Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition: A big leap forward

July 30, 2012

I like Frogger a lot. I played it on the 2600, I played it in arcades, and I played the awesome Windows 95 (Hasbro Interactive was good to me in the mid-’90s) version at my aunt and uncle’s house when my family computer was stuck on Windows 3.1. I never got tired of helping that frog get from point A to point B, and that hasn’t changed here.

Classic mode is exactly what it sounds like. You control a frog and hop from one side of the screen to another while avoiding cars and crocodiles. You can customize your classic gameplay with multiple songs, updated control schemes and different visual options, including making the characters and set pieces look like something out of Konami classics like Contra and Castlevania.

After Classic mode, there are a wealth of new game modes to play. Challenge mode is a beefed up version of the game we grew up playing, Twin Frogger has you struggling to move two frogs to safety at the same time, Paint is all about running over every highlighted square to form a picture and Frogger Freakout doles out random challenges from all of the other available modes. Even if you’re playing solo (and there’s a good chance you are because the multiplayer is local-only), you’ll have plenty to do.

If you are lucky enough to have an interested party on your couch, then the multiplayer offerings are fun, too. Tile Capture is a Frogger rendition of an FPS territories match, Battle Royale has you gobbling up pills to grow in size and squash the other frogs, and Lady Frog Rescue pits you in competition to rescue the most damsels. There’s not a bad offering here if you can find willing multiplayer participants. It is baffling that online multiplayer wasn’t included here, and the whole experience suffers for it. This console generation is about online multiplayer and to see it neglected in a game with so many multiplayer choices is a shame.

Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition is Konami’s attempt to give one of their classic franchises the Pac-Man C.E. treatment, and it’s largely successful. Everything feels both familiar and new at the same time, and in spite of its unfortunate name, Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition is fun to play, and at the end of the day that’s all that matters.

Pros: Lots of game modes, alternate visual and audio options are great
Cons: No online multiplayer

Score: 4/5

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