Dive into the Wholesome World of Frog Collecting with Kamaeru: A Frog Refuge

Calling all frog enthusiasts and cozy gamers alike! In this episode of The Indie Brew, we’re taking a deep dive into Kamaeru: A Frog Refuge, a delightful creature collector game brimming with charm. Buckle up, because we’ll be brewing this game down to its core and giving you a full review, ranked from decaf to fully caffeinated.

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Kamaeru whisks you away to a heartwarming story. You step into the shoes of Cleo, who has returned to her hometown and reconnected with her childhood friend. But a heavy realization dawns – the once-thriving wetlands have vanished, leaving the local frogs homeless. Inspired by childhood memories, Cleo decides to create a haven for these displaced amphibians, and thus begins your adventure.

The narrative unfolds beautifully as you progress. You’ll meet new characters, explore restored wetlands, and everything revolves around creating a flourishing frog paradise. It’s one of the most wholesome storylines we’ve encountered, perfectly complementing the gameplay without feeling intrusive. Plus, the option to slow down the story’s pace is a thoughtful touch for players who want to savor the experience. For its heartwarming narrative, Kamaeru: A Frog Refuge gets a Fully Caffeinated rating.


While frogs are the stars of the show, Kamaeru offers a surprisingly robust gameplay experience. Quests guide your progress, each introducing distinct objectives to keep you engaged. You’ll transform your refuge into a haven for frogs by furnishing it with adorable frog-friendly furniture, creating a space where they can relax and thrive.

Collecting frogs is a core gameplay mechanic. You’ll add them to your frogedex by snapping pictures or taming them with a delightful assortment of bugs. Taming is crucial, as it allows you to breed frogs and work towards completing your frogedex with all the different frog types and color variations.

But wait, there’s more! To feed your precious frogs, you’ll need to venture into the wetlands and catch bugs. Restoring these wetlands is another key aspect of the game. By creating a healthy balance of plants and digging ponds, you’ll improve the biodiversity score, attracting a wider variety of frogs and bugs. This biodiversity mechanic adds a thoughtful layer to the gameplay, making your choices impactful.

Plants play a dual role. They not only contribute to the wetland’s health but also produce resources that you can harvest and use to craft items for sale, generating income for your refuge. As you progress, you’ll unlock new plants, crafting recipes, and even additional locations, each with unique frogs, plants, bugs, decor options, and crafting possibilities. This ever-expanding world keeps the gameplay fresh and exciting.

Overall, Kamaeru’s gameplay is well-balanced and addictive. The game loop is perfectly satisfying, offering a steady stream of activities to keep you engaged and motivated to collect all those adorable frogs. For its engaging gameplay, Kamaeru: A Frog Refuge gets another Fully Caffeinated rating.


Kamaeru’s design is a visual delight. The adorable sticker-style furniture complements the charming hand-drawn aesthetic of the game world. The frog designs are truly inspired, and the music and sound effects create a peaceful atmosphere, perfect for unwinding while observing frogs and catching bugs. The developers have mastered the art of “simple done well,” avoiding unnecessary clutter to deliver a wholesome and peaceful experience. For its delightful design, Kamaeru: A Frog Refuge gets another Fully Caffeinated rating.


While frog-themed games and creature collectors are common genres, Kamaeru manages to weave familiar elements into a unique experience. The integration of the biodiversity mechanic is particularly noteworthy. It adds a thoughtful layer of purpose to the gameplay, making your choices feel impactful. Kamaeru’s combination of familiar themes with this unique mechanic earns it a Juiced rating for originality.


Kamaeru: A Frog Refuge is a charming and wholesome creature collector game that will have you glued to your screen. The addictive gameplay loop, the heartwarming story, and the delightful design make it a perfect cup of cozy gaming goodness. We’ve ground the beans, we’ve carefully weighed and pressed the grinds and brewed this game down. Now it’s time for a taste test….Kamaeru: A frog refuge is Fully Caffeinated.

Kamaeru: A Frog Refuge is available on Steam, Xbox, and Switch. You can find more info here.

Until next time, stay caffeinated!