Review Freeze! 2 - Brothers
The hotly anticipated sequel to Freeze!
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 19 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Awesome atmosphere, good use of gesture controls, tons of unique gameplay mechanics
Gameplay can feel tedious over time
Today’s set of reviews have left me mostly on a high note, and Freeze! 2 for Android is one of the games that kicked it off. This is a physics puzzle game based on an interesting story. In the previous game, the hero Freeze! was kidnapped by evil aliens and locked in a tiny cell on a planet very far away from our own. Freeze! never found his way back home, so now his brother has headed out to rescue him from the evil aliens.
The game does a pretty nice job at intertwining the story together with the game itself. There are no cutscenes, everything is actually told through text and imaginatively drawn out images, though these aren’t depicted in frames like a comic book. This is one story that I didn’t mind being tacked on because it was light and added just a bit of context to flavor what your are doing.
The puzzles are all physics based. Levels are shaped, crudely, in the form of a circle, and you can rotate them by tapping and holding your finger to the screen, then sliding it around. The game instructs you to place your index finger in the middle of the screen, nothing else, but I didn’t find this to really matter ultimately. As the level rotates, your character will fall depending on how it is spun. It sounds easy but there is also water in the level. If your character ends up in the water you won’t die, but you will float. That means you’ll essentially be blocked from reaching the exit.
The game ads in several new mechanics over time that help alleviate this issue like having the ability to freeze your character into place at just the right moment so that when you rotate the level, you’ll drop right in place. The game gets more difficult as you find your brother because you’re then in charge of getting them both back to safety.
Freeze! 2 has everything going for it. It’s unique in both style and presentation, it has incredibly fun gameplay mechanics, and the story is charming. It’s a puzzle game worthy of the two bucks it costs.