So where do you start with a review of a classic video game of yester-year? This version of the venerable classic has everything that you'd expect to find in the 1981 arcade classic. There's the five lanes of traffic, the median, then the five lanes to cross the river complete with diving turtles, crocodiles, logs, bonuses etc.
The graphics, accepting the limitations of the VIC are simple, clear and effective and nicely animated where appropriate - even the turtles have little swishing tails! The subtle variations in the speed each lane is scrolling is accomplished very well. The varied music, a medley of familiar tunes, gives you a good, old-fashioned arcade feeling, but after a while it does tend to get a little annoying... the wife even "politely requested" that I might like to turn "that annoying racket off!" The movement of your frog is fantastic, leaping smoothly from one position to another with the responsiveness you need to time those tricky jumps, which are made even more difficult when the timer is diving into the red and the warning sound starts.
It would certainly be easier to review if I was any better at it than I am (I'm not going to reveal my hi-score). I'm sure this is nothing to do with the difficulty curve as every time I play, I tend to get a little bit further - just not very much further. As a faithful conversion, at least there is an on screen hi-score that provides the incentive to give it just one more go to see if you can beat your previous attempt. That's something this version has in spades - the just one more go vibe and, as far as VIC 20 games go, this one's a classic.