Which games are more fun? Games on your Mac? Or, games on your iPhone?
Whichever you choose (and I’m being presumptuous that you have an iPhone or iPod touch and you’ve tried App Store games), there’s always a disparity in price. iPhone games are greater in number and lower in price. As I was shopping around for Mac games for my kids I came across a game to compete with the iPhone games. It’s free.
Frogs Of The Past Blast
I cut my computing teeth on Frogger (yes, it’s been nearly 20 years, so do you feel old now?), so any game title with frog in it gets at least a try out. Frogatto isn’t Frogger, but it’s fun, easy, has plenty of levels and is priced just right for my tastes.
Frogatto is an arcade game of the platformer genre—all jump and run; more akin to Donkey Kong than any other frog game you’ve seen.
There’s Frogatto for Mac, for Windows PC, and, someday, one for iPhone.
In the meantime, Frogatto is a throwback game. No 3D. Decidedly 2D. It moves, uh, well, slowly by iPhone standards, but that makes it perfect for near-school age children, as well as adults who have been out of Mac games for awhile.
The star of the show is, yes, a frog. He (or she—not sure, even after taking a biology class in high school where we looked closely at a frog before slicing and dicing) runs across the screen and jumps.
It’s what frogs do, you know. Jumps are like the old arcade games of yesteryear, so Frogatto is decidedly 1999, not 21st century.
The frog runs and jumps over pits and a variety of enemies. Oh, since it’s a frog hero, enemies can be grabbed by the frog’s long tongue, swallowed, and spit out at other enemies as a kind of mouthy frog dart.
Frogatto has puzzles and coins. Puzzles have to be solved. Coins can be collected to buy new abilities. There are 30 different levels in 4 separate environments. This isn’t worthy of hard core Mac game groupies, but is perfect for a blast back to the past.
It’s also a worthy game for school age children from pre-school to geeky teenager.
Geeky teenager? Yes, Frogatto has a built in editor for the geeky Mac user so additional levels can be created if you have the talent, inclination, and some crazy desire to play games that didn’t look that good back in 1999.
Frogatto is a work in progress. For me, it worked fine, and I made it to level 10 with ease, though each level gets a little tougher. My oldest got to level six quickly enough, but the middle sibling is still working on level one. But she’s occupied. Not bad for free.