Frozen Essence

Good
  • Great range of game endings including a hidden path that fills in all of the story gaps players will have
  • A unique setting that builds on a familiar video game trope (memory loss)
Bad
  • A little rough around the edges (graphics and writing) that prevents the game from reaching the heights of the best otome games available
7

Frozen Essence is a free to play otome game with an impressive fantasy theme developed by Unbroken Hours that will take players around two dozen hours to experience the full dozen game endings. While following a familiar story structure that revolves around amnesia and discovery the other setting elements of Frozen Essence stands out as a unique offering in the genre. Encouraging players to fully explore this world through the aforementioned game endings, a large list of graphical rewards and even a hidden character it’s a diverse otome adventure that awaits.

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In Frozen Essence players will take on the role of Mina who has just woken up from her strange crystal prison. With no memory of her past it is up to the player to discover more about Mina and the world in general which quickly reveals that Mina holds a dark power within her. Joined by a unique set of bodyguards that are vastly different you’ll embark on your journey while making decisions at key story points.

Frozen Essence is split into a number of routes which slowly piece together Mina’s previous life and allow you to direct the path to one of the game endings. Thankfully you’ll have the guidance of the oracle to help you on your journey and piece together the information that you uncover which grows with each game attempt. During this adventure you’ll also get to form relationships with four main male characters that each have their own personality alongside an extra hidden character for you to potentially romance (not discussed below for spoiler reasons).

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These romantic options for players include your blonde bodyguard Rune who protects players (sometimes overly) which comes through in desire to keep you in the realm forever and his general distaste for the outside world. Second to Rune is another bodyguard named Caius who dresses in darker tones and the polar opposite with a chaotic approach to life that is often unpredictable.

Moving away from the familiar bodyguard romance options players can alternatively chase for the affection of Varian who is presented as a hero the world and constantly seems busy with other affairs. Next is the purple haired Aurelius who falls under Mina’s spell and is instantly infatuated with you from the beginning.

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Romance isn’t only the only goal in the game though with players also being able to work towards non-romantic goals with the characters above and the small roster of side characters. All of these choices create several endings that branch out from the core romance paths so players will want to replay the game a few times to capture all the game endings. Like any otome title you’ll find these choices range from the small decisions that have only basic impacts to the large game altering decisions that weigh on the player.

Summary:

  • A unique setting that sees players chasing the origins of Mina after she exits her frozen prison.
  • 4 different male characters to romance and an extra hidden character that all have a diverse personality.
  • Make small and large decisions as you interact with the roster of Frozen Essence characters.
  • Unlock 12 different endings and nearly one hundred visual rewards for your progression through each path.
  • Free to play otome title and one of the first from Unbroken Hours.

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Review Platform: PC

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Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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4 Comments

  1. I really loved the game! You won’t regret playing it; the art style isn’t all that good, but it’s a very captivating story.

    There are some grammar mistakes, but they aren’t too much so you can just overlook them.

    ~Emilia

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  2. I love this game! It’s so much fun to try to play through all endings. Only thing is, the art style isn’t the best, but that’s what makes it unique. I would recommend to anyone who likes fantasy romance otome/ visual novel games!

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  3. I loved it! The previous game I played was Ascension, and I was afraid I wouldn’t find any other visual novel that I’d like… Frozen Essence started out a bit slowly, and I wasn’t fond of the style either. But I got used to it, and… From the beginning I had a feeling about who to romance, but I was very unsure whether I could play that path… Still I followed that feeling, and it turned out to be a wonderful romance, with a beautiful story! It kept my attention (even though it took me about 3 hours to play it), and it was so worth it!

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  4. It started out a bit slowly… Especially since I didn’t feel like romancing anyone. Or actually I did, but I thought that person wasn’t an option. But I was hopeful, and I got a beautiful ending, with a wonderful romance! The characters are great. The dialogues may feel long, and it actually takes up about 3 hours to finish. But totally worth it! Don’t know about the other endings though.

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