Personal Compuer Games

By Kerian
BBC Model B

Published in Personal Computer Games #9


No prizes for guessing what Croakit is all about.

No, it's not another cricket game from Virgin, it's a version of Frogger for the BBC - and not a bad one at that.

Croakit is an unusually faithful adaptation of the arcade original. As you hop your amphibian across road and river, you will encounter familiar flies and alligators, not to mention of course the famous ducking turtles.


The game plays in glorious technicolour to the tune of Camptown Races - which will probably drive you mad after a few minutes playing. Luckily, you can turn it off.

The turtles in this version duck rather more rapidly than in most and you have to choose your turtle carefully if you don't want to get a ducking and lose one of your three lives.

You move up through the different levels by hopping five frogs up the screen in each level. Higher levels bring different traffic patterns on the road and new hazards, including a snake which patrols the river bank.


The graphics aren't bad at all and the action is fairly snappy. There's a time limit for each frog so you mustn't hang about unless you want to lose a life.

Frogger was never one of my favourite games, but I have to admit that Croakit had me cursing away at the keyboard. At the higher levels it's horribly tricky.

The control keys are the tried and trusted Z, X, : and / for left, right, up and down, and there's an eight position high score table. You'll have to top 8,000 points to put yourself in third place, and I guarantee you won't find it at all easy.


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