Frogger seems simple. You’re a frog trying to cross the street, then once you cross the street, you try to cross a river. You can move in four directions. You get a little bit of a breather in between the street and the river.
But there are 99 ways to die in Frogger! Everything’s trying to kill you! What a life. You can get hit by a car, you can get eaten by other animals, you can die of old age, you can die by being displaced by other frogs — you can even drown! No, this frog can’t swim. It’s not fair.
The game hit the scene in 1981 and has produced several spinoffs over the years. Seinfeld even dedicated an entire episode to trying to move a Frogger machine from one side of a busy New York street to the other. Like the game itself, such a feat isn’t as simple as it sounds. “Holes! I need holes!”