Frozen Endzone (possibly soon to be Frozen Cortex) is a brilliant new type of game from Mode7Games. It mixes sports with the turn-based action of their previous entry into the market, Frozen Synapse. Players plan their players moves, can plan opponent's moves to see what will happen, and then submit their turn. Meanwhile, their opponent does the same planning process, and then after both players have submitted their turn, the game calculates and displays a result. Best part is that you never have to be online at the same time as your opponent!
The game itself has simple rules. You score points by running through bonus zones or getting into the endzone. Players must advance the ball each turn. Once you run the ball, you cannot pass it again, aside from a free turn at the beginning of a possession.
The blocking works well, with whoever is stopped first getting to block any moving player. Players within a certain range will intercept a ball, and players within a certain range will chase after and tackle opponents.
I enjoy both major modes of play, Full Match and Duplicate. Full Match involves 18 turns of play, with turnovers changing possession, and touchdowns causing the game to restart in the original position with the teams swapped. Duplicate is almost an 'extra point' type situation, where the offense is trying to score and the defense just to stop them - possession changes count as ending the play and then the match restarts with the teams swapped, and whoever has the most points wins.
They're still improving it as we speak, and working on a single player campaign which sounds amazing. This is a must have for anyone who has an interest in sports and loved Frozen Synapse, and is worth a try for someone who is a fan of either sports or Frozen Synapse.