create your own gamesMicrosoft studios have announced a digital canvas where you can create your own games.  This “game maker” game is called Project Spark and was developed by Team Dakota for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Window 8.  Which is fabulous, far more games need to be available cross platform, I hope this is the way forward.

This game is still available on Beta on Windows 8.1 and Xbox One users were recently added to the beta, but sadly 360 users still have to wait.

Create your own games with Project Spark

With Project Spark you can use either the Xbox controller, your keyboard or even your touch devices to create worlds, stories and games of your own.  Add your own landscape, mountains, rivers, towns, people and it doesn’t stop there, you can make the people or items react to certain actions.  This means you can might them fight, pick up items, drop items, collect objects, everything you do place in  your world can be altered, re-sized, changed in colour there are so many options available and although it sounds very complicated, there are great tutorials and lots of guides which walk you through each step.

projectsparkbeta

Sharable Worlds

Similar to other games, once you have created your world this becomes sharable so other players can enter your world and create a duplicate world if they want to add to it or change anything, so you needn’t even start from scratch with your world.  Its a good idea even to browse the other worlds available at first, to give you an idea of what exactly you can achieve creatively with Project Spark. There are some very clever and imaginative players out there!

Project Spark has so much depth and creativity

This “game” is so impressive! There are so many features and endless possibilities to unleash your creativeness, I don’t think I can explain any further, you need to just see it for yourself – check out the video below for a sneak preview.

 Can I get a beta key for Project Spark?

Anyone can apply for the Project Spark Beta – just go to – Join Project Spark they say they are sending out beta keys in batches so you might have to wait a little while, if you are selected you will get an email with detail on how to get going.  I was lucky enough to get a key from my friend who used to work at Microsoft – Thanks Vince 🙂

Once you have your key you have to actually download and install the game on your device from the Windows Store or from the Xbox Store under games.

If you have any problems with the game, as its in beta, make sure you let the support team know.

Unlike many other Beta games this game has no non-disclosure agreement – so this means I was able to write about it here, and to tell you how great it is.

projectspark

System requirements

  • Minimum: Core i5 CPU, Intel HD4000 video card, 4GB RAM, 2GB hard drive space
  • Recommended: Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GT640M or AMD HD8850M or better, 8GB RAM
  • Project Spark requires a connection to Xbox Live for initial login and some features

Project Spark Beta is in closed preview, users will be prompted for a registration key upon product launch. Please go to http://projectspark.com to sign up for your free registration key!