Game Reviewed: Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition
Release Date: July 6th, 2012
Developer: Zombie Studios
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox 360] XBLA
Rated: E for Everyone
Games sure have evolved over years and things seem to get more advanced and complicated as time passes on. Every now and then some of us just want to fall back on some simplistic gaming. Frogger is one of those simple but classic titles and the main object is pretty straight forward; take the frog and get him across to the other side, avoiding several obstacles along the way. There have been several reboots and clones of Frogger to hit the market in times past. It’s time to see how well the “Hyper Arcade Edition” stacks up.
Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition sports your classic single-player Frogger game mode but there are other game modes to pass the time with. These game modes include Paint where the object is to jump on the correct tiles to paint a picture, Twin Frogger where you control two frogs simultaneously, and Frogger Freak Out where random game modes and maps are alternated between until you die or completed the game. Personally speaking, Frogger Freak Out was the most enjoyable. With Frogger Freak Out you never play it through twice the same way and it keeps you on your toes with the constant change up.
With this being a multiplayer friendly title, three multiplayer modes have been added in which include Tile Capture, Battle Royale, and Lady Frog Rescue. In Tile Capture players will compete to control the most tiles on the board before time runs out. Battle Royale drops powerups throughout the board as you attempt to snag as many as you can and stomp your opponents. Lastly, the Lady Frog Rescue mode tasks you to save the most female frogs to be crowned the winner. This game features online leaderboards as well.
Controls are smooth and the game supplies the option to do a continuous hop or a single hop with a one button press. Graphical reskins of the playing grid come in many various sorts. You can play with the original graphical experience, the new Hyper Arcade reskin (as pictured directly above), Dance Dance Revolution skin, Contra skin, and even a Castlevania skin. The new Hyper Arcade look does good to simplify the playing field and when commencing the review, it seemed to be most perfectly stylish and simple.
In short, this game is more or less your familiar Frogger experience re-released with a few tweaks here and there. Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition will run you 800 Microsoft Points or $10 PSN. If you haven’t played this great classic in a while, maybe its time to take the frog back across that old asphalt.
Overall Rating: 4/5