Windows Phone games can sometimes just be a re-skinning of an old idea, so I was wary when I picked up Fragger. It plays very much like Angry Birds in that you are launching a projectile at some structure in order to hit the enemies within. However, it has enough features that set it apart from Angry Birds and make it an enjoyable experience in its own right.
The game's tutorial quickly walks you through how to aim your grenade, change the power of your throw, and bank your shots to hit tricky enemies. Then, the first half of the first world gives you increasingly difficult levels to test what you have learned. After this "pop quiz", the levels start adding interesting elements to keep the challenge going. There are blocks that launch into other blocks before exploding, there are blocks that take multiple hits to destroy, and there are labyrinthine levels that test your accuracy above all else.
The menu interface is simple; restart the level, return to the menu, view the solution, or simply skip the level entirely. Now, it might sound too good to be true that you can watch a solution or skip, and it is. You start the game with 3 solutions and 3 skips; any more than that and you have to buy them. But there are enough videos up on youtube and the like that this isn't necessary. If you use up all your grenades, you can choose to repeat the level, move to the next level (if it's available), or quit to the menu.
The first time through each world, you have nothing but your grenade-launching skills and your brain. However, as you finish worlds, you unlock special bonuses that can be used to help you. Finishing Lost City, for instance, gives you a detonator which explodes any frag mid-flight. These special tools help add another layer to the game and are essential for when you go back to earn 3-stars on every level.
The playtime for this game is only a few hours depending on your skill with this type of idea. I put my skills at a solid "average" and it took me roughly 3 hours to complete it 100%. Achievement-wise, most will come with a natural progression through the game. You may have to go out of your way to earn "Shoot for the Moon", but that's about it. The most difficult achievement is "Triple World Master" which has you earn 3-stars on every level of 3 different worlds. The only achievement which required grinding was "1000 Frags", but your experience may vary. I had to retry quite a few levels so I was pretty close to 1000 when it came time to grind!
Overall, I had a very good time playing this game. There were enough puzzles that required some thinking to keep me entertained and yet not irritate me to within an inch of my tolerance. The addition of special tools to help you progress was great and the achievements were fair and evenly dispersed. Hopefully, you'll find it worth your $3!!