We all love to give ourselves a good challenge now and again. There are thousands of games out there for the iPhone, however rarely do you find something as unique and rich in fun as Tap The Frog 2. With a whole host of mini-games, the fun doesn’t stop for hours with this amphibian-tapping wonder.
Tap the Frog 2 is a collection of mini-games that involves you manipulating frogs in many different fashions. Whether you want to feed the frog, pop the frog or drive the frog, this game never falls short of fun ways to do so. Get ready to hop your way into action!
If you haven’t already guessed, the way to go about this game is simple: by solely tapping the screen, you have to complete a given task as fast as possible. Each mini-game lets you achieve up to five stars, usually awarded based on your speed. These stars allow you to unlock additional mini-games.
The first mini-game unlocked is Pop the frog. This involves you anticlimactically being asked to pop as many frogs as possible within a certain time. It starts simply enough, with one tap popping each frog, but rapidly the frogs adorn protective gear that require additional taps to break.
In the first minigame, popping 20 frogs will earn the player one star and popping 150 will earn five; some resilience is required to achieve the five-star maximum. There are also a set of individual achievements for each minigame; achievement hunters will surely get their money’s worth.
I’d Tap That
Tap the Frog 2 is strange in the sense that it has a small amount of classic (albeit amphibian-populated) mini-games that you could probably find in a host of other apps across the App Store. So what is it about this particular app that keeps you wanting more?
While the taxing task of tapping my fingers on frogs was frustrating when I just fell short of the maximum number of stars, I found myself incessantly coming back for more to beat my previous score, and I was enjoying myself doing it. Tap the frog has tapped into a gimmick (no pun intended) that can draw you back into the game every time.
The scoring system has been engineered to a point where that elusive fifth star teases you back into trying to obtain it, meaning you won’t be away from the game for long. One thing I love is that anyone can pick it up and have a go with no issues. However, to reach the games finale, you may need to have a little brick about you; it’s no easy task.
Another thing that drew me in with this game was the fun, effervescent soundtrack that accompanies it. The cheeky and airy tones of the menu music correlates with the fun nature of the game. An element of speed is incorporated into the music whilst completing a task, something done so while preserving the childish nature of the music. Possibly a little more variety could’ve been placed throughout the game, but it’s still a neat little set.
It may seem unusual to comment on the aesthetics of what essentially is a reflex-based complete the challenges kind of game, but I think the puerile graphics of the app appeal to not only the younger generation they’re clearly aimed at, but also at older players. Sometimes, feelings of nostalgia arose for me when faced with colourful and animated screens that are almost comical in their nature.
In terms of its navigation, scrolling through the linear-based level selection is very straight to the point and simple — something many games aspire to do in order to enhance user experience. With an app like Tap the Frog, simple, straightforward navigation is essential because the overall experience of playing through the game is enhanced by ease of use.
But then what?
A great thing that gives the game it’s replay value is the fact that unless you’ve spent the majority of your life stuck in a room with each mini-game, you can go back and play the others anytime you like, probably drawing you back in to complete that set of 50 stars you’re just inches away from attaining.
Another thing that keeps me coming back is that once 40/50 stars are attained, you gain the ability to battle your friends over a wireless connection in Fight the Frog. This is a fun game to play now and again when you’re tired of sitting alone developing layer upon layer of callous on your fingertips — you’ll just be doing it with someone else instead.
Of all the games out there for the iPhone, this one has to be one of the most valuable and addictive of the bunch, accompanied by a minimal $0.99 price tag. With playful, childish graphics that would please almost anyone, a revitalising soundtrack to add some fun and a host of satisfyingly frustrating and amphibian-themed mini-games, what’s not to make you hop with excitement?