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Frantic Frenzy is an title for the Nintendo DS. It is developed by Cannonball Games.
Frantic Frenzy is a 3D platformer in which the player controls three different characters through numerous levels to collect 150 plastic spiders. Each level is an enclosed world in which the player is free to wander in all directions and discover the environment without time limits. The worlds are inhabited with enemies that attack the characters as well as friendly creatures that provide assistance, offer information, or ask for help. The player gathers medallions in each course; some only appear after completing certain tasks, often hinted at by the name of the course. These challenges include defeating a boss, solving puzzles, racing an opponent, and gathering plastic spiders. As the player collects medallions, more areas of the castle become accessible.
Power-ups in Frantic Frenzy take the form of various things and are available in some levels. Collecting Wyatt's hat, BQ's helmet or Aimee's platform shoes will change the player's character into the corresponding character. The items fall off if the character is hit, but can be reacquired. Another power-up item, the "Power Ring", provides each character with a different ability. Each ability is necessary to complete specific areas in the game. Other items include a potion the which increases the character's size and strength, and the windup key, that only Wyatt can get, which allows the character to fly using his squid hat.
The game uses both of the system's screens to offer new options. The top screen displays the normal gameplay, while the bottom touchscreen can function as an overhead map and touch controls. The overhead map displays the current course the player traverses and displays item locations. The touch controls include virtual buttons, which rotate the top screen's camera angle, and directional character controls, which can operate with either the DS stylus or the player's thumb using the DS wrist strap. In addition to the single-player adventure, the game includes 36 minigames and a multiplayer mode. Minigames are made accessible by catching frogs in the main game. Each minigame use the touchscreen to play, and are based on different themes: racing, card games, puzzles, and so forth .