"Revenge is a dish that is best served cold..."
- Khan Noonian Singh, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
We all remember the classic "Frogger" game. In it, you control a little green hopper trying to cross a busy highway to get home. Before long, however, your unfortunate amphibian faces an untimely demise under the cruel wheels of a passing semi. Somewhere, there's a lonely cemetery filled with these squashed sprite-based frogs - hundreds of thousands of them since 1981. Who weeps for their pixely remains? Who will answer the small, silent call of the flattened for vengeance? Kizi Games, that's who. They present us with a group of mechanically-savvy, furry friends of an ill-fated road crosser who ingeniously constructs an instrument of vehicular meyhem to cause... Roadkill Revenge!
Roadkill Revenge is an action-filled, top-down puzzler of sorts involving vehicles, buildings, and lots of explosions and destruction. Use the mouse to place your rocket-powered revenge-mobile on certain areas of the screen. Adjust your vehicle's angle, then click to let it loose and start a chain reaction of destruction. You can cause damage to various cars, buses, trucks, and emergency vehicles, as well as buildings like gas stations and banks. Traffic control buildings also add to the madness, as their destruction causes cars and trains to plow into oncoming traffic. Each level has an objective to advance, and two bonus challenges. These tasks range from blowing up specific buildings or vehicles, or causing a certain dollar amount of damage. Meters at the top of the screen fill in as you meet your objectives, and statistics let you bask in your destructive glory.
Fans of the original top-down Grand Theft Auto series will feel right at home with Roadkill Revenge. The game features semi-realistic traffic patterns, and traffic-based physics leading to some satisfying vehicle and building carnage. That said, some of the levels rely on sheer luck to accomplish all the tasks, making the game's retry button quite handy. The theme is definitely not for kids, with a bloody intro sequence and politically-incorrect goals. For those looking for irreverent destructive fun, however, this title and its 45 levels should help you get out some workplace aggression (not to mention a bit of satisfaction for all those squashed frogs of yesteryear).