Frog Fractions 2 was finally discovered last night, and now that players have gotten a chance to play through it, some of the game’s most bizarre moments have been revealed.
A popular sighting that people have been tweeting about is the ability to import a Mass Effect 2 save file into Frog Fractions 2. Upon doing so, a second screen pops up welcoming back the game’s main character, Commander Shepard. There have been conflicting reports circulating about whether uploading the save file actually does anything in Frog Fractions 2 beyond existing as a gag.
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One Frog Fractions player on Twitter said importing the save file does lead to further gameplay, but others have contested the idea, calling it nothing more than a cool tidbit. Polygon has reached out to developer Jim Crawford for comment on whether the save file is anything more than decorative.
Based on players’ reports, however, it looks like Frog Fractions 2 is a game that’s full of mini-games. 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 inside 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 various posts on NeoGAF, completing each mini-game results in new items that players can then use in the main “TXT WORLD!” game. While most players seem pretty thrilled with the oddity of each small title, there are a few people upset with how basic certain mini-games feel. One user said the mini-games seemed like products of a game jam, and according to user LordHuffnPuff, who identified themselves as a story writer for the game, that accusation isn’t too far off.
“Your contention that it's full of ‘game jam games’ may be technically correct [the best sort of correct] in that a few of the minigame ideas started at game jams, but that doesn't mean that they're not fully developed,” LordHuffnPuff wrote. “And they comprise a relatively small percentage even then. The two segments that began as Jam ideas actually have proven to be our most popular parts!
“I think ‘hey this idea was originally part of a game jam’ is a weird thing to criticize though — lots of good ideas begin at jams, and nothing in the game is still in its original jam state as it was produced at the time.”
Frog Fractions 2 players are still making their way through the game, but according to a few who have finished, the credits sequence refers to a Frog Fractions 3. One player added that if you sit through the longer version of the credits, a Netflix-style popup appears that asks, “Are you still watching Frog Fractions 3? Click to continue.”
In order to play Frog Fractions 2, players have to purchase Glittermitten Grove on Steam. The game, which contains Frog Fractions 2 but also operates as a completely separate game, is available to download for $19.99. A Mac version is currently being looked into, according to the game’s writer, but there is no estimated release window at this time.
Update: Developer Jim Crawford told Polygon there is a puzzle players encounter later in the game that uses different Mass Effect 2 save files to complete.