GAMECUBE PREVIEW: FROGGER: ANCIENT SHADOWS

So, why did the frog cross the road? To play Frogger of course! Frogger is definitely one of the pinnacles of gaming, dare I say, one of the godfathers of gaming (can't you see Frogger sitting there next to Mario, Master Chief, Sonic… E.T.). Anyone who is a gamer has probably played Frogger, or some variation of, at some point in their lives. Frogger is not just an immortal checkpoint in arcade graphics, but also gameplay. And now he's returned to the GameCube in Frogger: Ancient Shadows.

The title of Frogger: Ancient Shadows gives one a sort of Tomb Raider nostalgia, which is strange for a Frogger game. However, that is sort of the feel of Frogger: Ancient Shadows. This generation of Frogger steps away from action adventure and steps into classic plat forming. You run, jump and slide. You collect items and even have boss battles. There's definitely no ingenuity to the gameplay here, so you should expect anything truly different from former Frogger games.

The graphics in Frogger: Ancient Shadows are nice for your typical Nintendo platformer, however with 2 other titles on the Gamecube already, there are no innovations in the graphics department. In fact, you can expect graphics similar to the Conker games that were every so popular.

Frogger: Ancient Shadows seems to be just another way for Nintendo and Konami to milk the franchise. The only real plus I can see to F:AS is the addition of the original 1981 Frogger. As most of you are aware, $50 is no price to pay for 24 year old game that you can play for free on certain websites or emulators. If you are that big of a Frogger fan, and you enjoy his 3D adventures, Frogger: Ancient Shadows is definitely for you.

Features:

  • Classic, addictive "hop and dodge" gameplay
  • Up to four player multiplayer action in mini-games!
  • Special bonus - original 1981 Frogger arcade game, perfect for retro fans.
  • Wide range of moves - climb walls, double jump, tongue grab and more


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System: GC
Dev: Hudson Soft
Pub: Konami
Release: Sept 2005
Players: 1
Preview By Devin
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