When the original Frogger was released for the Atari 2600 in the early 1980s, it was generally regarded as one of the classic console's most enjoyable and addictive games. Now, a new generation of gamers can see what all the fuss was about with Frogger 3D, Hasbro Interactive's hyperactive remake of the car-dodging, log-jumping original.
As Frogger, you must bounce your way through 35 new levels of spectacular 3D graphics while searching for 175 missing baby frogs. You'll have to hop between clouds, dodge killer honey bees, avoid boiling lava, run away from murderous lawn mowers and more, just for starters. To make it through all the new dangers, you can make use of several new powers, including Power Croak, Super Jump and Super Tongue.
The game has a frantic, high-speed feel to it, partly due to the sporadic dizzying effect of the 3D backgrounds. Bees swarm overhead, dogs nip at your heels and fire flies buzz all around as you try to make your way through forests, caves and deserts.
The sound is equally impressive. To mention just a few examples, Frogger swishes back and forth across the snow in the skiing level and unleashes powerful, frog-like croaks when he makes use of his new powers. It's all part of the game's frenzied pace.
Toss in an exciting multi-player mode and the product becomes a fun and challenging remake. Unlike many other revamps of older arcade favorites, Frogger 3D does more than offer the same old game with better graphics. Its hyper, in-your-face graphics and outlandish settings propel it to the head of the remake class.
Graphics: Spectacular, vertigo inducing 3D graphics.
Sound: Considering the main character is a frog, not too shabby.
Enjoyment: Lots of hyperactive fun.
Replay Value: A skiing frog is always worth playing more than once.
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