At my room mate’s behest, I recently rediscovered the joys of fractions through the beautiful interactive medium of videogames. Waiting and ready to reunite my love with the most elegant of number types I dived head first into Frog Fractions almost willing my brain to be caressed by those simple, yet informative, fractions.
I sat down, loaded the game in my browser, and let the learning commence. The first thing I noticed was the boastful claim that lay right on the title screen “Revolutionary! The absolute best way to teach your child about fractions!” (Annabelle Stormm, EIC Didactics UK, #4.2 Jan ‘08). I couldn’t ignore a statement like that, especially from Didactics UK. I was excited by fractions when I first heard about them in primary school but the prospect of learning about them in a ‘revolutionary’ way not only enthralled me, it downright seduced me…
After earning enough fruit I was able to purchase some upgrades. After some careful consideration I opted for the ‘Cybernetic Brain’. The next round was intense. My new ability changed the gameplay entirely. Suddenly my beloved fractions disappeared. My score now read 5.25e-1. I didn’t know what it meant but it turned me on. The mystery, the unknown, the possibilities…
More rounds passed. My abilities getting stronger each time. Suddenly, my brave little frog’s static lilly pad was replaced by a turtle. Slow but sure; I navigated the pond like a king. My efforts were duly noted as my turtle morphed into a dragon. The most majestic of creatures. My frog sat atop, a king for all to see. His knowledge of numbers, fractions and otherwise, rivaled by none. A metaphor as powerful as my mighty little frog himself.
It was here that I discovered Frog Fractions’ true colours. Riding the dragon to glory, my little frog discovered the true depths of this educational experience. Soon my formidable team escaped that confining pond and discovered the depths of the ocean, the vastness of the university and the beauty of exploration in a journey that left me speechless.
I could rattle on about my experience, divulge all the details. Tell you how I visited alien planets, stood trial, traveled space, ran a certain ‘blue’ industry and truly became king of the universe* but I won’t. Frog Fractions is really a game that you have to play and discover its joys for yourself. To spoil it would be a disservice to both you and the game itself. If you want to experience your own kinky fraction adventure, navigate to http://twinbeardstudios.com/frog-fractions and get ready to fall head over heels in love, all over again.
* This is all completely true