- Has a 50s sci-fi monster movie vibe to it.
- The freeze button is a neat idea.
- Upon death, you are taken to a menu with an option to restart instead of just immediately starting the level over.
- A lot of the level design in centered around patience, which can be a problem for a lot of players.
An interesting little physics game, but nothing solid enough here to recommend.
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There haven't been too many, but there's something enjoyable about games that stick you in small curved level, and ask you to use the iPhone's tilt controls and the power of physics to get the character you control to safety. Freeze is the latest of these, and it comes to us wrapped in a 50s monster movie shell. It certainly adds an amount of mood and character to the game, but the big question is of course, how does it play?
The answer to that questions is. “adequately”. You have to turn your iDevice round and around to avoid all manner of spikes and strange creature obstacles, to get to the swirly safety of the exit. The added gimmick here is all in the title name. Some levels give you a freeze button, which you can use to halt time, turning the level so that gravity affects your character in a way more conducive to staying alive and making it to the next challenge. This freeze button will often have a limited number of uses, so you have to be careful about when to take advantage of its time altering powers.
As the physics engine goes, turning the level with the use of your finger feels right, and your character responds well, gaining acceleration, and even flight if your travel around a curved surface was a little faster than it should be. Some of the design is questionable, having to wait around for pre-pathed monsters, or needing to be ultra precise with the controls. This would be less an issue if the level restarted immediately upon death, but instead it takes you to a game over screen, where you can choose to restart the level, making things a little more laborious than they should be.
With its bleak, Tim Burton-esque style, Freeze has potential to entertain those that are a fan of physics games, but it needs some tweaking in menu and level design if it wants to appeal to a greater audience.
Description+++ #1 game in 36 countries +++
+++ Winner of the "Indie Prize Europe 2013"-Award (Casual Games Association) +++
GAME OF THE WEEK! - »… is a beautiful, physics-based puzzle game that will leave your head spinning … worthy of being on all iOS devices … visuals in Freeze are just gorgeous … music and sound effects here are top notch … the game is beautiful, simple, and incredibly challenging« (appadvice.com, review)
»The twisty-turny physics delights on offer here are cleverer, darker, and more devious than what's on offer in your average casual puzzler.« (pocketgamer.co.uk, review)
»minimalistic yet stunning artwork … gameplay is fun, challenging and maybe even a little maddening … Score 4/5« (148Apps.com, review)
»Spooky, Challenging Perfection - Score 10/10« (tapscape.com, review)
It was a wonderful day for our anonymous hero, at least until the moment when he was torn from his loved ones by a viciously sharp grappling hook.
Locked in a cramped cell on a planet far, far away, our hero could give in to despair and abandon himself to his fate. But with your help he can overcome gravity, turn worlds, and even – escape!
Solving the rotating, physics-based puzzles is easy; just use your finger to continuously turn the cell in both directions around our hero. Of course you also have to make clever use of the Freeze! button, which can overcome gravity. Sound simple? It is – at first...
Freeze! offers completely new and yet immediately intuitive game mechanics, delightfully gloomy graphics from the internationally renowned pop-up designer and illustrator Jonas Schenk, and a very sinister soundtrack from noted Swiss electronic/trance musician Karl Lukas.
Highlights of Freeze!
* the first world offers 25 unique and thrilling levels
* there are 15 free bonus levels
* additional worlds can be bought later as an in-app purchase at a very low price
* use intuitive touch screen control to turn our hero’s cell
* take on lasers, deadly traps, and cruel opponents
* unique style of illustration and collage just looks really good
* wonderful gloomy soundtrack from Swiss trance master Karl Lukas
* GameCenter Leaderboards & Achievements – who can escape the prison worlds the fastest?
More information, videos and tips for every level are at www.frozengun.com