The creators of This War of Mine came back with another brilliant release. They went with a different theme, but they still have the goal of making us think about consequences while forcing us to make tough choices. Frostpunk is a different take on the city building genre and a phenomenal game that was worth waiting.
Winter Is Coming
The apocalypse is here and the eternal winter is knocking on our doors. Only a small portion of humanity managed to survive and you are in charge of leading one of the surviving communities. Frostpunk offers three different scenarios that act as separate campaign missions. The developers promised that more scenarios will come soon, but this should still be enough for 20+ hours of exciting gameplay.
You start on a map with a heat generator in the middle. Considering that the temperatures go as low as -150°, keeping the houses and citizens warm (and alive) will be your primary task. You begin with some resources, a couple of engineers, workers, and kids. You can assign them to different tasks, such as finding food or gathering coal to continue fueling the generator. As time passes, you will start building other structures, including medical facilities, care centers for kids, and so on. The winter is harsh and not forgiving in any way, which means that every decision you make needs to be thought through.
What Kind of Leader Are You?
Although it is a city building sim with survival elements, Frostpunk focuses on scenarios that tell a damn fine and complex story. As the head of the community, you will have the chance to pass laws. Now, you can be fair to your people and not force them to work overtime. That will make them happy, but it will also limit the number of resources and food you can generate. On the other hand, you can force the citizens to work 24-hour shifts or pass a law that allows children to work. While this may be beneficial in terms of resources, your people may become discontent. If you don’t generate enough support, the community will turn its back on you and the game will end.
The trick is that there is no right choice. After all, it is the apocalypse and eternal winter, so you are bound to make tough choices at some point. Each decision you make can be successful as long as you manage to balance everything.
The graphics look fantastic. Everything is detailed and the game manages to capture the atmosphere of an apocalypse. However, some structures look alike and that may cause problems at points. It is also a shame that there aren’t more scenarios available, but we are looking forward to playing more of them soon.