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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

This is a comedy adventure game where you play a detective frog, named (unsurprisingly) "Frog Detective". In the first mystery, The Haunted Island, you get a call about a ghost on the island. You set about solving the mystery by collecting the ingredients needed for an explosive device, to see if a ghost is inside a cave. As you do this you talk with different characters and trade items with them to get the ones you need.

It can seem like solving these puzzles is all a bit random, but that's because the puzzles aren’t really the point of the game, and neither is solving the case. It's the interactions with the world and the people that live in it that's the real enjoyment. As you get into this strange location there's an endearing off-beat feel to the inhabitants and find that it's surprisingly moreish like the Monkey Island games.

The second game, Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard, you follow up the original mystery but now have a notebook with assorted stickers. This helps you keep track of the people you've met and what they need to trade for the items you want.

As with the first game, it's the humour and character that takes centre stage here. You can note things like "This makes her much more suspicious than she realizes" and "Insists she is not suspicious."

The third game, Frog Detective 3: Corruption at Cowboy County is set in the wild west where new surprises await you as you meet new friends and uncover a spicy mystery. Again, you must talk to witnesses, collect clues and smile vacantly like a frog.

The Frog Detective are games that work for adults because of the humour, but also work for young players because of the simple mechanics and memorisation required.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/11/2018, updated in 2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle (Adventure and Point-and-Click)

Developer: Grace Bruxner (@GraceBruxner)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 and a half hours and 2 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

We haven’t documented this game’s content rating.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Unlike other point-and-click adventures you don't have to deal with combining items or puzzling solutions. This works well with really young players because it's both low key and linear. Older players will appreciate the elegance of the story and varied characters.

CostsCosts

Frog Detective usually costs £3.99 to £12.49.
 

Frog Detective 1: The Haunted Island

Steam Store PC £3.99
Steam Store Mac £3.99

Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard

Steam Store PC £3.99
Steam Store Mac £3.99

Frog Detective 3: Corruption at Cowboy County

Steam Store PC £3.99
Steam Store Mac £3.99

Frog Detective: The Entire Mystery

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Frog Detective Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@GraceBruxner) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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