Frogger was released in 1981 by Konami. The arcade
game was distributed in
While one can probably look back on games like Asteroids, Space Invaders, Defender, Donkey Kong, Joust, and Tron and justify spending all those quarters, Frogger seems rather silly and one wonders why anyone even bothered to play it. Frogger's single innovation was it was arguably the first female-friendly video game. The cute frog, the cute music, the bright graphics, and the job of guiding the poor lil fella home proved popular with the fairer sex. And what a young lady would do for a quarter!
The game proved to be very controversial with the religious fundaMENTAList right. When the frog got splatted, some felt it too closely resembled a crucified man. Jerry Falwell claimed the game was subliminally encouraging youths to commit acts of religious persecution against Christians (i.e., running them over, drowning them, etc.) It's interesting to note, history has proven Falwell's worries false and unwarranted. There was no spike in vehicular assaults on Christians in the months and years after Frogger's release.
Frogger has been ported to nearly every game system ever created. It's also spawned more PC clones than Pac-Man and Space Invaders combined. One of the more successful clones was Preppie. It was written by Rus Wetmore for the Atari 800.
-- Karl Mamer