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Frogger
Frogger game arcade.png
Screenshot of Frogger
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Sega/Gremlin
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s) 1981
Genre(s) Overhead View Action
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Input methods 4-way joystick
Cabinet Upright
CPU Z80 (@ 3.072 MHz)
Sound Sound CPU: Z80 (@ 1.78975 MHz)
Sound Chips: AY8910 (@ 1.78975 MHz)

Frogger is an arcade game introduced in 1981. It was developed by Konami, and licensed for worldwide distribution by Sega/Gremlin. The game is regarded as a classic and was noted for its novel gameplay and theme. Frogger is still popular and versions can be found on many Internet game sites.

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Overview

The object of the game is to direct frogs to their homes one by one. To do this, each frog must avoid cars while crossing a busy road and navigate a river full of hazards. Skillful players may obtain some bonuses along the way.

Description

The player starts with three, five, or seven frogs (lives). The player guides a frog which starts at the bottom of the screen. The lower half of the screen contains a road with motor vehicles, which in various versions include cars, trucks, buses, dune buggies, bulldozers, vans, taxis, bicyclists, and/or motorcycles, speeding along it horizontally. The upper half of the screen consists of a river with logs, crocodiles, and turtles, all moving horizontally across the screen. The very top of the screen contains five "frog homes" which are the destinations for each frog. Every level is timed; the player must act quickly to finish each level before the time expires.

The only player control is the joystick used to navigate the frog; each push in a direction causes the frog to hop once in that direction. On the bottom half of the screen, the player must successfully guide the frog between opposing lanes of trucks, cars, and other vehicles, to avoid becoming roadkill.

The middle of the screen, after the road, contains a median where the player must prepare to navigate the river.

By jumping on swiftly moving logs and the backs of turtles, the player can guide his or her frog safely to one of the empty lilypads. The player must avoid crocodiles, snakes, and otters in the river, but may catch bugs or escort a lady frog for bonuses. When all five frogs are directed home, the game progresses to the next, harder level. After five levels, the game gets briefly easier yet again gets progressively harder to the next fifth level.

There are many different ways to lose a life in this game, including:

  1. Running into road vehicles
  2. Jumping into the river's water
  3. Running into snakes, otters or into an crocodile's jaws in the river
  4. Jumping into a home invaded by an crocodile
  5. Staying on top of a diving turtle too long
  6. Drifting off the screen by sitting on a log or turtle too long
  7. Jumping into a home already occupied by a frog
  8. Jumping into the side of a home or the bushes
  9. Running out of time before getting a frog home

Frogger is available as a standard upright or cocktail cabinet. The controls consist solely of a 4-direction joystick used to guide the frog's jump direction. The number of simultaneous players is one, and the game has a maximum of two players.

The game's opening tune is the first verse of a Japanese children's song called Inu No Omawarisan (The Dog Policeman). The song remained intact in the US release. Other Japanese tunes that are played during gameplay include the themes to the anime Hana no Ko Lunlun and Araiguma Rascal.

Legacy

The game was originally going to be titled "Highway Crossing Frog," but the executives at Sega felt it did not capture the true nature of the game and was changed simply to "Frogger".[citation needed] In addition to inspiring numerous clones, this game inspired an unofficial sequel by Sega in 1991 called Ribbit which featured improved graphics and simultaneous two-player action.

Ports and clones

Like many games of the early 1980s, Frogger was ported to a wide variety of home systems for personal use. In the United States, Frogger was licensed by Sega to multiple companies for conversion: Parker Brothers held ROM-cartridge rights, while Sierra On-Line held magnetic-media rights. Several platforms were capable of accepting both ROM cartridges and magnetic media, thus these systems received multiple versions of the game. Sierra also sublicensed their magnetic-media rights to developers who published for systems not normally supported by Sierra; because of this, even the Atari 2600 received multiple releases: a cartridge from Parker Bros. and a cassette for the Supercharger from Starpath. The Tomy Tutor version was directly licensed from Konami themselves, although it is not clear if they developed it.

In addition to these official releases, there have been numerous unofficial clones including Froggy for the ZX Spectrum released by DJL Software in 1984, Acornsoft's Hopper (1983) for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron, A&F Software's Frogger (1983) for BBC Micro and ZX Spectrum, Solo Software's Frogger for the Sharp MZ-700 in the UK in 1984, and a version for the NewBrain under the name Leap Frog.

Hasbro Interactive released a new version for Microsoft Windows and the PlayStation in 1997 (in this game, Frogger is green with an orange stripe). The ports to the Mega Drive/Genesis and Super NES in 1998 were the last games released for those consoles in North America. The prototype developed for the Sega Game Gear was never released, presumably due to legal issues between Sega and Konami. A Java port of the game is currently available for compatible mobile phones.

In 2005, InfoSpace teamed up with Konami Digital Entertainment to create the mobile game Frogger for Prizes,[1] in which players across the U.S. compete in multiplayer tournaments to win daily and weekly prizes. Frogger was released on the Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360 on July 12, 2006.

The 1981 Atari 2600 game Freeway is often considered a clone of Frogger, but both games were developed independently of the other, and both were released in 1981. Freeway, too, had a similar working title as well, "Bloody Human Freeway".

Sequels

Unlike the arcade version, the home versions had numerous sequels, including:

In many of the recent games (starting with Frogger: The Great Quest), Frogger is shown as bipedal, wearing a shirt with a crossed-out truck.

In popular culture

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In film and television

  • In 1983, Frogger made its animated television debut as a segment on CBS' Saturday Supercade cartoon lineup. On the series, Frogger was voiced by Bob Sarlatte. After only one season, Frogger and the Pitfall Harry segment were replaced by Kangaroo and Space Ace. Saturday Supercade has never been officially released on VHS or DVD.[citation needed]
  • In 1998, the game was featured in the Seinfeld episode "The Frogger".[5] Jerry and George visit a soon-to-be-closed restaurant they frequented as teenagers and discover the Frogger machine still in place, with George's decades-old high score still recorded. He buys the machine and tries to get it home without letting it lose power, which would erase the score with his initials "GLC" (in reality, Frogger does not actually let players enter their initials). After rigging the machine up with batteries, his attempt to navigate it across a busy New York street is a direct parody of the game (which uses the same sound effects and is shown from a top down view) and ends with the machine being smashed. George's score was 860,630 points, a score once thought to be unachievable on an actual Frogger arcade machine.
  • In the MTV Movie Awards 2003 sketch, "The MTV Movie Awards Reloaded" has the Architect (Will Ferrell) saying that, while having created Q*bert and Dig Dug, he did not create Frogger but he came up with the name for it because it was going to be called "Highway Crossing Frog". The last half of the joke is actually a true fact - "Highway Crossing Frog" was the working title for Frogger.[6]
  • Robot Chicken parodied Frogger which looks like an enhanced version but it turns out to be a joke; Frogger crosses the road and a truck crashes into a car and explodes while people are yelling at each other. He then tells the other frogs it's time to cross the street.
  • In season 12's last episode of Fifth Gear, Johnny Smith's Frogger self contained unit is put into an armored vehicle, to test its construction.[citation needed]

In music

  • In 1982, Buckner & Garcia recorded a song called "Froggy's Lament", using sound effects from the game, and released it on the album Pac-Man Fever. The song begins:

Froggy takes one step at a time
The way that he moves has no reason or rhyme
He hops and jumps, dodges and ducks
Cars and buses, vans and trucks.

Other

  • In 2006, a group in Austin, Texas used a modified Roomba dressed as Frogger to play a real-life version of the game. Although the group expected the Bluetooth controlled machine to be crushed on its first time across, the modified Roomba was able to get across the street 10 times (40 lanes) and survive for 15 minutes before it was "killed" by an SUV.[7]

Highest score

On December 22, 2009, Pat Laffaye of Westport, Connecticut, USA, scored a Frogger world record high score of 896,980 points.[8] No other Frogger game has been verified as having beaten the fictional George Costanza Seinfeld score of 863,050 points.[9]

See also

  • Frogs (1978), an earlier frog game from Gremlin

References

External links


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Frogger
Box artwork for Frogger.
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s)
Japanese title フロッガー
Release date(s)
Xbox Live Arcade
Genre(s) Action
System(s) Arcade, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, ColecoVision, Intellivision, Magnavox Odyssey², Commodore 64/128, Commodore VIC-20, TI-99/4A, SNES, Sega Genesis, MSX, MS-DOS, Xbox Live Arcade, TRS-80, GameTap, Game.com
Players 1-2
Rating(s)
ESRB: Everyone
Frogger marquee

Frogger was a product of the popularization of "cute" games throughout 1981 that moved away from alien and explosion themes. In the game, you must direct a frog through traffic, and across a crowded river, and in to one of five enclosures at the top of the screen. Frogger isn't credited with many innovations, but it did break ground in continuous background music that changed contextually based on the action in the game.

In 1982, Parker Brothers was determined to become a major player in the video game industry. As such, they joined the race with Atari, and later Coleco, to acquire the home conversion rights to several popular arcade hits. Along with Q*Bert and Popeye, they scored the rights to release Q*Bert for home systems and computers. In an ironic twist, they only acquired the rights to publish cartridges, and as such, Sierra Entertainment bought the rights to publish the game on cassette and diskette, providing some systems with two official conversions of the game.

Since then, the Frogger license has been brought back like many classic gaming icons. Updated versions have appeared on the Game Boy Advance, PlayStation, Sega Dreamcast and the PC. These newer versions are produced in 3-D and involve many puzzle solving elements.

Story

Frogger must return to his lily pad home in the swamp, and it's your job to guide him and direct across five lanes of traffic, and over the turtles and logs of the river, to reach his destination.

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Frogger

Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Sega
Arcade
Parker Brothers
Atari 2600
Magnavox Odyssey 2
Intellivision
ColecoVision
Atari 5200
Sierra Entertainment
Commodore 64
Majesco
Sega Genesis
Super Nintendo
Game Boy Color
Hasbro
PlayStation
PC
Starpath
Arcadia Supercharger
Release date Arcade:
1981 (NA)
Arcadia Supercharger:
1982 (NA)
Atari 2600:
1983 (NA)
Atari 5200:
1983 (NA)
Intellivision:
1983 (NA)
ColecoVision:
1983 (NA)
Magnavox Odyssey 2:
1983 (EU)
1984 (BR)
PlayStation:
September 30, 1997 (NA)
PC:
September 30, 1997 (NA)
Sega Genesis:
1998 (NA)
Game Boy Color:
December 31, 1998 (NA)
Xbox Live Arcade:
July 12, 2006
Genre Maze
Mode(s) Single player
1-2 players alternating
Age rating(s) N/A
Arcade
Atari 2600
Arcadia Supercharger
Apple II
Magnavox Odyssey 2
Atari 8 Bit
Intellivision
Commodore VIC-20
ColecoVision
Atari 5200
Commodore 64
MSX
ESRB: K-A
PlayStation
ESRB: E
Sega Genesis
Super Nintendo
Game Boy Color
PC
Platform(s) Arcade
Atari 2600
Arcadia Supercharger
Apple II
Magnavox Odyssey 2
Atari 8 Bit
Intellivision
Commodore VIC-20
ColecoVision
Atari 5200
Commodore 64
MSX
Sega Genesis
Super Nintendo
PlayStation
Game Boy Color
PC
Xbox Live Arcade
Media Cassette Tape
Arcadia Supercharger
Compact disc
PlayStation
PC
23 Megabyte Download
Xbox Live Arcade
Input Arcade:
4-Way Joystick
Atari 2600 Joystick
Magnavox Odyssey 2 Controller
Intellivision Controller
ColecoVision Controller
Atari 5200 Controller
Sega Genesis Controller
Super Nintendo Controller
PlayStation Controller
Xbox 360 Controller
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Frogger is an arcade game created by Konami and released by Sega. It has been ported to various game consoles and home computers.

Gameplay

Your task in this arcade conversion is to guide a frog across a treacherous road and river, and to safety at the top of the screen. Both these sections are fraught with a variety of hazards, each of which will kill the frog and cost you a life if contact is made.

The road is full of cars and trucks, at variable speeds. The river water itself is fatal, as are the snakes which hover within on later levels. Frogger must use the arrangement of logs, turtles (which are only there for a short time) and alligators (but stay away form their faces), and then jump into one of the open home-cells, ideally one containing a fly for extra points. Once all holes have been filled, you move onto the next, harder, level.

Scoring

  • Each upward jump closer to home -- 10 points
  • Each home slot filled -- 50 points, plus 10-point bonus for every second remaining in timer
  • Each lady frog escorted to home slot -- 200 points
  • Each fly in home slot landed on -- 200 points
  • Filling in all five home slots -- 1000 points

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Frogger
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Sega/Gremlin
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s) 1981
Genre(s) Overhead View Action
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Input methods 4-way joystick
Cabinet Upright
CPU Z80 (@ 3.072 MHz)
Sound Sound CPU: Z80 (@ 1.78975 MHz)
Sound Chips: AY8910 (@ 1.78975 MHz)

Frogger is a video game made in 1981 by Konami. The player must play as Frogger to get to home. The player must cross a road and a river. If the player is hit by a car or falls into the water, the player must start over. Frogger is very popular and there are many newer Frogger games.

Gameplay

The player guides a frog using a joystick (a game controller). The frog starts at the bottom of the screen. The frog must first cross a busy road. There are cars that go left and right on the road. If a car hits the frog, it dies and the player must start again. Once the frog crosses the road, the frog must cross a river. There are logs and turtles that move left and right in the river. The player must jump on top of the logs and turtles to reach the other side. If the player reaches the other side, he gets extra points and can try again.

There are many ways that the frog can die:

  1. If a car hits the frog, the frog dies.
  2. If the frog falls in the water, the frog dies.
  3. Sometimes, there are snakes, otters, and alligators in the water. If an animal hits the frog, the frog dies.
  4. Sometimes, the turtles go under the water. If the frog is riding on a turtle when it goes under the water, the frog dies.
  5. If the frog goes off the edge of the screen, the frog dies.
  6. The frog can not land in the same spot twice at the top of the screen. If it does, the frog dies.
  7. There is a timer. If the the time runs out, the frog dies.

If the frog dies, the player can try again. Once the frog dies too many times, the game is over.


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