On Oct. 25, 2012, Jim Crawford of Twinbeard Studios released his first game to the masses. Frog Fractions is a browser game that received a massive cult following upon its release. The player starts off as a frog on a lily pad attacking insects and protecting the fruit. As players progress, they have introduced upgrades that take the player on a wild journey beyond the frog’s humble beginnings. The game includes trips to Bug Mars, musical numbers and a detailed history of boxing. The game is definitely zany, but it resonated with gamers in such a way that a sequel was asked for soon after its release. In 2014, an official Kickstarter for Frog Fractions 2 was started.
The release strategy for Frog Fractions 2 was very unusual. Crawford informed fans upfront that the game they were actually supporting would be named something different and that Frog Fractions 2 would be hidden inside another game leaving it up to players to find it themselves. Crawford then, along with some writers, composed an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) made for gamers to find clues in order to piece together when and where Frog Fractions 2 will be available. The clues were strategically placed in 23 indie games including Firewatch, Crypto the NecroDancer, and Quadrilateral Cowboy. The clue involved different parts of an eye sigil that when decoded revealed real life locations.
The mystery was solved two years later in December 2016 by a game collective known as the Game Detectives. The collective found that access to Frog Fractions 2 was through a newly released Steam game called Glittermitten Grove. Kotaku explained the ways gamers can get access to the game through Glittermitten Grove. “If you want to access Frog Fractions 2 inside of Glittermitten Grove, you have a couple options. First, the easy way: you can use fireworks to dig into the ground, where you’ll eventually find a door. Kinda like the original Frog Fractions! There’s also a door in the sky, but getting up there involves actually playing Glittermitten Grove (which is, to be clear, its own wholly separate game). If you want to access Frog Fractions 2 asap, the first option is your best bet.”
With Frog Fractions 2 now being discovered, players have been able to experience the game and find out what is actually in this sequel. “A couple of players have discovered a click-based clone of Flappy Bird that includes a flying toaster. On NeoGAF, users said the mini-game was one of the more difficult ones, but asking the tip fish for help seemed to ease the experience. Other small games, like a text-based MOBA, a shaving simulator featuring President Obama and a dating simulator, are just a few examples of what players should expect. One mini-game that’s receiving a bit of attention is a text adventure set in the world of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy. The game contains the poem in its entirety, which runs 14,233 lines, and puts the player in the shoes of a detective who has to travel through each layer of hell to solve a crime,” according to Polygon.
The game also encourages players to import their Mass Effect 2 save file into the game. Though there was initially some debate as to if this had any effect on the game or was just purely cosmetic, but Jim Crawford confirmed that a puzzle later in the game needs Mass Effect 2 save files to complete it. Players seem to be enjoying the experience and are ecstatic the game is finally available for the people.