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The Many Faces Of.......Frogger II

by Doug Saxon

Well, I was thinking about what game to do "The Many Faces Of" for this month when Tom told me there was going to be a theme on food. I was thinking, "Damn, I've already done one on Burgertime, I can't do Ms. Pac-Man, because I left my 7800 at home, and Beat 'Em and Eat 'Em is only for one system...what should I do?" Although Frogger II: Threeedeep! isn't really a food game, one can score bonus points by swallowing bubbles, and by eating, yes EATING insects. This game is more of a survival game where, like in the original, you guide the frog through perilous areas to get him home. However, in Frogger II there are three stages to get the frog through instead of one: an underwater stage, an above water stage similar to that on the original, and an aerial stage. This game can be found on the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, and Colecovision.

Bronze Medal: Atari 2600
This is a pretty good game for the Atari 2600, but it just can't handle the competition. Graphics and sounds are good, but they shine on the other systems. But the main reason this version gets the bronze is that it is too hard and too easy to get frustrated. I can't even beat the first level. Perhaps I haven't played it long enough, but the first time I played the other versions, I didn't have any problem completing the first level. Any game that has an impossible first level is not cool in my book.

Silver Medal: Colecovision
This version is better than the Atari 2600 version, but it still has a few things that should annoy even the most patient gamer. Gameplay is just about the same as the previous version except for a couple of minor additions here and there. The most irritating part about this version is how slow some of the things move (things being logs, turtles, birds, etc.) When playing this game, I find myself waiting on a "thing" for what seems forever only to jump onto another "thing" going just as slow. In some cases, one will run out of time when the goal is only a couple of seconds away, only because the "thing" you're standing on is moving too slow.

Gold Medal: Atari 5200
OK, you may be thinking, "What, how can the Atari 5200 version be the best, the controllers are awful for this game?" I disagree, one can use the keypad buttons (2, 4, 6, 8) for this game and it enhances the accuracy of your movement and playability quite a bit. It may take awhile to get used to, but after only a few games using the keypad I was kicking butt. This version is the easiest of the three, but it would be more fitting to state the above two are too hard. Flame me for my opinion, but when we go head to head, you with your choice of version and me with my Atari 5200 version, we'll see who lasts longer...;)

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