You don't have to enjoy eating flies to dig this unique puzzle game.
Ancient Frog offers a decent amount of escapism from a crazy world. Designed by James Brown (no, not the Godfather of Soul), this peaceful iPhone app challenges you to move a frog from point A to point B, the goal to devour an innocent little fly. Although it's a nice way to relax, the frustrating trial and error gameplay somewhat mars what is an otherwise well-polished video game.
Each of the game's 100 levels features a lily pad, one of six species of frogs and the aforementioned fly. Using your fingers, you guide the frog's arms and legs to specific points around the lily pad. You move one arm or leg at a time and they can only stretch so far, so you'll need to do some serious thinking to beat the difficult stages.
As you play, you'll enjoy a peaceful and gorgeous environment with one of the most lifelike frogs we've seen. In addition, Brown lets you move at your own pace without the threat of a time limit, something that makes Ancient Frog an obvious choice over more stressful apps.
At the same time, there's no reward for completing stages, other than the personal satisfaction of a job well done, and unlike most puzzle games, everything revolves around trial and error. You'll repeatedly undo steps and perhaps curse the frog for not being able to reach just another millimeter.
We like Ancient Frog because its creator delivered a unique and beautiful experience that stands apart from the iPhone's match-3 puzzle games. It made us yawn a few times and we hesitated paying $4.99 for it, but if you want something different, this will satisfy your itch.
What's Hot: Stellar graphics, numerous puzzles, six types of frogs, serene atmosphere, excellent touch controls.
What's Not: Trial and error gameplay, little satisfaction from completing puzzles.