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:
Overall:
Mostly Positive (231 reviews) - 75% of the 231 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 19, 2015

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Frozen Cortex

Includes a copy of Frozen Cortex for a friend

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

 

Reviews

“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”
RockPaperShotgun

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

Just Updated

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?

Basic

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

Soundtrack

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

Mega

  • 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)

Ultimate

  • 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)

Features


  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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.
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    Minimum:
    • 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.
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    Minimum:
    • 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.
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
This is a decent idea that could have been so much more. If it only had some small details like the ability to train your players in certain attribuites and/or level up your players. The basic gist is that this games lacks customization and control over your team and players. There is also next to nothing in terms of help. There is nothing at all that tells you what the equipment you can buy even does, if anything.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Multiplayer is dead.

Has a decent single-player if you dont mind some bugs, which really should have been fixed on release and it doesn't help that the devs have abandoned this game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
This game is excellent. It's a simultaneous turn-based sports strategy game. Which is to say, it's a lot like... NOPE, can't think of another one.

It's more like Frozen Synapse or other simultaneous turn-based combat games than anything else. I see a lot of comparisons with Blood Bowl, which, given the rules of the game, is understandable, but the nature of gameplay is VERY different.

In addition to the more visible difference of simultaneous turns, Frozen Cortex has no RNG involvement once gameplay starts. The fields are randomly generated, but everything in the game plays out consistently. If your player is in position to block an opponent, the opponent will be blocked. There are stats, but they don't apply as percentages, they're fixed modifiers.

As much as the devs have added small touches to distance themselves from the real sport, the basic goal in a match is a lot like American Football. There's an endzone at each end of the field. Your team's endzone is behind the opposing team, and you want to get a player into the endzone with the ball. Along the way, you can also pick up additional points from lit-up "score pads" placed around the field. The score pads only give you 2 points each, while a "goal" (touchdown?) for reaching the endzone is a comparatively large 7 points. This makes goals the more important focus, but in close games, hitting an extra pad can tip the balance in your favour.

The online community is relatively small, but the nature of the asynchronous gameplay allows for matches to be played over long periods of time. You don't need to be online at the same time as an opponent in order to play, and with options for email notifications, you don't even need to log in to check if your opponent made a play while you were at work (or playing something else). Most of the people I've met in-game have been friendly and helpful, and I've learned a lot from a few people more experienced than myself, as well as passing some of those lessons on to others.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Strategy was actually rather lacking. Most of the novel features don't seem that novel or important to the core gameplay. The core gameplay itself is rather boring or poorly executed and confusing. The window dressing of managing your team and its repair could be a saving grace, but is not in this case. Game does not succeed at being a strategic game, nor as a management sim type game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
218.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Really awesome tactical game to play against human opponents. Prime your commands and wait for your opponent to do the same...9/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny