Generally favorable reviews - based on 65 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
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  1. Apr 23, 2018
    I’ve never cared about the people under my command in any game more than in Frostpunk. The window-dressing isn’t perfect. Aspects of the experience are frustrating; a couple of failed games can leave one a tiny weeny bit annoyed. I am not even sure if some of the scenarios are even possible! Yet if the perfect game is a series of choices where every choice has meaning, then Frostpunk is it.
  2. 95
    Frostpunk is a bitterly cold game. Every wife crying over the corpse of their frozen husband, every father dying in the cold looking for their runaway child, every amputation, and every sacrifice made for the greater good makes it one of the most miserable experiences you can find at the moment. And yet, 11bit manages to make such unrelenting suffering an utterly stellar colony simulator and narrative experience that you’d be a fool to skip.
  3. Apr 25, 2018
    Frostpunk gives you an intense and truly dramatic experience. The game is so immersive that you can literally play it all day long.
  4. Apr 23, 2018
    Frostpunk says that’s it’s a city building game, but it’s much more that. It’s a test and to pass it you must fail somewhere. Save a few and sacrifice many, or let them all die, but your conscience is clear. I can only hope that players won’t be discouraged by the insanely difficult learning curve because I promise you, on the other end is a beautiful game that everyone has to experience.
  5. Apr 25, 2018
    Frostpunk is special, it’s one of a kind in that the game is used as a vehicle to convey a message in a way that most games can’t even aspire to achieve. You’ll switch of your PC after a session and walk off filled with what if’s and that is an amazing experience. Few developers understand how to play the heart strings well, but 11 bit studios are proving themselves to be the orchestra conductor.
  6. May 25, 2018
    Frostpunk is an ingenious blend of city building systems and morally ambiguous decision making. Its mechanics are streamlined enough to be easy to grasp, but it’s tension and demanding nature make it an apocalyptic experience you shouldn’t skip.
  7. May 17, 2018
    I suppose that Frostpunk's main flaw is also its central conceit, because not everyone will be attracted to experiencing its icy apocalyptic wasteland or the uncomfortable ethical and moral decisions that the game forces at nearly every moment. Nobility, zealotry, authoritarianism and egalitarianism are hardly the stuff of sunny escapist fantasies. Kudos to 11 Bit Studios for crafting a game that is as addictive as it is dire, dour, and determined to make us regret our choices, no matter how well-intended.
  8. May 9, 2018
    Frostpunk is definitely one of the most engaging strategy games around, and one that deserves to be experienced.
  9. May 4, 2018
    Frostpunk is a depressing, beautiful and deeply engaging survival city-builder that forces the player to make difficult choices. The dystopian reality is wonderfully made, and you'll feel cold just staring at the in-game thermometer.
  10. Apr 30, 2018
    Going in with as little knowledge of the mechanics and choices and scenario structure is the best way to experience Frostpunk. One of the most intense, beautiful, and emotionally resonant games that features arranging housing and streets ever made.
  11. Apr 27, 2018
    Frostpunk is a bleak and challenging colony builder/survival title that will either give you more respect for your boss, or have you rallying your co-workers to oust them.
  12. Apr 26, 2018
    It may have the framework of an ordinary city builder but there’s an insightful, and frequently disturbing, philosophical message at the heart of this cross-genre classic.
  13. Apr 25, 2018
    Your most important challenge in the latest release from 11 Bit Studios is having to make ethical decisions that affect your people directly. Putting the children to work? Using dead people’s organs before sending their bodies to mass graves? Sacrificing some to save others? And so on. These are the decisions that you have to make if you are to lead your people through beautiful and atmospheric frozen wastelands of Frostpunk.
  14. Apr 25, 2018
    Even though the bleakness is palpable, Frostpunk is a captivating experience. The gameplay is unique and varied, using the best aspects of city-building and survival games, with a little exploration mixed in.
  15. Apr 24, 2018
    Frostpunk is among the best overall takes on the survival city builder to date. Its theming and consistency create a powerful narrative through line that binds your actions around the struggle to hold onto humanity in uncertain times. Hope is a qualified good, but you may not always be strong enough (or clever enough) to shelter that flame from the cold.
  16. Apr 23, 2018
    Frostpunk is an incredible survival city builder that is successful in both delivering an optimal gameplay and empowering it with a believable (and scary) atmosphere coupled with an immersive storyline. An outstanding feat that reaches the same heights of This War of Mine, the studio’s former product.
  17. Apr 23, 2018
    Frostpunk is an extremely polished city-builder game that builds upon the genre’s core mechanics with meaningful innovations. Despite the steep learning curve at the start, it manages to be captivating every step of the way while never forgoing that rush of adrenaline you get when the game strips away your power and complacency with yet another ethically conflicting challenge.
  18. Apr 23, 2018
    Frostpunk is a rare blend of social simulation, city management, and survival game that just about does everything right. There are times I wish it was a bit easier to come back from a misstep, but that’s the point of the game – you need to make choices, live with the consequences, and try again if you fail. I just feel bad that each time I do fail, the people who depended on me are let down, and likely dead. It’s that kind of emotion, a sense of real responsibility to these digital characters, that makes me think Frostpunk may be the best city management game I’ve ever played and one I’ll be playing for countless hours.
  19. Apr 23, 2018
    Frostpunk is a stressful, stylish, and addictive survival management game filled with incredibly difficult choices.
  20. May 6, 2018
    Frostpunk is a fantastic city-builder which contains tough survival elements, and you can expect to be impressed by the shocking scenarios.
  21. Apr 23, 2018
    Rarely does an interactive experience keep me awake at night wrestling with big decisions. Frostpunk did this on multiple occasions and made me feel squeamish when forcing edicts upon society instead of building consensus. Extraordinary circumstances call for desperate measures, and all I can do is ask for forgiveness from those trampled by my headstrong approach.
  22. Apr 23, 2018
    11 bit studios changed radically its formula from This War of Mine, and engaged in a compelling, well-written steampunk odyssey set in a frozen wasteland. The connection between gameplay and dynamic storytelling is impressive, and the result is a great experience.
  23. Apr 23, 2018
    Frostpunk builds upon the foundation that made This War of Mine a sleeper hit in 2014, providing a solid and innovative gameplay experience with real time strategy and survival elements. Winter is coming.
  24. Apr 25, 2018
    Frostpunk is addictive, accessible but hard to master, and deeper than you expect, not only when it comes you gameplay, but what it actually manages to make you feel.
  25. Apr 24, 2018
    Rarely has extinction been more fun. Frostpunk shows that successful build-up-strategy and a captivating story need not be a contradiction.
  26. CD-Action
    Jul 6, 2018
    The atmosphere alongside with tough moral choices and many other merits makes Frostpunk absurdly engaging. [06/2018, p.58]
  27. Games Master UK
    May 18, 2018
    City planning meets the survival of the human race in an Arctic wilderness, and it's snow joke. [June 2018, p.80]
  28. May 8, 2018
    Frostpunk shakes up the often cheery or stale genre of City Building games with a dystopian background, survival elements, and involved decision making. With the right fixes of the game’s technical faults and (much) more content, Frostpunk could be a new staple for city builders looking for something different.
  29. May 7, 2018
    Give Frostpunk a chance - you'll soon find out that this is yet another ambitious project from 11 bit studios that is greater than the sum of its parts. This very atmospheric "survival strategy" deserves a success and the developers should know that they are on the right path of achieving it.
  30. May 4, 2018
    It is not as devastating and dark as This War of Mine. But nonetheless this interesting strategy with its survival aspects plays with moral dilemmas and asks some uncomfortable questions.
  31. May 1, 2018
    It's an emotional roller coaster that will likely leave you more defeated after "winning" than when you first started, and that is incredible.
  32. Apr 29, 2018
    Frostpunk is a challenging city builder where your decisions have dramatic repercussions on the citizens you’re tasked with looking after in a wintery apocalypse. It's a pleasant surprise that is definitely worth your time if you’re looking for something different and brutally challenging.
  33. Apr 24, 2018
    Frostpunk is a city-builder full of hard work and tough moments, but it’s also a tale about hope. A videogame about people living in the hardest imaginable conditions, and our travel to make their existences a sustainable project.
  34. Apr 23, 2018
    Frostpunk is one of the best sim games to come out in decades. If you want a more bleak and depressing twist on the age old genre of city management, this is your game.
  35. Apr 23, 2018
    Frostpunk is a brutal city-builder that shines thanks to difficult choices, an original world and engaging gameplay.
  36. Apr 23, 2018
    Frostpunk can get to your heart and let it frozen just with a few simple decisions and that's amazing.
  37. Apr 29, 2018
    Frostpunk is a very unique and atmospheric survival experience that manages to make us reflect on aspects of our very selves and the society we live in, even though this is not quite achieved with the variety we would expect from a City-Builder game or the deep personal connection that This War of Mine managed to forge.
  38. Apr 27, 2018
    Atmospheric city-building game meets brutal fight for survival.
  39. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 13, 2018
    Scripted events will get annoying, but the very foundation chills to the bones. Extraordinary building strategy, with which you will literally freeze. [Issue#286]
  40. Jun 2, 2018
    Thanks to its accurate management mechanics, its visuals and what it has to say, Frostpunk is a great game, which only suffers from a systematic need to take the decision that works, regardless of the moral aspect of the game.
  41. Edge Magazine
    May 26, 2018
    Frostpunk's atmosphere, tight structure and sense of purpose make it stand out in a genre often given over to abstraction. [July 2018, p.106]
  42. games(TM)
    May 18, 2018
    At its cold, frostbitten heart, Frostpunk is a game of decisions, and what makes it so satisfying is they all matter. [Issue#200, p.75]
  43. May 9, 2018
    I'm eager to see what new situations 11 Bit Studios adds to the Frostpunk in the future, as the concept has a ton of untapped potential.
  44. May 8, 2018
    If doom and gloom isn't your thing then Frostpunk won't appeal and you're better off with a less misery-drenched city-builder such as the excellent Cities: Skylines. But if you're a sucker for the punishing post-apocalyptic (and this game can certainly dish it out) then Frostpunk's bleak winter wonderland will keep you hooked, turning you into a horrible, horrible person in the process.
  45. May 7, 2018
    Frostpunk is not the usual city builder, but it is a game that pushes the player to its moral limit.
  46. Frostpunk separates itself from classical city building genre. By bringing a post-apocalyptic theme to a so called tycoon game, it becomes an amazing experience, and every choice that the player makes has a very important effect on gameplay.
  47. May 1, 2018
    Frostpunk is a unique strategy game that offers both an engaging and addicting element. Hours will go by as you are consumed into the doom-and-gloom of your city while trying to make sure people don’t die. The game is fairly linear in its premise, but offers unique situations that haven’t been seen in other city-building titles.
  48. May 1, 2018
    Frostpunk is a very good management game. Intelligent, dark and mature, its major flaw is its lack of replay value and the lack of impact of moral choices. Despite that, it's clearly a must have for all management/survival game lovers.
  49. Apr 30, 2018
    Frostpunk is one of the best city-builders out there with rich gameplay mechanics and awesome graphics. We would have loved a sandbox mode, but that's about the only drawback we can find in this awesome game.
  50. Apr 28, 2018
    Every decision is appropriately weighted against a thematically sensible in-game resource. Sometimes you’re weighing up Hope vs "Discontent, or Discontent vs time, or skilled engineers vs coal, or scout exploration vs an increasingly sick population in need of heat. It’s all tied to something solid, in a way that makes sense, and in that way Frostpunk achieves its goal as an empathetic, story-driven city-builder.
  51. Apr 27, 2018
    So long as you can deal with the stress and difficult decision-making, Frostpunk is an addictive and gorgeous-looking city-building survival game that is well worth your time.
  52. Apr 26, 2018
    11 bit studios’ games could be classified as clever engines for recreational stress. At least that’s the thought that flashed through my head when I found myself barking, “work, damn you!” to the people on my computer monitor.
  53. Apr 25, 2018
    Frostpunk isn't perfect, but it doesn't really matter, as this is playing a different kind of ball game that has a unique charm of its own. It engrosses players into its frozen, post-apocalyptic world, and lets them do more than just design a city; it lets them really fear about failing, and it lets them feel immense joy for every small victory. It's a survival strategy game at its best.
  54. Apr 24, 2018
    Frostpunk is no city builder, if that’s what you’re looking for then this is not a game for you. If you are on the other hand wanting to be pushed when it comes to city management, survival, research and moral decisions, that’s where Frost Punk delivers. Be prepared to be stressed when things don’t go your way.
  55. Apr 23, 2018
    Successfully juggling all of these needs is where Frostpunk is at its most challenging.
  56. Apr 23, 2018
    A really beautiful game both to see and to play. A little gem out there that we can only recommend to everyone.
  57. Apr 23, 2018
    It may seem like there is no end in sight, no happy ending for those who survive, but with its fantastic presentation and no-nonsense attitude, Frostpunk is an exemplary game to learn from and with so many paths to go down, the replay value is through the roof, especially for gamers who happen to be a glutton for punishment.
  58. May 21, 2018
    Overall, I liked Frostpunk, but it felt like half of the campaign was missing. Just when I got to the point where I understood the rules and how to play the game, it was over. Still, Frostpunk is challenging and interesting, and it has a unique setting that brings in some new gameplay mechanics, so it’s worthwhile to try out.
  59. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jun 8, 2018
    When you push the restart button, you know that it wasn’t a single disaster or a mistake that cost you the campaign, but a whole bunch of wrong decisions you’ve made in previous hours. But when you start over, you’ll discover that path to victory is unfortunately narrow – not to mention that most of the challenges you face will be exactly the same as the last time. [Issue#230, p.40]
  60. May 4, 2018
    Frostpunk is a great "society survival" game that provides the feeling of imminent annihilation quite well, stepping on well-thought mechanics and excellent steampunk aesthetics. Our gameplay initiatives have a “grey tint” and place us in front morally significant decisions, while struggling to counter the hostile environment.
  61. Apr 23, 2018
    The first thing you need to understand, when approaching Frostpunk, is that it is not an ordinary city builder, but a survival experience that uses management mechanics as a means to support, on a playful level, the elements of social engineering and nihilism that define it.
  62. May 4, 2018
    Frostpunk is a solid entry into the city-builder genre with a unique survival twist, and one that's bound to appeal to those who have enjoyed similar games. Still, it lacks the personality and depth to win over anyone who doesn't already love micromanaging workforces and watching numbers go up.
  63. Apr 30, 2018
    Though repetitive with stacks of downtime, Frostpunk has a strangely addictive gameplay loop (more so, I imagine, if you emotionally connect with your people).
  64. Apr 24, 2018
    With options for child labor, mass graves, 24-hour work shifts, and other even more extreme measures, this is the city-building game as thought experiment, asking players what goes too far, if anything, in the face of such dire conditions.
  65. Jun 30, 2018
    Nice-looking and highly original, Frostpunk is too simplistic for a city-building sim and too shallow to grip you with emotional hooks.
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  1. Apr 24, 2018
    Frostpunk might not be the open-ended city builder to revitalize that genre, but its linear focus on specific undertakings could be nearly perfect with a few tweaks. As it is, I’ll likely keep on coming back to the last city on Earth, convinced that this time I’ve got the perfect build order to keep its residents happy and fed. Tough choices be damned.
  2. Apr 27, 2018
    A thrilling but thin survival twist on the city builder genre, oozing dark charisma and political dilemmas. [Recommended]
  3. Frostpunk may be one of the most tense, exciting city building survival games on PC, but for a game with such an emphasis on innate justice, and heat, it leaves you surprisingly cold.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 376 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 376
  1. Apr 24, 2018
    One of my the best gaming experiences since The Witcher 3. The atmosphere is amazing, of course very depressing, but it was the aim! LooksOne of my the best gaming experiences since The Witcher 3. The atmosphere is amazing, of course very depressing, but it was the aim! Looks beautiful, sounds very good, gameplay is addictive - what do you want more? And, actually, you care about your society, they are not only numbers! Fantastic game, well done 11BIT. Full Review »
  2. Apr 25, 2018
    It is atmospheric (music and FX) and look good, for what you can actually see (top down). But with only four to six hours of game time, andIt is atmospheric (music and FX) and look good, for what you can actually see (top down). But with only four to six hours of game time, and zero replayabilty once you succeed in figuring the gimmick of illogical gameplay balancing is just to hide linear development, you will be disappointed. Either that, or post-purchase dissonance is kicking in so you are not feeling so bad about your $30 DLC length "game". This is being called a complex puzzle by some, but is just poor design when you read the wiki to see the analysis of game mechanics. At full price this is massively overpriced, and the missing gameplay will surely be sold as DLC. This will probably flesh Frostpunk out into a real game, why pay twice? Skip it for now, and wait for a game + full DLC pack. It is not as if the graphics are going to age much in the next 12 months. Full Review »
  3. Apr 24, 2018
    I want to say that this is the most intense game I have ever played. You feel under pressure 90% of the game and this is crazy. What anI want to say that this is the most intense game I have ever played. You feel under pressure 90% of the game and this is crazy. What an experience to get! Highly recommended to buy asap. Full Review »