Holidaying frog game finds fans among China's harried youth
In this Feb. 7, 2018 photo, Jia Weiwei plays the Japanese mobile game Travel Frog on her smartphone in Beijing. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
Shanshan Wang, The Associated Press
Published Monday, February 12, 2018 8:59PM EST
BEIJING -- Wang Zhuyin studies 10 hours a day preparing for a series of tests to obtain a U.S. physician's license. But like millions of young Chinese, Wang has found a new way to cope with the pressure: an online game about a frog.
A frog that's perpetually on vacation.
The "Travel Frog" game has attracted a massive following by speaking to a desire for a more passive existence among people that some have termed "Buddhist style" for its goal of Zen-like serenity.
The game has only two scenes, a loft home and a courtyard where users can collect clover to buy food and other supplies for their frog. There isn't much else a user can do. The frog randomly reads, eats or travels. Waiting takes up most of the playing time.