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Superfrog HD (PC) Review

 
Team 17 announce Superfrog's return after two decades
Team 17 announce Superfrog's return after two decades
Team 17 announce Superfrog's return after two decades

 
At a Glance...
 

Formats: PC, PS Vita, PS3
 
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Final Score
7.0
7.0/ 10


User Rating
1 total rating

 

We liked?


  • Solid, fun platforming
  • Lots of routes to explore
  • Colourful and challenging
  • Not so much?


  • Controls can be imprecise at times
  • Trial and error approach to certain situations can be frustrating


  • Final Fiendish Findings?

    Considering I’d never played the original Superfrog before, I found Superfrog HD to be an enjoyable, solid plarforming experience. Anyone who did play the old version might enjoy it more than I did due to the nostalgia value. The levels are well designed and the variety of environments means you’ve always got something different to look at, with themed enemies to match. It certainly isn’t as slick or polished mechanically as more modern plaformers, but it’s charming and fun and well worth picking up if you want a cheap plaformin fix, and there’s enough to keep you occupied for a couple of hours. Good fun.

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    Posted September 23, 2013 by

     
    Full Fiendish Findings...
     
     

    We revisit an old school platformer in Superfrog HD.

    20 years ago, Team 17 developed Superfrog for the PC and Amiga, and now they’ve released a reworked version with updated graphics and new levels.  A lot of people have been waiting for this game.  I must admit, this game passed me by on its original release, so this is the first time I’ve experienced, and I have to say it’s not bad.

    The premise of Superfrog HD is a simple one.  You’re a Prince who’s been cursed and turned into a frog, and you have to save your princess from the evil witch who kidnapped her.  You do so by navigating various worlds of plaforming goodness, with a range of enemies to defeat by either jumping on them or throwing your sidekick Spud at them.

    The levels consist of several brand new levels set in each world, which you must complete to earn chances on a slot machine to unlock the classic Superfrog levels.  Each world is distinct, colourful and full of character and the levels sprawl, meaning there can be more than one route through the level.  You might miss some of it as you rush around, though.    Unlike more modern platformers, your high jumping ability means that double jumping is not required, and indeed not possible.  As you traverse the landscapes, you’ll find secret passages with lots of fruits, jewels and other collectibles which can open up another completely different route through the world.  You’ll also get various power ups, such as the aformentioned Spud, a cape power up that allows you to float down for more precision control, and potions that grant you health or make you mostly invulnerable.  I say mostly because fatal traps like spikes will still kill you if you touch them, which is irritating.

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    The platforming itself is mostly enjoyable, and very challenging.  There are a whole heap of things to collect on your way to the exit, which score you plenty of points and earn you a place on the online leaderboards.  Our amphibian hero can be a little tricky to control at times, slipping away form a platform as you try to navigate a tricky jump.  Also, some enemies can be defeated by jumping on their heads, but there are other enemies who look like you should be able to beat them by jumping on their heads, but actually cause you harm, which is a little irritating.

    If you want the simple left to right mechanics, there’s a trials mode which involves you running through the level, trying to collect items to rack up as high of a score as possible.  You’re time limited, but you can gain extra time by picking up clocks along the way.  It’s a nice distraction, but won’t keep you for long.  The 24 total levels in the main game are good enough to keep you going for a couple of hours, although unlike the Vita version, there isn’t a level editor, or at least not one that I could find.

    FINAL THOUGHTS
    Considering I’d never played the original Superfrog before, I found Superfrog HD to be an enjoyable, solid plarforming experience.  Anyone who did play the old version might enjoy it more than I did due to the nostalgia value.  The levels are well designed and the variety of environments means you’ve always got something different to look at, with themed enemies to match.  It certainly isn’t as slick or polished mechanically as more modern plaformers, but it’s charming and fun and well worth picking up if you want a cheap plaformin fix, and there’s enough to keep you occupied for a couple of hours.  Good fun.


    Mike Jones

     
    Mike first started writing about video games at the age of 10 when he wrote a Sonic Chaos review for his school newspaper, and hasn't looked back since. Favourite game genres include MMOs, racing games and puzzlers, but he'll try most things once.