Frozenheim Cooperative Review – But Why? A community of geeks
Frozenheim is a real-time strategy city building game set in the Viking Age. It is developed by the people of Paranoid Interactive and published by Hyperstrange and is now available on Steam. We took a more general look at the full game in our review here, but wanted to look at the co-op options the game offers in a bit more detail. Frozenheim is an enjoyable game that players of all experience levels can engage in, helping to broaden the appeal of co-op to a wider audience. After playing a significant amount of co-op, here are our thoughts on the available game modes and what Frozenheim has to offer fans of cooperative real-time strategy games.
Which of the three game modes is your favorite?
Kyle: For me, it must be Skirmish. I think it’s the most fleshed out game mode that offers the most variety. The fact that you can win either through a military victory or by causing Ragnarok by discovering locations in the game helps change the style of play. Being able to team up with others is also nice because one can just focus on fighting enemy players while the other focuses on exploration.
Mast: The best of the three game modes for me would have to be Skirmish. Skirmish works well because the game is deep enough to encompass it and the games are fast enough that you don’t see the boundaries. The other two game modes (Survival and City Builder) both feel like they lack things to complete the modes. I’m really intrigued to see if any changes are made to City Builder mode over time, as it looks fun, but with limited buildings and no conflict, it gets boring pretty quickly.
What are some things Frozenheim could improve in terms of cooperative play?
Kyle: Similar to my issues with the game as a whole, Frozenheim could really benefit from more variety on so many different levels. There are only four research trees to choose from, which limits playstyle, unit types are also limited, and the two real ways to achieve victory can get a bit stale after a few games. What’s there is really nice, we had a lot of fun playing co-op, it felt like there could have been more to augment the time we spent playing or the ways we chose to play. approach the games.
Mast: Frozenheim is still in its infancy and there is a very fun gameplay base to build on. However, to say that the game is just very limiting in terms of builds but also depth of play. There are not many units and apart from the four clans, everyone is the same. Playing with friends is quite enjoyable, especially if you like RTS games, but after a few games it felt like you were doing the same thing every game for the most part. I think if the clans were selected at the beginning maybe and had more uniqueness it could really help the game, but since they are unlocked during the game (build a hall of elders) it leads to a lot of monotony between you , your teammates, and enemies.
Would you recommend Frozenheim as a cooperative game for people?
Kyle: Yes, but with the caveat that I would probably recommend only buying it when it’s on sale. It’s definitely an enjoyable game for RTS fans as well as Vikings and all Norse era fans, but only as a cooperative RTS there are better games out there. Still, if you can get a good deal, this is the type of game you can spend a lot of time with friends in. It’s also a great introductory game for people who aren’t as familiar with RTS games, so it might really appeal to someone who wants to play an RTS with friends but doesn’t want all the complexity and stress often affiliated with gender.
Mast: If you like Norse Mythology and Vikings with RTS, I would definitely recommend this game to someone. The co-op is a lot of fun and honestly more enjoyable than the campaign. The campaign is interesting and enjoyable, like most RTS in my opinion it’s about playing with other people. There are three game modes to choose from, and the standard traditional Skirmish game mode is relatively fast depending on how many players you’re playing with. The building mechanics aren’t super over-the-top, and you can figure out what needs to be done pretty quickly. Other game modes may be limited with certain playstyles, but it’s a fun game to play with friends. I’m excited to see what this game has to offer in the future, as more will definitely come for Frozenheim.
Frozenheim is a beautiful game with a really solid foundation, but it’s going to need some new additions to have a long lifespan. Co-op in Frozenheim is definitely the highlight of the game, but we would like to see more in terms of game modes, victory condition options and unit types to make the game truly special. Still, fans of co-op games are sure to find enjoyment in the world of Frozenheimand it’s definitely worth participating in a Steam sale!
Frozenheim is available now at Steam.
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