Defrosted

by Riyadth

Horror
2022

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Icy Cold Mushrooms, November 12, 2022
by N. Cormier
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I love weird concept games! And this one is pretty darned weird, being inspired by a dream the author had. Props to them for rolling with it, I am so here for Antarctic plant horror. The writing backs it up too, descriptive and suspenseful. Most of the game is spent introducing the player to the central concept (military fungal killing machines that require a human handler to prevent them from eating each other) and then slowly building up to the PC actually meeting one of these monsters in the flesh(?).

The game also features a lot of Bengali phrases as the PC primarily speaks the language, with the option to look at a translation and get a pronunciation guide. I thought this was pretty neat, and I think some of the vocabulary is going to stick with me. (Not much, unfortunately, but thatís a me problem again. I am not good with languages.)

Thereís a lot of potential here, but unfortunately itís not all realized. After the intro, the gameplay consists of a handful of tasks that you can choose to do or not do in order to affect how your meeting with your assigned Hyphaen goes, which then determines which of three endings you get. I got two (including the good end), but thereís quite a lot of text to get through before you get back to any choices so I didnít go in for a third round. Iíd really love to see a more expanded version of this game, since it currently just feels like the introduction to something really cool.