How to play

Choose how many frogs should meet at the pond and then select a way to control them

Use a Joystick in Port 1 or 2. To avoid non-recyclable waste in the pond, use only quality joysticks!

Use up to four joysticks with the ST4PLAYER adapter in the parallel port.

Use your Cursor keys. For tongue action use the right shift key. Make sure to have a spare keyboard at hand, just in case the first one turns into a pile of plastic.

Keyboard as before but with “W-A-S-D” for directions and the left shift button for tongue action.

Use up to 2 Jagpads. Instead of Joysticks or combined with Joysticks for four-player action.

You don´t have enough friends? No problem: Let Steve, Bill, Fred and Marc head out for themselves.

Let the magic happen: up to two frogs can be controlled via MIDI Connection.

  • [9] ends the game right away. Why [9]? It is a key far away from both keyboard controls... important in heated gameplay...

  • [+] [-] Increases or decreases the SYNCVALUE for MIDI Gaming. Has no effect for a single seat game.

About MIDI connection

Okay, let's face it, this game was written in GFA Basic, and the MIDI connection is a bottleneck. You will get the fastest four-player action by combining Joysticks, Jagpad and Keyboard on one STe.

That said, it is just a lot of fun using two STe´s and trade some game performance for an extra kick.

So how does it work?

First, connect two computers using two MIDI cables. OUT on the one side goes to IN on the other. And vice versa. That's it from the hardware side.

Start MIDI gaming

In the FROGS MIDI game, there is always a MASTER and a SLAVE STe. By default, the game is set to MASTER mode. To activate a midi game, simply set the control of frog 3 and/or 4 to MIDI. That's it for the MASTER.

Switch the other STe to SLAVE. Several options disapear, as they are controlled by the MASTER. Now just choose your way of controlling frog 3 and 4 on the SLAVE side.

Start the game!

The SLAVE should go first.

And the MASTER some seconds later.

AND OFF YOU GO!

ST computer and connection speed

The MASTER STe is controlling the game clock and in fact constantly firing game information towards the SLAVE. The SLAVE has to keep up with the data bombardment. If you are facing lags or the game runs out of sync (spotted sometimes by a frog jumping “ahead of itself”), it is time to slow down the MASTER. Sorry.

First: if you have two different ST models (for example a regular ST + and STe) always make the slower machine the MASTER. That may help already.

And then there is the SYNCVALUE. This can be set in the MIDI help screen or by pressing [+] or [–] during game-play. This function differs depending on the MASTER or SLAVE side:

MASTER

A higher SYNCVALUE effectively cranks down the game speed, giving the SLAVE time to catch up.

SLAVE

A higher SYNCVALUE shifts the balance towards incoming data processing and away from screen refreshing. This may lead to dropped frames eventually.

Recommended SYNCVALUES

MASTER Hardware

SLAVE Hardware

Power combination

MASTER SYNCVALUE

SLAVE SYNCVALUE

ATARI STe

ATARI STe

4-7

4-7

ATARI STe

ATARI Falcon

0

4-7

ATARI Falcon

ATARI STe

 

7

4-7

ATARI STe

MIST FPGA STe

 

3

4-7

ATARI STe

MIST FPGA MegaSTe

1

4-7

ATARI STe

MIST FPGA STeroids

0

4-7

More test results hopefully coming soon...

Tested Systems

Hardware

Compatible

MIDI Tested

Remarks

ATARI STe

 

ATARI ST (f, fm,...)

No DMA Samples, Slower action

ATARI Falcon

ATARI MegaST

 

No DMA Samples

ATARI TT

 

No DMA Samples

Firebee

     

MIST FPGA

 

STEEM SSE Emulation

N/A

 

HATARI Emulation

N/A

 
System requirements
 

Minimal configuration

Optimal configuration

4 Player gaming

Original Hardware

ATARI ST, 1MB Ram, Floppy, colour monitor (ST-LOW), TOS 1.04

ATARI STe or better, 1MB Ram, hard drive or USB adapter for convinience, colour monitor (ST-LOW), TOS 1.06 or newer

- 2 Computer + 2 MIDI Cables + 4 Joysticks OR
- 4 Joysticks + ST4PLAYER Adapter
OR
- 2 Joysticks + 2 Jagpads
OR
- 2 Joysticks can always be replaced by Keyboard control

Hardware Emulation (MIST FPGA)

ATARI ST MIST Core, TOS 1.06 or EMUTOS, STe mode, system set to ST-LOW

ATARI ST MIST Core, TOS 1.06 or EMUTOS, system set to ST-LOW,
set system to MegaSTe or STeroids for better performance.

- 4 Joysticks (USB or 9-pin)
(ST4PLAYER is integrated in the latest ATARI ST MIST Core. No physical adapter needed)
OR
- MIST with MIDI, combination of MIST and original hardware is possible.

Software Emulators

STeem or HATARI, TOS 1.06 or EMUTOS, STe mode, system set to ST-LOW

STeem or HATARI, TOS 1.06 or EMUTOS, STe mode, system set to ST-LOW, push system to 16mhz or higher.

- 4 USB Joysticks and/or 2 keyboard controls.
(ST4PLAYER can not be connected to modern hardware)

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