the 80's? No- this is not one of those bad infomercials;
it's a preview. I just like the way it sounds since
I was around in the 80's. So was this little green
guy named "err" Frog. I don't know if he
was really named that but the game was Frogger. The
game was a hit everywhere in the arcades with its
simplistic graphics and premise. I am sure you all
have played this one? You had to help him across the
road and streams. Now 20+ years later he is going
to reappear on almost every platform including the
DS. Now I am not sure why the title has the word helmet
in it. I saw no helmets in the screenshots or in the
PR release but oh well. Frog seems to have learned
some cool new moves since his first adventure and
the DS version will also have some unique features.
Read on and I will tell you what I know so far.
DS version will use the bottom screen as the play
screen and the top screen will be used for talking
to other characters. Yep, I guess Frog learned to
speak in the last 20+ years. Of course the words will
be text and there will be other info like special
instructions and the number of lives left etc. You
will have to use the D-Pad and the buttons as well
as the shoulder buttons in this one. Frog can now
hop left, right and all the old moves. He now can
tongue grab coins and also use this to move quickly.
The new twist is that you will need to move him around
without moving forward or backwards. You will really
have to turn him left or right or even all the way
around. While the screen shots don't
show a great deal, I can tell you the new adventure
will be part old-style platformer and part mini-games.
You will then face bosses to move onward and have
some neat weapons as well as things to protect you.
It was not stated if the touch technology will be
used. My guess is yes since this is the draw for the
DS system. I also do not know if the game will support
more than 1-player or have a wireless mode.
game looks interesting and Retro is certainly in now
a days. If they can make it interesting and have smooth
controls, Konami may have a hit on their hands with
this one. For now take a look at the screen shots
and watch for more info and complete game features
as soon as they are released. The game is in early
devolvement expect this one closer to Christmas.