Superfrog HD has recently leaped onto the mobile gaming
market after being out on the PC and PlayStation for more than a year. The port
to Android has not been so kind for our supernatural prince, as the side-scrolling,
2D platformer is just so much better on other platforms that it is “toadally”
not worth buying on a mobile device.
The story – A traditional fairy tale
The basis of the
story is as traditional a fairy tale as one can possibly imagine, as a handsome
prince is turned into a frog. The prince is turned by a jealous which who
kidnaps our hero’s bride and runs off with her.
Determined to find
his lost love and defeat the evil witch, the prince stumbles upon a magical
potion that gives him amazing powers, tools to overcome all odds and rescue his
adventures, our little green hero must traverse and explore six unique worlds
through 24 levels in order to save the day, rescue the princess and beat down
the jealous witch. In Superfrog HD, this is easier said than done, not due to
the game being difficult, but because of horrible touch screen controls.
Gameplay and controls – Touch screen controls that makes you
want to croak
The gameplay revolves around picking up a plethora of collectables,
ranging from coins to bananas as you jump throughout the levels. The goal
however is simple; you need to make it to the end of the level, marked with a door
that has an exit sign, before the time runs out.
Running and jumping throughout the levels our slimy prince
will come across power-ups to boost his magical prowess even further. Wings
will make him glide through the air with the repeated tap of the jump button,
while my favorite power-up remains “Spud”, a little green frog that you can
throw at your enemies from a safe distance.
Difficult jumps need to be made from time to time, where you
need to be accurate or risk falling into some spikes on the ground or running
into enemies. On a console or even on PC, if failure occurs it is most likely
the fault of the player. Superfrog HD on mobile devices is a different story
all together. The controls are unresponsive and simply do not work well enough
to make gameplay fun.
As I jumped around picking up coins, the forward and
backward buttons would lag behind what I wanted to do, while the high jump,
which is achieved by touching the jump button for a longer period of time would
simply not work in more than 50% of my attempts.
This frustration coming from touch screen, unresponsive
controls makes the game infuriating to play, as not once during my time
reviewing the game did I actually look forward to playing it again, even though
I did enjoy the cartoonish graphics.
Graphics and sound – Beautiful
cartoonish graphics with some flaws
From a graphical standpoint, Superfrog HD is beautiful,
colorful and has a brilliant cartoonish style. The levels are packed to the
brim with vivid colors and decent character animations. The best animations
come in the form of the prince himself, as you can see him smirk in full
detail, full of attitude and confidence.
Unfortunately, enemies tend to blend into the backgrounds
with ease, while traps such as spikes do not stand out well enough. It seems as
if the design decision by developers, Team 17, was to rather make the game look
as beautiful as possible at the expense of communicating vital gameplay
information to the player.
The music and sound effects are nice enough, yet it
sometimes border on annoying. Team 17 has done one thing right in Superfrog HD
in terms of sound, which is to remove the constant ribbiting that used to play
with each and every single jump on the original.
Superfrog HD is not the most beautiful game I have played on
a mobile gaming device nor does it have the best audio quality I have experienced,
yet in the graphics and sound department it is still a decent game.
I was excited to try out Superfrog HD on my mobile gaming
device as I loved the original and the Superfrog HD version on PC, yet it was a
disappointing experience on my tablet.
Superfrog HD is simply put not fun to
play, as it suffers from poor controls that will infuriate even the most patient
of gamers at some point. The graphics and sound is decent, yet I feel as if
there is no reason to actually play it on a mobile gaming device while you can
simply choose a console or PC for almost the same price.
Superfrog HD has been recently
released for Android and iOS. The game costs R30 to download and can be
found on the Playstore here
and iTunes here.
At the time of writing, it is on a special discounted price of R10 on the
Playstore, so if you feel like grabbing Superfrog
HD for your mobile device, now would be the time to do so.
It requires a small
download of around 33mb as well as Android OS version 2.3.3 and up, so it works
on a wide variety of devices. During my time with the game I used my Nexa Orion 10.1, a powerful yet affordable Quad Core 10 Inch Tablet to jump my
way through this disappointing
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