'''''Sprung The Dating Game''''' is a {{Romance Game}} Nintendo DS game released in 2004 by Ubisoft. The player is given the choice of playing as either the male protagonist Brett or the female protagonist Becky, as they both go on missions to date and fall in love at the Snow Bird Mountain Ski Resort. Of course, not much skiing actually goes on, and the game is split into separate 'scenes' where the player is given the objective of completing a certain goal to progress (for example, getting Becky out of her bad {{Blind Date}}.) Many of the scenes have little to do with the supposed romantic goals and instead provide opportunities for supposedly-wacky hijinks and collecting an impressive array of adventure game items, most of which can only be used to trigger joke responses.

The game is considered to fail as a dating game, as there is little choice of {{Love Interests}} at its conclusion (only one romantic prospect for Becky, three for Brett,) and its lack of narrative flexibility left many people getting bored of reliving the same dialogue over again just to reach a certain outcome. It is often found in bargain bins due it being relatively unknown.

Unsurprisingly, Sprung contains many {{Dating Tropes}} and {{Love Tropes}}, as well as many a {{Shout Out}}, paying tribute to {{Lord of the Rings}}, {{Right Said Fred}}, and {{Dawsons Creek}}, among others.

!!This video game provides examples of:

* CloudCuckoolander: Conversations with Shana tend to get weird.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: If you tell Shana the hippie joke, she'll complain that it assumes the hippie is a man.
* DeepSouth: Leanne.
* DumbJock: Lucas is touted as an athlete, but he acts like a stoner.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Brett can convince Shana and Leanne to kiss during a game of Truth or Dare. Lucas approves.
* GranolaGirl: Shana the hippie photographer.
* HaveANiceDeath: Not death per se, but the game over messages lay out the ludicrous consequences of your failures.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Aspiring comedian Danny makes a lot of these.
* {{Infodump}}: At the end of Becky's route, she and Brett exposit heavily about how they grew up together.
* InformedAbility: No skiing or snowboarding happens on screen, so when a character is said to participate in winter sports, you'll just have to [[TakeOurWordForIt take the game's word for it]].
* LetsPlay: One for [[http://lparchive.org/Sprung-%28Brett%29/ Brett]] and one for [[http://lparchive.org/Sprung-%28Becky%29/ Becky]], both by LetsPlay/{{Slowbeef}}.
* LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek: Discussed. According to Brett, they've come a long way in terms of production values and character development.
* MultipleEndings: The "Friendship" ending and the "Romantic Ending" for Becky; and a LastMinuteHookup with Becky, Erica or Kiki for Brett.
* OneHundredPercentCompletion: Subverted. You can check how many items and artworks you've obtained, but a bug makes it impossible to get them all.
* PairTheSpares: Everybody gets paired up by the end of the game.
* RandomEventsPlot: Scenes do not necessarily have any logical connection to scenes that came before them. Stuff happens, just roll with it.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Brett's friends Danny and Lucas, respectively.
* SmugSnake: Conor.
* SuckinessIsPainful: If, on her BlindDate, Becky doesn't stop Danny's HurricaneOfPuns, she'll start freaking out and making a scene. This is a game over.
* TotallyRadical: Quite a lot, though Lucas and Shana are more prone than the rest.
* TrialAndErrorGameplay: Happens all throughout the game, though one stand-out example is when Becky is giving Leanne dating advice. The only way to know which advice is "right" is to watch Leanne's reactions to each line and memorize them for after the ensuing game over.
* VideogameCrueltyPotential: The player can pepper spray anybody in the face at any point (there's no use for it outside of tormenting them) and you can set certain people on fire.
** TheDogBitesBack: Some characters will grab your pepper spray and spray you. One BadEnd consists of you and the other person continuously pepper spraying each other, back and forth, until you eventually both get carted off to a mental hospital.
** TooKinkyToTorture: Some even respond positively to being sprayed.
* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: Being a {{jerkass}} rarely ends well.