How do you even begin to talk about a game that a veteran gamer can beat in a couple of sittings, that presents absolutely no challenge to said gamer type, and is made exclusively for kids? You take your game-challenged significant other, my Lady in this case, sit her down and let her play to see whether she has fun with it.
To be fair, Frogger’s Adventures: The Rescue does have some clever moments scattered here and there, but for the most part it’s a series of how-do-I-get-around-this type puzzles that are not very hard. The occasional challenges are the boss fights, but once you figure out the key to the battle it’s then all about good timing. But my Lady happens to have fond memories of the arcade classic and she was dying to try this one out. Nostalgia, it would seem, can be a potent force.
Watching an inexperienced gamer really think about the puzzles, how to get through each level, and how to get the really out of reach tokens and extra lives was a kick. I also had to laugh watching her get frustrated, then calmly think about the best way to approach the situation, get the timing down, then go for it and succeed. Usually, she’d get tripped up again just before the end of the board and have to start over but it was entertaining to say the least.The graphics were actually pretty slick. There are quite a few nods to the Frogger of old, and the boards were very easy on the eyes. Each map was extremely colorful too, which is not what one would expect to find while hopping through a steel mill. Frogger looks like he should, a cute little frog out to save the day. The cinematics were also very well done. They weren’t quite up to Squaresoft’s standards, but then who is? Ambient noise is littered throughout Frogger’s Adventures and the collection of sound effects and cute music help give the game its own sense of personality. Each monster Frogger encounters has its own sound effect, and the boss battles all sound appropriately menacing. I enjoyed the voice acting too, especially when I found myself laughing at the bad Cajun accent they used for an evil Alligator. The voice work is strong overall, but even the best actors in the world can’t overcome dialogue so stale even mold won’t go near it. The controls for Frogger’s Adventures are dang near perfect. I picked them up in about two seconds, and my Lady picked them up in about five. Ease of use is the mark of a good control setup, and Frogger’s Adventures has just that. The X button jumps, the square button shoots out your tongue, which you can use to push or pull items while holding square down, and either of the two Left or Right buttons will turn you in the respective direction. There are a lot of quick timing puzzles and monsters in Frogger’s Adventures, so mastering these controls as quickly as possible is advised. But like I noted, they are very easy to learn and master. Playing for 15 to 20 minutes should be enough time to get the hang of things. Frogger’s Adventures: The Rescue is a platform/puzzle game intended targeted for kids. If you’ve swapped out Materia at a rapid-fire pace, battled through Crimson Skies, or dusted vampires with aplomb, then Frogger’s Adventures: The Rescue might not be up your alley. There’s not much of a challenge here for anyone who’s been gaming for the last 10 to 15 years, but it’s note-perfect for both young children and that someone you’ve wanted to convert. It’s a lot of fun watching a gaming newcomer have to learn to think on their feet while trying not to get incinerated by a trap. The nostalgia is here, but in two flavors. On the one side, the game is very reminiscent of the arcade Frogger and as such is just cool to play. On the other, it reminds one of what it was like when we first started gaming and had to figure out timing, controls, jumps, and so forth all at the same time. By now it’s old hat, and any veteran can sit down at this and quickly burn through it. It’s a game that’s a keeper if you have kids, but only a rental if you’re single.