Game Info:

Dangerous Road
Published By: Starsign
Developed By: Starsign, SIMS Co.
Released: November 10, 2016
Available On: 3DS
Genre: Action, Puzzle
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
Number of Players: 1
Price: $2.99

Thank you Rainy Frog for sending us a copy of the game to review!

Frogger is a classic game that many have used as inspiration for their games. Dangerous Road from Starsign appears to be a modern take on the old title.

There are 50 levels total to be played in Dangerous Road, split between two modes. The first mode is Goal Run and it is made up of 30 levels. The goal is to guide one of four animals to multiple checkpoints before reaching a flag that marks the end of the stage. Each animal has a unique ability that they can use a certain amount of times per stage. Rabby the rabbit has the ability to walk over water, Spring Chicken can leap vertically into the air to avoid vehicles, Pascal the Tanuki can slow down time for a few seconds, and lastly Kumagoro the bear can run extremely fast. These abilities aren't always necessary but are fun to play around with.

Dangerous Road

Strong Points: Fun action-puzzle game for kids; Cute graphics; A nice take on a retro classic.
Weak Points: Can become stale; More skilled gamers may not see the appeal here; Needs more music; Grammar errors.
Moral Warnings: Like Frogger before it, animals are shown being struck by vehicles.

Gameplay feels like an expanded version of Frogger in that you move in a direction one tile at a time as everything around you tries to end your progress. You have 300 seconds to avoid traffic moving at a moderate speed, jump across logs drifting along rivers, and dodge speeding trains. There's always a chance to fail by being careless, but with the generous amount of time given, it's easy to plan out each step the first time you play a level. The environment generally stays the same throughout each of the 50 stages just with different obstacles thrown around. There is also a star that can be collected that will grant invincibility for a short while. Those looking for more of a challenge can attempt to beat each of the levels as fast and in as few steps as possible.

The second mode that can be played is Survival Run. The goal is to survive in a road with multiple lanes for 60 seconds without being hit by traffic or trains. You simply move around until time runs out. This mode is fairly self-explanatory and is made up of 20 levels, though the gameplay of this mode doesn't really change much. At 30 seconds "Rush Hour" will activate and more vehicles will fill the screen making things tougher. This mode isn't as deep as Goal Run, but it does add some replayability to the overall game.

Dangerous Road
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 64%
Gameplay - 12/20
Graphics - 6/10
Sound - 5/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 4/5

Morality Score - 98%
Violence - 9/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

The graphics have a style that's reminiscent of early 3D polygonal games. It's charming and does manage to stand out from other 3DS games, though they do still come off as low budget. The music is catchy but you'll hear the same track looped infinitely when playing. The minimalistic approach is almost to be expected from a game at this price, but it definitely could have used more tracks to listen to.

At the end of the day this is an incredibly sub-par game that is worth the price if you enjoy casual games or just want something to take your mind off of more complicated games. Nothing here will blow you away but what it does, it does well. Survival Mode did manage to make me come back a few times which was enjoyable. This one would be great for kids that already enjoy smartphone games.


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