Frocket: Written & Video iPhone App Review
We’re just going to go ahead and burst the bubble on this one: Frocket by developer GANZ has done what few apps that cross our desk manage to do it—it’s earned a perfect score. This is because it offers simply one of the best and brightest arcade experiences that we have had the distinct pleasure of enjoying in a long time. It’s zany, it’s exhilarating, and it’s bloody difficult. In fact, it’s one of only a handful of apps to truly remind us of the gaming potential of the iPad itself. If that’s got your interested piquing, then go ahead and check out what we have to say beyond the break!
Concept and Gameplay
The basic idea behind Frocket looks something like this: You direct the movements of a frog with a rocket strapped to his back as he careens around the levels, picking up stars, collecting insects which serve as in-game currency, and otherwise avoiding baddies wherever they so happen to be. It’s a lot of fun, and it all relies on a single tapping motion from you.
In other words, to complete the app’s levels you’ll need to timing your jumps and motions perfectly, otherwise you may end up a snack for an hungry gator, or perhaps smashed against a wall. The app also features a full bevy of powerups which can be purchased using your fly collection. This includes a viking helmet that unlocks even more stars and even more gaming. It doesn’t take long for this portion of the game to wind its way to your hands, either. That being said, it is bloody difficult, and you’ll often find yourself cursing at the screen before hitting the restart button. In other words, it’s unbelievably dirty and endlessly fun.
Design and Graphics
We also happened to love the way that Frocket just looks. It’s got a uniquely cell-shaded approach that makes it rather endearing, especially with the smooth and hapless animations created for the main protagonist. It also reminded us of those old Donkey Kong 64 games, as it has a certain amount of unexplained zaniness that we appreciated immensely. Added onto this is a control scheme that could not be simpler to use. Tap the screen to fire your frog out of his rockets. It’s that easy, though it will take you quite a while longer yet to master the timing.
As if all that weren’t enough, the game will only set you back a fourth of what a Starbucks latte would. That means for only a buck you can have all two stages of the app, and though we might like a few more levels now, the devs promise that content is coming. All in all, Frocket is a tremendous example of iPad gaming, and is easily the best recommendation we’ve had to give in a while.
Frocket requires iOS 3.1.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.
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