Frogger, ColecoVision

Konami‘s classic arcade game, Frogger, was first released for the ColecoVision in November of 1983 and it immediately became one of the console’s biggest-selling cartridges.

The game was ported by Konami themselves and published by Parker Brothers, and it runs faster than most other Frogger conversions, which makes it more challenging.

Anyone who’s played Frogger will know how simple the game is: guide a frog over a road, trying not to get run over by traffic, then across a river full of fast-moving logs and diving turtles, in order to reach one of five safe lilypads on the opposite side.

You get four lives to score as many points as possible and can earn bonus points by eating flies and rescuing a female frog on the way. There’s a timer that hurries you up and crocodiles sometimes appear instead of logs. And that’s about all there is to the game. Other than subsequent screens becoming increasingly faster and more difficult. It has a foot-tapping, jolly tune that accompanies the action and drives play along, without becoming too annoying.

Frogger is one of those iconic early video games that is easy to understand, but difficult to master, and the ColecoVision conversion is one of the best ports available (and it’s a damn sight better than the Atari 2600 version).

More: Frogger on Wikipedia

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