Almost three years after a successful Kickstarter, Frog Fractions 2's ARG is now complete and the game is launched -- hidden within an entirely different game.
Frog Fractions 2 has been released. That statement is perhaps more profound than is immediately apparent, because Frog Fractions 2 is anything but a standard video game. One could even make the argument that Frog Fractions 2 began with the start of its initial Kickstarter in March 2014. Since then, a campaign of rumor and mystery grew into an epic cross-game, multi-year ARG and ultimately culminated in the launch of Frog Fractions 2. Except for the fact that it actually launched in November and no one knew about it.
For those who are unfamiliar, Frog Fractions was a free Flash game released in 2012. What first appeared to be a sketchy faux-educational game about a frog teaching fractions was actually an Alice in Wonderland-style adventure into madness. After breaking through the Frog Fraction facade, a fugue ensues of absurd story beats and puzzles that, while linear, still somehow maintains a constant level of unsettling misdirection. Despite being a small indie release, Frog Fractions was impactful.
Frog Fractions 2 is already elevating the achievements of the original game to a new level, and many fans aren't even aware that it's out or, beyond that, how to actually play it. But before getting into that, let's confirm straight away that Frog Fractions 2 is out -- it's named Glittermitten Grove. Yes, Frog Fractions 2 is listed on Steam as Glittermitten Grove, and much like the original game the player has to break through the facade of Glittermitten Grove in order to get to the heart of Frog Fractions 2.
Glittermitten Grove was launched in November - in all appearances a complete standalone game that just got lost in the crowd -- though in retrospect its publication by Adult Swim Games should have been a red flag. At that point in time, the underlying Frog Fractions 2 was inaccessible because that part of the game had not been published. It took the completion of the ARG, which involved mailing a key to someone who'd previously acquired a box with a lock and a button, to be livestreamed for the game's creator to push out the final game.
Even then, Frog Fractions 2 would perhaps have remained a mystery to be discovered if not for a handful of events. The developer sent out keys for the game to all of its Kickstarter backers, which evaporated the mystery instantly. But also, apparently a subsection of the press has already been playing Frog Fractions 2 and excitedly published impressions once given the go-ahead by the developer. Maybe Frog Fractions 2 is actually just everything going on right now, the events surrounding the Frog Fractions 2 launch.
Nevertheless, Frog Fractions 2 is available now on PC via Steam under the title of Glittermitten Grove. From there, the rabbit hole only goes deeper.