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  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • ESRB: Teen
  • Players: 1
  • Online: No
  • Developer: Ubi Soft
  • Publisher: Ubi Soft
  • Suggested Retail: $29.99
  • Graphics: C
  • Sound: B
  • Gameplay: D
  • Replay: D
  • Fun Factor: C
  • Reviewer’s Wild Card: C


By James Stevenson     December 15, 2004

© UbiSoft

I've never played a dating game before, despite hearing all about how they are quite popular in Japan. There haven't really been many games from this genre released in the United States (any?). Finally though, thanks to Ubi Soft and the Nintendo DS, gamers can finally try a game that will allow them to be a young female adult who can say slutty things and get laid.

What is there to this game? You can play as a male or female character that has just arrived at a ski resort with some friends. The story plays out in episodes and you must complete objectives like hooking up friends or gaining a modeling job. You do this by playing through rather in-depth dialogue trees.

And that's about it. There are lots of things you can say, but it mostly boils down to some pretty significant trial and error in the game. You might say just the wrong thing and get everything screwed up, causing you to have to repeat it all again.

And then we come to the fact that really, all this is a text based game that doesn't really go anywhere beyond that. Sure it's fun to seduce people or say very rude things, but its not long before the game becomes monotonous. Even then, the writing is pretty good and the story isn't bad, so the game is what it is. It's just hard to say it is the most fun you'll have on the Nintendo DS.

The game has some pretty graphics and nicely drawn characters and backgrounds. I'll admit that the colorful and clean look is eye-catching, and works very well for this sort of game. Ok, I really have nothing on what to say here. It's a lot of still/slightly moving 2D graphics. They're nice though, and hey, the girls and guys are all cute, but lets remember that we're looking at cartoon figures.

The music actually is pretty good, which really surprised me. It's catchy, and I guess considering how little amount of memory was put into the actual gameplay, there was probably plenty of space left over for well-encoded music files. As always, headphones are much better than the built-in speakers for a DS game.

I'm really struggling to pull anything worth writing about on this game. If you want to buy a text-based dating game, obviously this is something for you. If you like to actually play your games, this probably isn't up your alley. But you can always enjoy the roll reversal of getting to play a pretty girl and hitting on guys (or vice versa).

What SPRUNG boils down to is that it's a fun little game for those of you who don't mind a game that only involves selecting text responses of dialog. If you can get into the whole sexual suggestiveness of the title, you might have some fun, otherwise, invest your money somewhere else for some actual gameplay.


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