A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While there's only a light story to this puzzle game, the message is positive as it's about adventure and hope with Frogger investigating the disappearance of froglets around the world.
Positive Role Models
There's very little dialog and characters in Frogger and the Rumbling Ruins, as it's a puzzle game, so there's not many positive role models. But Frogger seems noble since he's looking to uncover a mystery and avoid enemies and traps.
There are no humans in this game, but there are creatures like frogs, a newt, scorpions, and a mystical fairy.
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Ease of Play
This 3D puzzle game has instructions, a tutorial, and the ability to buy hints with gems if you get stuck on a stage. The controls are intuitive, too, utilizing touchscreen gestures on the iPhone and iPad versions, and a game controller for the Apple TV and Mac version.
Violence & Scariness
Frogger can be killed by enemies or traps, but there isn't anything graphic to these scenes.
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Products & Purchases
The game is part of the Apple Arcade subscription service ($4.99), and all titles cannot have in-game advertisement or the option to purchase content with real money. But Frogger and the Rumbling Ruins is part of the 40-year-old Frogger gaming franchise, including another Apple Arcade title (Frogger in Toy Town), but doesn't promote other games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Frogger and the Rumbling Ruins is an action adventure game for Apple Arcade. The game has some mild and infrequent fantasy violence, when Frogger encounters an enemy (like a scorpion) or a trap (such falling onto spikes), but death isn't violent or bloody. While it is the latest title in the Frogger franchise, there's nothing inappropriate to be found in the game.
Is It Any Good?
If you're a fan of challenging puzzle games and perhaps have a nostalgic leaning towards the original, you'll love this title. Frogger and the Rumbling Ruins is worth downloading if you're an Apple Arcade subscriber, especially because it's better than the other Frogger-related title on the service, Frogger in Toy Town, which suffers from sloppy controls. The first thing you'll notice is the fluid and intuitive movement. With the touchscreen interface, you simply tap where you want Frogger to gracefully hop to, while the controller provides additional precision and timing, so each method has its benefits. It's fun to discover secrets and tougher hidden stages, too, which are accessible once you collect enough froglets (up to three per stage). Speaking of which, it's possible to complete a stage without picking up any froglets, but you can replay the stage if you want to find and rescue all three froglets.
Both Axol and Newt can help you out with tips, especially as some of the game mechanics change when you advance through the different themes. The game's "ancient ruins" art style is charming, and complimented with good sound effects and music. There should've been more character interaction and story, and perhaps an extra mode to try out that's different than the main one (maybe a retro Frogger arcade game you can unlock), but this puzzle adventure is still charming and quite polished. As a puzzle game that challenges you to think in three dimensions, Frogger and the Rumbling Ruins offers many stages and extras (like collectible items) to keep you engaged for a long time.
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