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30 Hidden Gems #05: Frog Pond


Welcome to my blog series! This is 30 Years, 30 Days, 30 Hidden Gems. In honor of my 30th birthday, I'm posting about a different lesser-known video game every day in November. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy it. If you want to start at the beginning, check it out here.


Frog Pond
Relase Date: 1982
System: Atari 2600


Frog Pond? Frog Pond?! Yes, Frog Pond. The Atari 2600 version of Frog Bog/Frog and Flies/Sega’s Frogs. You move your frog left and right on a log and push the button to jump and catch bugs. Catch as many bugs as you can to increase your score. It’s as simple as that. One of the most straightforward concepts you can think of, the and execution is even simpler.
This game is a classic Atari game, popular enough to be included on collections and plug-n-play consoles. That said, it never gets the recognition that you see from Pong, Pitfall, Adventure, or Yar’s Revenge. It’s just an afterthought.
I first played Frog Pond on an Atari Flashback. To me, the appeal lies in its two player mode. When you have somebody else to compete with, a relaxing breakfast becomes a frantic battle for who can munch the most insects. It turns into some fun little chaos that is great for a few minutes of enjoyment. If you can access to it and a buddy to play with, grab Frog Pond and have yourself a good time.
Thanks for reading! My plan is to make this a series, one entry every day this month. I hope you'll stop by tomorrow for the next entry.
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About Adam Pone of us since 10:34 PM on 04.28.2013

My name is Adam. I've been gaming as far back as I can remember, ever since the NES my parents owned when I was a wee lad. Writing has been a passion of mine for almost as long, and I've made quite a hobby out of combining the two pastimes.

I have a very wide taste in gaming. I'll give just about anything a shot, regardless of age, genre, or hardware. I like to think of gaming as an entertainment medium in the same vein as literature and film rather than a simple toy.

When I'm not writing or playing, you might find me in church, in the woods (probably on a four wheeler and/or carrying a gun), or in my room playing my guitar.