Game: "Frog Bog"
Published by: Other
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.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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