, if you’re more of a solitary gamer, then you might feel a bit limited with this game since there is no online functionality. There is only so much enjoyment you can wring out of the single player mode.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 6.5/10
+Multiplayer is a blast
+Nice price point
-Some technical glitches
-Lack of online play