Springs, Springs Everywhere
In many platform games, there is one common object that is rather rare in Real Life
(except around swimming pools): springboards. They usually look like plates with springs attached to the bottom, but they can take many forms, sometimes more practical but sometimes much more bizarre.
Things that can sometimes also function as springboards in video games:
Some springboards will launch the player up whenever he lands on them, but sometimes a jump button needs to be pressed on a springboard to jump higher. When the latter is implemented poorly, the Springboard Problem, a form of Fake Difficulty
, occurs when it's easy to miss the exact timing and jump much lower, possibly into a Bottomless Pit
See also Goomba Springboard
, Spring Jump
. Spring Coil
is for when the springs are on a character's person.
Examples of springboards in video games:
- Cloth balconies and cheese wheels in Sly Cooper games.
- The Super Mario Bros. series has them. In many games, springboards can also be carried.
- The Sonic the Hedgehog series has them all over the place. The red ones take Sonic further than the yellow ones.
- So does the Jazz Jackrabbit series. They've even shown in animated cutscenes.
- Nuts & Milk has springboards, too, unfortunately with the famous Springboard Problem.
- Area 3 of Spelunky has springs hidden inside the ground.
- One release of a beta version accidentally included a hotkey function that created such a springboard in front of the player. This version was pulled shortly after discovery.
- In Karoshi, they can often lead to a quick death. Fortunately, that's the purpose of the game.
- Sunday Funday/Menace Beach has some which can easily lead to quick death. However, unlike in Karoshi, this is not the point of the game.
- Some of the levels in the Mega Man series have a lot of springs. Examples are Plant Man's stage and, obviously, Spring Man's stage.
- And when there aren't any, you can probably use Rush Coil.
- Battletoads has them in final level.
- Konami's Noah's Ark has them, too. Even in the jungle.
- Speaking of Bible-based games, Bible Adventures features them in its Baby Moses game.
- Lost Winds has these, too.
- Crash Bandicoot
- Ape Escape
- Toxic Crusaders NES game has these with the usual Springboard Problem.
- Wonder Boy and Adventure Island have these all over the place, too.
- As does the Felix the Cat NES game.
- Circus Charlie has them during horse riding stages.
- McKids has those too. Sometimes not in the best places.
- There were bouncy platforms in the first LittleBigPlanet game, but they didn't always work. In the future, the games always stuck to the Bounce Pads, which were much easier to use, and not buggy.
- The Lost Vikings has them in numerous places. Since in the first game, 2 out of 3 characters cannot jump on their own, it's kinda useful.
- A few of them can be found in the second installment of Loco Roco.
- They also appear in Kid Niki games.
- Purple has springboards in several places, especially boss fortresses. The Level Goals are even big green springboards that propel the player high above the screen.
- Portal 2 introduces Aerial Faith Plates, giant springloaded panels that propel any object on them great distances. For the more intricate puzzles, you have to utilize them in series for truly spectacular jumps. Oh, and they were originally designed to test subjects' puzzle solving skills... IN SPACE! As with most other Aperture Science technologies, this didn't turn out well.
- A few springboards appear in Mr. Gimmick.
- Tomb Raider II had these in very few levels and are needed to reach other high areas. Approaching a springboard the wrong way could get you seriously hurt or possibly wind flinging yourself to instant death.
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl springs are an optional item in the 'build your own stage' mode, so it's possible to build a stage entirely out of springs.
- Virtual Boy Wario Land, being a 2½D game, has spring-loaded jump pads that transport Wario between the front layer and back layer. There are also springs that likewise catapult watermelons into the background.
- Captain Dynamo features springs in every level, which is not surprising given that all of them are vertically oriented.
Examples of other objects that function as springboards: