Video Game: Frog Fractions
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 has recently been Kickstarted (but don't expect the game to be called that).
- All Just a Dream: The human segment.
- Art Shift
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In a long dialogue as you enable and disable the lock-on upgrade.
- Deconstruction Game
- Starting with when Edutainment games don't actually require any grasp of the subject matter. Fractions occur throughout the game but having knowledge of fractions is in no way required or rewarded by the game nor is ignorance of them penalized.
- Also of games that create false goals. In one segment of the game, you manage investments. It doesn't matter at all if you run a surplus or a deficit.
- Edutainment Game: Starts as one, but in name only, and quickly goes off the rails.
- Gameplay Roulette: Oh brother, and how. Starts as a Shallow Parody of edutainment games, then becomes a Bullet Hell shooter, followed by a Visual Novel segment, back to a parody edutainment game, then a maze game with art game aesthetics, a text adventure, a parody edutainment game yet again (as part of a Joke Level), a Dance Dance Revolution clone, and ends with a pastiche of Lemonade Stand where you sell bug porn.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: When you Shoot The Core of the boss in the shmup level, it traps you.
- Humanity Ensues: Fortunately, it's All Just a Dream.
- In Memoriam:In memory of Beard #2
- Little Known Facts: Segments of the Maze section of the game are narrated by a bogus history of boxing, which claims the sport originated in Portugal in the late seventeenth century and originally took the form of gentlemen trying to bore their opponent into unconsciousness with monotonous anecdotes.
- Overly Long Gag: The Lock-On Targeting and Uninstall Lock-On Targeting upgrades, with new descriptions each time until the two go on a tangent about waffles, and then wonder why you're still turning it on and off.
- Pixellation: The "bug porn" in the credits.