Frozen Hearth is a Real-Time Strategy game, blended with exciting RPG features to create a new experience for lovers of RTS games. Set in our own unique, Dark-Fantasy world-setting, you can play alone, or co-operatively with a friend, through an epic and brutal campaign.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (322 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 19, 2013
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Reviews

“Good! - Frozen Hearth comes with a new approach and offers you control over a massive stronghold.”
8.0 – Softpedia

“Clever RTS game with great gameplay and fascinating characters. Rating: 5 out of 6 stars, Good!”
Good – Games Aktuell

“What a positive surprise! A well done mixture between RTS and RPG!”
80% – Spielemagazin

About This Game

Frozen Hearth is a Real-Time Strategy game, blended with exciting RPG features to create a new experience for lovers of RTS games. Set in our own unique, Dark-Fantasy world-setting, you can play alone, or co-operatively with a friend, through an epic and brutal campaign. Taking on the role of a powerful Avatar of the heroic, individualistic Danaan; you will try to save them from certain extinction at the hands of an immense horde of ravenous ice monsters – known as the Shangur –driven ever forward by an unstoppable wave of moving ice and snow that consumes everything it shrouds.

Multiplayer

Once you’ve mastered the many Skills, Spells, Structures, Units, and tactics in the campaign, you can test your skills against your friends in our wide selection of Player-vs-Player gametypes. Our Multiplayer game and map-types offer both well-loved favourites, and some new surprises of our own! Or of course, if you’re feeling confident, just jump right into the PvP action!

Features Include:

  • Traditional, Squad-based RTS core, with a unique and action-packed mix of RPG features
  • Co-Operative Campaign; Two players can play through the campaign over 20 maps, with hours and hours of play
  • Multi-player battles with many unique and well-known play modes
  • Play as either the warlike Danaan, or the bloodthirsty Shangur in multiplayer skirmishes and PvP
  • Heroic characters with skill-based character progression, powerful spells, and many hero items
  • Choose from and battle with 11 different base unit types for both the Danaan and the Shangur; infantry, cavalry, archers, spell-casters and more, many with special abilities and spells of their own
  • Streamlined base-building; with a single main structure that has up to 6 sub-structure slots – choose carefully from 12 different substructures to customise and refine your force with many, many upgrades and research options to choose from and change as needed.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2
    • Processor: Intel Pentium
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce graphics processor
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GT250
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
41 of 55 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
crash report simulator
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
An attempt to copy the Warcraft 3 rts style gone horribly wrong.

-Bad sounds,
-bad graphics/animations
-lack of much needed voice acting for cutscenes
-the unit voice acting is horrible
- Multiplayer is dead.
-You can't save in the middle of missions.
-Unit design has no overall theme (2nd lvl had me commanding amazoness warriors agianst an onslaught of robotic crystalline head crab aliens)
-Levels take far too long to load on my SSD.
-Horrible optimization, runs like crap
-Boring gameplay/missions (Like I was given 4 minutes to prepare a defence when it takes like 30 seconds to prepare everything = 3:30 of A L T T A B B O Y S)
-Nonsensical story

+Steam trading cards

Avoid like the plague even if you have a plague fetish. Not worth even as part of a bundle because time is actually important (damn you civ)

So in conclusion "It's like skyrim with cancer"- ign 11/10
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
I couldn't even play it. I just let the crash reporter idle enough time to get the trading cards.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
1.1.8 Steam version

Can't really recommend this game in its current state. - potential spoiled by instability.

Clunky UI, fast pace, animations and sound affects can all be forgiven but the general state of the game engine leaves one feling frustrated and annoyed more times than not.

Frequent crash to desktop including but not limited too campaign scripted triggers and avatar/hero death.

Graphics are okay and fully 3d with map rotation. Base building is present with modular assets added to the main building forcing one to choose wisely according to situation and playstyle. Selection of character types for main hero but they all have the same generic army so its only the skill package that varies limiting replayability on the campaign.

Skirmish maps allow team/ffa setups and introduce another playable faction. (Always crashed... longest match lasted 30-40minutes before crashing)

If they can fix the stability issues then this game may be worth investigating properly but It's difficult to gain any real game time when most skirmish / campaign games crash before completion and have to be started from scratch.

edit: 1 year after 1st trying - fresh install of operatring system,new bios,new main drivers, new secondary drivers same old instability. - Game ships with old physx dependencies, 2008 vcredist and directx june2010.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
If this would have actually run good it could have been a somewhat "Ok" game. I still have hopes that the people working on this will change this in the future. If they do i will play it then , but for now it's just a game that will stay in my library untouched ...


As for people planning to buy this , all i can say is to not throw the money out there just yet. If they make some improvements to the game maybe then it will be worth!
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
I'll cut to the chase and get to the point in two sentences, since not many people have a lot of time or money:

1- Save your money for a better game.

2- Reading this? then run, run as far away as you can, and quick.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Seriously? I have merely played the tutorial in this game. Guess what? It was absolutely terrible. No sound effects. Miserable instructions to tell you what it is you are supposed to be doing. Just bad. Waste of time. Farm the cards and move on.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
(Get only from giftaways if you want cards)
If the tutorial aren't helpfull so the rest also.
-The messages removing from self(what if someone can not read fast ?);
-the minimap is a bit to mini
-It's smarter buying over 100 times "Defy Gravity" as looking on this
+Menu song
*I get a frozen hearth to this game [dot]
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Not even the tutorial says what to do
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
JUST NO!!!! NO!!!! NEVER AGAIN
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
I can run Skyrim on high, but this gets choppy on low, while looking like a game from 10 years past...
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11 of 22 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Got it for free. Yet another run in background trading card simulator. -"Too much simulation" 7.8/10 -IGN
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166 of 186 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014
Sluggish controlls, camera is too close to action, game doesnt run stable at all, when you change position on minimap it loads textures; I've never seen that in an RTS.

Couldnt find any online games, either noone is playing it or I have to open a port. (What year is this?)

I can't use hotkeys for spells of the hero when he is in a group with normal units, I have to put the hero in his own group which doesn't really work because the group system is bugged, sometimes I can select groups, sometimes not.

It's pretty hard to disgintish units in battle because it gets cluttered up and they just randomly swing around.

The missions I played were so godawfully boring, having to defend from enemy troops which are no threat at all for 15 minutes, couldve gone afk at that point and it wouldn't have made a difference.

All in all this game feels like it should've come out 2001.
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78 of 91 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
I thought a game that had initial price of 23.99 would be somewhat polished so I jumped on the sale. I got my buddy to get a free version of the game also. We thought we are going to have a good time. Oh were we wrong. The journey was a very painfull one and full of sorrows. It started with us having no freaking clue wtf was going on during the tutorial. The so called campaign coop tutorial consisted of putting us on the opposite parts of the map and making us beat the ♥♥♥♥ out of each other.
That was fine whatever, eventhough we desynced multiple times. During the second level the desync issue became even worse. We were able to get a couple source nodes before the enemies attacked. Oh the AI pathing was horrendous, I barely managed to get back to my base because AI kept getting stuck inside trees and taking the stupidest routes possible. Well I got home and defended the first wave of the enemies. Then my game crashed to desktop.
My friend kept going forward while my hero stood there without any control at all. I was unable to rejoin the game because it said the current lobby had 5/4 people. After another failed attempt to join it said the lobby was at 6/4. I kept saying wtf is going on. When I was finally able to join the lobby my friend has failed the mission because he was unable to control my hero. Yea this was the best and the worst experience I have had with an indie game. We have played a game called Love by Eskil Steenberg and that says a lot. So overall this was a giant waste of time, bandwidth and harddrive space. Save yourself and fly you fools.

My friend also has this to say. "Your game sucks. (period) All of the default hotkeys are completely wrong. There's a game called dota 2. You should play that for a little bit to see how to make control interfaces and hotkeys."
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40 of 50 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
The game runs so poorly I couldn't even make it through the tutorial. Everything's set to low and it's still sluggish and choppy. Just horrible. At least it has trading cards now, so it wasn't a complete waste of a download.
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44 of 57 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2014
In generally it seem like a nice game. But there is no possibilty to safe your game, you have just the opportunity to resume to your progress when you finished a map. I have so many crashes that i didnt get that far in 6 tries. Not one time because i failed, but each time because it crashed. My system is definitely good enough for it, so it must be some softwarte problem.
And when you try the first level 6 times and fail because of crashes, you get tired of a game.
Unless you are really sure it will run fine i would not recommend buying this.
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176 of 282 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2014
Sooo soooo bugged still its just horrible. Pathing is crap, the ai is a joke (mobs just run straight past you ignoring everything), ur troops getting stuck behing trees and u have to restart etc etc etc
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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2014
There are better strategy games with the same mechanics. Frozen Hearth promises changes and new ideas but all I see are the same ideas and bad mechanics.
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29 of 40 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2014
Edit: Some updated thoughts-

Ok, after this game has received many more updates since my first review, I figured I'd give it another shot. Tried a campaign mission, the one where the ice beasts attack. Start fighting them, then boom. Crash to desktop. No 'this program has encountered an error' dialog, no nothing. Alright, so I tried it again. Loaded back into it, played for a bit, and my avatar got taken out. Reload. Playing along, then it crashed to desktop again. And again, no dialog, just no more game. I'll try again if this game receives more updates, but I still can't recommend this. Which is unfortunate, because I want to like the game.

Original review follows:

Cannot really recommend this game. Graphics are servicable, but sound and music fall flat. Gameplay is slow and boring. Plays like the Warhammer games, in that you get resource nodes, instead of chopping down trees, mining, etc. It worked well in those games, but not here. Just a very slow trudge through the map, trying to get to the victory screen. Unless things change a lot over the course of this game, just stay away.
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