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#26 supercat OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:11 PM

Unless Activision was running commercials for Freeway a couple of years after it came out (which, of course, is possible), then this could not have happened.


I distinctly remember, when I saw the ads for Freeway, thinking it seemed like a Frogger clone. I know Freeway was coded before Frogger came out; I don't know about the exact timing of its marketing.

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Posted Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:25 PM

That would be cool,    your left/right buttons on the left side of face and  thurst/fire on right side.  with a hyperspace button on bottom center on the face.

I would buy that  :D

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They're going to redesign it so you can yell "PIX!" at it to fire :D

#28 Zwackery OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Oct 20, 2005 7:11 PM

Unless Activision was running commercials for Freeway a couple of years after it came out (which, of course, is possible), then this could not have happened.


I distinctly remember, when I saw the ads for Freeway, thinking it seemed like a Frogger clone. I know Freeway was coded before Frogger came out; I don't know about the exact timing of its marketing.

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Konami developed Frogger and it was released by Sega/Gremlin in 1981. When in that year, I do not know.

Freeway is mentioned in Activision catalog AG-940-05 as being available in Summer 1981 and by the next catalog revision was in release.

I recall seeing Frogger before seeing Freeway, but once again, I am unsure as to the exact release dates of both. Once Frogger for the 2600 came out in 1982, I would suspect people shelved their copies of Freeway and opted for this title.

#29 supercat OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Oct 20, 2005 9:00 PM

I recall seeing Frogger before seeing Freeway, but once again, I am unsure as to the exact release dates of both.  Once Frogger for the 2600 came out in 1982, I would suspect people shelved their copies of Freeway and opted for this title.



That would fit with my memory; the thought wasn't "Hey, those other guys are using a frog on the Atari--why is this one a chicken?" It was "Cool--a Frogger-style game on the Atari". So the ads almost certainly predated Parker Brothers' "Frogger" cart though at least some came after the arcade release.

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Posted Fri Oct 21, 2005 1:15 PM

Unless Activision was running commercials for Freeway a couple of years after it came out (which, of course, is possible), then this could not have happened.


I distinctly remember, when I saw the ads for Freeway, thinking it seemed like a Frogger clone. I know Freeway was coded before Frogger came out; I don't know about the exact timing of its marketing.

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Konami developed Frogger and it was released by Sega/Gremlin in 1981. When in that year, I do not know.

Freeway is mentioned in Activision catalog AG-940-05 as being available in Summer 1981 and by the next catalog revision was in release.

I recall seeing Frogger before seeing Freeway, but once again, I am unsure as to the exact release dates of both. Once Frogger for the 2600 came out in 1982, I would suspect people shelved their copies of Freeway and opted for this title.

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Even though David Crane denies it, Freeway really looks to be inspired by Atari's Space Race from 1973. The gameplay is almost identical. The theme is the main difference.




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