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Squad Challenge - Frogger (Atari 2600)


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Frogger
Atari 2600 (Parker Bros. Cartridge)
Controller: JOYSTICK / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE
Difficulty Level: Game 1, Difficulty B
Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / Emulation OK! ✔
Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST November 30th, 2022
Nominated by @Atari 5200 Guy

 

 

Objective

Play for the highest possible score using the difficulty settings defined in the challenge. Post a photo or YouTube video of your score in this thread. Scores must be achieved between November 15th through November 30th, 2022. Screen captures are not allowed as they are more easily manipulated for falsified scores. Multiple submissions are permitted. The player with the highest score at the end of the competition is the victor!

 

Eligibility

Anyone can join in. All players are welcome!

 

Play Rules

Games may be played on real hardware, Flashback / Mini console, or emulation, using any controller or keyboard, following all rules and game settings defined in the challenge. Choosing between real hardware or emulation, and choosing which controller to play on is part of formulating your strategy. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed.

 

Difficulty Level

We're playing the original Parker Bros. cartridge version of Frogger (not the Starpath Supercharger version of Frogger) on Game 1, Difficulty B, which provides for a default level of gameplay suitable for adults. Game 1 will give us difficulty that increases at a standard progression for every 5 frogs brought home, and Difficulty B allows us to harmlessly warp around the screen when riding a floating object off-screen. Please refer to your PDF instruction manual provided below for more.

 

Fair Play

Your integrity is everything. Players should play fairly, be honest, and have fun! Falsified scores will result in your immediate removal from the site. It goes without saying that we will not allow cheats, hacks, cartridge frying, enhancements, rewinds, deceitful photo manipulation, subterfuge, or any other unfair advantage. Everybody hates a cheater.

 

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To review detailed rules on how to play, please visit the High Score Squad page here: 

 

 

Message

Welcome to our 139th Squad Challenge!!! For this challenge we're playing one of the greatest classic video games of all time - FROGGER! Not only was Frogger a smash hit at home and in the arcades, it inspired an all-time classic episode of Seinfeld which paid homage to the game. We're playing the Parker Bros. cartridge version of Frogger on the standard default settings, which are enough to provide real challenge and fun gameplay for adult players. Difficulty increases with every 5 frogs you bring home. Later levels also add snakes to the mix which you will want to avoid as well! Frogger was originally a Konami game that was brought to the U.S. and distributed in arcades by Sega. The Parker Bros. 2600 cartridge version of Frogger was programmed by Ed English who also made the Atari 2600 version of Mr. Do! Can you help get Frogger home? ROM and PDF Instruction Manual are provided below. Special thanks to @Atari 5200 Guy for nominating this game! Frogger is a true classic on the Atari 2600 and I hope all of you enjoy joining in this High Score Squad Challenge!

 

 

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Frogger.pdf Frogger.bin

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Please remember to TYPE OUT YOUR HIGH SCORE when posting to High Score Squad! We want to get your score right, and prevent mistakes. Scores can be blurry in photos, tricky on the eyes, or hidden deep within play-through videos. Claiming your score 100% prevents confusion.

 

 

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1 hour ago, TrekMD said:

Though I prefer the Starpath version, I'm in. 

Funny you say that, my original intent was to post the Starpath version and we almost did! It's definitely my preferred version. Atari 5200 Guy had nominated the Parker Bros. Frogger last year, and the cartridge is far more widely available for everybody to play compared to the Starpath Supercharger version. Maybe we'll get something going for the Starpath version too if enough people are up for it 🤔

 

1 hour ago, TrekMD said:

Here is my first (and lousy) score.  It's been a while since I played this version!

Great to have you join in, good luck on your score @TrekMD🐸 🖖

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34 minutes ago, TrekMD said:

The Starpath version can easily be played on emulation or with a flashcart on the 2600.  I did play a quick game after playing the Parker version...

Let's go for it! We'll make this Squad Challenge a Double Feature. DIFFICULTY B, Starpath Frogger ROM and PDF Instructions included in this post below.

I'll add a second category for Starpath Frogger in the Final Standings and we will play both games. Please be sure to denote your score as STARPATH FROGGER when posting your score if you're playing the Starpath version of the game. The Starpath version of Frogger nearly looks as good as an early Famicom or NES game. Almost. Amazing for the 2600. Programmed by Stephen Landrum who did Blue Lightning for the Lynx, which is an incredible game!

Starpath Frogger.pdf Frogger (Starpath).a26

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7 minutes ago, TrekMD said:

I did not know who the programmer was for the Starpath version.  He did an amazing job and, to this day, I think it is one of the best home versions done.  It even has the otter, which is missing in pretty much every port.  Thanks for adding it to the challenge!

Thanks for coming along for the challenge! Good luck to everyone playing!

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1 hour ago, Justin said:

Let's go for it! We'll make this Squad Challenge a Double Feature. DIFFICULTY B, Starpath Frogger ROM and PDF Instructions included in this post below.

I'll add a second category for Starpath Frogger in the Final Standings and we will play both games. Please be sure to denote your score as STARPATH FROGGER when posting your score if you're playing the Starpath version of the game. The Starpath version of Frogger nearly looks as good as an early Famicom or NES game. Almost. Amazing for the 2600. Programmed by Stephen Landrum who did Blue Lightning for the Lynx, which is an incredible game!

Starpath Frogger.pdf 855.75 kB · 1 download Frogger (Starpath).a26 8.25 kB · 1 download

First off, I had no idea (or forgot completely) there was a Starpath version of Frogger for the 2600. So thanks to @TrekMD for sharing that info!

 

Second, I'll be out of town this Friday & will be mostly offline through Thanksgiving so I will do my best to enter for both versions. I don't recall the last Double Feature Squad Challenge and I don't want to miss out.

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19 hours ago, Justin said:

Let's go for it! We'll make this Squad Challenge a Double Feature. DIFFICULTY B, Starpath Frogger ROM and PDF Instructions included in this post below.

I'll add a second category for Starpath Frogger in the Final Standings and we will play both games. Please be sure to denote your score as STARPATH FROGGER when posting your score if you're playing the Starpath version of the game. The Starpath version of Frogger nearly looks as good as an early Famicom or NES game. Almost. Amazing for the 2600. Programmed by Stephen Landrum who did Blue Lightning for the Lynx, which is an incredible game!

Starpath Frogger.pdf 855.75 kB · 2 downloads Frogger (Starpath).a26 8.25 kB · 2 downloads

Why not a triple threat?  Include the 5200 Frogger as well? 

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21 minutes ago, Atari 5200 Guy said:

The 2600 got a decent Frogger conversion.  It looks, plays, and sounds good.  The opening music on the 2600 PB cart doesn't sound much different from the 5200 port.  

I like how quickly the difficulty and speed ramp up on the PB version.

The Starpath version is astounding.  This does not look like a 2600 game.  The sounds and graphics are delightful.

 

 

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