How to make this explosion animation better

I need some help with this explosion animation design. I made it for some mobile words puzzle game. It shows up when gamers solve the puzzle and reveal the right answer tile.
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However, one feedback I got is that it feels not nature/engaging enough. I may need some wise suggestions here. Here I also attach the screenshot of how the interface looks like before and after games solve the puzzle.

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Any advice about color choosing, shapes or how each frame should look like is welcomed:)

Thanks in Advance!

Updated on Mar 29th

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Based on some wise suggestions I got from this forum, I created another sheet which starts from small clouds. And in order to make it more vivid, I added some stars on the later stage of the explosion. However, it turned out not as good as I have expected, is there any improvements about the color choosing or the way stars show up I can make? Thanks a lot!

Updated on Mar 30th
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Inspired by Popular Burst Accents Animations(What I want to do is something similar to the effect on 0:20) and Timing Principle (one of 12 Principles), I tried to make the sparks and cloud explode in different speed. But it seems not as good as what I want to achieve. I wish I could get some feedback on that version. 🙂 I appreciate all you guys’ helps!!


It does not look like an explosion. It looks like a fading cloud.

An explosion has directionality starting from a point. This images are simply dissolving.

If you need an explosion, the first image should be smaller, then growing and dissolving.

Source : Link , Question Author : Peiyun Chen , Answer Author : Rafael

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