Reviews for Frozen Synapse
Plan your movesStebsis | May 30, 2013 | See all Stebsis's reviews »
Frozen Synapse if just fun game. Story is throw away and nothing about it feels interesting, but the gameplay is just superb. At the beginning of every round you go to this top-down view of the area, you see your enemies, your guys, civilians, allies and targets. So what's the idea behind seeing your enemy, doesn't it get too easy for a strategy game? In the beginning of a round, you have control over your guys, and also your enemies, and this is the best part of the game, planning your moves. Every round you move set amount of time and then it goes to second round. In planning mode, you get to try out different scenarios. What if your enemy moves to this direction? Can I shoot him or is he quicker than me? Does my weapon reach as far as his? What if he's looking to that direction? You get to move around your and enemy guys to try out all the different scenarios you might think, you then decide what action you want to take, and your guys move how you ordered them to, and the enemies of course do their own thing. If you didn't take into account every door and window and possible route enemy might take to get to you or the target you need to protect, you can die if AI is smart enough to predict your movement. Planning is the best part of the game, and it's intense to then watch what really happens.
If you like planning in games and even going to extreme lenghts to calculate your every move, this is heaven for you. It's intense and fun to play, and also unforgiving.
Great tactical strategy game.wombatman10 | March 17, 2013 | See all wombatman10's reviews »
Frozen Synapse manages to be addictive and fun. The game play is similar to the earlier games in the Rainbow Six series but with enemy AI that will react to what you do. The multiplayer side isn't very populated so you will probably be stuck with playing with friends or playing the single player campaign. Speaking of the campaign, it lacks in interesting story or characters. Fortunately this is irrelevant because the missions provide enough diversity to be entertaining on its own. The soundtrack to this game is also exceptional and creates the perfect blend of tension and tranquility. Definitely worth picking up on a sale.
Should I expect more from an indie game?MorphineBear | Dec. 24, 2012 | See all MorphineBear's reviews »
During the short while I played this game, I was horribly confused. There were buttons everywhere and even the tutorial was confusing. Just the tutorial itself got me bored of playing. It is an indie game afterall, so I could be biased since I had high expectations from a game that retails twenty dollars. It's completely overpriced, I think, and should really cost in the seven to fifteen range.
It's more of a "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell" TBS title than any other. There's no action scenes or serious espionage.
Great strategy gameCJV | Sept. 2, 2012 | See all CJV's reviews »
Frozen Synapse is a turn-based strategy game with a somewhat simply design but great gameplay. I don't really know how to explain the game mechanics, just that they are great and if you like strategy you should really try this game.
Rainbow Six without action phase.zhack075 | Aug. 29, 2012 | See all zhack075's reviews »
This indie game is awesome but really hard. If you want a good comparison, this game is an old Rainbow six without the action phase. You need to plan, anticipate and think a lot in order to master the action.
Singleplayer is endless as you can generate random action and the campaign is really hard. Moreover, Multiplayer is huge, you can play on the internet or even by using mail... yes, you can play this turn based game using mail in order to play your turn.
If you like tactical game, this is a must have !
A solid indie titleCooberstooge | Aug. 19, 2012 | See all Cooberstooge's reviews »
Fans of turn-based strategy would be wise not to pass this one up. Frozen Synapse is old-school excellence to the core, with plenty of action to be had for vets and newcomers to the genre.
The futuristic setting and accompanying suitable graphics are spot-on. Action is quite often fast, as all the players take their turns at once, sometimes making for unforeseen problems. The single player campaign is long, and I've never once found myself getting bored while playing it. The multi aspect is pretty well dead by this point, like other reviewers have stated, although if you're lucky and find some diehards to run through a few matches with, you'll find the majority of the community to be pretty decent.
Think of this game as chess...with guns.
Excellent indie gameCynaris | July 20, 2012 | See all Cynaris's reviews »
Frozen Synapse delivers on the promise of the old Squad-based Tactical TBS games. It takes patience, careful planning, perception, and understanding of your surroundings. You control multiple armed people, through randomly generated levels, where your objective is to solve the problems thrown at you with the least possible losses/in the shortest amount of turns. Of course variety will not let it become stale, so these aren't the only mission types.
The visuals are of course limited, coming from an indie studio, but aproppriate for the cyberpunk setting. The music is exceptionally well done and a joy to listen to. The game also boasts a deep multiplayer with tons of modes and options to choose from.
Overall the game is a great value, but requires a specific mindset to play.
Endless tactical possibilitiessweetcuppincake | June 13, 2012 | See all sweetcuppincake's reviews »
If you are the kind of tactician who wants to make the most out of your turns and would endlessly view possible outcomes in order to figure out your best move, this is the game for you. Even if that doesn't sound like you, Frozen Synapse is still a great game. Squad-based tactics are yours to control with as much or as little input as you want to provide. Each player (opponents can be AI or other players) chooses how each member of their squad will move and behave in order to reach the optimal combat outcome. Once the moves are set, the two opposing teams act simultaneously, and though you planned well, the results will never be exactly as you predicted.
This game features a single-player campaign set in a futuristic world (hence the graphics), and online multiplayer that works sort of like chess by mail. You make your turn and will be notified when your opponent has made theirs so you can see the outcome. You can customize just about every setting and choose from several types of games.
The major failing of this game is not necessarily the fault of the game, but for a concept that relies so strongly on multiplayer, there are very few people still actively playing. Even when it first came out, I had several matches that were never completed because the other person chose not to play any longer. That said, the story mode and AI matches are still lots of fun and the dedicated fans are always looking for new challengers.
One of the better indie games out there, but..CSHen042 | Feb. 9, 2012 | See all CSHen042's reviews »
Frozen Synapse is a turn-based-strategy where you and another player takes turns blasting each other to bits given a team of different characters including ones with shotguns, machineguns and even rocket launchers. The graphic style features a cyber-esque design to it, together with procedurally generated levels to provide some variety to the maps. The game has a decent amount of campaign levels to be explored, but the main fun to the game goes into its multiplayer games, which pits your team against other players around the world, provided that, there is actually players playing the game. The game suffers from the little amount of players playing the game, but it could prove to be quite an amount of fun if enjoyed with a group of friends. I have not stumbled upon any kind of glitches or bugs at the moment, and the game has quite a low graphics requirement to it. I would recommend this game if you buy it together with your friends, and finding players might be quite a difficulty for those who stay outside the US.