They say that big things come in small packages, right? That's why it's so nice for us to
kick off our Top Ten mod list with Freeze
Tag - an incredibly fun and easy-to-play mod that incorporates elements of
Capture the Flag and Jailbreak...and can be had for well under 1MB.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Freeze Tag,
it's quite simple. Two teams, red and blue, engage in team deathmatch. The major twist is
that instead of dying and respawning as you normally would, players "freeze"
solid when their health hits 0. Your goal: simultaneously freeze all the members of the
You can thaw out your teammates by standing next to them
for 3 seconds, but this can be tough. Standing still basically makes you a sitting duck,
and you can also drag frozen players around, making it easy for enemies to set traps.
Players will, however, thaw automatically after a preset amount of time (usually 2 1/2
minutes), at which point you'll break apart and respawn.
Freeze Tag also employs some great game-enhancing
features. There's an offhand grappling hook, which is great for getting around, but even
better for grabbing frozen opponents and dragging them around the map. There's also a
partial Balance of Power
feature, which helps the HPB's of the world by making you temporarily invincible when your
ping hits 999, saving you the aggravation of getting frozen while stuck. Other options
available to frozen players include a chase cam feature that you can use to track other
players, and the ability to play anguished cries for help.
In developing Freeze Tag, Doolittle has taken a simple
idea, made some small changes to standard team deathmatch, and come up with a gigantic
game modification worthy of being in everyone's Quake II directory.
mod homepage: www.planetquake.com/freeze