Frog Fractions 2 Shouldn’t Exist, But I’m Sure Glad It Does

Did you ever get that feeling like a videogame was made personally for you? That’s me and Frog Fractions 2.

Funded on Kickstarter in 2014, Frog Fractions 2 was pitched as–wait for it–a sequel to Frog Fractions, a browser-based game that presented itself as an edutainment title but secretly contained a whole series of funny mini-games in a variety of different genres for those who could find the rabbit hole. A follow-up meant more games and a new rabbit hole. Did I want that? Yes, I did.

Frog Fractions 2 was a unique crowdfunding project because, by necessity, the development process had to be completely opaque. There would be no updates for backers, and when the game itself was released, it wouldn’t be titled Frog Fractions 2, but instead hidden in some other boring-looking Steam game with a different name.

Spoiler Warning: If you read any further, you will find out the real name of Frog Fractions 2, and about some of the secrets that it holds.

Finding Frog Fractions 2

Frog Fractions 2 is hidden inside Glittermitten Grove, which is ostensibly a FarmVille-esque resource-management game about building a woodland community full of fairies. If you look in the right place, you can find a mysterious door that, when clicked, leads into a completely different experience: The high-resolution pastel graphics of the Grove are replaced with nothing but text–namely, the character set from the original IBM PC computers, which included some rudimentary images like card suits, musical notes, and a smiley face.

Pressing a few buttons reveals that you are that smiley face, walking around a world made of text. The sidebar reads “TXT WORLD!”