Frogger is the Return of an Old Classic Game
Jun 1, 2011 5:11 PM –
Frogger. One of the top selling video games of all time just got better on Android! Classic game play with multiple control (swipe/touch/joystick on tablets); HD Graphics; OpenFeint Enabled – Compete with friends via leaderboards and achievements.
Price: Free, $0.99
Tested on: MyTouch 3G Slide
Pros & Cons:
- Exactly like the Frogger you remember
- OpenFeint support
- The controls take some time to master
Frogger! The old arcade classic has come to Android, and it’s exactly the game you remember. The goal is to move your frogs over the highway and across the creek to fill each of the slots at the top with a frog. If you get hit by a car, fall in the water, or hit a bug on one of the logs, you loose a life. You start off with three frogs, and as you earn points, you can ear additional lives. When you fill all five slots on the level, you’ll move on to a next, more challenging level.
One nice feature in this version is Phantom Mode, where, once you’ve beaten a game, you can play it again to try and beat your high score. With the mode enabled, you’ll see a phantom frog so you can track the moves you made the first time around, and see where there’s room for improvement. I also like that it has OpenFeint support, so you get all the features of high score lists and sharing that come with OpenFeint in this game.
In the options, you have two choices of how to control your frogs, and honestly I had some issues with both. In the slide mode, you slide your finger over your frog to make it go the direction you want it to move. In tap mode, you tap the screen to get it to move. However, in slide mode, I found the frog didn’t always move the first time, so I would occasionally get hit by a car. And in tap mode, you don’t tap the spot on the screen you want the frog to move, you tap the top, bottom or side of the screen to get the frog to move in that direction. It felt a little awkward at times, and I ended up going with the slide mode, as I found, in general, it was easier to use. But with both, there is a bit of a learning curve to figure out.
Frogger in Game Play 2
Frogger in Game Play 3
This has all the same features and levels (that I could tell – I haven’t played all the levels yet…) of the original Frogger. It’s like a blast from the past playing a game I remember from old-school arcades.
Like the original, this game keeps you coming back trying to beat high scores, unlock higher levels, and keep your frogs alive. And with Phantom mode, it’s even more addictive to see your past moves and trying to find a more efficient and higher-scoring way across the obstacles.
The graphics are exactly what you remember. Konami, in this case, didn’t try to reinvent the wheel, instead staying with the formula that worked. So while it’s not as flashy as some of the newer games, the retro look and feel really makes an impact and brings back memories.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The Accelerometer and vibration aren’t used here, but the sound, like the graphics, is a return of the original.