Review: Frostpunk (Steam)

Frostpunk is the first society survival game. As the ruler of the last city on Earth, it is your duty to manage both its citizens and its infrastructure. What decisions will you make to ensure your society’s survival?

Pros:

  • Terrific graphics. Really detailed and crisp.
  • 5181MB Download size.
  • Tutorial pop-ups. (Optional and can be turned off)
  • Camera control- can zoom in and out plus rotate.
  • Set in an icy wasteland.
  • Understandable controls.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Trading cards.
  • Gameplay- You are in charge of a small group of survivors and must try and build a way of life for everyone by creating jobs, laws and so much more.
  • Hope and content meters which fluctuate upon your actions. These meters are the true source of the game, Keeping everyone happy will increase hope whilst…Well, you get it.
  • Cutscenes happen as things unfold.
  • Really deep rewarding gameplay.
  • Resource materials grow around the camp.
  • Heat- The most important commodity in the game. You have a generator that requires coal to work and heats up connected buildings. You have a special view to see what has heat. You can push the power and shut it down in order to keep it managed properly.
  • Disease- Can happen and spread quickly. Heat can lower the risk.
  • Beacon- Open up new areas to send people out to find more survivors.
  • Laws- Set new laws in the various fields to dramatically change the gameplay. Legalise prostitution or force longer work days and child labor.
  • Earn research points and unlock new structures which in turn unlock new abilities or resources.
  • Clear UI.
  • Save when you want.
  • Cool animations, You can watch people trudge in the snow, for example, It just looks really good.
  • Easy system to assign workers to jobs and areas, Has a handy button to increase/decrease worker by one.
  • All structures must be connected by streets. That system itself is very robust.
  • Day/night cycle.
  • Workers will have a set amount of hours in a workday meaning you will have downtime in action.
  • Pop-ups happen from your people. These could be good or bad things or maybe warn you of an impending pandemic.
  • Subquests can pop and are optional.
  • Normal, Fast and faster game speeds. The boost stops when something significant happens.
  • Really good voice work.
  • Addictive.
  • Fun to play.
  • Difficult.
  • Harsh weather.
  • Many scenarios to play through and each time you can play it differently.

Cons:

  • Easy to miss tutorials.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Small text if on a big TV.
  • Sometimes not sure why/what just happened.
  • Difficult.
  • A lot going on.
  • Controls not that well described especially shortcuts.
  • Managing the workers is messy with you having to really work on what they are assigned to.
  • Feels too clever at times.
  • Only a handful of scenarios.
  • No open-ended mode.
  • Really dark and bleak atmosphere.
  • You can screw yourself very easily if you do not plan well.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

Frostpunk is a bleak, harrowing game that does the impossible, It makes you want to play it for hours upon hours. The thing is you need to build your own town and keep people alive, This sounds manageable but then you chuck in some harsh weather, Asshole people are disease carriers and all hell will soon break loose. I had it where I was mere days away from being overthrown but I made prostitution legal and built a bare-knuckle boxing arena and with hours they were all screaming my name in joy. See I sometimes have skills. I mean that same game I did eventually get thrown out in the cold after burning up all our coal and making kids work 14 hour days. Oh and some disease ravaged half the population but cmon! In short, the game is deep and so rewarding as it is dark and brutal. Wish it had an endless mode but still offers a lot of game.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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