Frogs (video game)

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To be distinguished from Frogger.
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Publisher(s) Sega-Gremlin
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s) Arcade 1978
Genre(s) Action / Platform
Mode(s) Single player
Cabinet Upright
CPU Z80 (@ 1.93356 MHz)
Sound Samples (@ 1.93356 MHz), Discrete (@ 1.93356 MHz)
Display horizontal orientation, 256 x 224 pixels, 64 colors, 60 Hz refresh rate

Frogs is a single-player action[1] / platform[2] arcade game released by Sega-Gremlin in 1978.[1][3] It is the first video game with a jumping character (predating Donkey Kong by 3 years), which by some definitions could make it the first platform game.[4] The player controls a frog on lilypads and attempts to catch (with the frog's tongue and while jumping) various insects (butterflies and dragonflies) worth different amounts of points in a set amount of time.

Frogs is one of the first arcade games (if not the first arcade game) to include a static background as part of the arcade cabinet. The game’s graphics were "projected" by laying the monitor flat on its back and reflecting the computer-generated graphics of the frogs and flies toward the player via a mirror at a 45-degree angle. (The game’s graphics were actually generated and shown backward, so the mirror reflection would show letters and numbers properly.)[4]

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  1. ^ a b Frogs at AllGame
  2. ^ Frogs at the Killer List of Videogames
  3. ^ Frogger at AllGame
  4. ^ a b Frogs, Earl Green, Phospher Dot Fossils, retrieved 2010-2-16

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