Video Game / Frog Fractions

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Frog Fractions is a Flash Game from Twin Beard Studios that parodies the everloving hell out of Edutainment Games, among other things.

You start as a frog sitting in a pond trying to keep bugs from eating your fruit. Eating bugs scores you points (which are expressed in fractions), and you have to collect the fruit when it ripens and falls off the vine (a tall order, since your character can't move back and forth right away). The fruit you do collect you can spend on power-ups (some of which are seemingly prohibitively expensive and sold in a currency you don't have), and as you do so you discover hints that there's more to this game beyond this little frog's pond.

"Discovery" is a big theme of the game, according to Word of God, and as you play you'll discover all sorts of nonsense we'll try not to spoil here.

Frog Fractions 2 was Kickstarted and turned into an ARG that spanned two years. In December 2016 it was finally released and discovered, included as a secret in a children's game by the name of Glittermitten Grove.

Tropes fractioned in the first game include:

Tropes fractioned in the second (third?) game include:

  • Alternate Reality Game: A major part of Frog Fractions 2 was the two ARGs that got people all around the world cooperating to figure out what the game really was.
    • A series of puzzles and enigmas involving a time travel plot and a threat known as the "Decay" that would be unleashed with the release of this game.
    • A mysterious symbol known as the Eye Sigil was placed on several indie games since 2014 with Kingdom of Loathing. This symbol would in some way reveal a series of pieces to a map which pointed towards a connection with the main Frog Fractions 2 ARG.
  • Artifact Title: Contains no fractions, and the only frog is near the very end of the game.
  • Award Bait Song: "Baby, You're My Fraction," which plays over the end credits.
  • Conlang: The room with the frog is based on a fairly simple one, where every glyph you've collected stands for a different word or phrase. In a couple cases, the glyph is the same as the in-game symbol for what it means.
  • Exposition Fairy: Your assistant in Glittermitten Grove. She sticks around once it becomes TXT World.
  • Gainax Ending: The final Korn fact is that Korn was the dying dream of the last mammal on the planet after a disastrous asteroid impact. Then there's a massive quake, the world starts falling apart, and you make a mad dash for the final mindstone... smash to Glittermitten Grove, followed by the credits. Once the credits finish, Glittermitten Grove accelerates to ludicrous speed (filling the screen with butterflies) until hitting Year 0000000000, where that world has, evidently, been engulfed by its sun.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The glyphs scattered through the world. There's two of each collecting the first one gets you the yellow version, collecting both gets you the purple version.
  • Guide Dang It: Some of the glyphs can be very tricky to find or access without looking them up. Probably the worst offenders are the Eye glyph near the shack, which can only be accessed from Bomb Hell, and both the Up Arrow glyphs, one of which only seems to show up on not just solving the puzzle but then exiting and re-entering the room (possibly because it's blocked by the giant "go right" arrow that appears, and the other of which is received by repeatedly talking to the guard on the second screen.
  • Little Known Facts: A running gag, this time about the history of the Nu Metal band Korn.
  • Oddly Named Sequel: An extreme example; While the game has been successfully Kickstarted, the devs have gone on record to say that the sequel's title plus the credits and company name of the sequel will be under different, completely unrelated names in their attempt to make the sequel completely untraceable to the first Frog Fractions. The only theme that sticks is that the game will go Off the Rails to different genres. Compounding this is the fact they will not announce when the game will be released. So if you happen to someday play a completely unrelated game that just so happens to feel like playing Frog Fractions, congratulations—You finally found Frog Fractions 2.
  • Old Save Bonus: The game uses saves from Mass Effect 2 for one puzzle and a few jokes. Yes, really.
  • Overly Long Gag: The credits start off normal until you see the phrase Assistant Director. This is where every backer is named in the credits like in your average kickstarter game. This game does that but adds on Assistant to the Assistant Director and then Assistant to the Assistant to the Assistant Director and then Assistant to the Assistant to the Assistant for all the remaining backers even going as far as to occasionally pop up a Netflix prompt asking if you're still watching Frog Fractions 3.
  • Shout-Out: Virtually every bit of the game. But a few to start with:
    • ZZT for the main interface of "TXT World"
    • One room features the blinking text "Created by Warren Robinett".
      • The bridge from the same game is a crucial and similarly game-breaking item.
    • You can import a Mass Effect 2 save game, and if you do, you can find a digression much later in the game involving some of the characters from ME 2. If you want to find the Super Soapstone, pay close attention to which characters are mentioned in the digression about donuts when choosing your ME 2 save file...
    • And those are just the really obvious ones...
  • Stealth Pun: One of the minigames consists of chasing a thief through the nine circles of Dante's Inferno. If you pay attention to the interface, and are familiar with the original incarnations of the series in question, you'll realize you're playing "Where the Hell is Carmen Sandiego?"
    • Meanwhile, another game has you teeing off your Xenomorph roomate. In other words, Alien: Irritation

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