Frogger is a classic video game which was introduced by Konami in 1981 as a one player or two player games. The game's objective is to move a frog from the bottom to top and overcome the obstacles that come in your way.
The game's screen is divided into two halves, where the first half featured a road full of traffic while the second half is a river. When you are moving your frog through the traffic, you have to face speeding cars, buses and many other obstacles on your way which must be avoided to safely transport your frog to the other half.
In the second half, you will see several logs and turtles trying to have your frog and you needed to fight all these obstacles to safely cross the river.
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.
The game also features a fly and if the frog is making it to home while the fly is present, she will gain additional points. The sinking turtles will be swimming with the help of logs and the safest way for a frog to cross the river is to jump on top of it. If your frog fails to jump on top of a turtle, they will eventually drown.
The river is also home for many other enemies like crocodiles and snakes who are waiting for their chance to eat the frog.
The interesting part of the game is that the frog can travel on top of crocodiles except that they should always avoid the open mouth of those creatures, or else they will be eaten by them.
However, frogs cannot jump on top of a snake and travel because even the touch of a snake is deadly. The game has a time limit of 60 beats on the timer and must be finished within this timeframe. There are five home bases for frogs and the player should make sure that the frog is entering one home base from the list before the time is over.
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. The cabinet was a wooden one with a monitor that was laid back in a 45 degree angle.
1981 was a very big year in the history of video games because many companies were putting up popular games in the year and the market was extremely active, which meant videogame enthusiasts constantly looked for new releases of arcade games.
Even for Konami's surprise, Frogger had huge sales record and became an instant hit in Japan, where the game was originally released. The company granted the license to produce this game in the United States and Sega introduced the same in 1982, which was a huge hit in United States too.
The game is widely popular and is enjoyed by several thousands of arcade users all over the world.
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 tremendous success of Frogger eventually inspired the company to come up with several sequels for the game and apart from those sequels, they successfully launched some interesting titles too.