Thing on a Spring

• Publisher: Gremlin Graphics
• Developer:
Micro Projects
Release Date: 1985
Code: Jason Perkins
............Anthony Clarke
GFX: Jason Perkins
Music: Rob Hubbard

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 93%
Our Game Rating: 98%

This ending was awarded 'Game Ending of the Week': 03/11/08


FILE: thingspringend.zip




> THING ON A SPRING by Gremlin Graphics

• Completed & Reviewed By Vinny Mainolfi

Gremlin Graphics got this game just right for me. It's one of my all time favourite platform games and it's one that I return to time and time again. I remember spending hours playing it so that I could see the ending, and at one point a school friend and I had a challenge going as to who could complete it first. Finally, after playing the game to death, I got to the end sequence. So was it worth all that lost youth? ... Take a butchers...

Thing gets transported to the main switch.

Thing automatically pulls the switch and a deadly RAY appears!

The Goblin is none the wiser.




YIPEEE! Game Completed : ) The End.

Thing on a Spring is a fine little game ending and finishes off the game as it started, in pure style. If you haven't ever played the game then WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? If you have and never saw the game ending, then now's you chance!

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I originally complete this game without the cheat - but on this occasion, I cheated :)

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once Thing reaches the final room, it's a matter of finding the correct teleporter that whizzes you over to the final switch. When you get to the switch, Thing automatically flips it and a large force-field appears below the platform. The Evil Goblin is unaware of the force-field and walks straight into the death trap. The Goblin fades away and the ending message appears: "CONGRATULATIONS. YOU HAVE KILLED THE EVIL GOBLIN AND SET FREE ALL THE TOYS."


  • Vinny: Firstly, I'd like to say that this game is MASSIVE! I really can't fathom how the programmer, Jason Perkins, managed to cram everything into 64kb! It truly is a game to marvel over. Anyway, though the ending is quick, it really did satisfy my craving for a game ending and left me feeling triumphant in my quest.

  • Frank Gasking: I never fully got into the Thing on a spring games, but always loved the main character and did lots of cartoon sketches with him in. The ending for the game is superb for the time, and I think a very fitting ending too. Of course, I can understand why Vinny loves this one so much due to his childhood memories of it (it's the same with the ending of Ghostbusters with me) They don't make them like they used to... <sigh>

  • Brendan Phoenix: Think this was the 1st one you completed wasn't it Vinny? Actually been playing this on the DS recently - music slows down a bit, but it is an ace game (although Thing Bounces Back sucked) They could have easily cut to the congratulations screen, so it was nice to see the big evil Goblin sprite being zapped, followed by a nice congratulations message. Wish they had a separate piece of ending music, but seeing as the main piece is so fantastic, I will let them off. 7/10 seems a fair enough mark to me.

  • Andrew Fisher: Nice ending, a game I've never got very far in.

FINAL SAY: A classic ending to a classic game :)

G.E. RATING: 7 / 10

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