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Angry Frogs: A copycat game of Angry Birds (Shameful?)

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Angry Frogs Android Game
Developer Emanuele Padula just threw a new game in the market, Angry Frogs Beta, which borrows Angry Birds’ ideas not only in the name but also in the gameplay. A replica – in fact, but nothing more than a poor substitute.

Do you really think of “Angry Birds” as a gaming category, a genre? We certainly don’t feel like that but ask Emanuele Padula,  developer of the Angry Frogs Beta — a faulty mirror of your lovely game, the Angry Birds. He mentions (in his right state of mind, we assume) ‘Angry Birds’ as a genre in the market description of Angry Frogs — of course to secure a good position in market searches intended for Angry Birds, which could be huge you know, given the popularity of Angry Birds. Well, Google just updated the android market with a slew of new categories. Guess what, they missed one. Ouch.

Seems he needed a bit more than the birds v/s pigs, maybe, which is why he was inspired to frogs v/s snakes battles. You think we need such a replica game, which in fact is totally lame, as my brief and very sufficient interaction with the game suggests.

Well, I basically don’t like the very idea of duplicating a game. What you guys think? Is it correct even if it’s totally legal? About the latter, I have no clue and it would depend on what action Angry Birds team takes?

Oh, by the way, there is still one feature which I like and think deserves mention. In the Angry Frogs, the game update is inbuilt, meaning you don’t need to update the whole app from the market to get new levels. Just hit the update tab in the options and you’ll get all the new levels right there. Pretty good addition, no?

The game also lets you create custom levels. I spent a couple of minutes on that but I think the UI wasn’t impressive enough to give me any assurance that I will be able to chalk out a decent-even level out of that. Do share with me if anyone of you are able to make out any great level from there.

Download Angry Frogs if you really wanna try it — despite its bad UI and poor experience, if you compare to its hero Angry Birds — here is the link.

Angry Frogs Beta Download

Air your thoughts — hateful, sympathetic  and of course ANGRY — in comments. Anybody wants this game out of beta? Or Angry Frogs Seasons? And will Emanuele Padula be able to get his app on iOS appstore (lol)?

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  • AmandaH

    There is a game called Barbarian Revenge which is almost exactly like Angry Birds. I wonder where something like this falls in the copycat spectrum: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tufat.barbarianrevengelite

  • Jason Green

    Totally all good points Kapil. In fact, I have nothing against Angry Birds and understand that it is it’s execution of a good mechanic that make it a hit.

    I just get annoyed at people thinking it is an original concept.

    • http://theandroidsoul.com Kapil

      Well, I think Angry Birds does feels like Flash game — which it is. But Rovio implemented it great. BTW, the game you look to spread word about — I don’t whether you’re affiliated or not — is cool to play on mobile. But I would be happy for it only if it was Free. In my opinion, it makes little sense to keep it paid. Just my 2 cents.

  • Jason Green

    You guys realise that the Angry Birds format has existed for ages. I mean, congrats on finding a style and characters that make the format shine, but launching objects and structures with people inside in a physics engine is NOTHING new.

    Here is one I was playing 2-3 years ago. But it is probably older.
    http://armorgames.com/play/3614/crush-the-castle

    • http://theandroidsoul.com Kapil

      Hey, chill! We’re not asking every developer to invent the gaming! But using the name that strikes of Angry Birds and copying the whole of the game style doesn’t help, you know. There’s a game called, aGibbets, which is based on same ‘some’ physics engine you told us about, but it’s different. It feels different and it’s laid down different. You can’t say it was copied or even tried one bit to mimic any great game just like that. And heck! they even didn’t name it as Angry Arrows or Angry People! I hope you get it.

      BTW, do try aGibbets — since it seems you found even angry frogs okay, you’ll definitely love aGibbets. Good bye!

  • Shane Hennessy

    I have to say, I like the game. I really like angry birds, but if the game will not run on my device, Samsung Moment, frogs have to stay and birds must go. Birds runs soo poorly on my device that it is not even playable. So in this case, I give the game a thumbs up!

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com Shivam

      Wow! If you can do away with Angry Birds and Angry Frogs are able to pass your time good too, we’re actually glad that somebody mimicked the game while also increasing the compatibility. I think we’ll eventually come up with an article on 5-6 games that can substitute the angry birds for low end devices, but don’t expect the fun to be anywhere near that of Angry Birds!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DJ3RONICOQTSZPLA4GY4S7NQ7E Milad Green

    This game SUCKS! The graphics suck, the physics suck, and the fact that it’s a copy sucks! It’s even worse than the Turkish copy of Star Wars!

  • Bardsidhe

    well if you do not like duplicating a game, then I suggest you avoid every Car Racing Game, every Team Based RolePlaying Game, every Strategy Game, Every Card Game, Every First Person Shooting game,
    While Angry Birds has become a global success, it is only natural that such success, will be followed by CopyCats, and Imitations and eventually Spiritual Successors.
    Every single successful game in computing history has had it’s copies, granted though, if you are going to copy a game, do a better job than this Emanuele Padula guy, this was the wrong way to copy a concept,

  • Corey

    This is a very poor rip off. The fact that you have to download the levels and have a username and password is going to turn a lot of people off. The number of downloads is going to be mis-representative of the users as people are going to download then uninstall (just like myself) as soon as you see you cant just play the game. Why usernames and passwords for a silly game like this? He’s gone the way of Hollywood and riding the coat tails of someone elses success.

  • sjpm

    Well, everything FPS used to be referred to as a “wolfenstein clone/rip-off”, or “doom clone”, way back when. Now it’s just a genre.

    So I can certainly see where his argument is coming from.

    Question is, are the game mechanics in Angry birds specific enough that they define the game? I bet Rovio’s lawyers have a very strong opinion on that matter…

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