The objective of the game is to be the first player to reach the top of the mountain. You have control over both your hands, and aim them using the analogue sticks of your controller, similarly to games like Octodad or Mount your friends.
You then use your triggers to grasp onto a ledge or rock. (An important note is you can not play this with a keyboard or mouse).
The game does a good job at keeping the game fun for all players. A lot of racing games suffer from the problem that as soon as someone gets the lead, the players in the back will never be able to catch up, and so they don’t have as much fun. In Frog climbers, occasionally a bug carrying a vine will fly next to losing players, which if they grab will then get a boost upwards. If players fall off the mountain, they will also respawn after 3 seconds near the player in first place. Although it seems they can fall as many times as they want, as I haven’t seen some sort of penalty. I would personally like to see a life limit or something along those lines.
Something pretty hilarious is you have the ability to grab other frogs’ limbs. You can grab their feet, knees, hands or backs. It will weigh them down slightly, and you can use them to swing or climb up. However, there is a timer where your frog will lose grip after a while to keep it from getting to frustrating for other players.
Although if you don’t like the idea of being able to catch up and win at the last second, you can turn on a modifier that will reward the player who has the lead, which will then be compared across all players once the end is reached. There are other funny modifiers to play around with like low gravity or one arm. As well as choosing modifiers, you can also generate a map type of normal or hard difficulty, or even a map filled with wheel obstacles for extra challenge.
The map generation is quite similar to the one in many worms games, except instant, which is quite nice.
You can choose between 5 different types of frogs, which could easily just be different colours, but I like that the devs took the time to give them different body shapes, patterns and such. The green one plays upside down, and climbs with their feet instead, which I found to be quite funny.
You can also race in solo against the clock in preset, daily mountains in order to try get a higher score on the leaderboard.
My main issue with the game is there’s no AI, and no online play, which means you can only really have fun in the game if you have friends over. Sure you can play solo, but I don’t think that would keep you entertained for a very long time. So it’s definitely a multiplayer game.
Overall, I think the game is super fun. It’s a simple idea, but very well executed! There’s a decent amount of content for the relatively cheap price, and if you have friends over, it’s definitely a fun game to start up and have a few good rounds. Although I’m all for local multiplayer, I hope the devs consider putting in AI or most importantly, online play in the future.