The Game: What a crock! Swampy the crocodile has grown tired of Frogger’s fame and fortune. (The fact that Frogger now has a cute girlfriend named Lillie Frog probably doesn’t help matters much in the jealousy department either.) Swampy kidnaps Lillie’s baby siblings and scatters them in a variety of settings. Now it’s up to Frogger and Lillie to tracks down the tadpoles and show Swampy who’s in charge. (Hasbro Interactive, 2000)
Memories: This game almost needs to be titled Frogger 2: The Apology. As happy as everyone was to see Hasbro’s new version of Frogger a year or two ago, the game suffered from control problems, the common “swooping camera” malaise, and very few connections to the original arcade game. Frogger 2 rectifies many of those problems.
For one thing, many elements from the arcade game are retained this time around, including trips on the backs of turtles, quick avoidance of motorized vehicles, and all kinds of hopping around. Numerous levels are puzzle mazes similar to those of Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness, with crafty ways of getting around (and plenty of ways to get killed, too!).
As you progress through the game’s adventure mode, you collect numerous coins which can then be redeemed in the game’s retro arcade mode. This is a novel idea, and the retro arcade game is just incredibly cool – it takes the 2-D graphics of the original coin-op, maps them onto 3-D surfaces, and surrounds the whole thing with an environment which looks like something out of Tron! It’s truly neat.
And speaking of Tron, there are some unique features in the multi-player mode, including a game called “Snakes” which is essentially a rip-off of the old Surround/Snafu/light cycles theme, only with Frogger at the wheel.
I highly recommend this game – especially to those who felt so let down by Hasbro’s original Retro Revival of Frogger. This time, they got it right.