Review by PentiumMMX

"Why can't Frogger swim?"

Riding on the success of Frogger for the PlayStation, Hasbro Interactive released a sequel; Frogger 2: Swampy's Revenge. The back of the case may say "This is the best Frogger ever!", but is that really true?

Story
To sum it up quickly, Frogger and the girl frog (Here called Lillie Frog) must rescue all the baby frogs from the evil Swampy. Yeah, that's the entire point to the game. While Frogger isn't known for having a story at all, this story isn't anything really special...but it does beat saving a princess from a random villain, which I'm honestly surprised they didn't use instead.
Story: 5 out of 10

Music \ Sound Effects
Frogger isn't known for it's music, either; while the music isn't bad, it's not anything memorable either. The sound effects are what you would expect; spring sounds when you leap, croaking, and other typical sound effects. Overall, it's average here
Music \ Sound Effects: 5 out of 10

Graphics
The graphics in Frogger 2 exceeded my expectations. It actually looks good; it's bright, colorful, and fits Frogger quite well. While far from being the best on PlayStation, and there is room for improvement, it still looks great
Graphics: 8 out of 10

Controls
This is where the game starts to go downhill. Movement works fine, like the classic Frogger games, though what drags it down is when leaping is required; unless you're facing what you want to jump on, it's a pain to maneuver your character over to it mid jump, resulting in missed jump after missed jump. Still, the controls work fine once you get past the jumping.
Controls: 5 out of 10

Gameplay
Instead of classic Frogger, where you have to get from the sidewalk to the Lilly pad while avoiding traffic, this has you navigating a stage, trying to find the 5 lost baby frogs to complete the stage. In a unique twist, there are a few stages where you get to play as Lillie Frog, though outside of looks, it makes little difference on the game. Saving the frogs in each stage won't be easy, because anything can kill Frogger; even water, for some reason, even though frogs are capable of swimming.

It starts out easy enough for you to get used to the ropes, then it starts to get crazy by the 2nd set of levels. By the 7th set, it gets insane as the stages take advantage of every single flaw in the controls (Making you hop across a series of retracting platforms, which the one right before the platform you're trying to reach always retracts during the time between presses of the d-pad, among many other things). If you've got anger problems, you might want to avoid this game so you won't have to replace your controller.
Gameplay: 6 out of 10

Overall
While there are better games out there for the PlayStation, if you're looking for a decent challenge and you have the patience to sit through all the levels, you'll probably like Frogger 2. However, most will probably give up on it and move onto another game.


Reviewer's Score: 6/10 | Originally Posted: 02/24/09

Game Release: Frogger 2: Swampy's Revenge (US, 10/10/00)


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