Frogger

a game by Morning Star Multimedia, Sega, Hasbro Interactive, and Hasbo Interactive
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis SNESSNES GameBoy Color PC Playstation PSX GameGear
Genres: Action, Arcade Classics
Editor Rating: 6.9/10, based on 6 reviews
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Frogger Games
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It's a safe bet that any game that was good in the past will make its way back to the gaming spotlight in a bright, new incarnation of some sort. Enter Frogger. the classic arcade game of the early '80s featuring amazingly simple gameplay, a straightforward objective and a cute little frog as well.

Back then, all players had to do was maneuver their frog across several gauntlets including a log-jammed river and a busy street without falling in the water or getting crushed by a car. Timing your jump and looking ahead for the next obstacle to avoid were the only things to remember. Later, the game was ported over to the Atari and Commodore platforms (where it enjoyed a long, happy life with several sequels in tow as well).

Striking the perfect balance of classic retro gameplay and modern graphic and level construction was Hasbro Interactive's top priority. To facilitate this, the new-and-improved Frogger features 3-D polygonal graphics, an on-demand rotating game view, a lot of fast gameplay and enough levels to keep any gamer busy for a long time (10 worlds with over 50 levels in all).

While the basic premise of the game is the same (along with the classic overhead perspective), many new scenarios and enemies have been added to the mix. Players will be challenged by levels that take place in the clouds, in sewers and even in the desert where wild buffaloes threaten to stomp you into the brittle earth. Take a hop into a yard littered with wayward lawnmowers approaching from every possible direction. Take cover in a corner for a moment and then quickly move to the next safe haven before you're pureed by an unforgiving mower blade. Still, other levels depart from the usual flat, horizontal or vertical travel and let you explore in a 360-degree radius, complete with the illusion of 3-D depth and even the ability to hop a ride on a bird's back to shorten up the level.

New environments were not the only thing added to this incarnation of Frogger. Cool new moves like The Super Jump. Power Croak and the always-useful Heat-seeking Tongue were all added to help you collect bonus points on the levels. The Power Jump is especially useful in situations where multiple obstacles crowd your immediate path. The Heat-seeking tongue is useful for grabbing insects along the way for added points and power-ups while your Power Croak sends out a signal for all the baby frogs to respond to should they be in the area. Depending on how faint or loud their responding cry is lets you know where you can find them. Once found, rescue them for extra points.

With the gaming world going nuts for new release retro games. Frogger will most likely find an eager audience of old and new school gamers ready for the modern Frogger experience.

For the hopelessly nostalgic, it's rumored that the first Frogger in original form will be hidden within the game. As it is now. the first four levels of the new Frogger are from the original game only spruced up with modern graphics.

Nostalgic or not. Frogger's proven success should make for an entertaining next-generation game for any age gamer, and those who just like frogs.

  • MANUFACTURER - Millenium
  • THEME - Retro Arcade
  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1-4

Game Reviews

People say:

7

Call me nostalgic but I really got a kick out or Frogger. In truth, even the original version of Frogger would've satisfied me enough, but Hasbro went the extra mile and reproduced the game in 3-D. The fact that Frogger is still a blast to play is a convincing testament to the appeal of the original game. A good game is a good game whether it's in the '80s or the '90s. The best part of the new Frogger is that the game also has an identity of its own with new levels and worlds to conquer. Although the game is now fully polygonal, the gameplay is still in 2-0 (as it should be). The one main problem with the game is the difficulty. All the courses have a time limit, and while this doesn't pose much of a problem in the classic levels (which are still harder than the first levels in the original Frogger), it does in the new levels. The new levels are so different from the retro stages, they almost invite exploration. Of course you can't explore them too much because you only have a finite amount of time to achieve your goal. This was the most frustrating aspect of the game by far. Frogger is one of those games you must learn through trial and error. Although the new levels are interesting, I do wish there were more than just three levels of the original Frogger. In the end, Frogger doesn't rewrite the rules but it's a fun-to-play and challenging game for Frogger fans.

8

What's this?! An enhanced retro game that is actually good? Yes, it has finally been done. Frogger is a lot of fun to play. The graphics are great, even with some nice-looking lighting effects. I have to admit that it took me several times of playing to get used to the control (only because I was expecting old-school Frogger style). This version of Frogger is excellent--a sure buy. It even has a retro level (like the original) but now it's in 3-D.

4

I'll admit that I thought an updated Frogger game was a good idea. I'll also admit that maybe I was wrong--even if this game was done right. Hasbro's Frogger tries to take the classic arcade game's gameplay as far as it possibly can, but in the process it makes the game too confusing. Most problematic is the camera view which is zoomed in too far to tell where you're supposed to go. As far as retro games go, this is one of the worst.

6

Like the original, this version is all about speed and learning the patterns. This time, however, there are numerous level varieties and variations on the classic "get across the road" as well as power-ups. The Two-player Mode is a great addition as well but seems to have a limited number of levels to race on. The enhancements are definitely profound. Yet even with the diversity of levels, it sometimes gets the lagging feeling of repetitiveness.

Nostalgia gamers better hang on to their tongues because Frogger is back, and he's one lean, mean, green machine. The old cross-the-highway retro level is intact, but there are also several new adventures, including old west, cloud-hopping, and cave-searching levels. Polygonized for the '90s, Frogger has added some clever and captivating elements (like outrunning angry lawnmow-ers) that will make a new generation of gamers leap for joy! Don't worry--be hoppy this winter with Frogger.

Overview

Everyone is always looking for the newest, fastest, biggest and best, right? If this is true, why has there been such a boom in retro games? Every time I turn around, someone seems to be releasing another game from the good old days. Frogger is one of these games, sort of. You won't find the original game here, but what you will find is an updated version of the same game. It tries to be newer, faster, bigger and best, but ends up being the same old thing with some other stuff mixed in.

This is not the same Frogger you will remember. This version is 3D, has nine unique worlds and can play up to 4 players together on a split screen. Not only is this frog better to look at, he also comes armed with a heat-seeking tongue, power croak and supver jump. All the game really needs is a little direction and it would have been a lot better.

Gameplay

For all of you young 'uns out there that don't remember the arcade game Frogger, let me explain the basic idea. You played as a frog. It was your job to work your way from the bottom of the screen to the top of the screen and save the baby frogs. Sound simple enough? Well, it starts out easy enough, but things start to change the farther you progress through the levels. In your attempt to save the baby frogs, you must maneuver your frog through streets of heavy traffic and across a raging river, with only logs and the backs of various creatures keeping you from plunging to your death in the water (I always thought frogs could swim, but what do I know?). Anyway, after you rescue the 5 baby frogs at the top of the screen, you move on to the next level. The next level adds more traffic, less time and less objects in the river. The game was very addicting and ultra-popular at the time.

Set your clocks ahead about 12 years to the present and Hasbro's release of Frogger. Unlike most retro games, this game has been completely redone. Usually, the idea behind retro games is to keep the original intact. People want the same graphics, music and gameplay. Frogger deviates from this formula. The only thing that really carries over from the original title is the gameplay in the retro levels. Other than that, the graphics and, for the most part, sound is nothing like the original. What is wrong with taking the addicting gameplay and updating the graphics and sound to today's standards? Not a thing.

I really enjoyed the retro levels on this game. They felt like the good old arcade game if it were to be released in the 90's. You get that same feel that the old arcade machines gave you, right down to the rushing traffic and perfect timing required. It was a bit difficult to get used to guiding your frog with a control pad instead of a stick, but you will get the hang of it soon enough.

The multi-player mode was also fun on the retro levels. This has you and up to three friends battling to get to the top of the screen and save the most baby frogs. This mode resulted in more good-natured harassment than I can remember in a long time. You will get a few good hours of enjoyment out of this mode. The only drawback is that when playing with more than two players, the screen does get difficult to see.

So what is it that I didn't like about this game? First, and foremost, I did not like any of the new levels. In the retro levels it is clear and easy what the intended goal is. The new levels are very unclear on what the object is and where it is located. In the retro level, you know the object is to work your way from the bottom of the screen to the top of the screen. Simple enough. The new levels have you going off in directions that you have no clue or indication if this is even the correct way to go. Since everything is on a time limit, you don't have the time to explore the level and locate your goal. It is also very easy to get lost and not have any clue where it is you are supposed to be going. This will leave you throwing the controller down in frustration.

The other thing I did not like about the game was that it just gets boring pretty quick. Like I said, the retro levels were fun, but you can only play them so many times before you get tired of doing the same things over and over again. Since the new levels have no direction and are basically a crap shoot on the object, you will find more frustration than fun. If you are like me, you don't mind challenge, but you at least want to know what the hell you are trying to do and have some idea of how to do it.

Graphics

The move to 3D has done our little froggie well. The updated graphics on the old levels look good and it makes you think about how much things have changed. The cars, trucks, logs and alligators all look cool, and there is never a question of what items are. The only thing is, back in the old days, graphics did not matter much. So in the one area the new Frogger really shines, graphics, it really is just secondary because the gameplay on the new levels is not too enthralling.

Bottom Line

For fans of the old classic, this game will be worth a rental to play the retro levels. This game could have been better if they would have just followed the same concept of the original game. It must have gotten lost somewhere in the translation that the thing that made the original game fun was a test of reflexes and quick thinking. The new games just missed this completely, and that is why they just did not work for me. The 3D environment serves Frogger well, but this is only secondary to the gameplay.

Overview

In the early 1980s a company named Konami released a very popular video game named Frogger. Rather than being a standard platform game or an arcade shooter, you tried to get a frog to jump across a road without being flattened by onrushing cars and trucks to save its babies. It was quite fun, despite the limitations of the primitive graphics in those days. Well, as the game box says, "he’s back!" Hasbro Interactive, better known for releasing computer versions of staid Parker Brothers board games such as Monopoly, Risk, and Clue, has really pulled out all the stops to bring us a wonderfully enhanced version of Frogger that introduces all sorts of intriguing variations on the original theme. Incorporating the very latest technology (the game includes support for MMX and 3D video acceleration), the new Frogger springs us into a full 3D world incorporating 50 levels of play in ten new environments. Hopping carefully through hungry enemies and dangerous terrain, Frogger now incorporates new features including a Power Croak (used to help locate baby frogs), a Heat-Seeking Tongue (used to swallow nearby flies), and a Super Jump (used to overcome particularly troublesome obstacles).

Gameplay

The gameplay in Frogger is fast, frenzied, and fun. Needless to say, this is not a cerebral game, and if you spend too much time thinking about what to do next you will run out of time. You guide the frog not only across busy highways, but also through polluted ponds, hostile deserts, and dark caves while avoiding the likes of crocodiles, lawnmowers, turtles, and snakes ready to end his days.

In addition to the standard single-player game, you can play Frogger with up to 4 players with a multiplayer split screen. You can play over LAN, modem-to-modem, or via Internet. Either way the game is a blast, but in the multiplayer game you may use special tactics -- such as hopping onto opponents’ backs to slow them down -- that add extra spice.

The game can be controlled by either keyboard or game pad, but the game pad seems a lot more fluid to me given the speed of movement necessary. The game’s menus are cutely designed -- you navigate them by using a hopping frog -- and very easy to follow. The level of challenge differs markedly depending on which world you are in -- some seem nearly impossible, while others are quite straightforward. There is no discernible artificial intelligence in the game, as all of the enemies move in predictable repeatable patterns.

Graphics

The game’s graphics are crisp, colorful, and always nice to look at. Having a 3Dfx card substantially improves both the game’s performance and its appearance. However, most objects are constructed with relatively few polygons, so there is not much detail or subtle texturing to be found here. I felt that the arcade nature of the game made further visual refinements largely superfluous.

Audio

The music in this game is bouncy and vivacious, and I really enjoyed it. The sound effects are also quite well done, with great frog noises. My only complaint here, and it is minor, is that after you quit the game, the background tune played while viewing the main menu continues to play for several seconds.

Documentation

A game of this type does not require extensive printed documentation, and so as expected, the black-and-white jewel case manual is quite thin. But the information is nicely presented and quite helpful in playing the game, particularly for those who have never seen the original arcade version.

System Requirements

The minimum system requirements for this game are a 100 MHz Pentium CPU, 16 MB RAM, 25 MB hard disk space, 4X CD-ROM drive, 1 MB SVGA video card, SoundBlaster-compatible audio card, mouse, and the Windows 95 operating system. These requirements seem quite steep for a game of this type, particularly because it highly recommends a 3Dfx video accelerator card to run at its best.

Bottom Line

I did not expect to enjoy this game nearly as much as I did, and Hasbro deserves all the credit for taking an arcade classic and making it a lot better. Of all the remakes of video games from the past that I have seen, Frogger seems to be the most dramatically advanced in terms of both the technology used and the innovations introduced in the gameplay. I highly recommend this game for those who want a fun arcade diversion.

The task is to help a bug to pass the road get over on the other coast of the river via...logs. It’s a very entertaining game... I advise you to play it.

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