Frogatto is an open source platforming game available on the Mac/PC that was released to the App Store last month. We took a close look at the game when it came out, and though our impressions were mostly positive a couple of issues stuck out in an otherwise excellent retro-styled platformer, most notably the somewhat finicky controls and a lack of a save state when exiting the game. Both of these issues have been resolved in a new update, and Frogatto now features much tighter controls (especially when navigating underwater portions) and the game saves right where you left off when interrupted. In addition, other tweaks and optimizations have been included, as detailed in the update notes:

  • Significantly improved controls, both functionally and graphically.
  • Fixed auto-saving on iOS4 where multitasking is supported.
  • Fixed bug where a dialog could repeat forever.
  • Fixed crash in world map when you hold down while entering it.
  • Added music and sound volume controls to pause screen.
  • Added half-hearts.
  • Minor level changes.
  • Updated music.

If any of these issues have held you back in purchasing Frogatto before, now is the time to grab the game as not only have these problems been addressed in this update but the game is also on sale for 99¢ for a limited time (down from $4.99). I've played through this updated version and can confirm that it's quite a big improvement from the initial release, and Frogatto stands as one of the better platform games available for the iPhone.


The Hero places you in the role of a superhero tasked with preventing crime and catastrophic events from befalling various cities in the world, all while maintaining a positive public image and keeping collateral damage to a minimum. You control your hero with a virtual stick that allows you to fly in any direction through the air, with a button for speeding your flight as you rush to save citizens from the many hazards in each city. These can be robbers in the street, bombs or fires in the buildings, rescuing falling babies, and of course defeating zombies. When not saving the citizens, you're dishing out high fives to them as you fly by, which increases your various special move gauges and promotes fame and good will.

A new update to The Hero adds 3 mini-games to the 15 level campaign and 4 level survival mode, as well as minor artwork/storyline tweaks and a revamped scoring system:

  • A Fully revised gameplay and scoring model
  • 3 Brand New minigames: Asteroids, Bomb Run, High-Fiver
  • Levels are now packed with even more action
  • New super bonus from high five streaks

The Hero was released back in March, and we really liked it in our full review, but for some reason it has flown under the radar since then and we haven't heard much of it in the past few months. Hopefully this new update will rekindle interest in this underrated title, and to help with that The Hero is also on sale for a limited time for 99¢ (down from $1.99). If you missed it the first time around, it's definitely worth checking out with the addition of more content and this temporary price drop.

  • RiverOnFire

    With the updated controls coupled with the sale I couldn't resist getting Frogatto. I'm enjoying it as much if not more than the free Mac version.

  • RiverOnFire

    With the updated controls coupled with the sale I couldn't resist getting Frogatto. I'm enjoying it as much if not more than the free Mac version.

  • http://www.frogatto.com Jetrel

    You giving us another front-page link like this is awesome beyond belief. :D Thanks, man!

  • http://www.frogatto.com Jetrel

    You giving us another front-page link like this is awesome beyond belief. :D Thanks, man!

  • Gunblade1190

    The first game, Frogatto, is 100% worth your cash. It's by far one of the best platforming games in the app store and the retro flare and the music and the gameplay... well, everything in here is amazing. You'd be a fool to not pick it up for a measly dollar (I bought it for $1.99).

    The Hero I haven't played before, but it's been on my radar for a looong time, especially cause the main character reminds me of the main guy from The Incredibles. Snagged it as soon as I saw it on sale. From the reviews and hype, I'd suggest you do the same!

    Two bucks you will never regret using =]

  • Gunblade1190

    The first game, Frogatto, is 100% worth your cash. It's by far one of the best platforming games in the app store and the retro flare and the music and the gameplay... well, everything in here is amazing. You'd be a fool to not pick it up for a measly dollar (I bought it for $1.99).

    The Hero I haven't played before, but it's been on my radar for a looong time, especially cause the main character reminds me of the main guy from The Incredibles. Snagged it as soon as I saw it on sale. From the reviews and hype, I'd suggest you do the same!

    Two bucks you will never regret using =]

  • http://klicktock.com Matt

    Frogatto is gold. Very polished platformer.

  • http://klicktock.com Matt

    Frogatto is gold. Very polished platformer.

  • arr4ws

    the hero is a fun and challenging game. I bought it for 1.99 when it was released and ill have to say im happy with my purchase. So at 1$ its a no brainer!

  • arr4ws

    the hero is a fun and challenging game. I bought it for 1.99 when it was released and ill have to say im happy with my purchase. So at 1$ its a no brainer!

  • Derples

    Adding support to Frogatto. Great game, definitely worth 1 dollar.

  • Derples

    Adding support to Frogatto. Great game, definitely worth 1 dollar.

  • Sean

    Ahh I paid £2.99 for Frogatto two days ago!

  • Sean

    Ahh I paid £2.99 for Frogatto two days ago!

  • Xeliorones

    TheHero video isn't very appealing, it makes wonder the goal and if all missions are like that or really diversified.

  • Xeliorones

    TheHero video isn't very appealing, it makes wonder the goal and if all missions are like that or really diversified.

  • Jordan

    If I already have The Hero (got it when it was released) but haven't finished it, should I update to 2nd addition now or wait until I finish the 1st version without the update?

    • Jordan

      Anyone?

      • http://www.traplightgames.com Hiipi

        Hey!

        I think you should update, for the following reasons:

        - we have re-structured the levels so that they are more FUN to finish now
        - your progress will NOT be lost, even though your previous scores will (but you get more score from the updated levels)

        - you will get the MINIGAMES!!! You need to score high in one of them to win prices at the ridiculous Fan Contest we have set up! I wouldn't want to part with the hand made puppet that my girlfriends mother spent two months twisting her fingers with - but I will. For the best one, there can be only one:

        http://www.todellisuus.net/~hiipi/Pics/TheHeroPrizes.jpg

  • Jordan

    If I already have The Hero (got it when it was released) but haven't finished it, should I update to 2nd addition now or wait until I finish the 1st version without the update?

    • Jordan

      Anyone?

      • http://www.traplightgames.com Hiipi

        Hey!

        I think you should update, for the following reasons:

        - we have re-structured the levels so that they are more FUN to finish now
        - your progress will NOT be lost, even though your previous scores will (but you get more score from the updated levels)

        - you will get the MINIGAMES!!! You need to score high in one of them to win prices at the ridiculous Fan Contest we have set up! I wouldn't want to part with the hand made puppet that my girlfriends mother spent two months twisting her fingers with - but I will. For the best one, there can be only one:

        http://www.todellisuus.net/~hiipi/Pics/TheHeroPrizes.jpg

  • Igor

    Nice updates to The Hero. I like the mid-game comic book panels.

  • Igor

    Nice updates to The Hero. I like the mid-game comic book panels.