Waiting periods make playing feel more aimless than active.
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Frozen City is a simulation app for iOS and Android devices. Kids can buy in-app currency to assist with playing, although the packages of gems aren't heavily promoted initially. Residents' physical and mental state is a key component in the game. If basic needs like warmth and food aren't met, other aspects of the game will be impacted. Kids multitask and get a chance to do some decision-making as they chip away at a list of tasks that helps them keep the various items that need to be done organized. While the game generally focuses on the progress that's being made to establish a place for everyone to live, some aspects are a bit dark. People can potentially get sick, and characters mention the possibility of death, which is a valid risk, given the harsh weather and other conditions.
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What’s It About?
A group of post-apocalyptic survivors build a home base in FROZEN CITY. Residents are assigned to activities such as chopping wood. Kids' tasks appear on a list. Many involve upgrading elements by clicking on a button as the required amount of wood and other resources become available. A large fire in the center of the camp kids can turn up, down, or off has to consistently burn for heat. Survivors also need to eat and rest. New people are sometimes added, and eventually, teams will set out to explore the icy land and look for others.
Is It Any Good?
The human element of this city building sim is a compelling concept, but the time tasks take to complete slows down the pace -- and makes the game less interesting -- fairly early on. Kids try to complete items on a continuously updated task list in Frozen City, which contains actions like upgrading one of the dorms to the next level. If they don't have the amount of resources required, such as wood planks, they'll have to wait for more to be created by the survivors before being able to click the Upgrade button enough times. For survivors to work at the maximum level, they have to be fed and have an appropriate amount of rest, which also causes complications, because activity happens in cycles. At night, resources won't be produced at the level they're added during the day.
Kids have some autonomy to make things happen in the game, like choosing which task to put resources toward. They can also occasionally pay to speed things up, by spending gems, and can adjust the fire in the center of the camp. The fire is particularly important because it serves as the general heat source. Kids can flip the onscreen switch to change it from a big fire to a more moderate one, but turning it off completely could have a negative effect on the residents. But kids don't have complete freedom to assign specific workers to tasks, and they may feel powerless to do anything. The cyclical work schedule can result in considerable pauses because you don't have enough wood to fund more upgrades or the workers to produce it until morning. The visuals and actual gameplay also aren't overly intriguing, because much of the activity you see involves small-scale characters shuffling from one location to another and making repetitive motions like hammering. Even before kids start getting hit with requests to buy additional things -- which doesn't happen immediately in the game -- they may have already moved on from Frozen City to less idle terrain.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about paying attention to residents' hunger and energy level in Frozen City -- which can be a jumping-off point to talk about being sensitive to other people's needs. How can you assess how someone is feeling? What's a good way to react if someone is upset?
What are some of the sequential elements that are involved in city planning and construction? Can your child identify one project or action that's dependent on another being completed in the game?
How can kids handle having multiple responsibilities in the game? What are some ways they can prioritize what to do first?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 24, 2023
- Category: Simulation Games
- Publisher: Century Games Pte. Ltd.
- Version: 1.0.10
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later, macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with an Apple M1 chip or later, or Android 6.0 and up.
- Last updated: March 6, 2023
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