A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
The touchscreen is a wonderful substitute for the traditional arcade controls. The screen is responsive (as tested on iOS devices; there may be some differences among Android devices) and lets players avoid hazards -- at least, the slow moving ones -- easily.
Violence & Scariness
Frogs get run over by cars and trucks, can drown by hopping onto the back of a submerging turtle, or get eaten by alligators, but they simply fade into eight-bit dust.
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Products & Purchases
Konami has commercialized the Frogger brand, with several console games and other items.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition is a bundled version of different versions of the console classic. The game features plenty of new modes, but they're all basic variations on the familiar quarter-gobbler. There's no multiplayer mode, so parents don't need to worry about children talking to strangers. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is It Any Good?
Frogger's a great game, but Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition tries a little too hard -- and it shows. The game repackages the original console game in a variety of fashions, but it's easy for players to see through the different coats of paint. There are a few variations on the theme, such as where you have to "paint" a picture and a multiplayer mode (versus the CPU only) that tasks players to cross the road as often as possible.
The problems, though, are just as obvious. The musical options are plentiful, but equally annoying -- and unfortunately, do not offer the standard arcade sounds as an option. And the lack of a true multiplayer mode is an obvious hole that drags the game down.
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