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Frogger

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Released: 1982

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: Atari 2600

Publisher: Parker Brothers

Developer: Parker Brothers

Submitted by: Alex Reeves

Frogger is one of the seminal video games, up there with space invaders and pac-man in that the game has broken out of the arcade entered popular culture. 

It's no suprise then that this game has been replicated on any number of platforms from the Spectrum through to the Playstation (I'm particularly fond of Hopper on the BBC Micro, back when they could get away with straight rip offs of other peoples intellectual property).

The Atari 2600 was the first opportunity that most people had to play the arcade game at home, being released a year after the arcade game in 1982, and for a change the experience was a good one (Pac-Man on the 2600 anyone?). 

Everything was there, from the multiple lanes of traffic to the fast moving logs, providing an authentic challenge to your seemingly suidcidal frog as he tries to make his way home.  Fill all 5 "home" slots on the far side of the screen and the game cycle starts again.

A simple game but very addictive, and a must for any 2600 collection.

Frogger

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Released: 1997

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: PC - Windows

Publisher: Hasbro Interactive

Developer: Hasbro Interactive

Submitted by: Alex Gandolfo

My first taste of being obsessed with gaming, Frogger was fantastic. I absolutely loved it. The premise was so straightforward and addictive. Mind you that this was my first Frogger game.

Frogger has had many ventures into the console market, from its roots in the arcade, but probably the best hop it ever took was into the home computer market. Since then, the famous frog has battled a crocodile nemesis and has stood upright, wearing a backpack. Frogger seems to have lost his conscience. Anyway, Frogger struck video game gold with this entry. Never before had Frogger been rendered in such crisp 3D graphics, as he dodged his way among traffic on a busy highway. The sound was also exceptional, with light-hearted and catchy tunes. The level design was one of the highlights of the experience, however, as you found yourself jumping from floating log to lily pad, to another log, or even ended up miles high in the sky, jumping from balloons to extremely thick clouds. One bizarre level had you sliding on ice, avoiding precipices’ and huge tarantulas as you went. Frogger also acquired some new abilities, such as being able to use his long tongue to snatch up flies or high jump to avoid incoming lawn mowers. When in dark places, Frogger could even ribbit to temporarily expand his view.

Bottom Line: An absolute classic, that will keep you hooked for hours with its timeless gameplay.