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Thing On A Spring is a side-scrolling platform/puzzle game produced in 1985 for the Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64 by Gremlin Graphics. Gameplay involves controlling a character resembling Zebedee from The Magic Roundabout through a toy factory while avoiding evil toys.

Thing On A Spring
Developer(s) Jason Perkins
Anthony Clarke
Mark Rogers
Publisher(s) Microprojects for Gremlin Graphics
Designer(s) Mark Rogers
Composer(s) Rob Hubbard
Platform(s) Amstrad CPC,
Commodore 64
Genre(s) Platform / Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

The game was written by Jason Perkins, Anthony Clarke and the graphics were by Mark Rogers, with musical score composed by Rob Hubbard, his first composition for a game. In his Zzap!64 review, Julian Rignall exclaimed, "The sound is unbelievable, I won't describe it but just wait until you hear it; words fail."

Along with Rockford from the game Boulder Dash, the Thing On A Spring character became a regular graphic element printed in the margins of Zzap!64.

Thing Bounces Back was released as a sequel in 1987, also by Gremlin.

Critical acclaimEdit

Thing on a Spring was given an overall rating of 93% in issue 4 of Zzap!64 magazine, earning it a "Sizzler" rating.

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