Ancient Frog in Review – As Sweet as Honey Smacks’ Dig’em

ancientfrog1If anyone still has doubts that the iPhone and iTouch are viable gaming platforms that are strong enough, graphically speaking, to compete with the PSP and Nintendo DS then they should take a hard look at Ancient Frog. It is easily one of the more beautifully crafted games in the App Store pantheon. It is also a decently crafted puzzle game.

ancientfrog2The developer lists these features:

  • 100 unique levels
  • 6 different species
  • A host of beautiful environments
  • Fully animated frogs
  • A whole lot of puzzles, from the trivial to the really quite tricky
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Ancient Frog’s world consists of various parts of a tree, droplets of water or indentations, and hunger as deep as nature intended. The objective of the game is to get your frog from its starting position to the finishing position, getting in place to eat the fly that patiently awaits you.

All this is accomplished by placing the frog’s feet or hands, one at a time, on the droplet of water. There is a limited range of movement and range. Each placement will be counted on the sunflower that resides on the upper right of the screen.

There is no maximum amount of moves you can make. There is no time limit. As you progress, move by move, you are able to undo them by simply swiping the the bottom of the screen from right to left. The complexity and difficulty of each level increases a you progress. Some of the later ones require you to really twist and stretch your frog around.

ancientfrog5Not only does this flower show you how many moves you’ve made, it also shows you the minimum number of moves that can be made to win the level. Pressing it also takes you to the menu page. If you’re stuck on a level, you are able to change the level you’re on. By abandoning your current game, you’re taking to a grassy field with vegetation that grows at varying levels. The full heads of lettuce (I assume it’s lettuce) are levels you already beat. The sprouts are the ones you can play. There are also small shoots that are the levels that you will unlock.

ancientfrog6All this becomes enhanced with gorgeous graphics and sound. It is easy to say that this is perhaps one of the best looking and sounding games I’ve played. The graphics has a photo-realistic quality to them. The background sound is engaging… by the way, I love the suction cup sounds of the feet and hands. The ability to play your own iPod music is also a plus.

The downside of this game is that after playing once through, there’s not much in the way of re-playability. True, you may try to get par on every level, but once this is done, there is no more need to play the game. This is unfortunate because Ancient Frog is really a stunning experience.

I do encourage you to check out the lite version of Ancient Frog to see for yourself if its worth it.

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App Summary
Title:Ancient Frog (v1.04)Developer:Ancient Workshop
Price:$4.99App Size:5.9 MB
  • Amazing Graphics
  • Inventive Gameplay
  • Level Selector
  • Limited Re-playability
  • Steep Price for the Amount of Levels

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