Microsoft’s new Project Spark is available for download through the Xbox One and Windows 8.1 stores beginning today.
The website for Project Spark is a thing of beauty. The “choose your own adventure” type of storytelling moves the reader through the story of Project Spark and the game’s features.
“Chose your own adventure” is the same approach the game itself takes, since each player can create their own worlds and players. Users are able to start with a blank canvas or pre-designed content. The player then moves through the game creating worlds just the way they want to, whether that includes creating a single flower or a field of flowers.
The game holds similarities to other build-as-you-go games such as Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet. Game designer Claude Jerome said in a statement that a major difference is that Project Spark allows the player to control everything in the game, down to the minutiae of object actions.
The game was announced in 2013, and launched in Windows beta in December 2013. The game is available to download for free from the Windows Store. A retail disc is available for $39.99, which provides additional enhancements and content, including a builder’s pack expansion.