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Thing on a Spring

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Amstrad CPC
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Commodore 64
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Description

The evil Goblin has used his magical abilities to ensnare all the toys in the neighborhood to go into his underground lair. Thing bounces to the rescue, and resolves to retrieve them from his 4 storey underground lair. To do this he must collect 9 pieces of a jigsaw puzzle on each floor.

Needless to say, Goblin has not made things easy - a myriad of traps await our intrepid hero. There are traps all over, some crucial areas are guarded by switches, and the last of these switches locks the level-ending lift.

Thing on a Spring is a platform game, made unusual by Thing's motion method. He can bounce to reach great heights, and be bounced off platforms strategically to reach higher platforms. You have limited oil, which is lost through contact with the many nasties you will encounter.

Screenshots

Thing on a Spring Commodore 64 Ended up in a trap here, lured by a prize
Thing on a Spring Commodore 64 Work out a route across these platforms
Thing on a Spring Amstrad CPC I ran out of oil.
Thing on a Spring Amstrad CPC If you go out and come back, the colors and enemies change.

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The Press Says

Zzap! Commodore 64 Aug, 1985 93 out of 100 93
64'er Commodore 64 Sep, 1985 11 out of 15 73
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Jun, 1986 6.75 out of 10 68

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Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • July 1991 (Issue 10) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)

Contributed to by Martin Smith (63054)