If you're one of the 2,374,436 (as of this writing) people who have downloaded NimbleBit's Pocket Frogs [Free], you're going to be in for a treat when Apple approves the latest update that was submitted this afternoon. When the update lands, gameplay will be expanded beyond just hopping around in your habitats and frog ponds to actually racing your frogs. Frogs will have speed and stamina stats that will affect race performance, and winning a race results in a coin prize or a free frog. Happiness also comes in to play, and if you're lucky, your frog will even come across some dragonflies to munch on during the race which will provide a small boost.

NimbleBit likens this new frog racing functionality to betting on horse races, as the outcome of the race entirely depends on your frog's statistics as well as the potential of a little luck from dragonflies. You can't just endlessly enter your frogs in races either, each race has an entrance fee which you have to risk. Lose the race and you're out your entrance fee, win the race, and you'll be drowning in coins (or frogs).

In addition to racing, some other tweaks have been made to Pocket Frogs. Currently, when you're breeding high-end frogs and want to use growth potions to speed them up you're forced to use a certain number to complete the process. In the update, you'll be able to spend individual potions to speed the bar along in small increments instead of it being an all or nothing affair. Also, if you breed a frog that you want to share with friends, you'll be able to tweet an image or post it on Facebook.

Pocket Frogs 1.0.6 will be available as soon as Apple approves it, which could be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks from now. In the meantime, happy breeding.

  • http://dendory.net Dendory

    I tried that game but got bored pretty fast, perhaps this will make me try it again!

  • http://twitter.com/SmashDde Sebastian Dierkes

    Why do about 3 million people have fun breeding frogs?! Probably the same category which enjoy Farmville or Minecraft, I guess. Tedious, boring work and nothing more in my eyes. But that's just my opinion. ;)Anyway, I'll try the frog thing, let's see what this hype is about.

    Oh come on, pay 24ā‚¬ and get the mega uber potion pack to actually shorten the time you need to progress - which IS the game in its core?

    Ok, skipped, next one :D

    • Anonymous

      Just thought I'd point out your assumption is incorrect. I don't enjoy Farmville or Minecraft. Perhaps next time you don't understand something you should just keep quiet.

      • http://twitter.com/SmashDde Sebastian Dierkes

        Comments are for ... comments, no? If I would have said "all fans of this one are stupid" or even worse "first !!11" I would understand your "just keep quiet", but instead I have asked for your reasons of the addiction to this one... that did not imply any negative side note, btw.

    • deadclown

      I gotta be honest. I'm more of a hardcore than casual gamer. And I cannot for the life of me tell you why I keep playing this god damn frog sim.

      But I do.

      (|B

  • Fartemis16

    actaully i fastforward in time, and I don't have to spend all my potions

  • Kutekath

    yay....can't wait for the racing!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/silentrocco Rocco Menzel

    So many people are "playing" this? Wow.

  • Anonymous

    Great, this sounds like fun. I shall look forward to this update! Nimblebit have the perfect fermium model in pocket frogs. No nickel and diming, they deserve every success.

    As for the people who don't understand the appeal. I don't understand the appeal of golf. Doesn't mean thousands of people don't find it fun! I wonder though, why you bother to comment? Clearly, deep down, you love the frogs, embrace it! Don't be afraid of what people will think. Enjoy the soothing pond sounds and bright coloured frogs.

  • Anonymous

    So let see, someone who plays Call of Duty (insert # here) or Halo Reach say a few hours a week, versus someone who plays Pocket Frogs a few hours a day. Who's the hardcore gamer here? Just an observation..

    • Guest

      Who on earth plays Pocket Frogs a few hours a day? I might check on them when I go to the bathroom or have to wait around in a line, but it doesn't add up to even one hour a day.

  • Ubisububi

    I would be VERY interested in hearing how much the average Pocket Frogs player pays per week in "Freemium" fees. As soon as i found out that this game costs you money to keep playing, I couldn't delete it fast enough.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      It doesn't cost money to play.

    • Tinkerville

      What a stupid and ignorant comment. My friends and I have been playing this game since it was released, and we have never spent a penny on it. And our game is not limited as a result.

      The in-app purchases are strictly optional. They appeal mostly to the impulsive and impatient. It's like purchasing unlimited ammo or invincibility...it's in no way necessary, but some people just like shortcuts.

    • Amalah

      Like the others said, you don't need to pay a thing to play this game. I bought some stuff just to support the devs, but I didn't have to. You can find plenty of free potions and stamps just by hopping around in the pond.

    • Jess091870

      Change the time on your phone is the same as using potions... And it's free.... I never use potions or stamps.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Misty-Ruth/100000839743363 Misty Ruth

        Unless they changed it, timeshifting has some major drawbacks. In regards to frogs, when you set your time back to 'real' time, they will revert to eggs with the same hatch time they would have had initially. So if you are two weeks ahead in timeshift time, it will take two weeks to hatch! I played with it a while, but it felt like cheating. :)

  • Ubisububi

    Gosh, based on these completely unscientific yet completely defensive responses, I must be mistaken.

    One wonders, though, how the developers are making any money off of this game at all. Perhaps they are coding this out of the goodness of their hearts.

    What a bunch of tools; completely in denial.

    Hi, I'm Tinkerville and I'm addicted to Freemium games...

    HI Tinkerville!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1788181719 Luke Goodall

      Personally, I bought a 99c pack of potions just because I thought Nimblebits made a neat game. Good art, retina ready, lots of combinations and stable. They don't cheap out on you in the pond gifts, you really can play without buying but after about level 8 it just takes a long time and you have to wait.

      Anyway, I pay for things that I feel are quality because I want developers like them to see success and create that next great app. I don't wait for things to hit rock bottom price because I want developers to shoot for bigger better projects and "wow" us all with worthwhile apps! In turn, this strengthens the App Store by being more attractive for developers and benefits us!

    • Hardcore Dumbass

      Hi dumbass!

    • Amalah

      You're missing the point, you don't HAVE to pay anything. It's completely possible to play this game without spending a single penny. If you're an impatient person you can buy some stamps or potions to speed things along. Or you can be patient and wait for deliverys and take frogs to the pond.

      You said you have to pay money to keep playing, that is unscientific and wrong. ^.~

  • http://twitter.com/silentrocco Rocco Menzel

    This concept is perfectly playing with the impatience of people :)
    Thumbs up to NimbleBit. I'm sure, they are making A LOT of money with this. But the concept is so obvious while playing that I cannot stand wasting a minute of time on this.

    Tested it a bit, see the appeal, see the wasted time, don't get a lot of entertainment out of breeding frogs (!!)

    • http://twitter.com/eeen Ian Marsh

      I'm sorry our game doesn't meet your standards, we will try harder to please you with our next game!

      • http://twitter.com/silentrocco Rocco Menzel

        Don't worry, I already purchased nearly all your other games and I will also look out for the next ones. You definitely deliver quality in neat little games.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Misty-Ruth/100000839743363 Misty Ruth

        Is frog racing only based on stats and the dragonflies? Does tapping do anything? I keep doing things to my ipod hoping it will make my frog win, would be great to know if it actually WAS helping. Also, make it stop being stingy with my level 16 frogs! ;)

        Seriously, awesome game, my entire family plays to some extent. The kids kind of piggyback on me and my partners games, since we only have two idevices. :)

  • Silvergekko

    I don't see why people are so adamant that they think this game is SO bad that they have to force their opinion onto other people.

    I personally love the game.
    Does that mean I'm going to convince you why you should like it too? No, it's just my opinion.

    (I can't wait for frog racing, and more achievements please? :P )

  • Karen Hathaway

    I too love the game, and really appreciate not having to pay money. I have been tempted to puchase at various times in the game to rush the development along although todate I have not paid anything. My only complaint is that the Catalogue needs to be bigger, considering the thousands and thousands of frogs one acquires throughout the game. Also it would be nice if the cataloge could be sorted. I did learn that moving my clock / calandar ahead makes the frogs hatch immideately.

    Great work in developing this quality game. I use it for relaxation. Take my mind off busy life and unwind by playing this.

    I can't wait for any updates :)

    • Gregsci

      No, the Catalog is perfect as it is, the whole point of the game is to manage well your species and resources (money, potions, etc), so if you think a bit you can use your Catalog more efficiently, for example don't repeat species in the Catalog and store only permutations of colors and species.

      My only complaint is that the froggydex can't be sorted by rarity, color, etc. but excellent game Nimblebits and the update is just really cool.

  • http://twitter.com/au87 Anthony Usher

    I'm having some issues with a few achievements unlocking inside the game, but not in Game Center. Anybody else experiencing similar?

  • Mick Foreman

    how do u make lots of money with out hacks

  • Froglover

    I for one thoroughly enjoy this game. I'm fed up with games that require attacking/bullying to advance (Pets LIVE, and a zillion other competition shooters); and games that require me to wait upon their schedule (Tap Ranch, Farmville and a zillion other maintenance games). If you like those things, maybe this game isn't for you. But that's o.k. Not every game need appeal to every player.

    I enjoy Frogs waiting quietly until I have time to play. I enjoy seeing the result of random matches (mutations are even more fun). I enjoy hunting around or plotting out strategies to produce desired combos.

    I've also found the programming team to be extremely responsive and attentive to product quality - not something you can say for most widely played games.

    As to how they make money, they do have ads on some of the service pages; plus as others note - the impatient can pay for aids that speed game play. But that's optional. I haven't bought any in-game aids yet. My kids however are clamoring for T-shirts sporting their favorite frogs. Now that might be an additional income stream...

    In any case, good job to the programming team. And to the curmudgeons here - you are not the center of the universe. Go play a shoot-em-up and work off some of that hostility.

  • Frog-on-the-wall

    I love this game too. I find it relaxing. I never purchased anything and I'm lvl 14+. I never found it necessary to buy potions for I figured out that if you keep all the variations as Anura frogs then the achievements are easy to accomplish. The devs did a fine job on this and I look forward to their next project. Now that I know the quality of their work I would entertain purchases product from them