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Crazy Frog Racer (GBA)

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      02.05.2009 01:53
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      "Crazy Frog Racer" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2005 by Digital Jesters. It is a racing game based on the popular ringtone of the same name. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      Yes, the annoying advert which dominated much of British airwaves was made into a video game. It is one of those titles which seems very rushed in development in order to cash in on the phenomenon which swept through the country at the time; Gameplay is poor, graphics are atrocious and the soundtrack is on par with the ringtone. Beginning with gameplay, the developers of this title claim Crazy Frog is to compete against "his friends" in a series of races. Correct me if I am wrong but I do not remember Crazy Frog being advertised with any "friends" or the like. The gameplay of this title features four modes of play for the player to engage with, and these include a tournament mode, a "checkpoint rallye" (no spelling error here; "rallye" was actually seen in game), checkpoint madness and last man standing. Each are very similar in play with the last man standing mode only offering something different. In the latter mode, the race is dominated by weapon use similar to many "kart" racing scenarios and the player must equip his or her driver by driving through the designated areas which randomly grant access to a weapon. From there, the player must fire this weapon at an opponent and if contact is successful the opponent will be eliminated from play. It is a very simple game overall and does not not offer a considerable amount to the player in terms of difficulty. The 12 courses offered to the player are very wide in design and this makes turning a simple few taps of the appropriate directional button.

      The graphics are presented from a trailing view of the racer. I was not able to distinguish clearly as to the character's identities as detailing was of a very poor standard. It seems that colour is the only guide in this game as each racer is represented by a different colour. The environmental scenes are acceptable but only feature differentiations in the background scenes. There were few actual roadside implements for visual appeal. In a possible praise of the title, the ringtone sound is not heard during races but that is not to say the soundtrack is impressive. Very simple musical scores combined with primitive sound effects were implemented into the races; sounds that would likely have been heard in a video game ten years prior to this.

      Overall, I would not recommend Crazy Frog Racer to prospective buyers. Its appeal is limited and would likely only reach the market who found the ringtone to be amusing.


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