Frogger - The Classic Arcade Game

Frogger is a classic video game which was introduced by Konami in 1981 as a one player or two player games. Interestingly, the frog will find a lady frog swimming with the help of a log and if you can help the lady frog to safely reach its home, it will attract additional points, which is the major attraction of the game.

If your frog fails to jump on top of a turtle, they will eventually drown.When Konami released this game in 1981, the company did not have many expectations on its success and the game was presented on a very simple Sega cabinet. Even for Konami's surprise, Frogger had huge sales record and became an instant hit in Japan, where the game was originally released. The incredible sales record set by Frogger was a crucial element in determining the success of Konami as a leading manufacturer of arcade games and video game consoles. The player starts with three, five, or seven frogs (lives). The player guides a frog which starts at the bottom of the screen. The very top of the screen contains five "frog homes" which are the destinations for each frog. When all five frogs are directed home, the game progresses to the next, harder level. Jumping into the river's water



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 a crocodile's jaws in the river
4. Jumping into a home invaded by a 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

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 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.

Like many games of the early 1980s, Frogger was ported to a wide variety of home systems for personal use. A Java port of the game is currently available for compatible mobile phones.

A prototype game based on gameplay elements of Frogger was developed for Sega Game Gear, but never released—presumably due to legal issues between Sega and Konami. 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.