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.
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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