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Puzzle games come in all shapes and sizes. No matter the style or theme, they usually start easy and then break you. Freshly frosted does just that with its cute theme, colorful levels, and smooth learning curve.
Developed and published by The Guild of Quantum Astrophysicists, this is a test puzzle title. It has donuts at the base, but it’s anything but sweet. Thanks to the mechanics of the treadmill, you have to be patient and methodical in your approach.
Freshly frosted is a game that I previewed in June 2021 as part of the steam party. Needless to say, I was impressed and was desperate to try out the full game. Now that time has come. Am I always up for a treat or will it make me sick?
Freshly frosted: an interesting conveyor belt simulation.
There are many strategy treadmill games out there, but the puzzle genre is sorely lacking. Fortunately, Freshly frosted explodes onto the scene with interesting and unique ideas. Therefore, you experience a stimulating and richer title from the start.
The idea is simple! You have to deliver donuts from points A, B, C or D to an end goal. The number of starting points varies, as does the objective of each stage. You have to place conveyor belts to pass the icing machines to top each treat. However, you must add toppings in a specific order to be victorious. Therefore, you have to plan your paths, produce the right donuts and move to the next level.
Mind-boggling hints and levels.
Now, as a concept, it doesn’t seem that difficult, right? Bad! As you progress through each of the 144 levels, it becomes a mind-boggling challenge. With a range of trims to use, delivery hatches that take specific orders, and belts that need to be combined, it’s pretty tough.
Luckily, however, the developers aren’t freaks, as you can skip puzzles or use hints. This last option is perfectly balanced, because it does not compromise the difficulty. Instead, it gives you little hints to get you started. I loved this approach, because too many puzzle games get it wrong. Either they give you unlimited tips and it’s too easy, or no help and it’s impossible to play.
Freshly frosted it looks delicious.
Playing from a top-down perspective, the puzzles are easy on the eyes. Additionally, each of the 12 chapters has a unique look. With different donuts to deliver and a specific color palette, it never gets old. At the same time, I loved the soft pastel shades that create a serene atmosphere. You’ll love the surreal journey through the seasons as the action shifts from winter to fall. You’ll also discover a day-night cycle and plenty of treats to watch.
The quiet experience is enhanced with soft sound. With relaxing music and a soft-spoken narrator, you never feel rushed. However, factory noises and clumsy machinery add grit to the gameplay. Polar opposites combine beautifully to create a powerful audio experience.
An excellent PC to console port.
There’s a long list of failed games that don’t work on consoles. For some reason they feel clunky and slow. Fortunately, Freshly frosted is an excellent port. With responsive controls and a simple yet effective user interface, it’s a joy to play. You can easily place your belts, adjust their direction or remove them completely. It’s brilliantly simple and exactly what is needed.
144 stages of increasing difficulty are no mean feat. Therefore, completing this game is not for the faint of heart. Luckily, though, you can deal with it casually and that makes it rewarding. However, if you just like unlocking achievements, you won’t find it that difficult. I’ve spent about 6 hours so far and the end is not in sight. The quantity of puzzles guarantees excellent value for money and a long service life.
Along with that, an array of new mechanics increase the difficulty. Luckily it keeps the action from leveling off and that’s fantastic. You’ll merge belts, clone donuts, play with separators and more. Although each new element is simple to understand, it makes the puzzles much more difficult, which keeps you on your toes.
Freshly frosted is as addictive as sugar.
Everyone loves a sweet treat and being tested. Next, Freshly frosted ticks several boxes. Its levels are deceptively difficult and its mechanics fiendishly more complicated. I loved it and I recommend you buy it here! Use a methodical approach and decorate each donut.