Frozen Synapse

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"Frozen Synapse is an amazing refinement of the tactical strategy genre. It's both approachable for those new to the genre and deep enough to keep you coming back." -

"manages to turn the intricate nature of turn-based tactical combat into something that is deviously complex yet accessible for all" -

Frozen Synapse is the ultimate tactical game bringing the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre bang up-to-date and lets you give detailed, accurate orders to your squad: classic gameplay with a modern interface. Plan your moves, test them out, then hit the "Prime" button: both you and your enemy's turns are executed simultaneously. Competitive-but-intuitive multiplayer and a huge single player campaign mean that Frozen Synapse will give you hours and hours of tactical delight.

Key Features:

  • 5 challenging multiplayer modes, including the innovative bidding-based “Secure” and “Hostage Rescue”

  • 55-mission single player campaign with dynamic dialogue and thrilling near-future narrative

  • Powerful Skirmish Generator

  • Facebook, Twitter and YouTube integration

  • Integrated IRC chat as well as various community features

  • Random generation combined with hand-crafted content means that levels and maps are different every time

  • Critically-acclaimed electronica soundtrack by musician nervous_testpilot

Customer reviews


Turn-based mind-reading

storm84 | Aug. 26, 2015 | See all storm84's reviews »

Frozen Synapse gives the ultimate illusion of control. For each turn, not only are you able to meticulously plan out each move, you are able to watch the potential outcome in real time. So you can try out your strategy over and over until you feel you have it just right. The only problem is the other player has this same feature, so Frozen Synapse becomes as much about working out what your opponent would do as it does your own strategy. Fail to comprehend what your opponent is doing and the results are disastrous. Graphics-wise, there's really not much to it. The interface is clunky. But with most strategy games, it's success is in its gameplay. And Frozen Synapse does offer a unique satisfying strategic experience.


A neat little strategy shooter

ThreshNautBlitz | July 7, 2014 | See all ThreshNautBlitz's reviews »

To find a top down shooter this good is rare. Turn based mechanics, variety of classes, and room composition allow for this game to have infinite replayability. While there's always room for improvement, the game's overall feeling is smooth. Filled with endless strategy and countless hours of fun, Frozen Synapse is an easy 9/10.


Turn Based Tactics

damodarko | April 16, 2014 | See all damodarko's reviews »

This game is a lot of fun. It is simple to pick up but hard to master. It's sleek and appealing to the eye and the soundtrack pays for itself. This is a great game to have installed to have a quick play of and put down. It's a lot of fun but the mission do get a bit samey if played for long durations. Multiplayer brings a fresh feel to the entire game and certainly would recommend you and your friend pick this up for a cheap bit of fun. It's a great idea, executed well. However, it is basic and there are no surprises as you advance through the skirmishes. It is a simple but fun turn based tactics game.


Appealing to the eye and to the mind

lipfter | Feb. 7, 2014 | See all lipfter's reviews »

Frozen Synapse is a nice replica of virtual chess, everything is based by turns, so you could call it a TBS, yet this game has a unique way of showing TBS aspects. Two players meet each other in a battlefield where their soldiers are scattered around randomly, each player orders all of his units to move to any place on the map and turn on additional options, functions such as - "shoot on sight" or "stop on sight". The game requires luck, skill and anticipation. Graphics are really beatiful, they are not good but they are certainly detailed that they seem like they were really good and the effects in game are really quite appealing. In Frozen Synapse even a weak player could win against a good player if he would be lucky because weak players are sometimes unpredictable thats why its hard to play against them in this TBS game. The soldiers you are given are all different and do different things from sub-machine guns to bazookas or lazers. Worth buying.


Didn't quite hit the mark

GeorgeStorm | Jan. 21, 2014 | See all GeorgeStorm's reviews »

I love the idea of Frozen Synapse, turn based tactical combat where you move troops, set fire orders etc. However it didn't quite hit the mark for me, I found the ui/way of controlling your guys a little cumbersome. The art style is quite TRON-esque and I quite like it, thanks to its relatively simple nature it can run on low end PCs which is nice. The music is great, very fitting, I ended up getting the soundtrack as well as it's worth listening to some of it on its own. I tried the multiplayer, and once I'd got a game I found I had the issue of the opponent taking an age, and there didn't seem to be any way to force him to take his turn/there wasn't a time limit. This may be due to the mode I played, but I wasn't really sure what I was doing and I found the game didn't really assist me in any way to find out what the modes were etc. If you're a patient gamer then this game has a lot of potential, offering a nice slow paced tactical game with lots of planning and calculating needed, but it's not the friendliest of games to get into.