Froggies is the first game from fledgling developer Promnia, and it’s definitely a promising start to their game-making career. The goal of the game is fairly straightforward: remove all of the frogs from the board. It’s a fun puzzler, but the free version tops out very quickly. The 20 levels on offer for the free version are all on the “Very Easy” difficulty setting. Once these are complete, you have to pay $1.99 for a bundle that unlocks the harder difficulties. It’s a low price, but is it even worth it? Let’s get on with the review and find out.
When you start Froggies, you are playing on a 5×5 grid containing several colored frogs and one princess frog. As mentioned earlier, the object of the game is to clear the board of all frogs; however, the princess frog is exempt from this. The princess frog is used to jump over the other frogs on the board to clear them out. It is not as easy as it seems, though, since every color frog comes with a unique ability and must be handled differently. For example, blue frogs transform into green frogs once you’ve jumped over one. Essentially, they need to be cleared twice. When you tap on a frog, the tiles it can jump to are highlighted by a blue circle. You can only move a frog to a clear tile and only if you jump over another frog. The yellow princess frog can jump in any direction, while standard green frogs are limited to up/down/left and right. Once you clear all the frogs on the stage, you are rated on your performance and brought to the next stage.
This game also has special items that can assist you if you need help. Specifically, magic wands are available, which allow any frog to jump in any direction for a single move. You have a limited number of wands, however, and after you’ve used up your allotted amount, you have to buy more.
Since the free version is limited to “Very Easy”, it’s not really that hard to clear each level. The magic wands should never really come into play for you. Playing through the game, there is the impression that if the developers had provided you with more of the game, there would be a greater incentive to purchase the full version, as the taste you get is quite small.
Like many app store games, Froggies has a three star rating system, so if you do unlock the full version, there’s plenty here for completionists. Achievements and Games Center leader boards are also available, if that’s your kind of thing.
Ultimately, Froggies is a fun little puzzler. You may want to download the full version to really get a full experience, but the free version has enough of a taste to get you hooked on the gameplay. What you do get is a game with decent, cute graphics, reasonable animations, and simple, enjoyable puzzles. If you are looking for a deeper experience, you should purchase the complete game for $1.99. For such a small amount of money, you’ll own an enjoyable game with lots of challenge to spare.
This review is based off a retail copy of the iOS version of Froggies by Promnia.