Breakaway was a soccer based game in which each robot had to score points by kicking soccer balls into any of four goals in each corner. In the middle of the field, there was a foot tall hill that each robot attempted to climb over to reach the other side of the field; they could either climb over or go through a tunnel underneath. In the last fifteen seconds of the game, teams could score extra points by hanging their robots on six foot tall bars.
Sparky had a pneumatic powered kicker fitted with surgical tubing to add extra power from the elastic tension. The robot also used spring-loader fiberglass rods to hook onto the hanging bar and allow a motor to hoist Sparky off of the floor.