Game Review by Rainier Wong
Game Rating = 4/5 Balls
If you enjoy playing games that involve balls and paddles like Breakout, you will enjoy Spring Up even more. With its different scenarios for each level, it is more challenging and exciting than its traditional counterpart.
GAME PLAY (4/5):
Playing Spring Up is quite straight forward but challenging. To start playing the game, I selected adventure from the menu. I wanted to have a quick game but I had to complete the adventure stage first before I was allowed to do so. In order to obtain as many points as possible, I had to catch as many balls and bricks of various colors as possible with my paddle. However, unlike Breakout, I had to launch a ball to hit a brick or another ball with a matching color to get some points. As it was with Breakout, I had to move my paddle to catch the falling balls or bricks to add more points to my score. Only balls or bricks that had been directly or indirectly hit earlier by the ball I launched could give me the extra points. Sometimes a falling ball might increased in size. Hitting such a ball might either expand or shrink the size of the paddle. A larger paddle was definitely a plus, but a smaller one made it harder for me hit back balls and bricks.
I was introduced to a new and more challenging scenario for each level I progressed to. A total of 72 levels are available in this game. Before I move to next level, a notice telling me my accumulate score which was presented in terms of credits was displayed. The more I score, the more credits I could obtained. I could used the credits to purchase add-ons for my garden by clicking on the appropriate dollar sign on the garden. However, if you believe you can get a high score without any add-ons, it is better that you do not click on any of the dollar signs as clicking can reduce your score.
GAME CONTROL (5/5):
Controlling this game was rather easy. All I needed was a PC mouse that worked. To move the paddle, I just had to move my mouse. To launch a ball, all I needed to do was to click on the left button. The only challenge I had to face was I had to aim carefully so that the ball I launched could hit another ball or a brick of the same color. At little patience was also required in the game.
The graphics were almost excellent. Every level had a different garden layout with balls or bricks of various colors.
The background music was very sweet and soothing. The sound effect was also wonderful. The note goes higher as I hit with my paddle, more balls dropping as a result of a launch.
Some great innovations I found in this game were the different scenarios for each level, the ability of expanding or contracting the size of my paddle by hitting on enlarged balls, and the animation involved. The interesting animation made this game fun to play with. For example, a falling ball or a brick may hit a wooden gate causing to revolve and affect its direction as it fell. At some levels, the bricks or balls moved in various directions making the task of hitting the correct object more challenging.
The game creator was indeed creative with the animation involved.
Overall, I give this game a four out of five.
Frozax Games created Spring Up.