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Frogs Can't Swim

Cart #frogscantswim-2 | 2023-02-17 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA


⬅️⬆️⬇️➡️ Face direction
🅾️ Hop forward

How to Play

As a tiny, little frog, find the exit to each level by hopping on and over lily pads to reveal directional clues to the exit, and eventually the exit itself. Avoid speeding cars, irritating bees, wiggly snakes, and falling into water (since you can't swim) to reach the exit before the timer runs out! How many levels can you complete? (*Except in 'Not Frogger' Mode, you need to land on all the flowered lily pads at the top of the screen to complete the level)

About the Game

This is my first Pico-8 game, and game in general. The lily pad, sewer covers, arrow clues, and exit locations are mostly randomized each level. Reaching a new level adds 10 seconds to the timer. I imagined this to be a fast-paced game where the player is constantly moving while waiting for clues to be revealed.
The plan was to make a clone of that one classic frog game, but it morphed into this. As you can see, graphic design is my passion /s. Everything was challenging since I'm pretty new to coding, pixel art, and sfx. I learned a lot through Lazy Devs Academy's SHMUP tutorial and hope to make more stuff.

Thank You!

Thank you to @gruber_music, because I used their songs "Ice" from Pico-8 Tunes Volume 1, and "Morning Shower" from Pico-8 Tunes Volume 2. Thank you to the Pico-8 community members for their feedback and suggestions.


-Added a lot of new features, including locked modes and a secret mode.


Cart #frogscantswim-1 | 2023-02-01 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

-Added permanent Timer at bottom of map, which removes bottom roll of lily pads and logs as possible exit.
-Added High Score feature.
-Increased initial Timer, and increased Bonus level time rewards.

P#125103 2023-02-01 03:19 ( Edited 2023-02-17 03:02)

Time's up, @quadrupleplex ?

PLEASE add a visual clock to show remaining seconds if there is limited time to complete a level. Thank you.

P#125108 2023-02-01 04:21

Thanks for the feedback, @dw817. Pressing and holding down X while in-game displays the timer. I chose to not have it take up map space while the player is moving, so it is optional to look at.

P#125129 2023-02-01 17:46

I like it! but the timer runs out so fast, I'd want to get a time bonus for completing a level.

P#125154 2023-02-02 07:02

Thank you, @ironchestgames ! Ten seconds are added after each level, but I could make it more clear that happened. At level 4+ there are also bonus tiles to flip to add more time.

P#125188 2023-02-02 16:49

nice! feels like I have more control over my own fro destiny now :D
what are those white/red white/purple things? I tried hopping on one but nothing happened.

P#125195 2023-02-02 18:18

I'm not too great at pixel art yet, but those are cards. Find and flip all 4 in a level with them to access a bonus level. I'm working on adding and improving more stuff now that I've got my feet wet. Thanks for playing!

P#125294 2023-02-04 08:35

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