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POSTED 16/7/12


FROGGER: HYPER ARCADE EDITION

Konami
PS3/PSN (also on Xbox 360/XBLA, Wii/WiiWare)

It was 30 years ago today, a little froggy taught us all to play. He’s been jumping in and out of style, but he’s guaranteed to raise a smile...

OK, now that we have The Beatles’ lawyers buzzing us we’d better write quickly. Oh, and a special note for any pedants that may be reading; yes, we know it wasn’t precisely 30 years ago to the day that Frogger first hit the arcades. Seek. Life. Now.

Anyway, possibly Kermit’s only real competition in the ‘world’s fave frog’ stakes, Frogger’s been afforded the trendy 21st century makeover treatment that the likes of Pac-Man, Galaga and Space Invaders have already seen. As such, there’s a sorta faithful ode to the classic – the arcade machine had a tall skinny screen, while this is turned sideways, so there are more frog docks than you could wiggle a tactile tadpole at. There’re several graphical skins, ranging from 8-bitty to incongruous Castlevania and Contra gussy-ups, to a rather funkotron neontastic one (heartfelt apologies to any Toejam & Earl fans who may have become excited there momentarily...) Meanwhile, the remixed music kicks watertight arse.

Then there’s a plethora of variations, ranging from block painting via ribbet-plops whilst avoiding the usual automobilic, crockajacka and big, heavy wood hazards shooming in from left and right, rescuing helpless chick frogs (GRRRRR!!!), capturing tiles and a psychotic twin polliwog affair whereby you’ve two croakers to guide to the top simultaneously. Plus there’s a selection of one-to-four player battles.

It’s still only as deep as Frogger’s ever been, but that’s no slur – not everything requires 3,762 button combinations and mind-melting graphics to be playable. That being said, collision detection can be a tadpole, erm, toad, ACK, tad questionable occasionally. Or we’re shit, take your pick.

So, hop to it Frogger fans! Fuck, we actually went there – SCHPLAT!

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