End of campaign: July 11
Platform: Windows and macOS. A Nintendo Switch port is in the works.
Frogs are pretty decent little creatures, and I think they deserve more time in the spotlight when it comes to video games and other entertainment. Luckily, 2022’s Wholesome Direct fulfilled our wishes with a preview of The story of a frog, a musical RPG set in a pixelated world filled with adorable frogs and other animals. If you liked what you saw (or if you’re new to this frog adventure), the game’s developers are now raising funds on Kickstarter for a playable demo, with plans to attract investment from other sources after release. .
The game takes place in a colorful world reminiscent Earthbound, The Legend of Zeldaand the mario series, with Mario & Luigi: The Superstar Saga cited as a source of inspiration. Mushroom and acorn houses, giant sunflowers and a plethora of charming little animals; Oh my! Our story centers on Norman, a frog living in a quaint forest village; lately, several remarkably angry insects have been spotted nearby, putting the villagers on edge. One day, while Norman is looking for these insects, he finds himself carried away by a strange cardinal (a bird, not a religious figure). The Cardinal needs Norman’s help with a critical mission: to find pieces of a mysterious artifact with the power to raise the dead. Embark on your quest and discover the secrets of the artifact and Anura, your precious frog deity! Luckily, you won’t be alone, as plenty of squee-inducing characters will help you out, including a charming bat named Bonnie, a penguin with a plane, and a mischievous kitty.
Rhythm plays a major role in combat and exploration; As you progress through the world, you’ll jump from platform to platform, avoid traps, and complete puzzles in rhythm. A wide variety of mushroom species will help you along the way, transforming into platforms or lighting up your surroundings (among other neat effects) when hit by your blade. Expect lots of jumps throughout your journey; you are a frog, after all! The game’s turn-based combat will also feature rhythmic elements, with a system inspired by dancing games (thankfully, it won’t require you to dance. Phew!). Finally, meet adorable NPCs and help them solve life problems to earn new items and unlock more story details; optional, yes, but these creatures are too cute to ignore!
The story of a frog first started as a soundtrack for an imaginary game before being developed into what you see today. The music itself is quite a delightful affair, reminiscent of classic game scores with a more modern twist. In another nod to our old favourites, the game’s pixel graphics are complemented by a lovely animated intro, with perhaps more cinematic cutscenes on the horizon.
The story of a frog met its fundraising goal early on; the remaining stretch goals will add a playable turtle character, new enemies, and more surprises. For those interested, most commitment tiers will include the demo as well as the full game once it becomes available.
Many of us would agree that the game looks (and sounds) adorable; seeing the characters and the world gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling that can’t be replicated watching the frogs hanging around near my street. For one thing, they don’t go to little frog bars or play the wonderful game of Gorf (aka, frog golf). So disappointing. Anyway, if you like your games sound and smooth, I can’t recommend checking out the campaign for The story of a frog sufficient!
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