A girl hoping to play with a virtual pet monkey on her Nintendo DS instead found herself in the middle of a dating-simulation game meant for an older audience.
According to KOMO News, Kara Petrich went to Big Lots in Tacoma and bought what she believed to be Petz: My Monkey Family on Nintendo DS for her nine-year-old daughter Paisley.
Their escapades will take place all over town, including at the ski lodge, in a gondola, at a popular nightclub, and, of course, in a hot tub.
The writing in Sprung is actually one of the strongest points of the game, and despite some occasional corniness and a few awkward turns, the dialogue is pretty good, which gives you a good sense of each of the characters, though many of them rely on cookie-cutter stereotypes.
Kara noted that the game contained sexually-charged dialog such as "Make sure you bring your life jackets, condoms," and "You wanna rock my mountains, don't you? The news report said that the error goes beyond just a wrong-box mix up, as the game cartridge itself is labeled with Petz branding.
Petrich says that Big Lots is not to blame, but she is pointing the finger at Ubisoft.
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Kara then discovered that the game wasn't actually Petz at all, but rather a different game altogether. It turns out that the game was actually Sprung, a dating simulation released in 2004 by Ubisoft – who also publishes the Petz series.The scenarios have a tendency to feel kind of disjointed when you go from one to the next, but the fundamental problem with Sprung is its trial-and-error gameplay.With a few exceptions, there is generally only one acceptable outcome for a scenario, though there are usually several paths along the dialogue tree that you can take to get there.There are 50 different scenes between Brett and Becky, and the amount of time it takes you to get through the game can vary wildly depending, basically, on how lucky you get.Taking the straightest path through some scenes can take fewer than a minute, while it's possible to get stuck on one of the more complex scenes for a good half hour.