11 Bit Studio’s 2018 strategy game caught our attention in a recent Steam sale. We picked up the Polish dev team’s hit cheap and continue to enjoy the post-apocalyptic survival romp featuring lots of snow.
This is a strategy sim sort of like Factorio, but with less of a focus on relentless mechanic systems.
Instead, it’s a rather brutal tale of survival in the most bleak situations.
One final group of humans makes a home in a natural basin, inside of which they must battle it out against the odds to survive.
All whilst holding down basic political and economic policies—as well as making decisions that could make or break the colony.
And if you fail, everyone dies horribly. Yay! So it’s important to get to grips with the basics. That includes against some official DLC, which launched in January 2020.
Unlike ISLANDERS, for example, Frostpunk is all about resource management. The little details are all there, so Frostpunk isn’t for the more casual playing experience.
It’s a time intensive experience and you’ll look to learn little tricks to understand how to survive in the cold, remorseless world.
Really, it helps a big deal to know what to do before starting. With the basics down, you’ll hit the ice sliding and (with a bit of luck) live to tell the tale.
Here’s May-Dry-Bread to take you through the essentials, in a mere three minutes.
Yeah, so it really is all about sometimes desperate decisions. Which is what helps Frostpunk stand out from similar titles.
There’s a real sense of life or death here. One bad decision and your colony is doomed.
And it gets addictive. Its a compelling experience. It was nominated for PC Game of the Year in 2018 at the Golden Joystick Awards (yes, that’s really a thing).
Along with its impressive visual appeal, there’s an engrossing soundtrack.
Plus, the attention to detail does make it come across as a living, breathing world.
Console editions arrived in October of 2019 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can also bag it on Steam.
It’s a doozy of a game, if this is your type of think. Pretty bleak, but then if you’re in that sort of mood it’ll complement your misanthropic frame of mind.