AGH Atari 8-Bit Computer Review:

by Romox

Princess And Frog
When cloning existing games, most companies at least make a passable attempt to give the illusion that the game is original, or at least offers something unique. They'll alter a character, change the action slightly, add a few power-ups here and there -- anything. John Harris's masterful Jawbreaker earned high praise with his Pac-Man clone, most notably because it was actually a better game than the game he sought to replicate. But with Princess And Frog, Romox has given us a nearly exact copy of Frogger, and a horrendous one at that.

In this game, you're a frog whose goal is to reach the castle and get to the princess so that she can transform you into a prince. But that's where the originality ends. Everything found in Frogger is all here, including a lady frog you jump on in the river. You first try to cross a road infested with knights on top of horses (with lances in hand), then you cross a river by jumping on the backs of alligators and snakes (at least that's what I think it is.) Graphics are bad. There is some liberal use of colors on the characters, but animation is choppy and there isn't much in the way of variety. And there's no music to be found anywhere. Sounds effects are limited to blips and beeps, and you'll be clenching your teeth because it's annoying as heck.

What you basically get here is Frogger without music, charm or pizzaz. Stick with the Parker Brothers version, or better yet, the exceptional one designed by John Harris (Sierra On-Line).

Title Princess And Frog
Publisher Romox
System Atari 400/800/XL/XE
Graphics 4
Sound 2
Gameplay 2
Overall 2
Reviewer Keita Iida

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