Crazy Frog Racer (Game Boy Advance) Review

By Adam Riley 22.03.2006 19

Review for Crazy Frog Racer on Game Boy Advance

Crazy Frog hit the world last year with his ringtone take on the classic dance tune Axel F. Little did the creators know that the song only really sold because of the original tune playing in the background, rather than for the annoying frog making stupid noises over the top. However, the success went to their heads and an album followed, as did a gaming deal. Thankfully the album bombed; unfortunately, though, the game is still selling in moderate numbers. Find out why this SHOULD NOT BE BOUGHT...

My wife sat watching my play this atrocious Game Boy Advance game via my GB Player on the GameCube and wondered why on Earth I was playing it. She did not even think it was a proper game. It is THAT bad that even my wife, with her limited knowledge of gaming, could instantly tell what a pathetic excuse for a 'game' this is. Quite an impressive feat in its own right...

First of all, when it comes to racing games, especially those using Mode 7 technology, such as Super Mario Kart did on the SNES, it is the actually race track that moves around, whilst the character you are controlling remains stationary. Now, the trick is to make the slight movements of the racer such that they fool the eye of the gamer into thinking it is actually to other way round. Thus all is well in the world. However, that is certainly not the case here. In fact, so poor is the movement of whichever racer you choose, that reaching the finish line takes nothing more than a half-hearted tap to the left or right every now-and-then! There is absolutely no sense of speed or any need to react sharply to avoid crashing whilst going round corners. It is just one of the most painfully mundane gaming experiences I have ever come across...and I played Bubsy the Bobcat on the SNES!

Screenshot for Crazy Frog Racer on Game Boy Advance

So it makes you wonder just what the developer was thinking. Was its heart really poured into this racing cash-in or did it merely try to make some quick money from the brand name before people grew tired of the stomach-churningly idiotic frog? I will leave that one to you guys, but you would have to hope the latter, for its sake, because if Crazy Frog Racer was the best it could produce, then there is definitely something wrong! Plus, the sheer fact that this is still listed at the scandalous price of £24.99 in most stores is a horror to behold. To think that poor parents are actually wasting that amount of money on something that their children will grow tired of after no more than about ten minutes pains me deeply.

Screenshot for Crazy Frog Racer on Game Boy Advance

But look at what the concept is on paper. The game states that 'The Annoying Thing' is to star in his own version of Wacky Races. See, that already sounds quite intriguing. You are then told that the crazy amphibian and his friends are to race in a high octane riot through cityscapes and underground mayhem. Wow, this could actually be half decent! Being able to blast your opponents, use zany power-ups and super boosts to screech your way to victory over three cups spread across twelve tracks, complete with eight unique characters, really does sound like a contender for the GBA racing crown, with Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Banjo Pilot being the top two in this genre at the moment. You can even play with up to four-players across four different multiplayer modes.

Yet just wait a second...let us analyse this situation a bit more. First of all, seriously, what friends does the Crazy Frog have that we know about? None that I can even remember after playing through just a few days ago, that is for sure! And furthermore, is twelve tracks really enough nowadays? Doubtful. But anyway, you could be somewhat forgiven for being sucked in by this clever gaming blurb. It would be a shame if you or your children had to partake in such torture, though. I cannot even begin to talk about the music and *shudders* sound effects, for fear of bursting into tears! What a criminal waste of the licensed MusyX Audio Tools from the superb Factor 5...

Screenshot for Crazy Frog Racer on Game Boy Advance

The graphics are so basic that this could be replicated on the 8-bit NES without much effort, with barely any roadside visuals worth noting and completely indistinguishable weapons at your disposal. So not only are you bored because of the slow pace and depressing visuals, but you also have basically no idea what each blurred weapon icon means...unless you actually play the game for a while, which is not advised if you; 1.) Wish to maintain stable mental health; 2.) Would like to keep your GBA is half decent condition and not see its remains once you have thrown it against the wall / out the window / down the toilet / and so on. It is dire throughout and I cannot think of anything positive to say about it, especially given the cheek of being sold for full price at retail...

Screenshot for Crazy Frog Racer on Game Boy Advance

Cubed3 Rating

1/10
Rated 1 out of 10

Awful

When a recent survey of games that made people emotional and upset revealed 'that' Final Fantasy VII death scene as taking the top honours, clearly the people partaking in the poll did not consider that BAD games that make you cry out of frustration, because if they had, this would have blasted into that No.1 spot with ease. Such is the level of sheer drivel this stands for...

Developer

Independent Arts

Publisher

dtp

Genre

Driving

Players

4

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  1/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (4 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date None   Japan release date None   Australian release date None   

Comments

:cry:

Adam Riley [ Operations Director :: Senior Editor :: Cubed3 Limited ]
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High score Smilie What stopped it from getting a 0?

Looks great, should be picking this up later this week. :Smilie

It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

:lol: You actually bothered reviewing this! I think you deserve another shit on the chest for that!

XBL Gamertag: James2t3

:lol:

I'll read the review tomorrow (if bored), just had to post an lol at Blade :D

Barry Lewis [ nin10do :: General Writer :: Feature Writer :: Fountain of Industry Statistics ]
"We're mentalist psychic Scots, which means we can read your mind. If you're lying, your head explodes and we laugh."

Wow you must lvoe Sonic Riders after playing this. Try it out, it''l make you feel better :Smilie

Also. Sonic Drift uses that "Mode 7" technology stuff I think. Sonic Drift is good.

Also, they took his dick off for the game. Aww ain't that sweet :Smilie

By the way, just laughing at the similar scoring games section, although it prolly should read

"If you like Crazy Frog Racer, you're bound to enjoy DEATH"

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The Game Gear was not capable of mode 7. It used sprite movement ala most racing games of the time.

See no Wiivil
Hear no Wiivil
Speak no Wiivil

Worrying thing is...how the bloody hell did Nintendo permit this thing to be published? Don't they have the final say on what games come out for their systems? What happened to quality over quantity? Bleedin hell, it even has the frickin "Nintendo seal of quality"!

Wan't there some rumour about people inside Nintendo not wanting to let it to release?

It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

The Nintendo Seal of Quality is a mockery now, considering they let anything be released on the GBA...

Shame that rumour didn't come true!!

Adam Riley [ Operations Director :: Senior Editor :: Cubed3 Limited ]
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Sought of like how Sony allow anything to be released on PS2!

Vote 1, Eternal Darkness 2 for Wii

Oh it was happy fun time for you reviewing this, wasn't it Adam? Smilie

You know a game is good when you get a reccomendation to play Universal Studios as a similar scoring title!

:lol:


Cubed3 Staff [ Retro Editor :: Previews Editor ]

Gimme that tripe any day...I'll easily take it over this! :eek:

Mike, you have NO idea how ecstatic I was... :sarcy:

:lol:

Adam Riley [ Operations Director :: Senior Editor :: Cubed3 Limited ]
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Hey, I would've reviewed it if they'd sent out a review copy like I requested!

Yes, I actually requested to review this...I don't know what was up with me that day.

I sooooooo fucking HATE this frog! I wanna tear it's legs off and send it to a French restaurant! MWUAHA!

DIE, FROGGY! DIE!!!

See what this does to me! I'm sorry you had to review this, even though it wan't my fault you had to, I'm sooooo sorry :P

~Getting on C3's massive tits since 2K5.~

I liked Bubsy :-(

Lance Boyle (guest) 11.10.2010#18

I HATED this game. And what's unbelievable is that Manfred Trenz (yes, the very same Manfred Trenz that did Turrican and Katakis) actually programmed and did the graphics for the game

Inkredible_Hunk said:
Worrying thing is...how the bloody hell did Nintendo permit this thing to be published? Don't they have the final say on what games come out for their systems? What happened to quality over quantity? Bleedin hell, it even has the frickin "Nintendo seal of quality"!

This is the same Nintendo that allows anything to be released on the Wii

Erik N (guest) 16.02.2012#19

I actually have this game on a cartridge... bought a GBA SP w/backlight off ebay with 4 games and this atrocious pile of goat doody was one of them, came complete with instruction manual and box.
Honestly, this game is AVGN material.

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