For Ubisoft, Mc Guiness has provided, either intentionally or not, a plot that feels derived right out of the stereotypical teen comedies of the 80s.
In , players head off to a Ski Lodge in the Rockies and try to hit on the clientele for a little action.
Sprung has you meeting, flirting and hooking up as you engage in a risque, daring adventure with sexy singles at Snowbird Mountain, a hip ski resort in Colorado.
Be naughty or nice, as you have the freedom to say and try what you wish on one of two adventure paths -- one as a guy, one as a girl.
And true to the stereotype, you get the pretty boys, nerds and nerdettes, and the spoiled little rich kids, all the way down to the boppy-happy Casio-style theme between missions.
Really, the only thing missing is an action montage midway through the second act.
But to sell people on the virtues of the Nintendo DS platform?
has a "fun" style throughout its production, but the entire experience is absolutely, dreadfully dull and unfulfilling.
Ubisoft has with Sprung, an almost Western-style version of the Japanese girlfriend simulator.
We can appreciate the company trying something new for a system that's trying something new, but Sprung is just unbelievably unrewarding as a "game," and I couldn't imagine any publisher attempting to release it as anything but one of the few titles capitalizing on a high profile launch release.
And having two different characters to play as means two different ways to play the adventure.
Conversations are handled through multiple choice selecting via the touch-screen or the D-pad, and each action has its own concequences that will hurt or help your chances in completing the task that's set forth at the beginning of the game.
As hardware capabilities increased, the text adventure genre slowly faded into obscurity, and though the classics can be found on anything from Java applications to downloadable cellphone files, these games are really only revisited for novelty's sake.