Metascore
47

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. The gameplay mechanics of Ancient Shadow are too standard, and the experience felt un-needed, and is hard to recommend to any gamers looking for a platforming fix.
  2. Lastly, with 30 levels, you would think that there would be plenty to do in Frogger. Unfortunately, the levels are simple and short, so the length of the story mode won't last more than an afternoon.
  3. 53
    The control mechanics in the title, initially jarring and overly complicated, aren't likely to mesh well with younger players, and the die-and-retry level design can be tedious.
  4. Ancient Shadow doesn't bring anything new to the table, and, what's worse, none of the problems from the previous games have been fixed or improved.
  5. It can take some time to get used to the game's controls, because they are so different than other games on the market. This can be frustrating.
  6. While I do appreciate some of the more conceptual features of Ancient Shadow, the control scheme left me frustrated to the point where the game became more a lesson in aggravation than it was the nostalgic hop back to my childhood I was expecting.
  7. An uninspiring platformer with unintuitive controls, bland gameplay, repetitive environments, and a missed target audience – kids aren't going to have neither the skill nor the patience to play this game, if they even have the desire to.
  8. The lack of quality in this game, its very short and simplistic play, and a slightly higher than 'really cheap' price point serves to, in my opinion, produce a game that isn't worth purchasing.
  9. 40
    It's definitely preferred to the average character-based kids' games; just don't expect to cast your Tony Hawk or Katamari aside to play it.
  10. 40
    Maybe one day Frogger will get his chance to recapture his '80s video-game glory, but if Ancient Shadow is any indication, you can probably expect a new hit single from the Bee Gees first.
  11. Coupled with atrocious cutscenes and a pathetic story (how can a shadow be "ancient," anyway?), this is a real toad of a game. [Holiday 2005, p.73]

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