Release Date: 1983 Publishers: Parker Brothers

"Frogger" for the Atari 400/800 XL XE is a classic arcade game that has been fondly remembered by many. Developed by Konami and released in 1981, with Sega gaining the exclusive rights to manufacture it worldwide shortly thereafter, "Frogger" quickly became a popular title across various platforms. The game was notable for its challenging gameplay, which involved guiding frogs to their homes by dodging traffic and navigating a river full of hazards. This gameplay earned "Frogger" the reputation of being "the arcade game with the most ways to die," including dangers such as being run over by vehicles, drowning, and encountering snakes or alligators.

The game's soundtrack features catchy tunes, including the opening verse of the Japanese children's song "Inu No Omawarisan" ("The Dog Policeman"), and other melodies such as themes from the anime series "Hana no Ko Lunlun" and "Rascal the Raccoon." The American release added "Yankee Doodle" to its soundtrack.

"Frogger" was ported to many home systems, with Sierra On-Line and Parker Brothers being two of the main companies responsible for these adaptations. The Atari 400/800 XL XE version is one of many, showcasing the game's widespread appeal and its ability to adapt to different platforms. This particular version, like others, focuses on the core mechanics that made "Frogger" a hit: precise movements and timing to avoid obstacles and reach safety.

The game was critically acclaimed for its innovative gameplay and charm, contributing to its status as one of the top-grossing arcade games in North America during 1981. It also did well in home versions, with millions of copies sold, further cementing its legacy as a beloved classic in video game history.