took a risk by releasing this title for the DS system
here in North America. We have often talked about how
gamers have never had the chance to play some of the
games that are huge over in Japan. One of the biggest
hits for the Japanese market is Dating Sims. When I
wrote the preview for this game I applauded Ubisoft
for taking the risk and letting the gamer decide for
once rather than the big shots at the game companies.
However, after playing Sprung I really have to wonder
if they picked the right one to make as their first
one to debut on the DS. Sprung has everything that all
the other dating games have it just has a few problems.
You need to do everything exactly right blow one answer
and you will need to restart the scene and the biggest
problem is the fact the story is pretty boring. Its
also a long game and one you won't be able to sit through
at one time and this can cause some problems later on
in the other scenes.
I am not going to ruin the whole story for those who
want to play the game. So here is just a little run
down on the games story. You can play as Brett who
is in dire need of a real social life. A nice guy
who lacks confidence and really thinks he has the
answers when it comes to picking up the ladies. Of
course he really has no clue and winds up putting
his foot in his mouth almost every time he gets the
chance to meet a young lady. Becky on the other hand
just went through a major breakup and is trying to
get over it. Her thinking is to try and ignore her
troubles and they will go away. If it sounds like
a bad soap opera you nailed it. They both decide to
take jobs at a major ski resort and try and hook up
with their dream dates. If you play, as Brett Becky
will help you out and if you play as Becky Brett will
be your shoulder to cry on. It is not hard to see
that through the thin storyline the two belong together.
Do they hook up and live happily ever after? Will
Brett ever get that goofy look off his face? Will
Becky find her dream date? All these questions won't
be answered in this review of Soap "err"
game is simple to play you read a ton of duologue
between the two main characters. As well as others
and this is the first problem with the game overall.
You need to pay close attention to what is said and
keep it in the back of your mind. Key clues are given
out and at such a pace when you need to use the information
you find it hard to remember.
game is divided into scenes 50+ that could be called
levels. Your goals are clearly stated at the beginning
of each one. You will also find that by answering
the right way or by looking at each emotion that the
character shows when answering will cue a reaction.
So you not only need to find the right response or
opening you need to watch each emotion on the characters
faces when the are talking. You can learn how to respond
to the more simple questions fairly easily. You will
also earn things to use and to give as presents. If
having to remember each emotion and the questions
and clues was not enough you also need to remember
certain likes and dislikes. Then if you go to the
inventory screen you can pick an item to use or give
as a present to help smooth talk your way into someone's
heart. I will say the characters are interesting enough
and the game has some funny moments. However, the
game is so slow paced that at times it was hard to
really get into the story or even care about Brett
and Becky and their problems and goals.
shows some promise for other titles. It also has dome
nice use of the duel screen but mostly in the graphics
area. Graphically the game is okay not great and not
bad. The sound needed a lot more work now I know these
types of games are about the story and not sound and
graphics. Yet, the game could have benefited from
more graphics and sound effects. There are a few neat
things like the cell phone ringing and a few tricks
they threw in. I found the best way to enjoy playing
the game was to change my expectations. I had to take
what the game had to offer and replay it. After doing
so I found it to be better but still in need of a
bit more meat so to speak. I would certainly say Sprung
is one DS title you will want to rent first before
buying. I could only recommend a purchase first if
you already play imports and are a fan already of
this type of game. I will still stand behind Ubisoft's
decision to release Sprung and hopefully we will see
more games that we have never gotten a chance to play.
I just hope they are less frustrating and have a bit
more to them in the way of a story, graphics and sound.