Freeze! 2 – Broth­ers

Won’t get the gears turn­ing

Mac Format - - RATED -

An iPhone’s ac­celerom­e­ter and gy­ro­scope can cre­ate in­ter­ac­tions that are both novel and mean­ing­ful. Un­for­tu­nately, this game doesn’t take ad­van­tage of them, in­stead cre­at­ing a jar­ring dis­con­nect be­tween player in­put and the ac­tion on screen.

The chal­lenge is not fig­ur­ing out what to do, but how to do it. The broth­ers are two sen­tient cogs trapped in a se­ries of deadly mazes filled with fetid liq­uid, spikes and laser beams. The mazes shud­der and jerk at your touch, and the freez­ing me­chanic is awk­ward. It never feels nat­u­ral, and it’s not much fun. It’s like play­ing Su­per Mon­key Ball us­ing a bro­ken touch panel stuck to a black and white TV.

From the point­less story to the puni­tive level de­sign, Freeze 2! is a strange and un­set­tling game, but per­haps not in the way the de­vel­op­ers in­tended. Alan Wil­liamson Freeze! 2 is an awk­ward, irk­some and sur­pris­ingly soul­less re­ac­tion puz­zler.

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