There is a lot about Frog Dude that is a mystery. Here’s what we do know — the game was in development by the Twilight group in the United Kingdom, known for their ports of games to ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, etc. They were working on Alfred Chicken at the same time as Frog Dude, and apparently shelved Frog Dude when Alfred Chicken tested better. The dump of the prototype comes from Andrew Swann, one of the programmers who worked for them in the early 1990’s, and is available for all to see at HiddenPalace.org.
There is no music or sound effects in this build, so feel free to listen to anything you want while trying it out. Some elements of the game seem “thrown in” just to have a working build, but it’s fair to say it DOES work — it scrolls smoothly, the controls are responsive, the gimmick of switching between a frog and a dude is intriguing, and if they had put some enemies and bosses in along with some different levels, this could have been something! Alas it is only a demo. Subscribe to Mistah MegaManFan for new episodes of Genesis Does every Thursday at 8 PM ET! Like, share and comment to help the channel grow — and if you already watched this video one more would help out a lot. Thanks for your support!