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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." - EscapistMagazine.com
"manages to turn the intricate nature of turn-based tactical combat into something that is deviously complex yet accessible for all" - Destructoid.com
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.
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
Easy to Learn, Hard to Mastercalculator42 | Oct. 26, 2013 | See all calculator42's reviews »
How the game works:
The game is "turn-based" but with a twist. You and your opponent each have a team of units to control. You play from a top-down view and give your units their orders but here's the cool part: the units of both teams only start following their orders after BOTH players have pressed the "End turn" button. In other words, while you are making your own plan of attack, you also have to try and figure out what your opponent's plan of attack might be!
The game is easy to pick up because its basics can be learnt in a few minutes, as units/objects have simple, very clear strengths and weaknesses. However, the game will probably take a very long time to master because of the puzzles/mind-games you'll be playing against your opponent.
In my opinion, the game is mainly for multiplayer, although it does have a singleplayer campaign. I haven't played much of the campaign, so can't speak on how good that is. I loved multiplayer though and MP has multiple game modes as well. Examples of game mode:
Each team has to kill the other team (or get a score advantage by the end of the rounds, which are by default 8). Both players can see each others units at all times.
Same as the above, but a player cannot see the opponent's units until the opponent's units are in line-of-sight of the player's own units.
Charge (also available in Light/Dark):
If I remember right, in this mode, one team tries to get across the map while the other team tries to stop it.
There are a few other modes as well.
From what I saw, the community is on the small side but there were almost always enough people online (30+, I think) to play with when I checked.
Players often seem to play multiple games at once. For instance, I'll start 2 or 3 games, make my turn in one game and then, while my opponent is still making his move, I'll switch to the 2nd game and make my turn there. You can even make your move after days if you want. However, after both players have done one turn, one time restriction sets in place: if a player does not make his/her move for two weeks, he/she loses the match. In my experience, people usually make their moves in minutes, or a day, so there usually wasn't too much waiting for me.
Note: the DLC gives both players the option of customizing the time limit given for each turn. I don't know if the non-DLC game does this too.
The game has previously been in two Humble Bundles and I am pretty sure it has been at 75% off multiple times. So, in my opinion, you can expect it to go on sales later. As it works similar to games like Chess, Frozen Synapse certainly has a lot of replay value for its price.
Frozen Synapse - reviewNeapolis47 | Oct. 9, 2013 | See all Neapolis47's reviews »
Frozen Synapse asks us to manage a team of specialists armed programmable through a series of waypoints that indicate where each unit to move on the game map . On the field, made up of walls and windows randomly generated by the CPU , we find another team , enemy , which is handled in a similar way by the CPU or a human player . Once you have decided on the move to go to the testing phase that will determine whether our units will move properly through a simulation. Obviously, at this stage the enemies are real estate, because to understand the movements of the opponents is our task, but it is still a useful tool to detect possible errors in the formulation of orders. At this point you can start the round proper during which each unit automatically engages the enemy that lies ahead . And it is at this stage that involved a number of modifiers that determine who can shoot and when you can do it. In fact, a unit is moving slower to fire than a firm , who wields a gun is faster to shoot the other and a soldier with the rocket launcher works late but can destroy a wall killing those who are in the affected area . We must then consider that each weapon has a different radius so it is good not to leave units with short-range weapons in the aisles or standing in front of a window. Finally, each action can be delayed with a timer that allows you to determine the timing of each movement with absolute precision. But the modifier is undoubtedly the most important aims . During the planning and staffing in fact the key element is the viewfinder that determines the point at which a unit will look during the action phase . The greater the alignment between aims and position of the enemy , the greater the chance of an opposing unit to cool the first time. In short, for every move , almost as if we were playing chess , it is necessary to provide as many actions as possible opponents .
Stylish and Surprisingly AddictiveBronYrAurStomp | Aug. 24, 2013 | See all BronYrAurStomp's reviews »
I've found Frozen Synapse to be extremely rewarding and frustrating at the same time. It is one of the games that when you get your tactics right you will fist pump the air in joy. It's a game designed to be played slowly and thoughtfully. Each stage requires perfect planning, especially when played against a human opponent. It can be extremely unforgiving and at times down right unfair, but it has a nice style and addictive game types.
Best played with a friend on coop - Expect a thrashing if you play multi-player
Tron style, Jagged Alliance gameplaymahon | Aug. 5, 2013 | See all mahon's reviews »
I was a little hesitant about this game and I think I passed various offers for it many a time. It looked so much like Tron, which is not my favorite style. Yet when I eventually got it and tried the gameplay out, oh wow, I was positively surprised! Under the layer of Tron-like graphics, Frozen Synapse is a great tactical shooter in the kind of Jagged Alliance and XCom series. You set orders for your units and then let the timer run to see if your decisions were any good. The game leaves you very much freedom and flexibility in your commanding, even though initially it seemed a bit simplistic - it was only a false impression. I quickly forgot about (or maybe got used to) the graphical style and got immersed in the very enjoyable gameplay, which convinced me that I can recommend it to all players of good old Jagged Alliance games. I would only wait for at least slightest discounts, as the full price is a bit high.
Complicated but worth the effortNivear | July 21, 2013 | See all Nivear's reviews »
Frozen Synapse is a turn based strategy game with a lot of control. The game starts off complex and you need patience to get used to the visual representation along with how to execute commands but once you figure everything out it is quite a fun game to play. The multiplayer matches are certainly challenging and the campaign levels are a great way to prepare yourself for them while learning the finer points.