|System: X360(XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Voltex||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Konami||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: June 11, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1 (2-4 Online)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
This One's About Frogs
by Maria Montoro
I thought Frogger was in the past! I hadn't sat down to play Frogger since the original PlayStation. That game wasn't all that fun, but it was a nice twist from the original. The first attempt at Frogger on the Xbox Live Arcade was less than fair, and this second one greatly improves upon the formula but still fails to deliver. So what does Frogger 2 have to offer and who should look into it? You'll find the answers below:
Once upon a time, there was a game available for download at the Xbox Live Arcade. People had heard of the title before, and they happily remembered how much fun they used to have when playing it on their Atari 2600 or at the arcade. This new game only cost ten dollars, and since it was about 27 years after the first one came out, everyone thought: "Wow. This must be great. I can't wait to see the graphics upgrade and all the fun new levels included!"
Several megabytes and ten dollars later, the game was added to our Xbox Live Arcade collection. The game starts with an introduction to the main story. A UFO falls from the sky, and an unlucky but extremely cute alien named Pico pops out. Frogger is hangin' out at the pond and meets the interesting creature. It turns out the spaceship has broken into pieces and several of them have been scattered throughout the area (Anyone remember Pikimin?). Frogger, excited like no other, accepts to help his new friend and sets off in search of the lost UFO parts.
The childish and static visuals, similar to those of a kid's story book, are getting us all excited. After three seconds of preparation, the adventure starts. The screen is filled with lots of bushes of the same shape and color, pink flowers, a river, and logs and water lilies passing by. After learning the basic controls, we commence the quest, advancing at a good pace. We gobble up a few coins along the way (20 of them give you an extra life), and finally get to a check point. There we learn you can turn the frog around without moving a space by pressing the left or right shoulder buttons on the controller (LB / RB).
The game seems rather easy once you get the hang of it, but beware; not everything is as easy as it looks! Later on, we run into an area full of orange snakes. Moving at a careful pace and with their tongues sticking out, they go from left to right and from right to left. Bees move slowly, while drawing a square shape in the grass. We approach them carefully and, all of a sudden, the game's reset to the last checkpoint. What happened? Don't ask me! Last time I checked, bees only stung when they touched you, but this one just hit me while facing away better luck next time, I guess.