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Frogger in Toy Town

Game review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Visually updated arcade classic stumbles with poor controls.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

While there isn't a specific positive or negative message expressed in the game, Frogger does go on a mission to save young frogs. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Frogger is just a frog. There's no character development in the game.

Ease of Play

The controls are basic and easy to learn, but not especially well planned or executed during sessions, which could frustrate players.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Frogger in Toy Town is a downloadable arcade game for the Apple Arcade. The game is an expanded version of the arcade classic, but this time, Frogger is trying to save smaller frogs that are scattered across the environment from hazards. Frogger avoids obstacles (and cars) to get from one point to another. It's kid friendly, with no inappropriate content included.

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What's it about?

FROGGER IN TOY TOWN shares quite a lot with the original arcade game. Here, you'll try to get Frogger from one point to another. But this time, it's all set in a house, and you'll have to avoid obstacles ranging from (toy) cars to water to bouncing pens to toast to crawling babies. Along the way, you'll rescue lost baby frogs and collect jelly beans, which (after you've collected 100 pieces of candy) give you a brief moment of invincibility. 

Is it any good?

Any time you try to update a classic game, it's a risky affair. At least that's part of the hazard facing Frogger in Toy Town. The original Frogger might not have aged well graphically, but the core gameplay mechanic still works because it's easy to learn and responsive. Frogger in Toy Town utilizes that mechanic, but unfortunately, the Apple Arcade version isn't as responsive as you would like it to be, and as a result, the game suffers significantly. It's hard to move around levels at key moments, which often results in onscreen deaths, stopping you from reaching your level goals of collecting frogs or jelly beans. The art is beautiful and the obstacles are a nice mix of new and old. Ultimately, though, the game doesn't offer enough of an advancement on the central Frogger theme and is irrevokably marred by the control issues. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about strategy. Making important decisions with limited time is something you have to do in life, so how does Frogger in Toy Town help with your planning?

  • How you decide to get somewhere can make the journey either easier or harder, so what are the risks and rewards of your choices?

Game details

  • Platforms: Apple Arcade
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Konami
  • Release date: September 19, 2019
  • Genre: Arcade
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: October 25, 2019

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