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Sprung is a video game for the Nintendo DS. It was released in North America on December 7, as one of the launch titles for the system. Sprung puts players in the shoes of either Becky or Brett in a conversation-based visual novel that mostly consists of dialogue. Sprung can be regarded as a dating simthough the linearity and variety in the game as well as its humor also lend it to being an adventure game.
The game was one of the first dating simulation games to have a wide commercial release in North America. The character treatments and overall plot in Sprung were conceived by Colleen McGuinnesswho was the lead writer for the project.
The working title for Sprung was Crush. There are two distinct narratives in the game: the player can play as either Brett or Becky. Both stories take place at the same locations, but under different continuities. The game is split up by different "scenes" that contain a narrative consisting of dialogue, similar to a script of an episode of a sitcom. Each scene gives the player an objective to complete. With nearly every interaction with characters within a scene, the player is given the option from a list of responses on how to respond.
Different situations will require the player to use their wit and charm, in addition to a wide variety of collectible items, to progress through the scene.
There are multiple locations in the game, all of which feature their own theme music. The "mood" of the music in a scene is influenced by how characters react to your choices. Bonus scenes are unlocked through the collection of "golden lines", which are quotes that are deemed the most witty or absurd conversational options. Additional art pieces can be unlocked through the collection of various items throughout the game. Becky and Brett's narratives establish them as having been friends since childhood.
They go on a trip to a ski resort as an attempt to find love, have fun, and seek new work opportunities. Brett is torn between his long-standing crush on Becky and desire to explore his options and play the field. Brett tries to navigate love on the mountain with a zany cast of eligible bachelorettes while helping his close friends Danny and Lucas with their own mischief.
Along the way, he has to deal with Elliot and Conor, two pretentious men who are richer, more charming and more famous than him. Brett's story culminates with a competition with Conor where the prize is the chance to take one of three girls on a dream vacation.
In Becky's story, she uses the vacation as an escape from her recent ex-boyfriend Sean only to have him arrive at the same time. Her story gives the player the option of a split path in the careers of waitressing or modeling, which in different scenes becoming available.
Becky's story involves maintaining her relationships with her childhood friends - the promiscuous Kiki and the geeky Erica, among new friends that can help or hinder her situation based on their motives. The player also guides Becky in advancing her career path and finding love while on the mountain. Ultimately, Brett confesses that he has feelings for Becky and the player is given the option to pursue a relationship with him or remain friends.
Sprung received "generally unfavorable reviews" according to video game review aggregator Metacritic. The game's dialogue-based gameplay received mixed reviews. Some reviewers compared it to a choose your own adventure novel. Game Informer noted: "There's good humor and writing to be had here, but it's not so much a game as an interactive comic.
In the years following its release, Sprung has been looked back on in a more positive light. In a retrospective review, Sprung was again praised for its writing and humor by Rice Digital. The publication described the game as a "movie plot turned interactive" and a unique release for its time. Retrieved June 6, Retrieved November 28, October 20, Archived from the original on October 20, Retrieved June 13, Game Informer : Nintendo World Report.
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