Frogger: Oldie but Moldy
So, I took a trip down memory lane and played Frogger, now available via Xbox Live Arcade. It was definitely nostalgic. I could recite the Frogger music for you from memory, as Frogger and Donkey Kong were my games of choice on my old ColecoVision.
It’s quaint that Microsoft is coughing up old classics like Frogger, but here are the problems with Frogger on Xbox Live Arcade, which incidentally has little to do with Xbox Live Arcade itself.
1) This was great fun when I was 6. But then, there wasn’t anything better back then. Frogger? Or Donkey Kong? Decisions, decisions.
2) The neat thing about a game like Gauntlet is that each level is different. This adds quite a bit to the replayability. Froggers levels consist of adding cars, taking away logs, an speeding everything up. Whee.
3) Frogger is not Uno. Uno has always been a very popular social game. Xbox Live with headsets, and eventually Xbox Live Vision, is perfect for playing a few quick games with friends. Uno is the Xbox Live Arcade killer app for this reason. Frogger is about as social as Solitaire.
So, in summary, after spending some time basking in the nostalgic glory of Frogger, I got up off the couch and did something else. I will likely not return to Frogger, as we live in a different age, now. It was a classic, no doubt. But there are much better ways to spend my Xbox 360 time.
Now, if Street Fighter II’s release date would just get here already…