King of Frogs has a very simple premise: get the frog king to the flowered lily pad by leapfrogging over the other frogs. It’s a puzzle game, and a pleasantly challenging one at that with enough levels to keep you going for some time.
The primary mode is story mode, buy don’t be fooled by the name. There is no story, just the goal of getting the king frog to the lily pad. To do so you must determine the path the king needs to take, often requiring you to leapfrog other frogs over each other to adjust the route. The challenge comes into play because once a frog has been leap over it disappears. As you progress the routes get harder to spot and experimentation takes more and more time, and with you overall score dependent on the swiftness of your completion it gets quite competitive and compelling as you strive to better your time and relish the next brain teaser. It’s a simple puzzle game with the right amount of challenge to keep you engaged and be enjoyable.
The second available mode is challenge mode. Challenge mode follows the same premise but add an additional requirement to complete each level: you must clear all frogs. It adds a nice new dimension to the overall challenge, and is an excellent step up from the story mode if you breezed through the 80 levels available there. Also, for a price, you can unlock two additional modes, quick play mode and bonus mode. Both claim to provide an endless amount of puzzle to keep you challenged.
In the end King of Frogs is good puzzle game. The presentation is very basic, with low quality sprites and animations, bland textures and repetitive sound effects, but it doesn’t really need any visual or audio flair to still be enjoyable. And it is enjoyable, in small doses. The biggest problem is prolonged play makes the puzzles mundane; the simplicity makes it highly accessible but also repetitive. Still, it’s currently free for the story mode and challenge mode, so it certainly gets a recommendation.
MLG Rating: 8/10
Platform: iPhone, iOS Release Date: 18/05/2011
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a digital copy of King of Frogs for review purposes by the promoter. The title was reviewed over the course of two weeks on an iPhone. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.