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Frog + gun = tons of fun

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing an Xbox Series X on 🐸

FROGUN is also available for Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch

FROGUN is rated Everyone by the ESRB

I love when indie games surprise me so thankfully, FROGUN is one impressive package complete with plenty of challenge and cuteness.

A.J. has been obsessively gaming since the late '80s and is just as passionate about video games in 2023. 🐻

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Renata admires the view before trekking ahead

Let's hop to it

So, what exactly is FROGUN? To put it simply, it's a 3D platformer where you play as Renata who's on a mission to rescue her archeologist parents after they go missing. The good news is that she's equipped with a handy FROGUN which is essentially a frog that sticks its tongue out that allows her to snag objects and enemies as well as cross gaps by latching onto distant walls. The core gameplay has you tap buttons to use the FROGUN and jump and hold a button to aim so it's very simple and intuitive to play but I didn't say it's easy! 😅 v1d30chumz 44-212-99-248

Expansion Pak not included

One of the best aspects about FROGUN is that it looks and sounds like a long-lost Nintendo 64 game. First of all, the visuals have a very cubic style and with colourful pixelated textures, it's hard not to smile as you play. Meanwhile, Renata looks like she belongs in Mega Man Legends with facial expressions that are dictated by textures and smoothly-animated movement. Speaking of which, it's adorable how you hear clomping sounds whenever she runs and the music is charming, too, with a blend of upbeat rhythms and cute retro synths. 🎵

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Jake may be pesky but he offers some enjoyable multiplayer shenanigans

A challenge fit for an archeologist

Another aspect that I love about FROGUN is how challenging it is. With that being said, there is no lives system so you merely go back to the previous checkpoint whenever you run out of health which certainly takes some frustration away. As you explore each elaborate stage, you'll face a variety of enemies, hazards, gimmicks, puzzles, and platforming segments so the campaign never becomes repetitive.

In order to play FROGUN effectively, you'll need a great deal of precision, patience, and practice because if you simply want to run through levels, you'll end up getting snagged on something. In fact, the stages that I failed most were the races against Jake because they make you go fast so it's tough to play through them flawlessly. However, restarting them can definitely be a pain because you have to play the little intro area and skip all of the dialogue again. I wish they simply plopped you back to the beginning of the race. 🏁

Uncover some ancient treasures

Although intuitive and challenging gameplay is more than enough to warrant checking a game out, FROGUN is bursting with replay value in that there is a ton of stuff to collect in each level. Specifically, you master a stage after you acquire all of the coins and collectibles as well as beat it in under the par time, finish without failing, and complete a tricky optional area. The amount of stuff that the developers packed in is just awesome and on top of that, you can unlock different hats for Renata, gallery items, and health upgrades. 💎

I thought frogs ate bugs

Finally, I encountered a few bugs while playing through FROGUN. Specifically, I was unable to move at one point and had to restart the game. Another similar issue is that I can't seem to use Photo Mode at all because whenever I press A to take a picture, the HUD disappears then I literally can't do anything even after pressing every single button multiple times. Perhaps that's due to my specific setup? I have no idea. I also found it slightly annoying that it's often difficult to discern your surroundings in the darker levels. I wish that they stood out more because falling off a ledge due to not being able to see that there was a ledge just doesn't feel fair. 🥺

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Hey, I just unlocked some lovely fan art!

FROGUN will definitely be one of most underrated games of 2022. With a pitch-perfect N64-era presentation, intuitive yet challenging gameplay, tons of replay value, and oodles of charm, there's certainly a lot to love. So, hop to it if you're up for the challenge. 🐸

  • + Tight and challenging gameplay that requires precision, patience, and practice
  • + Adorable N64-style presentation
  • + Oodles of replay incentives
  • - Some minor bugs can get in the way
  • - Certain restarts are frustrating
  • - Darker levels can be visually ambiguous
8.2 out of 10
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