Bring Your Frog Home

Box art for the Atari 2600 (home video game console) version of “Frogger.”

As a kid, I’d spend hours playing Frogger, while my homework would go neglected. Little did I know at the time that one of my favorite video games would go on to become an arcade game classic.

Soon after its release in 1981, Frogger hopped from the video arcades into homes, across the country, arriving in the form of a tabletop version of a parlor machine, joining the likes of Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. It was so popular that it even got its own cartoon show, later.

The goal of the game is endearingly simple: to get your frog home, safely. Cross a busy street with never-ending traffic. Wade across a river, full of gators and snakes. Ride piggyback on a friendly turtle or latch on to a floating log.

All movements are controlled by a joystick.


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