Are you tired of Angry Birds? This is a very good alternative. The idea is the same, but in this case, the frogs, have other tools to destroy. It is much more difficult to play, not nearly as easy as Angry Birds. But once you learned how the frogs works you're gonna love it.
Continuing my tradition of looking for slightly quirky game titles, I came across a new game whilst browsing through the Apple app store on the iPad called Brutal Frogs, and as it sounded quite interesting I decided to download it.
Brutal Frogs is available to download for both the iPhone and the iPad, and costs 69p to download from the app store. I downloaded it for my iPad and it only took a minute or two to fully download and install, with it being around 13MB in size. The game is developed by Gadnell & Associates and was only released on the 3rd March 2012, so for once I could count myself as being up with new releases which I was quite proud of to be honest!
The storyline for this one is simple, after suffering at the hands of birds for years due to being eaten; the frogs have decided to extract revenge. Your goal, with the aid of the brutal frog trap, is to fire your different types of kamikaze frogs at the birds' nests and explode next to them to destroy them. Does this sound in any way familiar to you, it did to me and after playing for about 10 seconds it was obvious why; basically this game is a reworking of Angry Birds. There are currently 45 levels on the game, and you are awarded 1, 2 or 3 stars on completion of the level depending on the score that you achieve. At this point I wasn't too concerned with the visual and gameplay similarities to Angry Birds, after all it's one of the most iconic games to be released over the last couple of years. Different materials such as boxes, wood and stone protect the birds, and you have to work out how you are going to get your frog near to the birds in order to kill them.
The gameplay itself is very easy to describe, simply put, you use the touch screen interface to vary the direction of the firing contraption, (which is basically a fancy electrified catapult) until you are happy with the trajectory. You then let go and let your flying frog do its business and try and kill the birds. There are also several different types of frogs available to you, each with a different skill to help you reach those pesky birds, and these are as follows: -
The Angry Frog - This is basically your bog standard frog. A simple aim and fire will do for him, and touching the screen after firing will result in him exploding. Time this right and you can do some damage, muck it up and he explodes harmlessly nowhere near the birds. He is by far the easiest frog to use and control.
The Parachute Frog - This guy has a parachute, so after firing, touching the screen once will deploy his chute, resulting in him floating downwards, tap the screen again and the parachute will disappear, and a third tap will make him explode. I find this frog a nightmare to control, as the parachute doesn't seem to descend in any logical fashion, so guiding him into a target is nigh on impossible!
The Tongue Frog - This guy uses his long tongue to grab onto a nearby object and swing into difficult to reach areas, preferably close to one of the birds, and is operated by simply touching where you want him to grab onto. A second touch of the screen will make him explode. Again this is very difficult to control in my opinion.
The Lady Frog - This girl will fire multiple bombs over a target to decimate the birds below. They don't appear too often but are by far the most effective when they do, and also the most amusing.
The graphics on this game are on the whole pretty good, however the birds themselves do look slightly like rag dolls when they are falling and keeling over objects. The backgrounds are quite impressive however, and the looks on the frogs' faces are quite amusing.
Sound quality is also pretty decent with a sort of tropical jungle type ditty playing in the background, with the sound effects from the birds and the frogs when they are bouncing off things being particularly good.
So a game which seems to have taken a great deal of inspiration from Angry Birds, it must be an absolute classic right? Well sadly the answer to this is NO. Don't get me wrong; it's not a bad game, it just doesn't really play as well as it could do. Angry Birds grabbed so many people's imagination by being very straightforward to play, with cutesy graphics, and a clear idea of what you needed to do. This is everything that is lacking with this offering. The graphics are good, but lack that cutesy element that brings the fun factor. It is not straightforward to control some of the frogs, and it is not really clear as to what you need to do. It seems like the only way to kill the birds is to explode a frog right next to them. As a result, the birds can be falling all over the place; falling from massive heights and have several pieces of debris fall on them, but don't seem to die. This is really annoying, and not particularly realistic. Whereas on Angry Birds, the pigs change colour when damaged, so you know how you are doing, there is no such visual aid here, so you've no idea how close you are to killing one of them. For me this just doesn't work, and leads to the game becoming very frustrating, very quickly, and not in a "This is fun but tricky" sort of way. My honest opinion is that the game could really have done with a bit more tweaking prior to release, to make the killing of birds, and thus the concept of the game a bit more obvious and straightforward.
So to sum up Brutal Frogs, I would say that this is a game that borrows heavily (and I'm being polite there!) from Angry Birds, and as such sets expectations pretty high. However far from building on the success of that game, it merely tries to imitate it, and gets things slightly wrong in the process. As I said it isn't a down right bad game, and there are a lot worse out there, so for the outlay of only 69p it may be worth a look for a few minutes of entertainment, but if I am being honest I would advise people to give this one a miss unfortunately.
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A puzzle game loosely based on Angry Birds which involves firing various types of frogs to destroy birds nests.