Any kid who grew up in the 90s would have recalled playing the PC game Frogger. It was the Pong of the 90s, although it actually dates back to 1981. Originally it was released in the American market by Sega-Gremlin and the idea was that the user would control their frogs back to their home. They would face a number of obstacles, just like you would expect if you were crossing the road in real life. I remember playing the game when I was a kid. It was so frustrating to die or be told to get off the computer. The game was incredibly addictive and extremely fun to play. It was a game that could be played by one or two people. I can’t speak for other people but I remember being quite addicted to the game and having a lot of fun when I was playing. It was one of those classic games that you just want to keep on playing because you want to succeed and you want to “win” or “clock the game”. The idea to clocking a game is that you’ve completed the game and you’ve beaten all the baddies. Often that can take several attempts unless you know the hacks.
Because the game was released in the 1980s and 1990s, the internet wasn’t as wide spread so it was harder to get access to the game hacks, but when you did it was so satisfying. The hacks made the game easier and you could clock it faster.
Since its inception Frogger has gone on to have many sequels made, with the most recent being in 2013.
The original version was incredibly basic compared to the types of games that we see today. The graphics were very limited and the shapes weren’t as defined as those in games made today. That’s because technology was much different when the game was originally created.
There were also limited controls with the only methods for moving the frog being the four controls on the joystick. That could be quite hard to navigate. For the time it was made, Frogger was extremely popular; and at the time it was loved by many people, but if the game was made today it would probably have a target audience of children under the age of 12 due to its simplistic nature. I think older teenagers and adults would get bored of it. The elderly, if they were unfamiliar with technology may like it as the first computer game that they learn.
Even back in the 1990s the game could be frustrating because there were so many different ways that you could die. That compared with the limited ways that you could control the frog, so it was quite difficult to play.
Despite all that, the game was a great game, and if it was the 1990s again, with limited technology, graphics and options it would be worth playing. You could even see if you can find an old computer and track down a copy of the game for old time’s sake.