A hard-hitting simultaneous-turn-based tactical game from the creators of Frozen Synapse. Defeat your opponent’s plans on a randomly-generated playfield in this brutal futuresport.
User reviews: Very Positive (194 reviews) - 81% of the 194 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 19, 2015

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Buy Frozen Cortex Soundtrack Tier

Everything in the Basic Tier and also MP3 and FLAC versions of the soundtrack

Buy Frozen Cortex Mega Tier

Everything in the Basic and Soundtrack Tiers, a copy of Frozen Synapse, a big bundle of nervous_testpilot and chiptune music and some special in-game customisation items

Buy Frozen Cortex Ultimate Tier

Everything in the Basic, Soundtrack and Mega tiers along with some more in-game customisation items and a special Frozen Synapse inspired team


Recommended By Curators

"Understanding the nuances of Frozen Cortex reveals a deep strategic experience that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Frozen Synapse."
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“Frozen Cortex is one of the deepest strategic experiences on PC”
87% – PC Gamer

“Frozen Cortex’s distilled tension makes each match feel like the best bits of sport and strategy gaming”

“Adaptation, anticipation, creativity: this is what strategy is all about - and this is a game that really gets it”
Recommended – Eurogamer

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Frozen Cortex Manager Mode Features

  • AI simulation mode for viewing matches around the league and when you don’t feel like playing a match yourself
  • Set strategic options for the AI and player positions on offense and defense
  • Comprehensive team management options and salary cap system
  • Full post-match and season stats for every individual player
  • Player injuries and mechanical failures
  • 90-team college league featuring draft and huge end-of-season tournament
  • Fill out your college tournament bracket and see how your predictions fare
  • More betting options: bet on both GCL and C.O.L.L.E.G.E. league matches
  • Use winnings to buy armour and customise your team
  • Full play-by-play summary of every match that happens in the game world

Free Copy For A Friend

Get a free Frozen Cortex: Basic Edition for a friend with every order.

What's In The Tiers?


  • A full and unrestricted copy of the game for a friend


  • Everything in the basic tier
  • FLAC and MP3 versions of the soundtrack


  • Everything in the soundtrack tier
  • In-Game customisation items
    • "Mega Helmet"
    • "Astonishing Trophy"
    • Special Celebration Animation
  • Steel and Glass EP
  • Chiptune Bundle
  • Determinance Soundtrack
  • Frozen Synapse Complete Pack
  • Behind-The-Scenes Music Production Video (coming soon)
  • Developer Video Interviews (coming soon)


  • Everything in the Mega tier
  • More In-Game customisation items
    • "Incredible Trophy"
    • "Ultimate Gloves"
    • "Ultimate Shoulder Pads"
    • Frozen Synapse Team

About This Game

Frozen Cortex is a simultaneous turn-based strategy game from Mode 7, the creators of Frozen Synapse. Get a free key for a friend with every purchase!

Make a plan for your customised robots on a randomly-generated playfield. Positioning, timing and reading the terrain are all vital if you want to outwit your opponent.

Your moves, and those of your opponent, play out at the same time.

Taut, competitive multiplayer and a deep, complex single player with three different league modes (including large-scale randomly generated league) mean that you can experience your own brand of futuresporting glory!

“Another brilliant slice of strategy from Mode 7” (Eurogamer)

“I’ve been looking forward to this as much as almost any other game this year.” (Adam Smith, RockPaperShotgun)


  • Free key for a friend with every purchase
  • Four core single player modes: roguelike “Knockout” mode; Global Cortex League mode; Manager Mode; Randomly Generated Season Mode
  • Experience the intrigues of the Global Cortex League with a compelling story that spans the various modes - play how you want and keep up with the narrative!
  • 7 unique AI teams each with their own coach who responds dynamically to the play
  • Manager Mode - vast season mode featuring salary cap, roster management, free agent bidding, a college league, injuries and much more...
  • Multiplayer modes: Full Match and Duplicate; several variants of each; make your own custom mode!
  • Online rankings and fast matchmaking
  • Team Editor: name your players, customise their stats, armour, faces and more!
  • Further customisation options including Pitch Editor
  • Music from legendary indie game composer nervous_testpilot

This game was previously called Frozen Endzone and was renamed Frozen Cortex while in Early Access

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 & at least 1GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Soundtrack Tier requires extra 1GB disk space, Mega & Ultimate Tiers require extra 4GB disk space.
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • OS: OS X 10.9
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.1+ & 1GB VRAM
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Soundtrack Tier requires extra 1GB disk space, Mega & Ultimate Tiers require extra 4GB disk space.
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • OS: Kernel 2.6 or higher
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.1+ & at least 1GB VRAM
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Soundtrack Tier requires extra 1GB disk space, Mega & Ultimate Tiers require extra 4GB disk space.
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
The movement of your players matters. Run or Pass the ball? Plan it out on your tactical board. How much time will you have in this turn? This is easier to determine as the posessing team since you have an advantage in dominating the course of the game, nonetheless the defending team may have good insight and read the game.
This is a simulatenous-turn game with an abstract play field. The geometry of the field is your playground. A plan worth 5 - 10 of your minutes thinking about it is compressed into a 5 - 10 second exchange that will reveal your success.

This is the tactical 1v1 game I have been looking for. One one hand, it has the benefits of being turn-based, like board games typically are. On the other hand, it's based on the advantages of being a computer game which is reflected in the wonderful UI as well as in the rules and in the mechanics. I enjoy the tactical depth of this game very much.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
In Frozen Cortex you manage a team of robots through a turn-based game of 5v5 handball. The gameplay is wonderfully satisfying, once you understand the rules of the game which plays like a mix between mode7's other game, Frozen Synapse, and Madden football.

The game within the game begins with one team starting on the receiving end of the board and the other taking defensive positions. During a pre-turn planning phase the player plans the movement and positions of each of their robotic players in anticipation of what the other player's robots will do and where they will be during the upcoming turn. Anticipation is a critical game mechanic here as not only is the player able to map out the movement of their team members during the planning phase, but they are also able to map out how they predict the other team will move. After mapping your predictions for both teams, but before formally submitting your plan, you can review the simulated results of your players actions vs. what you have predicted the opposing team will do. This is the same mechanic used in Frozen Synapse, for those who have played.

The ultimate goal of the game is to score more points than the opposition. This is done by either guiding the ball carrier over small blue squares on the board, worth two points a piece, or by getting a ball carrier into the endzone, worth 7 points. The board is riddled with obstacles, a mix of high walls, which you can not pass over, and a mix of low walls which you can throw over. The obstacles vary drastically from board to board, with wide open stages favoring long ball passing and creative drives or more congested boards that require careful planning for successful navigating. Combining these obstacles with the two distinct scoring methods allows for a wealth of strategic possibility.

As mentioned earlier, the rules of this robo-handball are not exceedingly intuitive. Those who have played sports like football and soccer will undoubtedly suffer through a few lost matches as they settle in to Frozen Cortex's mechanics and shake off any preconceptions they have. Expect to make mistakes before learning the subtle nuances of the game. Once the rules are understood the game begins to absolutely shine. This is when careful anticipation of an opponents mindset pays off. Once over the initial, gentle learning curve moments like intercepting a pass by carefully positioning your team several turns in advance or predicting a running route, setting the defense men and drop kicking the ball carrier before he can reach the endzone has the player feeling like the Vince Lombardi of robotic futuresport!

The game is not without it's flaws though. It lacks the depth larger sports franchises have. Although the league mode has personality, drafting different robot models with different attributes doesn't seem to greatly influence playstyles. Additionally, some of the smaller details added to league mode, like the viewing minor league results and the option to review the play-by-plays of other teams matches each week of the season seem superfluous (although viewing either of these things is completely optional and does not affect the results of the league whatsoever).

If you are looking for a sports game with deep team management, dynasty modes, and other "EA Sports"-like features. This may not be the game for you.

However, if you are looking for a lighter turn-based strategy game and enjoy the actual sport part of sports games, the fantastic game of sci-fi robot handball in Frozen Cortex is definitely worth checking out.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
John Madden once told me that if you score more points than the other guy, you win. While he's not wrong, he missed the part about how you can also falcon punch your foe and it looks as amazing as you would hope.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Frozen Cortex takes everything that made Frozen Synapse great, and wraps it in a brutal robot-futuresport. Absolutely loved it!

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
For a game that spent what seemed like an eternity in this static state where nothing seemed to get fixed (with turns taking up to 2 minutes for AI to make simple decisions, massive lag (the game still lags occasionally, but it's rare and not every turn like it was in Early Access), dead multiplayer and limited singleplayer features and a crap tutorial), they did an AMAZING job in the end. Somehow, some way, a recent patch fixed everything wrong with this game. When it was released from Early Access, it was still a game lacking in many features, but then one day, a smorgasbord of features and bug fixes was added. I didn't even really have hope after a while because it felt like the game went nowhere for a year, but this is its final form. It's practically almost perfect. It's multiplayer is bustling whenever I'm on, but I don't really play it, I just play the single player. I'm not far in my season, but the season/franchise mode finally brought a reason to play single player. And it's really good, albeit suffering from "don't-know-what-to-do-itis" due to a lack of a good tutorial about what to do. The AI doesn't take painstaking amounts of times to decide to move 3 pixels: it's rare that the AI takes longer to take a turn than I do. I'll recommend this game to anyone, a BIG switch from barely 4 months ago.
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