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The star of Thing on a Spring returns in this sequel. The evil Toy Goblin is up to his old tricks, with his giant toy factory producing thousands of evil toys. In order to shut down the factory, Thing must travel through the factory's 11 different levels and collect the tape, floppy disk, listing paper and ROM chip scattered throughout.

The levels are filled with slopes, conveyor belts, interconnected pipework (years before Sonic the Hedgehog), and lots of foes to avoid. Question mark times have variable effects: stepping onto them reveals bonus points, objects, or a large weight that squashes Thing flat.

As Thing takes damage from enemies or weights, his oil level is reduced. When Thing runs out of oil, he becomes rusted and the game ends. To move between levels, Thing must enter the pipework through a vent and bounce around the pipes to find an exit.


Coil Cop ZX Spectrum Entering the pipe
Coil Cop ZX Spectrum The initial pathfinding screen
Coil Cop Amstrad CPC On a conveyor belt
Coil Cop ZX Spectrum Another level

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Alternate Titles

  • "'Thing' Bounces Back" -- UK title

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Critic Reviews

Zzap! Commodore 64 Aug, 1987 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Sep, 1987 7.8 out of 12 65
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Jul, 1987 61 out of 100 61


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