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Toxic Frog review (iOS / Universal)

August 21, 2012

“I’m addicted to you, don’t you know that you’re toxic”

10 word description: Hop on lily pads; avoid enemies, eat fireflies. 30+ levels.

10 word review: Excellent retro arcade feel, great looks, addictive high score chasing.

You will like this if you enjoy: Games that are simple to learn and control but challenging to master. Retro arcade style high-scoring games with skill-and-strategy based high-scoring techniques.

The good news: Pretty much everything about this game is spot-on; there’s nothing here I have to warn you about such as poor controls, IAPs, crashes or lacklustre performance – this game has no apparent flaws. As soon as you start to figure out the best way to score big points it is almost impossible to put this game down.

The bad news: With only 47 players on the Game Center leaderboard (I’m currently ranked #2) this game is obviously being criminally overlooked, probably because it doesn’t fall into any of the usual, predictable app store game categories. If you genuinely like video games and aren’t just into “Mindless Clicking Empire” freemium bollocks or the next clone of Angry Birds or Temple Run, you really need to get this game.

Arcadelife verdict: Toxic Frog goes beyond just being a great iOS arcade style high-scoring game by totally recapturing the feel of playing an early 80s arcade game. It doesn’t look much like one, but the game elements – reaction tests and quick direction changes under pressure while chasing a high score – combine perfectly to evoke the same mental state I remember when playing games like Berzerk, Q*Bert, Pac-Man and, of course, Frogger.

Overall – Toxic Frog came out of nowhere for me, well, ok, it came as a promo code via email, and it ranks alongside NinjaBoy as one of the big surprises so far this year. An excellent game, well designed and clearly polished to a high level. Highly recommended.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 9/10
Audio – 9.5/10
Controls – 10/10
Content – 9/10
Fun – 9.5/10
Final rating – 94/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.5
iTunes link

Ramble Interactive / Toxic Frog website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)
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