Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPod Touch
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Tap the Frog 2 enters the player into a number of mini games that all revolve around tapping frogs to make them perform actions. While clearly aimed at the younger end of the market, the game has enough good qualities to keep older gamers amused as well.
The premise of Tap the Frog is simple. Each level sets the player a task to do and marks them out of five stars, with five being the highest rank achievable. These stars are used as currency, with certain levels only opening up once the star target has been met. The interesting thing about these levels is that the mini game within, no matter what it is, only requires the player to tap the screen to control it.
Yes, this does sound rather simple, but the mini games are all reflex based. The first one the player comes across is a great example, as they are asked to pop as many frogs as possible within a certain time. It starts easy enough, with a simple tap popping the frog, but very quickly the frogs kit themselves out in protective outfits that require additional taps to break. Popping 20 frogs will earn the player one star, but popping 150 will earn five.
The mini games on offer show a pleasing amount of variety, and the player can expect to be popping frogs, launching frogs, feeding frogs and even flying them! The collection of stars really does add to the replay value of the game, as there is always the sense that perhaps one more go might earn full marks.
The only real negative is that the game can get incredibly frustrating when going for the five stars. Entire levels can be ruined by one simple error, and due to the reflex-based nature of the game these errors can be quite common.
Even with this frustration, the player will go back and try again (minus a few strands of hair) due to the addictive nature of the game. Tap the Frog 2 is a game where anyone can pick it up and have a go without any problems, but reaching the game’s finale will take a fair bit of skill.