The title of this review might seem like I hate the game, but honestly, I don't. I love it. And that is not sarcastic, geez. Gimme a break here!
To tell you the truth though, it was not my idea to buy Frogger. My mom and I were walking through K-mart or some store like that, and we pass the electronics section of the store where all the games are, and my mom catches sight of Frogger. Then she starts going off about how she used to play this with my older brother back on the ancient, outdated, game system that used to be the thing to have back in the 70's named Atari, and how she could never get past the part with the logs and the water. Meanwhile, I was busy looking at something else, and only had time flip it off because it seemed like it was gonna suck. Now, we have a renovated old quote to go along with the renovated favorite game: "Never judge a game by it's jacket cover and your mother's opinion."
Needless to say, I got hooked on it pretty quick. It's the kind of game where it just compells you to keep playing, to keep seeing how far you can go, the highest score you can get, and how long you can go without food and water without collapsing. Ok, that last one was a joke. Don't do that. I would hate to see the report on the Today show tomorrow.
Anyway, the game, in single player mode, starts you off with a couple of stages that form colored blocks. The farther down the big blocks you go, the harder the levels become. In each stage, there are usually levels within. As you progress through the levels, you must save 5 baby frogs from each. Why? Well, honestly, I think it's really stupid how they got in there. But, if you really wanna know, the baby frogs tried to imitate Frogger and got lost in the twisted levels of the game. Heck, if it was up to me, then I would have left them in the game to make them think about what they did. But hey, I guess that's why I'm not Frogger.
Now, once in each stage, you have a chance to pick up a very bright golden frog. That frog is very important. Not only does it give you points for picking it up, that frog is responsible for unlocking other stages. When you see the frog.. pick it up. Even if you die AFTER picking it up, that's ok, because you would have had the credit already for picking it up.
On two player mode or multitap, you get to race other friends to get the best out of five flags, which are in place of the baby frogs. These don't have levels to them, just stages, and they are MUCH more difficult (for the most part, anyway) to beat than the regular single player mode.
The new Frogger also features a superhop, to jump on high to reach places, NOT to jump over cracks in logs, as almost everyone who played this game found out the hard way. It also features a tounge which is used to eat special bugs that can either give you a powerup, or cost you time and or points. The most useless feature of all (in my opinion) is the croak. You croak, and the baby frog croaks back. Big deal. Unless in Frogger 2 they plan on making the croak activate flashing lights and car alarms that stay on until you find the baby frog, I'm not impressed.
As much as this game rocks, I have got to admit, that I haven't finished the game yet. And I have had it for a little over a year now, I think. Don't get me wrong, I didn't just throw it to the curb. But after awhile, some of the levels got extremely hard, I got newer games that I wanted to master, so in the end I dug up some cheats, unlocked all the levels and stages, and just played the game from there on out for entertainment purpouses only. It's still fun though, for me. Because if I can't get a level, I quit it, and go to the one after that just to explore. Hmm.. I do the same thing with racing games such as the Jet Moto series. I use games to help me cool down, mostly. The only games that I try to beat are fighting games. But this doesn't mean that I like or dislike the games any less. Ok, back to Frogger.
The only problem with this game is that if you want to complete the game honestly and true, with no cheats, hints, or tricks involved.. you must not have a life. You can learn the game in a heartbeat.. hey, you hop around and avoid cars, Eienstein!.. but if you want to actually MASTER it, it can take... let's just say a long time.
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