The Best Springs in Video Games

    March 26, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Spring is here and you know what that means: rain, flowers, birds, bees… but I didn’t want to write any of those lists this week. Instead, I decided to take the more literal route. In honor of Spring having been sprung, here are the Top Springs in Video Games.


    Elevators Stage – Donkey Kong

    In the Elevators stage on Donkey Kong, these baddies keep on coming at you from behind Donkey, at the top girder. Your timing must be impeccable in order to safely navigate past them and then come back to the first ladder to reach Pauline. So many quarters and so much frustration could have been saved in my life if I just knew to wait for the spring to line up with the yellow part of the floor at the top of the left elevator. Oh well.


    Super Mario Bros.

    Mario’s video game life started out with springs being one of his worst enemies in his first appearance, Donkey Kong. After that, Mario learned to use the springboard and its been one of his best friends ever since. From the NES to Smash Bros Brawl, the springboard has appeared in almost every Mario game and has been there as a pick-me-up whenever Mario needed that little extra boost up to a ? block or over a pit.

    Cholla Springs

    Red Dead Redemption

    Cholla Springs is the area located right smack dab in the middle of the Red Dead Redemption map. As part of New Austin, Cholla Springs is the largest constituent region in the game. It contains Red Dead landmarks like Coot’s Chapel, Critchley’s Ranch and Lake Don Julio. It’s a beautiful area in a beautiful game and stands as one of the best desert landscape depictions in video game history.

    Red and Yellow Springs

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    Stopping Dr. Robotnik from grabbing all of the Chaos Emeralds and taking control of South Island would be WAY tougher without these guys. For those of you not in the know, the red springs send Sonic up higher than the yellow springs. Later in the series you can find blue springs but the classic red and yellow spring combo are the most recognizable to gamers.

    Hidden Springs

    The Sims 3

    Hidden Springs is the richest neighborhood in the Sims 3. Available through an expansion pack, Hidden Springs allows you to explore nearby locales like the Crystal Solarium Rejuvenating Waters, the Zephyr Health Spa or the Museum of Magic and Supernatural. From lush forests to the Fountain of Youth to mysterious lil green men, Hidden Springs has everything a rich and famous Sim could ask for. Not everything is as it seems there, but what you do see is one of the most fun and beautifully entertaining settings in the Sims world.


    Fallout: New Vegas

    Goodsprings is the sleepy little town in the Mojave Wasteland where the Courier wakes up, starting the entire journey that is Fallout: New Vegas. Like any town, it has its fair share of problems: The escaped NCR prisoners, the Powder Gangers, Joe Cobb, radioactive geckos. But it does have an invaluable fresh water spring to the south and a decent bighorner-based economy. Say hi to Doc Mitchell and Easy Pete for me!

    Spring Mario

    Super Mario Galaxy

    spring marioIn the Super Mario Galaxy series, once Mario eats a spring mushroom, he turns into… duh… Spring Mario. Spring Mario cannot run. Instead, he bounces around the level and is able to jump much higher than regular Mario, allowing him to get hidden items that may have earlier been out of reach. Spring Mario can also ascend steep inclines like a slinky. Just don’t get touched by an enemy or water because Mario will lose that “Spring” in his step.

    Coily the Snake


    Ok, so he’s not technically a spring, you got to admit he looks a lot lie a spring. Coily was one of the first things that came to mind when I started writing this list. Q*Bert is one of my all time favorite classic games and Coily was the most recognizable enemy in the way of Q*bert’s total domination of touching all of the parts of the floor on those pyramids. It never explained why he needed to touch all of the floor pieces, but its important to him. And that makes it important to me.

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