By: Uma Smith
Back in the ’90s, the Amiga competed against Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros and Sega’s Sonic The Hedgehog with its own brand of 2D platforming with Superfrog. While it did not gain as much popularity, it still remained as a decent enough title for Team 17 to re-release for both the PlayStation 3 and Vita. Will this new title, entitled Superfrog HD, be able to make leaps and bounds this time?
While the controls are typical of a 2D platformer, jumping during the game feels a bit floatier than one would expect. While this means that you can “fly” higher, timing your jumps can be tough, especially when the camera shifts so abruptly. Because of this little setback, you’ll potentially make plenty of mistakes if your reflexes aren’t up to speed.
Superfrog HD has the same cartoony appearance and style that Team 17 has delivered in its past games, including Worms. The colors are solid and vibrant, while the characters themselves are designed pretty decently. However, don’t expect any special effects to come popping out of your big screen or Vita’s OLED.
While the sound does perform its functions at the very minimum, the music doesn’t leave much of an impression. In fact, the tunes can be become quite bland when you give it time. Nonetheless, the overall presentation is reasonable enough.
In Superfrog HD, you play as a frog out to rescue your beloved princess. Previously, your main character was enjoying his life as a prince, but suddenly a witch decided to cause a little trouble and turn him into a frog (as well as kidnap the princess). With this being a 2D platformer, you’ll be jumping on top of various critters and animals in a similar fashion as in Super Mario Bros.
During each level, there are power-ups that will help your character out. For instance, there is one power-up that will give you the ability to glide while another can be thrown at enemies in order to dispose of them. Throughout the levels there are coins that are scattered and waiting to be collected. In addition, Superfrog HD has secret areas that consist of even more challenges and enemies for you to face.
When you reach the end of the level, you’ll be given a star rating based on the number of coins you collected and secret areas you uncovered. With 24 levels spanning across six different worlds, Superfrog HD will keep you busy for a while. You also get a little variety and added challenge whenever you face off a boss in each world.
On top of that, there is the additional level editor that gives you the opportunity to exercise your creativity. The major downfall with this feature, though, is the inability to share these levels you created online. Superfrog HD would not be the most unique or outstanding game out there amongst those in the 2D platforming genre. However, you do get some satisfaction with the adequate amount of content contained in this game.
Although you’re not going to be blown away by the gameplay or presentation from Superfrog HD, you’ll still get the value since both the PlayStation 3 and Vita versions are available for one price at the PlayStation Network. Therefore, if you’re looking for another 2D platformer, this may be the game that you’ll be “croaking” over.