Right, I still don’t have an Intellivision, but I do have this.
That’s right, a copy of Frogger. A game that people who don’t even like video games have heard of.
Awkward sentence aside, it’s pretty great that I found a copy of this, in its original box, with all the trimmings, 30 years after it was released. It’s the actual reason I have Bomb Squad the other day. I saw this thing and jumped at it, and the guy threw in Bomb Squad for $1. How could I refuse?
No, really, I’m asking because I have a hard time refusing things.
But check out the innards of this box. This thing even smells like the 1980’s. Apparently the 1980’s smelled a lot like old books.
And if that doesn’t get you excited, maybe this excerpt from the manual will:
Each time you bring 5 frogs home, you’ll hear a short tune. The game will continue at a more difficult game level with your remaining frogs. The speed of the cars and trucks will vary from lane to lane. Traffic patterns will change. There will be fewer floating objects on the river, and the speed of the objects will vary from fast to slow. Frogger-eating snakes will appear on the riverbank and otters will swim around in the river.
Great stuff, right? The excerpt also talks about the music, and I did kind of want to bring that up, too. Check out the first song that plays when you start a new game of Frogger.
Pretty catchy, right?
Now check out this Japanese kids’ song called “犬のおまわりさん – Inu No Omawarisan” (literally, The Dog Policeman)
What’s that? They sound the same? You’re darn right they do.
And who says that finding old video games can’t be fun?