Frogger has been a favorite of mine for years now. Maybe even longer than years. Konami has made some simply stunning hand held versions of Frogger. I was really excited to download Frogger Returns on the Wii. It is only 500 points (editor: in essence 5.00 US Dollars). I thought this would be one of the coolest games, and maybe even a candidate for game of the year. After playing the game for awhile I am eating that “oh-you-were-mega-wrong-dude” pie. There is some saving graces for this game, as long as you understand what you are getting yourself into. Frogger Returns is like the original arcade video game. You guide your frog through the level five times to fill up the five slots at the end of the levels.
There are some different kind of areas in Frogger Returns, and they show some interesting range. The problem I have with the graphics are the details. Certain areas of certain levels can be difficult to figure out where to go next. Did I mention you are racing against the clock? Well you are. I was, and that really changed how I played this Wiiware home console downloadable video game.
The music is a lot of fun in Frogger Returns. I was jamming to the music in this game, and found others at Family Friendly Gaming were as well. Frogger Returns has a light hearted storyline of the chicken crossing the road concept. By the way kids, don’t trying to cut through a train yard in real life. It will cost you dearly. The special effect sounds are okay, unless you are a real frog lover.
Frogger Returns is hard. This may be the most difficult game I have ever downloaded. Frogger Returns is old school in terms of having to defeat levels over and over again. You will wind up replaying the same levels. Beat a level five times, and you will get another level. Unless of course you have beaten the game. Not many other unlockables on top of that.
It is pretty simple to move Frogger Returns around the levels. I already mentioned the graphical issue that messed up the gameplay from time to time. The industry has progressed, and playing a game Frogger Returns is almost painful. Unless you like having to do the same thing over many times, you will not be happy with Frogger Returns. I was not pleased repeating the first level so many times after defeating it. A tweak there was really needed.
Avoiding pitfalls, and planning to
get to the goal are some of the lessons I learned from Frogger Returns.
I also learned to rush through things, and to not take my time. Frogger
Returns did not teach me patience. I did learn perseverance though.
Family Friendly Factor: 77%
Rating: 'E' for Everyone
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