Frog Fractions 2 is out now, but people have been playing part of it for years

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Frog Fractions is one of those weird internet in-the-know things. It’s like in the speakeasy days when you had to knock a certain way, then say a specific phrase to get to the good part of the bar with the bathtub gin and the smokey blues. You have to know about it to know about it. It’s the low-budget indie kickoff to the wave of introspective works that are as much about gaming as they are games themselves. (If you haven’t played it yet, it’s here and it’s free.) Players have been eagerly awaiting the sequel since the Kickstarter successfully closed in 2014. Their patience has finally been rewarded. Frog Fractions 2 is available on Steam hidden within something called Glittermitten Grove.

The funny thing is that some people have been playing Frog Fractions 2 since before the Kickstarter was even announced. There’s been an alternate reality game for Frog Fractions 2 in which fans have participated in, and in some cases contributed to, the development of the sequel. Did you know that there is a hidden Frog Fractions message in Campo Santo’s Firewatch? Over two dozen indie game studios cooperated with Jim Crawford, the developer of Frog Fraction 2, to hide clues for the ARG in their games. The ARG ran right up to the final reveal of Frog Fractions 2 and involved thousands of savvy clue-hunters scouring various sites, games, and even physical locations. Whatever Frog Fractions 2 may say about gaming, the journey has already been an instructive one for many.