Frogger Ancient Shadow
Sometimes they come back, and it definitely ain't always pretty. Frogger Ancient Shadow is just the latest in a series of Frogger titles released by Konami, and by the looks of it, this is only going to be one of many. Hampered by poor graphics and essentially the same gameplay that drove the original Frogger, my first conclusion was that this may have been a concept better left collecting dust on the shelf.
The first bit of good news? It's small, so it loads quickly and doesn't take up many blocks for the save file. Aside from providing you with a bit of simple puzzle play in the midst of all of this 'hop and dodge' gameplay, this game is in all essence a bigger, more graphically intensive version of the original Frogger. I'm not kidding. It plays just like the original, with a few changes. You'll be moving around on various stages instead of trying to cross traffic, and there are options to use your tongue as a grapple, or even as a device to move around various items in the game world. Later on you get to purchase items, and basically adventure through a very simple and I'd say poorly acted storyline to save your home. Finally, you can play the original Frogger game, or even play multiplayer with a total of four people.
Graphically speaking,Dark Cloud, one of the PS2 launch titles, was a better game. And that's saying something, since this is an Xbox title. I was thinking about giving the game a 1 for graphics, but I've never done that. Plus, that should be reserved for a truly bad looking game, and frankly, Frogger didn't give me epileptic seizures, so I think it's safe.
Unfortunately, the lack of quality in this game, it's very short and simplistic play, and a slightly higher than 'really cheap' price point serves to, in my opinion, produce a game that isn't worth purchasing.