Hi, How Are You?: Its 3D Frogger on crack

Daniel Johnston brings us his artwork on his new app game, “Hi How Are You?”. Weird name, it’s not going to strike you as a 3D platformer by the title, but the screenshots make it look like a 3D Frogger. With cutesy graphics and flashy undertones, does it appeal to both children and adults? Let’s dissect this froggy game and see what kind of game Mr. Johnston has for us.

Gameplay:

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At first glance, the game looks like a children’s game on crack. Flashing colors, hand drawn characters and level designs, and lego-looking blocks. The object of the game is go round and round the levels moving your character over every pulsing block, changing it to a solid color. Once you have changed all the green blocks, you can proceed to the end point which looks like a kiddie pool filled of lava to exit the level. There’s also red blocks that you can move over as bonus points which helps your total score, but is not mandatory. All this must be done before the timer goes out or else you’ll have to redo the entire level.

hihowareyou2On my first round about, the game felt cheap and I wasn’t a big fan of the level design nor the concept of the game. I was using the tilt function and I just couldn’t get used to the controls and the whole idea of the game didn’t’ appeal to me. However, I kept playing it and more and more I got used to the controls and then it clicked. Things just got more entertaining and I was having a pretty good time hopping from block to block, avoiding enemies and monsters to get to the goal. Also, after an assorted amount of levels, another chapter begins in your quest and you become a totally different character. You first start off as a frog, but then in the next chapter you are a frog in a shape of a block. Each character functions and maneuvers differently, which adds variety to the game and helps avoid tediousness.

The soundtrack is specially made by Daniel Johnston sources say, and some of the songs are pleasant. Many will find its a refreshing twist to have a kind of folky-indie music playing in the background and it adds a “laid back” feel. Although there were some songs that I just couldn’t handle, they were just too repetitive. Some will like the songs and some will just hate them.

One big gripe I had was that if you, for whatever reason, are in the middle of the level, and you get a phone call, or a text message, or you just accidentally press the Home button, you will have no way to resume your game. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. This is a major feature to have in a “adventure” game and it needs to be mandatory.

Controls:

Frustrating is all I could say. You have two controlling options. The tilt control which allows you to simply tilt your device to direct your frog’s movements using a joystick. Doing reviews, I usually try both control options. I found the joystick to be much less of a hassle but still moving about the level is still pretty difficult. The camera is placed behind you and is controlled manually with arrow buttons placed on the screen. I’m not too sure if it would help, but the camera is usually automatically follows the character that you are moving. So it’s kind of a different feel.

hihowareyouthumbThe tilt function, Having the directional buttons that move your frog left and right and having the stop button right below is a headache. If there is to be an update, I would highly recommend that be fixed because it is extremely difficult having both of those functions being so close in proximity. I recommend the joystick for users who aren’t so good at the tilt function (accelerometer) and overall, it feels like you have more control. The controls are very important to the game because you have to jump and avoid obstacles and there are also different levels in the stages that you will have to use elevators to get to. So, give the controls a little while to get used to because it may take several tries.

What We Liked:

– Soundtrack (4 different songs) and sound effects
– Tilt calibration
– 2 different options for control
– 4 various playable characters
– Achievements and trophies
– Storyline
– 3D Frogger style gameplay
– Good pick-up-and-play app
– Flashy kiddish graphics

What We Disliked:

– A little short
– Inability to resume the level once you exit the app
– Could use another mode or two (Time Trial?)
– Graphics may not grab every gamer
– Controls can get frustrating at times
– Some will love the songs, some will hate them

Final Verdict:

A weird and strange game to look at, Hi, How Are You breaks down your common conception of a adventure game. It pretty much is a 3D Frogger on crack- the visuals are bright vivid colors as are the bad guys, and the level design is above average. The game is short, controls take a while to get used to, and you can’t resume the level once you’ve left the app which is monumental let down. For a pick-up-and-play app, it doesn’t let down as it lacks depth and alternative modes. But for fans of Frogger or platformers should definitely not miss this one of a kind game by Dr. Fun Fun.

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  • single-parent

    Fab article, i read with great interest :)

  • loopylove

    That was a very interesting post, I enjoyed reading it. You are so right.

  • Steve Broumley

    Hi guys,

    thanks for the review and constructive comments. We have an update (currently in the approval process with Apple) that features more levels, enemies, achievements, and ui improvements – should be coming soon. I’ll see if I can get the auto-game restore function into the subsequent v1.2 update (it’s quite a technically challenging problem). Currently the game does remember the state of unlocked levels between sessions/interruptions so you can actually play the same level you were on – just from the beginning not part way through so I see the frustration.

    As for the controls you are correct in that they do take a while to master (accelerometer more so than the virtual joystick). During development we tried the auto chase camera but we found it made control even harder and it was easy to get motion sickness. We’ll take another look at adding that back as an option. As for placement of the camera rotate/stop buttons (and any other controls or ideas), I’d love you to give more exact feedback and we’ll see what we can do. Feel free to shoot us an e-mail at info@hihowareyougame.com

    thanks for your support guys!

    -Steve Broumley (programmer on the project).

  • etek6

    thanks good information

  • Cornelius

    Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

  • Daniel

    im very flattered but no i am not a professional journalist. haha thanks though i appreciate it. hope u enjoyed the review!

  • Mr. Charley

    Agree that the game looks extremely interesting…whether it’s Frogger on crack, or acid, the dislikes you’ve mentioned are deal-breakers for me.

    Frustrating controls are already a no-no for me, but I’ve decided I’m going to try to boycott all games that don’t allow you to exit and resume. Inexcusable is right, and I can no longer support games that are missing this CRUCIAL feature….

  • snow_mani

    I read your review and watched the video. All I can say is wow, strange looking game! One element of the game that I did find interesting is the almost vertical escalator that the frog used to rise up to the next platform.

  • single-parent

    Fab article, i read with great interest :)

  • loopylove

    That was a very interesting post, I enjoyed reading it. You are so right.

  • Steve Broumley

    Hi guys,

    thanks for the review and constructive comments. We have an update (currently in the approval process with Apple) that features more levels, enemies, achievements, and ui improvements – should be coming soon. I’ll see if I can get the auto-game restore function into the subsequent v1.2 update (it’s quite a technically challenging problem). Currently the game does remember the state of unlocked levels between sessions/interruptions so you can actually play the same level you were on – just from the beginning not part way through so I see the frustration.

    As for the controls you are correct in that they do take a while to master (accelerometer more so than the virtual joystick). During development we tried the auto chase camera but we found it made control even harder and it was easy to get motion sickness. We’ll take another look at adding that back as an option. As for placement of the camera rotate/stop buttons (and any other controls or ideas), I’d love you to give more exact feedback and we’ll see what we can do. Feel free to shoot us an e-mail at info@hihowareyougame.com

    thanks for your support guys!

    -Steve Broumley (programmer on the project).

  • etek6

    thanks good information

  • Cornelius

    Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

  • Daniel

    im very flattered but no i am not a professional journalist. haha thanks though i appreciate it. hope u enjoyed the review!

  • Mr. Charley

    Agree that the game looks extremely interesting…whether it’s Frogger on crack, or acid, the dislikes you’ve mentioned are deal-breakers for me.

    Frustrating controls are already a no-no for me, but I’ve decided I’m going to try to boycott all games that don’t allow you to exit and resume. Inexcusable is right, and I can no longer support games that are missing this CRUCIAL feature….

  • snow_mani

    I read your review and watched the video. All I can say is wow, strange looking game! One element of the game that I did find interesting is the almost vertical escalator that the frog used to rise up to the next platform.

  • single-parent

    Fab article, i read with great interest :)

  • loopylove

    That was a very interesting post, I enjoyed reading it. You are so right.

  • Steve Broumley

    Hi guys,

    thanks for the review and constructive comments. We have an update (currently in the approval process with Apple) that features more levels, enemies, achievements, and ui improvements – should be coming soon. I’ll see if I can get the auto-game restore function into the subsequent v1.2 update (it’s quite a technically challenging problem). Currently the game does remember the state of unlocked levels between sessions/interruptions so you can actually play the same level you were on – just from the beginning not part way through so I see the frustration.

    As for the controls you are correct in that they do take a while to master (accelerometer more so than the virtual joystick). During development we tried the auto chase camera but we found it made control even harder and it was easy to get motion sickness. We’ll take another look at adding that back as an option. As for placement of the camera rotate/stop buttons (and any other controls or ideas), I’d love you to give more exact feedback and we’ll see what we can do. Feel free to shoot us an e-mail at info@hihowareyougame.com

    thanks for your support guys!

    -Steve Broumley (programmer on the project).

  • etek6

    thanks good information

  • Cornelius

    Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

  • Daniel

    im very flattered but no i am not a professional journalist. haha thanks though i appreciate it. hope u enjoyed the review!

  • Mr. Charley

    Agree that the game looks extremely interesting…whether it’s Frogger on crack, or acid, the dislikes you’ve mentioned are deal-breakers for me.

    Frustrating controls are already a no-no for me, but I’ve decided I’m going to try to boycott all games that don’t allow you to exit and resume. Inexcusable is right, and I can no longer support games that are missing this CRUCIAL feature….

  • snow_mani

    I read your review and watched the video. All I can say is wow, strange looking game! One element of the game that I did find interesting is the almost vertical escalator that the frog used to rise up to the next platform.

  • single-parent

    Fab article, i read with great interest :)

  • loopylove

    That was a very interesting post, I enjoyed reading it. You are so right.

  • Steve Broumley

    Hi guys,

    thanks for the review and constructive comments. We have an update (currently in the approval process with Apple) that features more levels, enemies, achievements, and ui improvements – should be coming soon. I’ll see if I can get the auto-game restore function into the subsequent v1.2 update (it’s quite a technically challenging problem). Currently the game does remember the state of unlocked levels between sessions/interruptions so you can actually play the same level you were on – just from the beginning not part way through so I see the frustration.

    As for the controls you are correct in that they do take a while to master (accelerometer more so than the virtual joystick). During development we tried the auto chase camera but we found it made control even harder and it was easy to get motion sickness. We’ll take another look at adding that back as an option. As for placement of the camera rotate/stop buttons (and any other controls or ideas), I’d love you to give more exact feedback and we’ll see what we can do. Feel free to shoot us an e-mail at info@hihowareyougame.com

    thanks for your support guys!

    -Steve Broumley (programmer on the project).

  • etek6

    thanks good information

  • Cornelius

    Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

  • Daniel

    im very flattered but no i am not a professional journalist. haha thanks though i appreciate it. hope u enjoyed the review!

  • Mr. Charley

    Agree that the game looks extremely interesting…whether it’s Frogger on crack, or acid, the dislikes you’ve mentioned are deal-breakers for me.

    Frustrating controls are already a no-no for me, but I’ve decided I’m going to try to boycott all games that don’t allow you to exit and resume. Inexcusable is right, and I can no longer support games that are missing this CRUCIAL feature….

  • snow_mani

    I read your review and watched the video. All I can say is wow, strange looking game! One element of the game that I did find interesting is the almost vertical escalator that the frog used to rise up to the next platform.

  • single-parent

    Fab article, i read with great interest :)

  • loopylove

    That was a very interesting post, I enjoyed reading it. You are so right.

  • Steve Broumley

    Hi guys,

    thanks for the review and constructive comments. We have an update (currently in the approval process with Apple) that features more levels, enemies, achievements, and ui improvements – should be coming soon. I’ll see if I can get the auto-game restore function into the subsequent v1.2 update (it’s quite a technically challenging problem). Currently the game does remember the state of unlocked levels between sessions/interruptions so you can actually play the same level you were on – just from the beginning not part way through so I see the frustration.

    As for the controls you are correct in that they do take a while to master (accelerometer more so than the virtual joystick). During development we tried the auto chase camera but we found it made control even harder and it was easy to get motion sickness. We’ll take another look at adding that back as an option. As for placement of the camera rotate/stop buttons (and any other controls or ideas), I’d love you to give more exact feedback and we’ll see what we can do. Feel free to shoot us an e-mail at info@hihowareyougame.com

    thanks for your support guys!

    -Steve Broumley (programmer on the project).

  • etek6

    thanks good information

  • Cornelius

    Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

  • Daniel

    im very flattered but no i am not a professional journalist. haha thanks though i appreciate it. hope u enjoyed the review!

  • Mr. Charley

    Agree that the game looks extremely interesting…whether it’s Frogger on crack, or acid, the dislikes you’ve mentioned are deal-breakers for me.

    Frustrating controls are already a no-no for me, but I’ve decided I’m going to try to boycott all games that don’t allow you to exit and resume. Inexcusable is right, and I can no longer support games that are missing this CRUCIAL feature….

  • snow_mani

    I read your review and watched the video. All I can say is wow, strange looking game! One element of the game that I did find interesting is the almost vertical escalator that the frog used to rise up to the next platform.

  • single-parent

    Fab article, i read with great interest :)

  • loopylove

    That was a very interesting post, I enjoyed reading it. You are so right.

  • Steve Broumley

    Hi guys,

    thanks for the review and constructive comments. We have an update (currently in the approval process with Apple) that features more levels, enemies, achievements, and ui improvements – should be coming soon. I’ll see if I can get the auto-game restore function into the subsequent v1.2 update (it’s quite a technically challenging problem). Currently the game does remember the state of unlocked levels between sessions/interruptions so you can actually play the same level you were on – just from the beginning not part way through so I see the frustration.

    As for the controls you are correct in that they do take a while to master (accelerometer more so than the virtual joystick). During development we tried the auto chase camera but we found it made control even harder and it was easy to get motion sickness. We’ll take another look at adding that back as an option. As for placement of the camera rotate/stop buttons (and any other controls or ideas), I’d love you to give more exact feedback and we’ll see what we can do. Feel free to shoot us an e-mail at info@hihowareyougame.com

    thanks for your support guys!

    -Steve Broumley (programmer on the project).

  • etek6

    thanks good information

  • Cornelius

    Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

  • Daniel

    im very flattered but no i am not a professional journalist. haha thanks though i appreciate it. hope u enjoyed the review!

  • Mr. Charley

    Agree that the game looks extremely interesting…whether it’s Frogger on crack, or acid, the dislikes you’ve mentioned are deal-breakers for me.

    Frustrating controls are already a no-no for me, but I’ve decided I’m going to try to boycott all games that don’t allow you to exit and resume. Inexcusable is right, and I can no longer support games that are missing this CRUCIAL feature….

  • snow_mani

    I read your review and watched the video. All I can say is wow, strange looking game! One element of the game that I did find interesting is the almost vertical escalator that the frog used to rise up to the next platform.

  • single-parent

    Fab article, i read with great interest :)

  • loopylove

    That was a very interesting post, I enjoyed reading it. You are so right.

  • Steve Broumley

    Hi guys,

    thanks for the review and constructive comments. We have an update (currently in the approval process with Apple) that features more levels, enemies, achievements, and ui improvements – should be coming soon. I’ll see if I can get the auto-game restore function into the subsequent v1.2 update (it’s quite a technically challenging problem). Currently the game does remember the state of unlocked levels between sessions/interruptions so you can actually play the same level you were on – just from the beginning not part way through so I see the frustration.

    As for the controls you are correct in that they do take a while to master (accelerometer more so than the virtual joystick). During development we tried the auto chase camera but we found it made control even harder and it was easy to get motion sickness. We’ll take another look at adding that back as an option. As for placement of the camera rotate/stop buttons (and any other controls or ideas), I’d love you to give more exact feedback and we’ll see what we can do. Feel free to shoot us an e-mail at info@hihowareyougame.com

    thanks for your support guys!

    -Steve Broumley (programmer on the project).

  • etek6

    thanks good information

  • Cornelius

    Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

  • Daniel

    im very flattered but no i am not a professional journalist. haha thanks though i appreciate it. hope u enjoyed the review!

  • Mr. Charley

    Agree that the game looks extremely interesting…whether it’s Frogger on crack, or acid, the dislikes you’ve mentioned are deal-breakers for me.

    Frustrating controls are already a no-no for me, but I’ve decided I’m going to try to boycott all games that don’t allow you to exit and resume. Inexcusable is right, and I can no longer support games that are missing this CRUCIAL feature….

  • snow_mani

    I read your review and watched the video. All I can say is wow, strange looking game! One element of the game that I did find interesting is the almost vertical escalator that the frog used to rise up to the next platform.

  • single-parent

    Fab article, i read with great interest :)

  • loopylove

    That was a very interesting post, I enjoyed reading it. You are so right.

  • Steve Broumley

    Hi guys,

    thanks for the review and constructive comments. We have an update (currently in the approval process with Apple) that features more levels, enemies, achievements, and ui improvements – should be coming soon. I’ll see if I can get the auto-game restore function into the subsequent v1.2 update (it’s quite a technically challenging problem). Currently the game does remember the state of unlocked levels between sessions/interruptions so you can actually play the same level you were on – just from the beginning not part way through so I see the frustration.

    As for the controls you are correct in that they do take a while to master (accelerometer more so than the virtual joystick). During development we tried the auto chase camera but we found it made control even harder and it was easy to get motion sickness. We’ll take another look at adding that back as an option. As for placement of the camera rotate/stop buttons (and any other controls or ideas), I’d love you to give more exact feedback and we’ll see what we can do. Feel free to shoot us an e-mail at info@hihowareyougame.com

    thanks for your support guys!

    -Steve Broumley (programmer on the project).

  • etek6

    thanks good information

  • Cornelius

    Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

  • Daniel

    im very flattered but no i am not a professional journalist. haha thanks though i appreciate it. hope u enjoyed the review!

  • Mr. Charley

    Agree that the game looks extremely interesting…whether it’s Frogger on crack, or acid, the dislikes you’ve mentioned are deal-breakers for me.

    Frustrating controls are already a no-no for me, but I’ve decided I’m going to try to boycott all games that don’t allow you to exit and resume. Inexcusable is right, and I can no longer support games that are missing this CRUCIAL feature….

  • snow_mani

    I read your review and watched the video. All I can say is wow, strange looking game! One element of the game that I did find interesting is the almost vertical escalator that the frog used to rise up to the next platform.

  • single-parent

    Fab article, i read with great interest :)

  • loopylove

    That was a very interesting post, I enjoyed reading it. You are so right.

  • Steve Broumley

    Hi guys,

    thanks for the review and constructive comments. We have an update (currently in the approval process with Apple) that features more levels, enemies, achievements, and ui improvements – should be coming soon. I’ll see if I can get the auto-game restore function into the subsequent v1.2 update (it’s quite a technically challenging problem). Currently the game does remember the state of unlocked levels between sessions/interruptions so you can actually play the same level you were on – just from the beginning not part way through so I see the frustration.

    As for the controls you are correct in that they do take a while to master (accelerometer more so than the virtual joystick). During development we tried the auto chase camera but we found it made control even harder and it was easy to get motion sickness. We’ll take another look at adding that back as an option. As for placement of the camera rotate/stop buttons (and any other controls or ideas), I’d love you to give more exact feedback and we’ll see what we can do. Feel free to shoot us an e-mail at info@hihowareyougame.com

    thanks for your support guys!

    -Steve Broumley (programmer on the project).

  • etek6

    thanks good information

  • Cornelius

    Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

  • Daniel

    im very flattered but no i am not a professional journalist. haha thanks though i appreciate it. hope u enjoyed the review!

  • Mr. Charley

    Agree that the game looks extremely interesting…whether it’s Frogger on crack, or acid, the dislikes you’ve mentioned are deal-breakers for me.

    Frustrating controls are already a no-no for me, but I’ve decided I’m going to try to boycott all games that don’t allow you to exit and resume. Inexcusable is right, and I can no longer support games that are missing this CRUCIAL feature….

  • snow_mani

    I read your review and watched the video. All I can say is wow, strange looking game! One element of the game that I did find interesting is the almost vertical escalator that the frog used to rise up to the next platform.