If Sonic and Rayman decided to throw caution to the wind in a night of unbridled passion, the resulting abomination would probably be something like Superfrog. A clumsy lazy lad, he'd cheat his way through life feeling content to emulate his parent with poor success, all the while denying his obvious refusal to branch out on his own. The awkward kid of the class always vying for attention, it wouldn't be until his later years that he realized that- oh wait, this is still a game after all.
An updated version of the mildly popular 1993 Amiga game of the same name, Superfrog HD
is perhaps the most generic and dull platformer I have ever played, easily ranking with the likes of most movie tie-ins and poorly developed flash games. It does everything you would expect a platformer to do, but with such unimaginable mediocrity that I am simply astounded it is actually a retail game and not something a free browser distraction.
Controls are a case of extremes, with the titular amphibian moving far too fast on foot only to change to an excessively floaty feather-like feel once he gets off the ground. With the exception of a punch and glide pickup (which are pointlessly taken away after each new level/death), items are needlessly prolific despite doing nothing but add to your meaningless hi-score, sending you down the numerous dead ends barely disguised as "secret areas". The levels themselves are tediously designed, only matched by the boss fights which are literally the exact same broken stage each and every time.
I will admit to never having played the original, but if it's anything like this I have no desire to. Despite it's self proclamation as a timeless classic, I can't help but feel this was a needless remastering that would have been better left unremembered. As far as the HD update goes the artwork is so simply drawn to begin with that it isn't even worth mentioning, and for those looking to replay the original game be forewarned you have to unlock those levels by means of a terrible slot-machine mini-game, which requires you of course to play the new levels to get tokens.
Whether you have fond memories of the original or not, I would recommend skipping Superfrog HD
. It's a poorly made game and an insult to whatever fans there were of the franchise. I am glad that Team17
tried to branch out from their typical Worms
games, but if this is going to be the result, I'd prefer they stick to what they know.