Weeklies

Game: "Frog Bog"
System: Intellivision
Genre: Classic
Published by: Other

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 3/3/2009

Review: Now here's a really old Intellivision classic that I spend many hours playing with friends and family when I was a kid. Frog Bog is just about as simple as a game gets, yet there's something inexplicably addicting about it. Perhaps it's just me being sentimental about the video games of my youth, but it's just one of those games I never turned down an offer to play.

So, the idea behind the game goes like this; you and a friend play as two frogs who hop back and forth between lily pads. As you do this, a variety of bugs will fly above you and it's your job to snatch 'em out of the air with your long sticky tongue. Whoever catches the most bugs by the end of the day, is the winning frog.

One of the more charming elements about the game is how the screen gradually changes as time goes by until you're eventually catching fireflies in the middle of the night. There's also no denying the adorable nature of a game involving pixelated frogs who, when the game ends, close their eyes and go to sleep on their respective lily pads.

There were two modes to the game; one in which your frogs could only jump in a precisely pre-configured arc, and the other (which was far more fun) allowed you to control the frogs in a more freestyle way. This freestyle mode made your frogs far more acrobatic and it resulted in some hilarious bellying flopping action when you missed the bugs you were jumping after. there were often times when we would play the game just to see how badly we could make the frogs jump out of control and land in the water.

Again, it's far from the greatest game you'll ever play, and it's not really worth playing against the computer, but if you've got somebody to play it with, Frog Bog can definitely be good for a few laughs.

Overall rating: WholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

SKATASTIC
Mar 4th, 2009, 05:05 AM
Good choice. This might be the first video game I've ever played. My dad and I used to play this game a lot and try to get a higher score.

Truly a classic.
Riot Control
Mar 4th, 2009, 08:31 AM
This looks like a game worthy of being in cell phones for those who seem to be trapped in a traffic jam... Although the v.s. computer feautre you said could be pointless.

10,000 Volt Ghost: Yeah, gotta love those times when one played games with the family. In my case, the game that had my dad an I kicking each other's asses was the magnificent Burgertime.
Retardedly Handsome
Mar 4th, 2009, 09:10 AM
I remember watching my brothers play this a lot. Being the youngest at the time I got shafted out of playing. I also logged a lot of time on Burgertime, Beauty and the Beast, and Bump & Jump. I think I might go play when I get home today.
pickled
Mar 4th, 2009, 09:59 AM
It sounds like a neat old game. I wouldn't mind picking up an Intellivision collection sometime.
Forum Chaos Lord
Mar 4th, 2009, 01:58 PM
This was released on the Atari 2600 as "Frogs and Flies."
Retardedly Handsome
Mar 4th, 2009, 03:52 PM
If I recall correctly I think that the pain from the intellivision controllers was at least 10 fold of the NES controllers. However my brother liked that even though he was a lefty they had buttons on both sides.
Doctor Caliente
Mar 4th, 2009, 04:16 PM
I vaguely remember this. Gotta say I played it on Atari, but not Intellivision. I don't think I even knew anyone with Intellivision.
Pickled Patriarch
Mar 4th, 2009, 07:05 PM
Icculus, the disc controller on the Intellivision was extremely comfortable and easy to control your characters with once you got used to it. The buttons on the side, however... yeah, your fingers would definitely be in for some serious pain after playing on the thing for a few hours heheh.

Cruxader, oh man, you missed out. The Intellivision was far superior to the Atari as far as I'm concerned. Much better game selection. Check out my reviews of "White Water!" and "Buzz Bombers" in the Shorts section of the site to see a couple of my favorite games on the system in more detail.
Retardedly Handsome
Mar 5th, 2009, 09:59 AM
Update: After it took me about an hour to find the switch box for the back of the T.V. I was on my way to Intellivision nirvana. I was a litte disappointed when I found that my second controller had shit the bed so I couldn't play anything with two players. I forgot I had Tron, Deadly Discs. Easly top 5 all time games.

My favorite part of the intellivision though has to be the wood paneling. I guess thats how you made things classy looking back then though.
Doctor Caliente
Mar 5th, 2009, 01:31 PM
Rog, I did miss out. Like I said, I actually didn't know anyone with an Intellivision or Colecovision (that was the other one, right?). This wasn't from lack of friends or living in a third world country or anything, it's just everyone I knew had Atari. Basically Atari and the Apple IIe were responsible for taking my video game virginity.

Speaking of Apple IIe, check this website out. It's an online Apple emulator with TONS of old school Apple games. Enjoy.

http://www.virtualapple.org/
The Power of Grayskull
Mar 8th, 2009, 01:31 PM
This was one of the first games I ever played too since my dad owned an Intellivision and all kinds of awesome games including Frog Bog. It definitely was one of mine and my brother's favorite games, and still is. The sounds are especially wonderful and unique and I still remember them to this day.

And yes, I agree that Intellivision and Coleco were far superior to Atari.