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atari aquventure
Written by  :  piltdown_man (206349)
Written on  :  Jan 23, 2022
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Forget the first ninety plus frogs

The Good

There are many games in this series but this is the first I've played - mainly because it is free on STEAM.

As expected it is the artwork that makes this game. The game has one continuous line art drawing that scrolls vertically as the mouse cursor approaches the top/bottom of the screen. There is no colour, just black lines on a white background, simple but effective. I had expected the frogs to be disguised and perhaps only partially visible, what I had not expected was the variety of shapes - considerable artistic license has been used here.

So the artwork is good and so are the game mechanics. Once I identified a frog and clicked on it it turned green. I had no problems with the game failing to record a click. Scrolling was a little faster than I would have liked but that's something I quickly became used to. There is no in-game help and no hint system.

Overall the game was very easy to pick up and play.

The Bad

The game has music. It's an up-beat techno loop that's not that bad but I could not find a way to turn it off so that I could listen to my own music.

The Bottom Line

I anticipated this being a very frustrating game so I was very careful and very methodical. In the first pass I found ninety five frogs, in the second pass I found four and that left me, as I'd feared, with a search for the last frog. That did not take too long and as a result I finished the game feeling very positive, consequently I'd recommend this game. If I'd not found it, it would probably have been a different story.
For me it was the search for the last few frogs that was the most interesting and where the real gaming began.

Conclusion: A fun game that's easy to pick up and play.
Would I buy others in this series? Probably not. I've played one and I can see why this series of games is popular but I don't see any replay value here.

Time to completion around fifteen minutes.

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