Frogger: a review

So, I saw this game the other game, don’t know if anyone has seen it yet, it’s called Frogger.  Frogger is a silly name.  The game should be called “Hopper” or even “Frog-Hopper.”  But its not. 


I jest, but this is a true review.  

Frogger is a classic video game of “get the hero to the objective without dying.”  The simplicity is key.  You must concentrate on getting the frog across the road and subsequent pond or you fail.  Then your friends make fun of you, “Dude, c’mon, its Frogger, how freaking hard can it be?” 

Dude.  Being a frog can be hard.  Wild creatures such as snakes and crocodiles will kill and eat you. Other obstacles, like the benevolent turtle and the playful otter, will also turn traitor and betray your plucky toad(What?  An otter just ate me?).  It lulls you into a pattern before surprising you with a hungry croc mouth just where you thought sweet sanctuary would be.

Cars and trucks are something completely different.  I think even a frog knows what’s up with two-thousand pounds of speeding metal flying at his brain.  It’s get out of the way time.  And frogs get the logic of not trying to be underneath the car, supposedly safe between the wheels, since they hop…  Well, that almost held together as a reason why one little frog couldn’t occupy the same space as a car on the screen, but I digress.

What I find interesting about Frogger is this isn’t a chicken crossing the road story.  You know why the frog needs to get to the lilly pad.  It’s where he belongs.  There’s no need for back story, that’d be a distraction from log-hopping and car-ducking. 

The replay value for Frogger is amazing.  No matter how many times you try, you always want to do more for the little green guy.  You don’t think of all the quarters over the years(since1981) that have been plunged into arcades across the globe.  Frogger is right there in the pantheon along with Pacman and Maze Craze.  There is simple joy in the playing of this game.  

Frogger gets an 8 out of 10 lily-pads.


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Andrew Babcock has manifest destiny on his mind. The road west is paved with basketball, psychic dreams, passable egg-toast, Dungeons & Dragons, and haiku.

One response to “Frogger: a review”

  1. Jennifer Dulock says :

    All I can do is think of Paul and Storm’s “Frogger: The Musical” while reading this article…

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