Ribbit King

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Ribbit King
North American PS2 box art
North American PS2 box art
Developer(s) JamsWorks Co., Ltd.
Publisher(s) Bandai
Distributor(s)
Artist(s) Yosuke Kihara
Composer(s) Yūsuke Takahama
Platform(s) GameCube, PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer (up to 4 players)
Distribution 2 × DVD-ROM, GameCube disc NA
1 × DVD-ROM, GameCube disc PAL

Ribbit King is a 2003 sports video game developed by JamsWorks Co., Ltd. and published by Bandai for the Nintendo GameCube (Japanese title: Kero Kero King DX (ケロケロキングDX?)) and PlayStation 2 (Japanese title: Kero Kero King Super Deluxe (ケロケロキング スーパーデラックス?)). The game is based on the fictional sport of Frolf, which is a golf-like game that is played with frogs. The frogs sit on catapults, which the player whacks with a hammer to send the frog flying into the air. It is the successor to Kero Kero King (ケロケロキング?), released only in Japan in 2000 for the PlayStation.

Gameplay[edit]

The objective is to earn the most points possible by landing the frog in the course's hole in the quickest time possible. Players can also earn points by sending their frogs through various spheres scattered through the level. In addition, they can score points by having their frogs eaten by giant worms, by having their frogs swim, or by any number of other things.

North American versions of Ribbit King come packaged with a bonus disc called Ribbit King Plus!, which is an assortment of 28 short CGI films about Scooter and his friends. These films are unlocked during the main game.

The main character of Ribbit King is a young carpenter named Scooter. Scooter is trying to become the Frolf Champion—or the namesake 'Ribbit King'—and in doing so win the 'Super Ribbinite', a fuel source his planet needs in order to survive. The game also includes such characters as a pile of rocks, a gumball machine, and a kung fu panda named Pan-Pan.[1]

Characters[edit]

  • Scooter (プリプリ Puripuri?)
  • Picwick (バスケットくん Basuketto-kun?)
  • Sluggy (ぬるぽん Nurupon?)
  • Pan-Pan (ペイペイ Peipei?)
  • Lunk (ゴルゴンゾーラ Gorugonzōra?)
  • Princess Tippi (ダルひめ Daruhime?)
  • Sir Waddlelot (ペンギンロボ Penginrobo?)
  • Pepe, Pappy and Papoo (グー・チョキ・パー Gū · Choki · Pā?)
  • Kosmo (アダムスキ Adamusuki?)
  • Sparky and Whoosh (ポチ&タマ Pochi & Tama?)
  • Gumbah-Goo (ガシャポン・ムック Gashapon · Mukku?)
  • King Hippity-Hop (王様 Ōsama?)
  • Captain Oinka (ブーチン Būchin?)

Kero Kero King[edit]

Kero Kero King
Developer(s) Amedio
Publisher(s) Media Factory
Artist(s) Yosuke Kihara
Platform(s) PlayStation
Release date(s)
  • JP 2 November 2000
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer (up to 4 players), PocketStation
Distribution CD-ROM

Kero Kero King (ケロケロキング?) is the predecessor to Ribbit King, developed by Amedio and published by Media Factory. It was released exclusively in Japan on 2 November 2000 for the PlayStation.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings GCN: 63.07%
PS2: 63.64%
Metacritic GCN: 60/100
PS2: 58/100
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot PS2: 5.9/10
IGN GCN: 5.0/10
PS2: 5.0/10

The game received mixed reviews. GameSpot gave the PlayStation 2 version a 5.9, saying that it focused more on the bizarre storyline than the gameplay,[2] while IGN gave the GameCube[3] and the PlayStation 2 version[4] a 5.0.

In Japan, Famitsu magazine scored Kero Kero King a 30 out of 40.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buchanan, Levi (24 June 2004). ""Ribbit King" hits our fairway". Chicago Tribune. p. 5. 
  2. ^ http://www.gamespot.com/ribbit-king/platform/ps2/
  3. ^ http://cube.ign.com/objects/639/639254.html
  4. ^ http://ps2.ign.com/objects/639/639244.html
  5. ^ プレイステーション - ケロケロキング. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.25. 30 June 2006.

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