Frozen State is a Survival Sandbox game with RPG Elements and Roguelike elements. It was created by the Russian developer Flox Studios Ltd., and first launched through Steam Early Access on July 1st, 2014, before getting a full PC release on August 5th, 2016.
The world has been plunged into a man-made ice age in a bid to save humanity from human-alien hybrids. A resistance movement has been formed by the survivors. On your way to meet with them, your character gets stranded in Duga-40, the experimental city. Now you need to explore the city, fight alien mutants, learn the history of Duga-40, and try to survive long enough to repair your transport and continue on your journey.
Compare to Fade to Silence, which is another Survival Sandbox that's full of strange monsters and is set after a frozen apocalypse.
Frozen State contains examples of:
- Action Girl: One of the three playable characters is Maria, a nuclear physicist who is more reliant on stealth than the other characters, but is also the best at deploying high-tech weaponry when confrontation is unavoidable.
- Bears Are Bad News: In addition to all the mutants, bears are an enemy faced in the game. On the bright side, you can at least hunt them for meat.
- Breakable Weapons: All of the weapons will degrade with use.
- Car Fu: When you're driving in a car, you can use it to run over enemies.
- Cool Guns: Amongst other things, you can wield the famous PPSh against monsters in the game. Just know that its fire rate is slow, though.
- Cut and Paste Environments: This is the flip side of a procedurally generated map.
- Cyanide Pill: All of the player characters start with cyanide in their inventory, to reflect just how bleak the world has become.
- Endless Winter: The game is set in a world going through a man-made ice age.
- Item Crafting: You can use resources from the world around you to make things.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: One of the enemies in the game has four arms, the lower set being used both as feet and claws.
- No Peripheral Vision: You can see the enemies' cone of vision while sneaking. While it is wider than the most egregious examples, it still prevents them from noticing anything directly to their side.
- Permadeath: When the player character dies, you are either offered the option to load the last save, or a "Game Over" that'll delete it and force you to start over.
- Procedurally Generated Levels: The map is procedurally generated at the start of the game.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: Most of the soundtrack is original, but it also features a famous piece by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
- Sprint Meter: Every character has a stamina meter, which is used for doing anything physical.
- Wizard Needs Food Badly: Since this is a survival game, regularly eating, drinking and sleeping is a necessity.