Frog Fractions, the wildly funny genre-hopping treasure hidden behind the facade of a free edutainment game, has been saved from the demise of Adobe Flash Player. Over the weekend, developer Twinbeard re-released Frog Fractions on Steam, and just like the old Flash release, you can play the "Game of the Decade Edition" for free. If, on the other hand, you spring for a new piece of DLC, you'll find a whole new experience waiting for you.
Yes, though it's perhaps not as cleverly hidden as the last time around, there's a new Frog Fractions sequel hiding as "Hop's Iconic Cap," an add-on for the Steam release of the original. PC Gamer's Jonathan Bolding unraveled the scheme and got confirmation from Twinbeard's Jim Crawford that yes, it is indeed a full sequel.
"In my headcanon: Frog Fractions 2 was the Kickstarter/ARG to find Frog Fractions 2," Crawford says. "Frog Fractions 3 was Glittermitten Grove. Frog Fractions 4 is the hat DLC." Let's just go ahead and call it the fourth Frog Fractions then, even though most places (including USgamer) called the last entry Frog Fractions 2.
To access Frog Fractions 4, you'll need to purchase the DLC (normally $9.99, but currently discounted 20%) and start a new game. Just play on from there and it'll be pretty clear once you're in new Frog Fractions territory, as the new sequel isn't buried deep like last time.
Now that the cat's out of the bag, people have started to reveal that they've worked on Frog Fractions 4. So far, the list includes Doc Burford (Paratopic, Hardspace: Shipbreaker) and Xalavier Nelson Jr. (Hypnospace Outlaw, An Airport For Aliens Currently Run By Dogs).
If you've read this far and aren't at all sure what the whole deal with Frog Fractions is, this explainer from Editor-in-Chief Kat Bailey will more or less catch you up to speed. Alternatively, you can just play the first one—now that it's no longer tied to Flash, it'll hopefully keep surprising folks with its twists and turns for years to come.