Frogger Decades Review
- Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
- Genre: Arcade
- Released: 1 Sep, 2011
- Size: 157.0 MB
- Price: $0.99
- Many uses of tapping and swiping.
- There's a power-up that turns you back into the original Frogger sprite.
- Catchy level music.
- The controls aren't distinct enough, and you'll find yourself doing things you didn't want to.
- Hit detection is a little unfair.
- I've never understood why in a game starring a Frog, water will kill you.
Frogger Decades takes the classic Frogger gameplay and creates a campaign out of it, but even though the various additions are neat, the game might have suffered less if the character had stuck to just jumping.
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Updates of a classic arcade game can be a tricky balancing act. You're trying to entice fans of the original so the gameplay needs to be very similar, yet to bring in new fans, it has to be different enough to warrant a look. Frogger Decades comes very close to this balance but ultimately falls a bit short.
The game is based around the jumping mechanic which is handled by swiping on the right side of the screen. Want to jump in a certain direction, just swipe there and Frogger will hop on his merry way. As you hop through the levels, avoiding enemies and eating flies to keep the countdown timer from running out, other forms of hopping are introduced like jumping in place or a giant leap. These are handled by swiping and tapping on other parts of the screen, and here's where the controls become a problem. Often when you want to extend your tongue or charge up a leap, the game will misinterpret your input and you'll find yourself jumping into the river or an enemy. This would be a lot more frustrating if it wasn't for the game's quick loading and generous checkpoint and recovery system, but an annoyance is still an annoyance.
The game uses a mix of 2D gameplay with 3D sprites and a camera that has limited zoom and turn controls. There's some nice color, but sometimes it's a little difficult to see what is a barrier, what can be climbed on top of, and what's on ground level. The music is surprisingly catchy, but as it's only featured in small loops, wears a little thin after a while.
For a game that's supposed to celebrate Frogger's 30th birthday, Konami didn't do too bad a job. The core jumping gameplay is there, and while the additions can be annoying, Frogger fans should see how a game they remember so fondly will be attracting a younger audience of Frogger fans.
DescriptionCelebrating Frogger’s 30th birthday with an all new adventure! Frogger Decades is an exciting new chapter in the Frogger family of award-winning games, featuring breathtaking animation with an original musical soundtrack and cast of new characters to experience the Frogger world in a whole new way.
*** "A must-have game for any Frogger fan. " 4.5/5 Pixel Perfect Gaming ***
*** "The best Frogger game in...well, decades. Great production value, and a terrific challenge for veteran gamers." 4/5 Gamezebo ***
FROGGER DECADES Features:
High Quality Graphics
- Brilliantly designed levels, and features with high definition textures and graphics!
Intuitive Game Controls
- Play using either the classic D-Pad or our intuitive touch controls!
Awesome New Characters
- The world of Frogger comes to you with many of his friends joining up for Frogger’s greatest adventure yet!
- Creative new never before seen abilities for Frogger and his friends!
Game Center Support
- Collect achievements and see how your scores stack up on the worldwide leader boards via Game Center!
Open Feint Support
- Challenge your friends across the world wide Open Feint network!
‘Frogger Decades’ has been designed to work on iPhone® 4, iPhone® 3GS, and iPod® touch 3rd generation or greater running a minimum of iOS 4.0 and for iPad®, iPad®2.
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What's New in Version 1.0.1FROGGER FANS!
This is the update you have been waiting for. We read your comments, and have responded, all while adding a TON of additional content!
- Improved touch controls for more accurate 'JUMP' and 'TONGUE' actions.
- BRAND NEW MODE!
Forever Mode is now available! Play through Frogger's entire journey to the birthday party all in one go. The further you go, the faster the enemies become and the faster the world scrolls. With only one life, how far can you make it?
- NEW CHARACTERS!
You asked for it, and you got it. Brand new characters - Finnius and Berry - are now fully playable via in-app purchase!
Finnius: He's always prepared for long journeys. Unpack his backpack for a quick emery boost.
Berry: Surprisingly, the only one of Frogger's friends who can swim. Use her ability to help you traverse the treacherous waters.
- iCADE SUPPORT!
...and a secret playable character?