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Tigervision Springer -Atari 2600
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Title: Springer
Manufacturer: Tigervision
Platform: Atari 2600
Release Date: 1982
Part #: 7-006
Rating: 1 out of 5
ESRB Rating: N/A

Rating: Tigervision Springer Classic Retro Video Game Review Rating
Tigervision Springer Screenshot:
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If you're reading this on August 8, 2012 then I hope you're enjoying Review A Bad Game Day - a holiday for gamers. Otherwise, we'll jump right in with the details of this really bad game.

Springer's box cover leads one to believe this game takes an Easter theme to the clouds in a platformer of sorts. In 1982, prior to coming home to gaming consoles, Springer was an arcade game. Springer is the name of the rabbit you control as you make him hop from cloud to cloud (varying length lines) kicking various objects as you strive to get to the sun at the top of the screen.

Springer Story Arc

You're a rabbit. Your name is Springer. You are on an unexplained journey towards the Sun, while collecting eggs and kicking dragons.

Springer Game Play

The first irritating facet to this game is the start-up screen. Most games dispence with intro sequences with a tap of the fire button. Springer has 3 levels and Tigervision ensures you closely examine each one before game play begins. After listening to the catchy music and visit each level (levels are oddly referred to as "Frames") you are ready to start hopping and kicking. In addition to "frames" there is mention of "rounds", but we couldn't figure out the differences as we played.

This single-player game begins with 3 lives and 999 seconds on the clock. Springer's journey to the sun involves some fairly odd joystick wizardry. "Up" on the joystick makes Springer kick while the fire button jumps. This gets a little odd since the joystick handles all the other directions. The control is pretty bad, sometimes relegated to millimeters of accuracy to avoid falling off a cloud (the numerous lines). Once you get the hang of it, you must collect all the bonus objects to clear the level and get to the sun where Springer will do a victory dance. Among these objects are carrots, toothbrushes, pots and cups.

Holy shit! Check this out...
The Springer Game manual states this game is based on a "real coin arcade game with progressive game play". Could they mean Q*Bert -
one of the best jumping platformers of the era? Nope! They really mean Springer! This game originated via Orca and Direct Connections as an upright arcade cabinet in 1982.

Eggs must be kicked - preferably before they hatch into dragons. Dragons occupy clouds and move back-and-forth making jumping onto these clouds more difficult. If you have the tenacity and patience to complete all 3 levels, you return to the first level with increased difficulty. Speaking of which, the Difficulty Switches are not used in Springer. Some of the difficulty variables are disappearing clouds and smaller moving clouds which make the platform smaller.

The game ends when you run out of lives, the clock runs down to zero or you find something better to do with your time. In all fairness, Springer could have been an engaging platformer, but the quirks and poor control rob you of any fun you may have been seeking.

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Final Judgement:

Tigervision Springer

has all the components of a descent Atari 2600 platformer, but the control really takes away from the game. The music is good and the sun at the top is nicely done, but the game play just doesn't match up to these facets. You won't likely want to play this game for moe than the initial 999 seconds. Do the math - that's a long time for this game! :)

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