Ubisoft’s Sprung for the Nintendo DS

I just noticed that one of Ubisoft’s three Nintendo DS titles is Sprung, “the game where everyone scores”, the game with “double the love”. Yes, it’s a dating sim.

I can’t think of any dating sims developed in the west in recent history (there are, of course, plenty from Japan, and they tend to be quite naughty).

Given the occasional discussion about romance and sex in games, I think this is a very cool move on the part of Ubisoft. The premise of the game sounds a bit like a bad MTV show, but “bad” in this case doesn’t mean “not fun”, and keeping a finger on the pulse of pop culture is a smart move – way smarter than using another cliched fantasy setting.

Even though the gameplay seems simplistic, I hope the game is fun, and has some success.

Update: This is a weird one. Thad points out in the comments that someone involved in the development of Sprung has a blog (among other aspects of Internet presence). But then I find out that this person has an idea for a game called Thaddaeus Frogley (scroll down). Insert your favorite conspiracy theory here.

Comments 4

  1. codemonkey_uk wrote:

    On of the developers of this game is quite a prolific blogger:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=%22fluffy+grue%22

    Posted 29 Nov 2004 at 12:27
  2. fluffy wrote:

    The frog character in that game idea was named after codemonkey_uk, yes.

    I don’t use the name ‘fluffy grue’ anymore, though, except on HuSi. I also wouldn’t consider myself prolific.

    Posted 06 Dec 2004 at 6:10
  3. fluffy wrote:

    Hm, I also kinda wish I’d gone with my first instinct and asked that you remove the links to me and my weblog from this entry when I first saw it, since now it’s had a chilling effect (http://trikuare.cx/mt/archives/000928.php). Oh well.

    Posted 08 Jan 2005 at 21:50
  4. Jurie Horneman wrote:

    I know the problem well. I didn’t want to worry every day whether the wrong person could read the wrong thing here, so I adapted my writing style accordingly. Which means I can’t use my blog to share some of my more personal thoughts, but well, that’s how it goes. I work for one of the more secretive companies in the industry, but I told them I had a blog in my interview, and it was OK with them.

    Posted 08 Jan 2005 at 22:52