Some times I like to buy games that I know absolutely nothing about. I bought Frostpunk for one reason. Because the developers of This War of Mine made it and since that game is awesome I thought, “fuck it. Why not buy this one too?”
Frostpunk is a very interesting game. The world has ended, but not in the way you think. Everything is a frozen wasteland. It actually looks like another ice age happened and it’s a nice change of pace from your usual post apocalyptic wastelands that I’ve been playing lately. This game is a strategy/city builder game with survival mechanics. Your task is to keep the last settlement on Earth running. You start the game with 80 citizens and throughout the game you can find more if you go out and explore the world. That won’t be happening at first though. This game… is pretty hard in my opinion. A lot depends on RNG and I struggled to keep my people healthy during my first run. My first run actually ended pretty poorly. Just about everyone got sick and died and I died shortly after, but I love this game. I can’t put it down. I love the graphics, and managing my settlement. A big part of this game is staying warm and the only way to stay warm at first is by keeping the giant sized generator in the center of the map. The only way to keep the generator running is by collecting coal so during the day you must assign people to collect coal for you until you. There is a limited supply of wood and coal available so it’s very important to build a coal mine as soon as possible. You start the game off at -20 Celsius and it only gets colder from there. My first priority was to build homes for my people while trying to keep them warm. After that I built myself a workshop so I could start researching new technologies so I could build more advanced buildings. I had myself a hunters hut, sawmill for cutting down trees, two hospitals, and some other things that I thought I needed to keep my people alive.
Things didn’t work out the way I planned because everyone still ended up getting sick and I couldn’t cure them fast enough. At certain moments in the game you’ll be faced with a choice of what you as the leader of your colony want your citizens to do. Will you put the children in the camp to work or build somewhere for them to stay out of your way. Child labor does have it’s advantages and you might want to actually consider it if you’re struggling. Will you allow your doctors to amputate the sick or let them keep treating them even though you know they’re going to die eventually? I’ve barely scratched the surface of this game. I’ve only played for a few hours and I want to see what the later technologies do. My game was over so fast I barely had a chance to learn the game’s mechanics and I was just playing on normal mode.
Frostpunk is not a turn based game. Everything happens in real time so if you need to use the bathroom remember to pause your game first :). I’m really enjoying this game and I’m not sure if I’m going to review it or not. I can play games like this for dozens of hours before I move on to something else. I’ll end this by asking a few questions to you. Have you played Frostpunk? What do you think of it?