The game’s premise is that you’re a magic Prince, complete with a bride-to-be. The wicked witch has turned the prince into nothing more than a little green frog. The frog found a strange bottle, and drank from it, and became Superfrog. You control the Superfrog with your joystick, and hop around trying to collect pieces of fruit, coins, crowns, gems, and various items, as well as the ubiquitous Lucozade bottles which give the frog his super status. Collection of coins determines when you can leave a specific level, since each level has a toll, so you can’t just find the exit and leave. You have to work at collecting the prerequisite number of coins first. The game itself consists of 6 levels, each split into a number of distinct stages.
The game gets progressively more difficult as you play, starting out very easy, and ending up being rather difficult and frustrating, as do most platform games. Without this difficulty hike, such games would be too easy and hence boring. Many of the levels have secret areas, tunnels, and holes in the ground. There are also caches of coins hidden behind objects, which can prove tricky to find. Superfrog has a sidekick, “destructo-spud”, a green potato with a single cyclopean eye. This is your single weapon against the array of baddies you have to get by, and it has to be found lying around on the ground before it can be used. Be warned that destructo-spud doesn’t affect all of the denizens of magic land. And if you die, you lose your destructo-spud until you find another one in the maze.
You can also jump on some baddies to kill them. Superfrog can also acquire frog-wings in its travels, which enable the frog to stay in the air a bit longer after it has jumped. However, the amount of time you can stay up in the air is limited, and you always fall back down to the ground, no matter how many times you press the button to flap the wings. While you are in the air, you cannot fire destructo-spud at your enemies. You can, however, jump on top of many enemies to disable them. Having wings also helps to overcome some of the obstacles placed in your path.