Survival is a phrase used often for many a game none with more relevance than Frostpunk. The feeling and urgency to survive is overwhelming and there is no room for error. As the leader your decisions affect all of the lives of those around you. Society is a huge part of Frostpunk, civilians react to positive and negative actions. Leave them cold, no healthcare or food or dither with decisions then they will lose hope and your position within the new world will be one of isolation banished to the frozen tundra to suffer a cold and lonely death.
Frostpunk is immensely challenging. Every play-through is a learning experience. My first session was hopeless, I made all the wrong decisions. My people suffered and I was cast aside, relieved of my position of power and banished. A dramatic end to a reign where I wanted to do my best for the people. Sadly I was too incompetent and everyone knew it.
On another play-through I made it further along within production, research and exploration. More settlers were found and escorted back to our sanctuary along with various useful items such as food and coal. I felt in control though it only takes a single moment for everything to change. The cold is painful and unbearable for people to live and work. At the centre of the sanctuary is a huge heat source which you must manage.
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The outside temperature can plummet drastically from -30c to -40c in an instant. The heat generator needs to be placed into overdrive to account for this sudden change however placing too much stress upon the generator without effective management results in an explosive end. This was my downfall. I was multi-tasking too many situations such as making sure enough engineers were assigned to the medical tents and workers were selected to gather wood whilst also directing the explorers to their next task without remembering to switch off the overdrive feature on the generator. Without warning (well there was an indicator prior which I hadn’t heeded) the explosion annihilated everything. GAME OVER!
There is a repetitive nature to Frostpunk and often plenty of frustration however the need to survive and do the best for a new world population is so engaging and rewarding that there’s an ever need to come back and better the previous session. Frostpunk is being constantly updated and the developers are listening to the players with a new sandbox mode coming in the future along with other features and updates. I highly recommend Frostpunk to strategy and survival fans. It really is breathtaking and original.
Fascinated with gaming since the old cassette based computers. Custom-building and repairing computers for 20 years and have been creating websites for 5 years. I’ve been a geek way before it became fashionable. Video game collector and gamer. Mainly a PC gamer though do enjoy console exclusives. Created Zorf Gaming to share my passion for gaming. I’m the web-designer/developer, content creator, editor, video creator. In essence this is my passion and I like nothing more than to share it with you. Currently writing my first book ‘A Father’s Daughter’.