NOTE: I was given the game for free for review purposes.
EARLY ACCESS REVIEW – FROZEN STATE
Developer: Snow Arc Studio
Genre: Top-down Survival w/ Horror & RPG elements
Release year: 2014 (Early Access)
Frozen State is a single player top down survival experience. The game takes place in a post apocalyptic 'frozen' world. Currently there are 3 different playable characters, each with their own stats. The player finds him/herself inside an abandoned house and then the journey begins! There's no handholding which is a great thing, even though you will get some tips during the gameplay.
The player must scavenge for food, weapons, equipment and other important supplies in order to survive and stay alive. You can find all kinds of stuff, from bricks to canned food to guns to condoms! Yep, there are condoms.
The player can craft some items in order to create better equipment. This feature makes scavenging feel rewarding and worth it. There's also some minor RPG elements. The player is able to get skills which will enhance your chances when it comes to surviving in this gruesome world.
It's kill or be killed: basically almost everyone and / or everything else is a threat (bandits, 'zombies', etc.), so you really got to do your best to survive! You got to be prepared in all kinds of situations, because there are many different ways to die, such as starvation, cold, blood loss, beat by a bandit, etc. Sometimes hiding or sneaking past the enemies might be the best choice.
I did have some problems with the game, though. Most notable thing would be that the controls and overall gameplay needs to get some improvements. The player moves with keyboard and turns with mouse, and it feels a bit inresponsive and clunky in my opinion. For the most part it's playable though, but reworking those specific parts of the game would be nice and it would enhance the overall experience a lot. User interface is also pretty confusing. I wish it would be a bit simpler, because it takes some time to get used to navigating.
Also, just like pretty much in any other Early Access game, more content is definitely needed. There's already quite a bit to keep you entertained for some hours, though.
Despite the fact that I had some flaws with the game, I can still recommend this for the hardcore survival fans out there, because the game is already in a solid state and it has active and friendly developers. There's still work to be done, but I can really see a bright future for this game and I cannot wait for more updates!
☺Creepy and thrilling atmosphere
☺Immersive world with a nice setting
☺Different items to scavenge and loot
☹Controls and overall movement is clunky
☹Overall gameplay needs some enhancements
☹More content is needed, like locations, enemies etc.
- A reminder once again, the game is an Early Access title, which means it's a work in progress and isn't finished yet.
- The game receives monthly updates.
The Verdict: "Worth keeping an eye on""A survival game with a lot of potential. If you're a hardcore gamer who's into this kind of stuff, you should definitely check this one out!"If you liked this review or want to see more recommended games, be sure to follow our curator group: Follow Original Curator GroupCheck out the Original Network Groups. Win free games, make new friends on Steam, & more! Original Curators Group, Original Traders Group, & Original Giveaways Group