One of my favorite things about GDC is how really interesting games can sometimes pop up out of the woodwork. Such is the case with Froggle, a new endless high score game from developer Michel Courtine. Froggle is an endless running game where you play as a frog hopping along a string of lily pads for as long as you can.

The level design and landscapes are procedurally generated each time you play, and there is a mission structure similar to Jetpack Joyride that ensures you've always got something to shoot for. You collect "glow bugs" on your journey which can then be spent in an in-game store on power-ups, new frog types, and possibly some other fun stuff. Check out the trailer, which features fantastic music but unfortunately it isn't actual in-game soundtrack, but fits the game incredibly well.

Other gameplay features include 3 different "vehicles" to ride: a flying beetle, a seagull, and even an actual jetpack for your frog. Also, a combo meter builds up the more lily pads you can jump on in a row, and if you get to at least a 6X multiplier you enter "Jesus mode" which lets you run on the surface of the water temporarily. Otherwise, dropping into the water requires a furious bout of tapping in order to paddle your way to the next available lily pad. If you aren't quick enough, the game ends.

Froggle is still "a few months out" according to the developer as some things like the controls are finalized and the game is balanced and tweaked to perfection. I immediately liked the look of Froggle, which is inspired by origami, and enjoyed my brief demo with this early version. We'll follow up with the game as development progresses.

  • Paul Hopper

    now thats a great looking endless runner, definitely can't wait to get it 🙂

  • Leo Baker

    How do you "die" though?

    • Soul_of_Wit

      It sounds like too much time off of a lily pad will end your run.

  • Jeremy Church

    This looks pretty cool.

  • Michele Sabrina Vaught

    this looks addicting, i'd love to play this. 

  • Blaine Hodge

    That is one beautiful looking game.

  • Eric Cummings

    what is the music?

  • Tom Vysoudil

    Mr. Little Jeans - Rescue Song

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  • Ugo Robain

    This game seems to have a soul !

  • Matt F

    Finally, a new take on endless running games

  • Aymerick Despres

    I have seen it live at GDC, This is going to be one of the biggest iPhone release of the year!

  • Ben Camenker

    I'm floored. This looks absolutely amazing, and the concept is perfect for an endless runner. Something you can zen out to.

  • Rodolphe Breton

    Nice game!

  • Richard Caetano

    I was fortunate to have seen a sneak preview of the game and simply fell in love with it.  Really looking forward to it on the iPhone!

  • Keziah Plum

    I got a chance to play the Kinect version the other week. Fun and truly addictive! When is it out?

  • Sébastien Grosjean

    Looking forwards to get my hands on Froggle, sounds like some good gaming time is coming.