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Frogs vs. Storks (Windows)

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Frogs vs. Storks is a turn-based strategic puzzle game where frogs need to be guided to a safe location. It is played from a top-down view on a map shaped like a board game that consists of six rows and seven columns of water lilies. One or more frogs start on orange lilies near the bottom of the screen and they need to reach the yellow ones near the top. Each level has one or more storks that attempt to catch the frogs. The game is played in turns but the player controls both frogs and storks at the same time. Frogs can move over one lily at a time, horizontally or vertically. Every move is however immediately mirrored by the storks in the opposing direction. If a frog moves left one lily, the stork moves one right. When a stork reaches the edge of the board, further movement will make it appear on the other side. That way the player needs to outsmart the storks by his own decisions as there is no computer intelligence at all.

Gradually, a number of bonuses and hazards are introduced. Frogs receive extra points for catching flowers of flies, but when a stork gets them first, points are lost. Storks sometimes leave behind eggs that are worth points. A number of hazards can be used to the player's advantage. Water on top of a lily doubles the movement and broken ones cause the frogs or storks to reappear at the starting positions. Using these is often required to get out of an impossible situation. Although the difficulty increases with each level, every environment is randomly generated for each game, but based on the same variables that determine the difficulty.

Later levels become more complex when more than five frogs are controlled. The player needs to select them individually and only one can be moved per turn. Reaching the safe haven with a few is not sufficient, as they remain vulnerable until all frogs have reach the yellow lilies. There are often multiple storks and in some levels their movement is doubled. Another aspect of difficulty is the lazy frog. It cannot be moved by itself, but needs to be pushed around by a regular frog. The player has however an unlimited amount of tries.

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Frogs vs. Storks Windows Fat frogs can only be pushed around, they cannot be controlled directly.
Frogs vs. Storks Windows Four frogs and two storks require a lot more thinking.
Frogs vs. Storks Windows Storks lay eggs as well for 10 points.
Frogs vs. Storks Windows Level selection panel

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Brash Games Jan 12, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Mana Pool Mar 04, 2011 6 out of 10 60

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Sciere (245760) added Frogs vs. Storks (Windows) on Mar 11, 2011
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