Frozen State is a game about the adversities faced whilst existing and surviving in a dying Siberian city, Duga 40. The experimental city has been infested by an extraterrestrial parasite that has obliterated the native population.
User reviews: Very Positive (216 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 1, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Frozen State is still very early in development. Despite this fact, many core features are already in place and the game is playable as it is, though it’s still evolving and improving. It means many things can change over the course of development. For that reason, we would like to take you with us on this journey and make those changes and improvements based in part on your feedback.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We have a certain number of features and content we want to implement, but because we also would like to have deep involvement from the community, it is hard at the moment to set any definite deadlines or time frames. However, we plan to release regular, fortnightly updates.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will have a considerably larger world to explore, more content, NPCs and quests.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version is a pure sandbox experience, it doesn't have any goals or objectives, except surviving as long as you can. The game has 27 locations, covering just over one three kilometres combined, dynamic weather, randomly generated interiors, crafting and stealth elements.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will be gradually growing over time as we reach important milestones. The fully completed game will cost around 20$.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We'd like to have a deep community involvement in the development of Frozen State. If you have interesting ideas or suggestions, please share them with us on the Frozen State Forum.”
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July 1

Update [14] 0.2 Build 124

Hey there,

It’s been a really productive but extremely busy month, especially the last week. We have managed to add more than we had planned, unfortunately not without a small delay. The update was supposed to be out yesterday, but during the testing we discovered a very unpleasant bug and decided to move the release on to the next day, which is today.

So the change list

Cars

We've added a drivable car, yes-yes, now you can find a car and drive it in real time and not only on the world map. However bear in mind that not all locations were designed for driving, also right now enemies do NOT react on you, when you in the car. This is not a bug but work in progress. Another very important thing, DO NOT leave the car in the randomly generated location called wilderness, if you run out of fuel and leave it there it will be gone.

The car runs on special fuel which can be found in abandoned cars and garages. However almost every location with buildings has at least one or two fuel cans on it, sometimes they can be hidden. The car has also a roomy boot (trunk) where you can keep a lot of useful stuff and carry it around with you.

Do not forget to turn the engine off leaving the car, otherwise you risk to run out of fuel very quickly. You can switch the headlights on and off by pressing the “F” button.

Intro

Another cool addition is an intro scene that will shed some light on the Frozen State world and the origin of the Hybrids. The subtitles speed was adjusted to our average reading speed, so if you find it too fast or too slow please let us now. You can skip the intro by clicking through it, later we will the option to skip it entirely.

Other Changes

-You can disable the Indie Showcase banner in the game settings

-3 New locations

-New Item - Fuel Can

-Fixed typos and updated the manual

-Initial inventory limit was reduced

-Fixed reduced “damage” after upgrading the Axes


German Localisation

One of the forum members has helped to translate the game into german, and we are super grateful. However we simply didn’t have time to squeeze it into the current build. Besides there are some new parts that require translation like intro and locations, but we hope to put it in the next one.


Thank you,

Devs

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June 15

Indie Showcase

Hi everyone,

Our team have been invited to join a small network of indie developers to help increase the visibility of small independent games like Frozen State. This is a completely gentleman's agreement without any strings attached , so we decided to take part in this initiative and help our fellow developers.

In this build the main menu will contain a tiny banner showcasing our friends’ games. If you click on the banner with the game you liked, its steam store page will appear where you can buy it without leaving the game.

This is how it looks



Please feel free to share your thoughts.

Thank you,

Devs

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About This Game

Frozen State is a game about the adversities faced whilst existing and surviving in a dying Siberian city, Duga 40.

The experimental city has been infested by an extraterrestrial parasite that has obliterated the native population. Once infected, the parasite causes its victims to become vicious alien hybrids…

However, the grotesquely disfigured creatures are not the only menace that threatens the surviving citizens – hunger, and the bitter Siberian cold, will force them to behave in a Machiavellian fashion with one another

Frozen State is still very early in its development. Some features have not yet been implemented or may not work properly. However, we are continually working to improve Frozen State and eagerly anticipate your feedback and suggestions.

Planned Features:
• Three main characters - each with their own different play style.
• Diverse enemies
• Open world - the city consists of separate locations sewn together in random order with every new session.
• Dynamic weather conditions
• Randomly generated building interiors
• Stealth
• Crafting
• Transport
• Basic needs (hunger, thirst, sleep, etc)
• NPCs and Quests

Already in the game:
• Three main characters
• Three types of enemies
• 39 locations (just over 3.35 square km in total)
• Dynamic weather
• Randomly generated building interiors
• Stealth
• Simple Crafting and Cooking
• Basic needs (hunger, thirst, sleep, etc)
• Building structures and fortifications

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 9800M GTS or Radeon HD 6770M
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Quad Core CPU or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT 650M or 750M (strongly recommended)
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Early Access Review
What can be said for a game like Frozen State? A lot.
It's a great game in that it's genuinely tense. The stakes are high and you can't just reset the gambles you make. I have been playing it since, I think about the first month it came to Steam, and it has changed dramatically.
When I first bought it, I was afraid at first, it would be the same generic kind of survival game that has been washing up on the shores of Steam like rotten flotsam. Frozen State is like a big, ice coated barge crashing into the shore and unleashing a horde of the undead onto your normal beach going day.
I have some key things to say about it. The first is that I survived 20 days. That is my current maximum. I found the Mansion, and it was there I died.
Word of warning? Humans Aren't your friend. But I did find a car, and by god, that was the most satisfying feeling on the planet to be able to avoide the Piercers, Jackals, Widows and other horrible monsters occupying the wastelands. I could explore so much easier and take a nice deep breath knowing I had a moment of peace.
I expect the developers will eventually take the feature of beaing safe in a car, away, but if I could ask them not to, it would make playing the game in the future so much easier.

The game is like the era of Playstation 2 horror titles like the Silent Hill series, it's filled with suspense. Every action you do could give you away or get you killed if you aren't careful. I would even say this is a tougher game than Don't starve and I Love how ruthless that game is.

I hope for so much of this game, and that's why I delayed my initial review but as it stands, this game is WORTH your 10 dollars. It is Worth your time. The game is hard, which it should be. It's survival horror and it places a hard pitch on the actual survival aspect. If I hadn't been stupid? I could have gone on for probably close to another 30 days with the supplies I found, but one wrong decision, one wrong choice and you're done. Example? I had gotten to the point to use a series of molotovs and had 6 fistfuls of fire to chuck at Reapers in one of the houses and I was an idiot and caught myself on fire. The heat, the sound, it drew the Jackals and I booked it like a mad man back to my car just to slather Stas in Burn Ointment to compensate for my own recklessness. I barely escaped, but I did by the skin of my teeth.
On a technical level I will give a moderate review as follows:

Graphics: Appropriate - It could be better, but I understand the level and it's satisfactory. I can see things, I know what stuff is. I can make out details and it does the job more than enough.

Difficulty: Hard - This isn't Minecraft. This isn't Don't Starve. This is a hard game with definite rules and hard physics in play. Sure you can carry 13 logs in your inventory, but the point is that you need to be careful and cutthroat with what you have and what you take. You can't just plop down some bricks or garbage and block your enemy and you are lucky if outrun your enemies. Don't expect an easy start.

Gameplay: Stern but fair - This sounds like a difficulty but as mentioned in the previous sections of this review, this game is about what you are willing to do and how careful you are to prepare for the Icepocalypse surrounding you. It is fun, sneaking past your enemies, hoping to god their cone doesn't spot you so you can get home, getting your base built, HAVING A GUN (with limited bullets) SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO MELEE ENGAGE; all these aspects are some of the rewarding elements to it. Being lucky and being careful are the greatest measure a player can have aside from their own preparedness.

Current Cons and suggestions:

Character progression is hard. I wish the developers would consider giving you some of the Level-Up Pills every 5, to 10, to 15 days. I have had such a hard run of the game because I couldn't become tougher in-game, only smarter in how I play.
I wish you could make matches out of gunpowder or maybe use infected meat to make like tallow or some kind of grease to make some kind of natural igniter.
Maybe a lantern not like the flashlight you can build out of scrap metal that you can place would be nice.
If there were anything else, right now that I could ask for? Maybe either the ability to armor plate your car with scrap metal or maybe a scrap metal sword or knife so you can make a spear or have something other than the nailed club or axes to kill stuff with.


Overall opinion: The game is hard, it's like squeezing water from rocks, but when you get it together it can be so much fun. And while I appreciate the game being hard, as it should be, I wish that the guy I killed at the Manor had dropped at least his axe. All he dropped was bedsheets. To bandage my ♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥ up.

Beginners tips?
Stones can be thrown as distraction items to lure enemies away.
Behind your house is an underground silo thing that you can access in the back-left corner, usually in there are the thermometer and watch. Sometimes a bed and a workbench. It usually has a plethora of goodies in it.
Crafting will be your biggest ally as some of the weapons you make are invaluable, and you need to upgrade it to make your armor and weapons better.
ALWAYS CARRY SPARE FIRES AND MATCHES and when you find an extra sleeping bag? That also.
Trying to upgrade your weapons can cause them to break. I lost my starting axe and a double barreled shotgun this way. Upgrades are always a gamble.

Buy it out of 10.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Early Access Review
Greate game considering its still in early development well worth the money.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Early Access Review
First off to the developers, love this game. Very hard core survivalist, very fun very unique.

Problems/ bugs I have encountered.
For a game still in Alpha I have only found one problem with this game. Bandages don't work and your character bleeds to death no matter what I do. I used 1 clean bed sheet to create 7-8 big bandages and nothing would stem the bleeding. Don't know why it doesn't work, food, water and clothing all work fine.

First off this game is very easy to get into, its a single player game not co op or multiplayer.
Your enemy? The weather, starvation, dehydration, keeping warm and... people infected with a violent space parasite.
Parasites (they look human but usually have extra probiscus mouth sticking out of where their mouth is. You used to only get medium sized ones a jackal type that runs on all fours and giant lumbering ones. Now there seems to be a fast biped runner parasite very scary if you aren't used to seeing it. A lot of fun.
Keep warm, scavenge every corner of where you are, cupboards shelves, cars even the occasional vending machine. My current record is 6 days alive. See if you can beat that.

All in all 10/10 really enjoy it.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Early Access Review
Even though this game is in early development, it's a very solid alpha build. I am enjoying it incredibly and I look forward to the future development of the game. The developer seems heavily invested and he is very active on the forums. I'm hoping for the best because this game has a ton of potential!

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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
68.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Early Access Review
I love this game and recommend it highly
i can play this for hours on end just hoping that the next loot run does not kill me, the only problem i have with the game is that when i am upgrading or repairing a weapon of piece of clothing sometimes it destroys it i don't know if its supposed to happen or what but its the only thing i find wrong with the game.
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