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Revenge of Toxic Frog review (iOS / Universal)

January 19, 2014

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10 word description: Lily-pad tapping, frog-hopping, high-score chasing amphibious sequel.

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10 word review: I loved the original; this beats it in every way.

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You will like this if you enjoy: Toxic Frog. Oh, but of course, you never played it because you were all too busy playing some other games that could only dream about being half as much fun as this one. Sorry, but it’s true.

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The good news: It’s ****ing brilliant. Presentation, graphics, controls, gameplay, challenge progression, addictive qualities, sound effects – the whole thing is about as close to perfect as you can get. I started figuring out some scoring techniques and I lost a couple of hours. Those were great hours, the kind of hours you recall years later when everything else is just a blur of mediocrity. Oh yes, and it runs fine on older devices, e.g. iPad 1.

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The bad news: There’s still a glitch with the ‘best hop count’ display. It’s hilarious because I spotted this when the game was in beta and I was sure it had been fixed. It’s not a problem, the hop count registers correctly on GC, but I found it mildly amusing to see it come back again. Sorry Keith, I had to mention it. There’s nothing else even remotely bad about this game!  

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Arcadelife verdict: I’ll get the obvious admission out of the way first: I helped test this game, gave the developer a laugh with my insane high-score chasing and now the final version has an achievement that acknowledges this site and my scoring obsession – The Arcadelife Cup – which you get for scoring more than 500,000 points. Now, I’m not just giving this game a glowing review because I was involved with it before it was released, I got involved with it because I fell in love with it as soon as I spent a few minutes on the first beta version I saw. It absolutely deserves a glowing review. It deserves to be bought, played and played some more. I was sent a promo code; I didn’t use it. I bought the game even after spending a lot of time on beta versions because I really, honestly love playing it.  

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Revenge of Toxic Frog  is a great game, truly wonderful. It eases you in with a deceptively simple single-touch tap-to-hop control method but, around the halfway mark, the levels begin to present the kind of challenge that inspires heroes to rise up to defend the planet. Playing the game normally, meeting the objectives of each level, that’s a lot of fun. Applying some creative thinking to the scoring, seeing just how far you can push the combos, the subtle complexity of that is pure genius.

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There have been other games that I have found, loved, reviewed highly and have then been generally overlooked by the rest of the world. That’s always a shame, extremely so in this case if that’s the way it turns out. If it’s any additional incentive, nobody is getting anywhere near my Game Center high score and I like how that feels. Go on, buy Revenge of Toxic Frog, bring your adequate gaming skills over to the lily pond and let’s see how good you really are.

Arcadelife rating

Presentation – 9.5/10
Visuals – 9/10
Controls – 10/10
Content – 9.5/10
Fun – 10/10
Final rating – 10/10

MASTERPIECE

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.6
iTunes link

Ramble Interactive website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
5th gen iPod Touch (iOS 7.0.4)
4th gen iPad (iOS 7.0.4)
1st gen iPad
Arcadelife’s 500th review was typed on a Das Keyboard Model S mechanical keyboard – check them out, they’re really rather groovy.
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