Review: Glittermitten Grove/Frog Fractions 2

Note; I’m employing the use of rot13 for the Frog Fractions 2 portion of this review, in order to prevent any unwanted or even accidental spoilers. If you wish to read it, please visit this site to decode it: http://www.rot13.com/

 

Glittermitten Grove is the facade game for Frog Fractions 2, a game that has been in development and continually teased via a pretty ridiculous ARG for about 3 or 4 years now. The ARG is definitely a thing to check out, and I’m sure someone must’ve put together a complete timeline of events somewhere. But anyway, back to the main course.

Glittermitten is a casual resource management based game, wherein you manage a small little gathering of faeries. It’s your task to make sure they’re set up with everything to make sure their life is pleasant and enjoyable, be it via providing places to sleep or through planting enough food trees. The catch being that you can only place things in trees, regardless of if it’s food or wood storage or if it’s a beacon of light that increases your field of view in the surrounding area. Because, for some reason, your area of play is incredibly limited unless you place beacons around to see around your “home” as it were. But that’s not all. Not only do you have to put up with the limited space to place things, but you also have to balance them on said trees. After all, you can’t just go around crowding 5 houses onto a single tree, as it’d cause too much stress on the poor thing. And, for me, this is where the problem was.

As much as I’ll admit that I’m bad at resource management type games, they usually provide some kind of gimmie that allows one to continue playing with relative ease, even if they bugger it up really early on. Glittermitten doesn’t. You have pretty limited resources to begin with and, for me, I had about three trees to work with. Sure, I could plant more trees, but that would not only cost valuable resources, but it’d also mean chopping bits off my existing trees in order to make sure it has enough sunlight for it to grow. Sure, I could use a spell to make the tree grow regardless, but then it could end up overshadowing my other trees and killing them. For a game that’s mostly about keeping somewhat of an order of balance, Glittenmitten has a bit too much going on for one to actually maintain said balance. It’s far, far too easy to completely balls up your game early on, either by not strategizing enough or by playing the Twat’s Way of video games wherein you merely click on stuff and see what it does. Don’t mess with fireworks, kids.

So, with that out of the way, I decided to dive straight into the actual meat of this game, aka the promised Frog Fractions 2. Spoilers from here on out, so once again, if you wish to read them then decode the text here: http://www.rot13.com/ . I know this isn’t the most ideal way of reading it, but spoiling Frog Fractions, regardless of number, is something I consider a personal crime against nature. This is the best way to make sure that, if anyone accidentally clicks onto it, then they are safe. Moving onwards:

Gurer ner guerr cbffvoyr jnlf gb ragre Sebt Senpgvbaf 2 (urerol ersreerq gb nf SS2 orpnhfr V’z ynml), gur svefg gjb vaibyir tbvat hc gb gur uvturfg be ybjrfg cbffvoyr cynprf va Tyvggrezvggra; gur guveq lbh zreryl glcr “Ohggf”. V’z fgvyy abg fher V shyyl haqrefgnaq jung gur eryrinapr bs gung vf, rira abj nsgre gur NET unf orra “fbyirq” nf fhpu. Ertneqyrff, nf fbba nf lbh qb nal bs gubfr guerr guvatf, lbh ner frag vagb gur jbeyq bs SS2. Jnvg, qvq V fnl SS2? Fbeel, V zrnag MMG. Jnvg, ab, V qrsvavgryl zrnag SS2. Fb lrnu, n ynetr cbegvba bs gur tnzr nccrnef gb or frg va guvf snhk MMG yvxr tnzrcynl nern, pbzcyrgr jvgu gur cynlre punenpgre orvat n yvggyr fzvyrl snpr. Vg’f irel gehr gb ubj MMG npghnyyl vf, gubhtu V’z abg fher vs fbzr bs gur guvatf vg qbrf ner pbzcyrgryl cbffvoyr gb erperngr va vg. Ubarfgyl, V’z zbfgyl svar jvgu gurfr cnegf. Gurl’er sha yvggyr rkcybengvba glcr cynprf gung qba’g gnxr gbb ybat gb ebnz nebhaq va. Gurer’f guerr znva ovgf bs vagrerfg va gurfr nernf, gur svefg orvat fbncfgbar zrffntrf, juvpu V oryvrir (nf va, V qba’g xabj vs vg’f gehr be abg) ner yrsg ol bgure cynlref, znqr ol cvpxvat cerznqr jbeqf naq cuenfrf n yn Qnex Fbhyf; nf fhpu, gurl’er ynetryl hfryrff guvatf gung qba’g ernyyl znxr lbh qb nalguvat rkprcg tb “…jung?”. Guvat ahzore 2 ner gurfr ybiryl yvggyr Fbxbona-rfdhr chmmyrf gung ner qbggrq nobhg gur cynpr. V ubarfgyl dhvgr rawbl gurfr yvggyr guvatf, nf zhpu nf V qrfcvfr Fbxbona. Naq svanyyl guvat ahzore 3, nyfb xabja nf gur Gur Jbefg Guvat, vf/ner gur rarzvrf. Abj, trarenyyl gurl’er abg gung onq, nf nyy gurl ernyyl qb vf whfg obbc lbh onpx gb gur ynfg rkvg lbh pnzr bhg bs, ohg ol tbfu ner gurl naablvat nf uryy.

Abj lbh znl or guvaxvat, “Rzzn, jung va gur shpx vf gur cbvag lbh’er gelvat gb znxr urer”. Naq V nterr, jung vf gur cbvag? Jryy, gur cbvag ner gurfr “zvaq fgbarf”, cynprq va inevbhf nernf bs gur tnzr. Gurfr guvatf gnxr lbh vagb fcrpvny zvav-tnzrf juvpu lbh unir gb pbzcyrgr vs lbh vagrenpg jvgu gurz. Nf va, nyy ohg bar bs gur fgbarf V vagrenpgrq jvgu qvqa’g yrg zr tb onpx gb gur MMG cynlsvryq hagvy v pbzcyrgrq jungrire vg jnagrq zr gb qb va gur zvavtnzr. Gur svefg bar V rapbhagrerq unf lbh cynlvat n pebff orgjrra n pyvpxre tnzr naq n Synccl Oveq pybar, jurerva lbh unir gb onynapr bhg gur grzcrengher bs n sylvat gbnfgre guebhtu gur cvcrf, trg guvf jrveq negvsnpg (juvpu nccrnef gb zbir pybfre rirel gvzr lbh syhzzbk gur tnzr) naq gura vagragvbanyyl penfu bagb guvf penpxrq ovg bs gur sybbe, hcba juvpu lbh svanyyl trg gur vgrz naq rkvg bhg bs vg. Ohg gur guvat vf, gung vgrz vf n fjbeq. Gur fjbeq nyybjf lbh gb fyvpr guebhtu rarzvrf naq fuehoorel nyvxr jvgu eryngvir rnfr. Rkprcg gur pngpu abj vf gung lbh unir gb ebgngr vg nebhaq lbhefrys va beqre gb npghnyyl svg vagb pbeevqbef. Naq orpnhfr guvf vf n MMG-yvxr cynlsvryq, lbh ner pbzcyrgryl shpxrq vs lbh jnaan trg vagb na nern gung’f npprffrq guebhtu n irel fznyy pheirq pbeevqbe. Naablvatyl, guvf zrnag V zvffrq bhg ba trggvat nabgure gjb cbffvoyr vgrzf; vapyhqvat bar gung’f ybpngrq ba n fperra juvpu jnf abj eraqrerq pbzcyrgryl vanpprffvoyr gb zr.

Gur frpbaq zvav-tnzr V rapbhagrerq jnf cbffvoyl rira jbefr. Vg fgnegf bss jvgu univat lbh ragre lbhe ntr ivn n bar-nez onaqvg glcr fybg znpuvar. Fher, vg’f n shaal wbxr, ohg vg ershfrf gb yrg lbh vagb gur npghny tnzr hayrff lbh znantr gb ynaq lbhefrys n frafvoyr ntr. Nsgre znal ercrngrq nggrzcgf, V svanyyl jnf noyr gb ynaq ba 33 va vg. Gb juvpu vg gura cebprrqrq gb nfx zr frireny dhrfgvbaf va beqre gb cebir gung V jnf, va snpg, 33. V’q ubarfgyl svaq guvf zber pyrire/nzhfvat vs V jnfa’g pbzcyrgryl rknfcrengrq sebz gur qhzo fybg znpuvar ovg. Zhpu tbbtyvat yngre, V tbg cnfg vg, naq V’z yrsg jvgu gur srryvat bs jvfuvat vg cnebqvrq byq cvenpl ceriragvba zrgubqf vafgrnq. Gur tnzr vgfrys vf npghnyyl n phgr yvggyr cbvag a pyvpx chmmyre jurerva lbh unir gb zvyqyl veevgngr lbhe ebbzzngr, jub vf varkcyvpnoyl n krabzbecu pnyyrq Gbqq, va beqre gb znxr uvz abg or lbhe ebbzzngr sbe jungrire ernfba. V ubarfgyl dhvgr yvxrq guvf, vg jnf phgr naq tbbsl – gubhtu V nz irel chmmyrq nf gb jul lbh jbhyq gel naq evq lbhefrys bs n puvyy nff krabzbecu ebbzzngr. Vagrerfgvatyl, V fgvyy tbg gur vgrz sebz guvf zvav-tnzr, qrfcvgr npghnyyl snvyvat gb trg evq bs Gbqq. Fuehttvat, V cybqqrq bajneqf shegure vagb gur tnzr.

Abj, V jvyy fnl, nyy guvf enovq vgrz pbyyrpgvat vf engure dhrfgvbanoyr va vgfrys. Gur tnzr arire npghnyyl gryyf lbh jung gurfr vgrzf npghnyyl ner, zreryl fcbhgvat gur flzoby onpx ng lbh naq fnlvat gung lbh abj unir vg. V unir ab vqrn vs zvffvat bar bs gurfr flzobyf vf onq be abg, rfcrpvnyyl fvapr V qrsvavgryl zvffrq dhvgr n srj. Nsgre pbzcyrgvat gur krabzbecu ebbzzngr zvav-tnzr, V er-ragrerq gur MMG jbeyq gb svaq zlfrys univat ybfg cerggl zhpu nyy bs zl vgrzf, naq gung nyy gur qbbef gung V unq cerivbhfyl haybpxrq jrer abj ybpxrq. Rkvgvat bhg bs gur nern, V unq sbhaq gung vg jnf abj nccneragyl avtuggvzr va gur jbeyq. Naq abj, gurer jrer cbyvpr ebnzvat nebhaq gur nern. Vs lbh jrag arne gb gurz, gurl znxr n orryvar gbjneq lbh naq chg lbh va wnvy. Wnvy, va guvf pnfr, zrnavat n fznyy ebbz bss gb gur fvqr bs gur yriry gung lbh pna rnfvyl trg va naq bhg bs. V oyvaqyl fghzoyrq nebhaq gur nern (vg orvat avtuggvzr, vg’f irel qnex, nf bar jbhyq rkcrpg). V sbhaq zlfrys nabgure zvaq fgbar nsgre fbzr gvzr, naq univat abjurer ryfr gb tb, V whzcrq va. Vg jnf ng guvf cbvag gung V tnir hc naq pybfrq gur tnzr. Frr, guvf zvav-tnzr vf purff. Vg’f abg whfg purff, vg’f purff jvgu npgvir gvzr onggyr. Ab, frevbhfyl. Ohg gur ceboyrz vf sbe zr, V qba’g shpxvat xabj ubj gb cynl purff, naq zber gb gur cbvag, vg’f n ernyyl jrveq irefvba, jurerva V unir n shyy frg bs cvrprf, ohg gur bgure fvqr frrzf gb bayl unir n unaqshy va enaqbz cbfvgvbaf nebhaq gur obneq. V qba’g ernyyl xabj nobhg lbh ohg V qba’g rknpgyl unir gur gvzr gb fvg qbja naq yrnea ubj gb cynl purff va beqre gb trg nal shegure va n tnzr V’z abg rknpgyl rawblvat 100% gb ortva jvgu.

Nf zhpu nf V jnagrq gb rawbl guvf tnzr, Sebt Senpgvbaf 2 vf n tnzr gung srryf sne gbb uneq sbe vg’f bja tbbq. Naq vs vg’f abg gbb uneq, vg’f sne gbb rfbgrevp naq ntnvafg gur cynlre sbe ab cnegvphyneyl tbbq ernfba. Fher, gurer’f shaal wbxrf urer naq gurer, ohg gurl’er fznyy yvggyr puhpxyrf V unir ba bppnfvba, irefhf gur ubarfgyl dhvgr obgurefbzr naq gvevat tnzrcynl vgfrys. Creuncf gur 2 vf zrnag gb qrabgr fbzrguvat ryfr. Creuncf, guvf tnzr jbhyq or orggre vs lbh’er cynlvat jvgu nabgure crefba. Ertneqyrff, V qvqa’g cnegvphyneyl rawbl zl gvzr jvgu Tyvggrezvggra abe SS2. Znlor V’yy gel vg ntnva yngre ba, cbffvoyl jura zl zbbq vf n ovg uvture guna abezny, ohg sbe gur zbfg cneg V qvqa’g srry vg jnf jbegu vg. Vg’f whfg zvffvat gung pbafgnag uvag bs vagevthr naq vagrerfg gung gur svefg tnzr unq tbvat sbe vg; gur punez naq ubbx. Naq Sebt Senpgvbaf jvgubhg punez be ubbx, fvzcyl vfa’g Sebt Senpgvbaf.

There. That should do it.