Frogatto [rating: 4/5]
Retro gaming is as huge as ever and if you want to get back to the days of 16bit gaming then you should probably check out Frogatto for iPhone. Frogatto is a 2D horizontal platform game which harks back to a simpler time when games were simple and hero’s were green!
As you have probably already guessed you take the role of a frog who has to rely on his jumping and long tongue to travel around and get out of trouble. The controls are simple too although the use of the double-tap jump does allow you to jump out of tricky situations. And while you can also swim in the various pools of water there are no new controls to learn.
The movement is controlled by the virtual d-pad on the left side of the screen and your actions via two action buttons on the right. In addition another action button appears when you can interact with your surroundings such as opening a door. The only poor part of the control system is during the swimming parts of the game where the d-pad turns to a circular button which you can drag your finger on to move your swimming amphibian, however it doesn’t work well esp. when navigation around numerous underwater enemies.
The storyline is well written and humorous in parts too which helps keep the game ticking along nicely. You’ll meet many different ‘friends’ as you travel through the sprawling levels and many of them will set you tasks such as finding items and keys.
As you do this you will unsurprisingly come across many enemies and as successfully implemented in many other similar platform games you can defeat these creatures by either grabbing them with your long tongue before spitting them out or by stomping on them. Needless to say the road walked by this game is a well trodden one but still entertaining.
The levels look as good as any 16bit retro game can and they are large too, sprawling left, right and up into the sky as you complete the tasks set by the characters that you meet. There are also the end of level enemies thrown in along the way for good measure which adds some variety to the game.
While the RPG style tasks in the game add a nice change to the genre there is no way to keep track of what your current task is and all you are only ever on one task at a time it would be nice to be able to review what you are currently working on.
The game uses a check point option so that whenever you lose one of your unlimited lives you just re-start at the last check point. You can find more hearts as you travel through the levels and they can also be re-filled at the occasionally found fountains.
Another nice feature in the game is your ability to boost your frogs abilities with coins that you pick up as your transverse the levels. These abilities enable you to lengthen your tongue, spit further and jump higher making things easier as the difficulty is cranked up as you progress through the game.
Overall Fragatto is a well built retro platform game that offers plenty of challenges, entertainment and humor making it well worth a look if you like this type of game.
- Large sprawling levels
- Upgradable abilities
- Good, humorous storyline
- No ability to review tasks
- Poor swimming controls
Reviewed on an iPhone 4
Price: $2.99 (App Store)
Updated:Aug 06, 2010
Size: 80.3 MB
Seller: Benjamin Anderman
© 2010 Ben Anderman
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.