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Frozen Synapse





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Frozen Synapse





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.

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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.

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

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Mode 7
Mode 7
Indie, Mac
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Digital PC Download
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Minimum Requirements


  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Graphics: Netbook integrated graphics
  • Hard Drive: 220 MB


  • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
  • Processor: 1GHZ PowerPC (or Intel)
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Hard Drive: 220 MB
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Chess with guns


Frozen Synapse is won with tactics and planning. Playing consists of giving order to your virtual soldiers, watching how those orders perform and repeating until there's no more opposition. The real genius comes with the addition of a preview system that allows to estimate the result of a sequence of commands. This system even allows to dictate the actions that the other player will take, so you can see what will happen if they try to flank you, or if they can escape from your rocket. Aesthetically, the game goes for TRON simple, with your men in green, enemies in red, others in yellow, and the world in blue. Some might find it unpleasant, but I think it helps to focus on the combat and is also adds to the narrative. The story itself is the usual cyberpunk stock, with evil corporations, but interesting enough to carry the campaign. Missions are rather varied, with the usual kill-them-all, but also protect the targets, hold the line and some others, and relate well to the developing narrative. Music is also pleasant, although not unforgettable.

Turn-based mind-reading


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


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


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


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.

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