In city builder Frostpunk, every decision is agony. Steam reviewers are feeling the burn.

Frostpunk is bleak as hell. You play as the ruler of the last city on an iced-over earth. Your greatest enemy is the cold. No matter how well you play, resources rarely last long. People—with names and faces, unlike in other city builders—die and leave behind orphans. If things get bad enough, you might have to put those orphans to work by bringing back child labor. And that example is relatively tame by the game’s standards!

Survival matters above all else, which forces you to sink pretty damn low. We’ve been loving the game’s brutal assault on our sense of morality, even if we’ve had to choke back our share of guilty tears along the way. Steam reviewers have been sharing stories of their own, and in summary: yeesh.

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