King of Frogs

A review I wrote of the video game King of Frogs for the website www.square-go.com

Being a Royal must be great. The palaces, the servants, being able to use the national currency as a passport. It must be amazing – but that’s human royalty, would it still be as good if you were the King of, oh, let’s say frogs?

Getting the painfully convoluted introduction out of the way, King of Frogs is an iPhone game that casts you as the titular King of Frogs. It’s a puzzle game where the levels are made up of lilies, and you have to get the King back to the Royal lilly somewhere in the level. However, you can only move by jumping over other frogs which are scattered across the level. So, the goal is to move the commoner frogs around the level until you create a route where the King can jump them to reach the goal.

It’s a simple idea with enough in it to make you think – if you’re a fan of logic puzzles then you’ll lap it up, which is helped by the game having a large amount of levels. To be honest, there isn’t much variation in them as they just get more complex along the way. This doesn’t hurt the game as it’s nicely compulsive. Sometimes puzzle games like this can become a chore to play, but King of Frogs manages to stay on the right side of things.

Separate from the main game is the Challenge mode, where you have to jump over every frog in order to complete a level; this adds another level of complexity. There is also an additional level pack which you can purchase within the app.

It would have been nice if there was Game Centre support built into it; you get timed for each level which frankly is begging for a Leaderboard in order to compete against your friends. This isn’t a deal breaker but it would have been a nice addition for any future updates.

The game looks decent – it’s nothing spectacular but it does get the point across nicely and without  fuss. Sometimes in puzzle games, where you have to tap the screen to move things around, things can get a bit fiddly thanks to the size of the iPhone’s screen, thankfully, King of Frogs doesn’t fall into this trap. Everything is big enough to be able to select but small enough to allow the larger, more complex levels. The sound is, to put it mildly, a bit repetitive but it can be easily turned off.

As puzzle games go, King of Frogs isn’t a game changer. What it does do is become one of those games that sit on your iPhone and get pulled out whenever you’re bored for a few minutes. You can rattle through some levels, get stuck and put it down for a few days before going back to it. It’s a nice, cheap, little puzzle game with frogs.

Three stars out of five

Originally published July 5th 2011

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