Take on the role of Tactics, leading a rebel faction to overthrow a powerful corporation controlling the virtual city of Markov Geist. Control an elite strike team of futuristic soldiers; plot paths and issue orders to your units, test your plans and predict your opponent in each turn.
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Release Date: Nov 14, 2014

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“Find some friends, create some matches, and embrace a thinking man’s tactics game.”
87% – IGN

“Unique, formidable tactics”
85% – 4players

About This Game

A Reimagined Frozen Synapse Experience

Take on the role of Tactics in a brand new Frozen Synapse experience. Lead a rebel faction to overthrow a powerful corporation controlling the city of Markov Geist.

Control an elite strike team of futuristic soldiers - From shotgunners and snipers, to grenadiers and machine-gunners in the ultimate turn-based strategy game. Plot paths and issue orders to your units, test your plans and predict your opponent in each turn. Combat plays out on procedural, 3D, destructible and customizable battlefields.

Play online to become the ultimate tactician – Synchronous play allows you to battle against players live. Asynchronous multiplayer enables you to compete in multiple games simultaneously.

Key Features

  • Rich single player campaign with 40+ challenging missions set in a dystopian future
  • Multiplayer suite with asynchronous and synchronous play options, player matchmaking, preset map, squad options and more!
  • In addition to classic death match, games involve protecting VIPs, rescuing hostages, infiltrating and controlling bases and collecting items to score points
  • Save your matches and share your favourites with friends using the Replay Theatre!
  • Global leaderboards allow you to view a player’s match records and statistics

Gameplay Enhancements

We’ve rebuilt the original Frozen Synapse from the ground up to provide a more immersive and accessible experience, while enhancing everything that made the original so great.

  • New Full 3D Presentation - Experience the world of Frozen Synapse like never before. Newly design characters models, destructible arenas, cinematic replays, kill cams, dynamic lighting, audio and visual effects
  • Powered Up Tactics – Devise new strategies with Slide, Sweep, Room Selection, Targeting, dynamic cones-of-vision alongside a host of additional enhancements
  • Relive the action – Replay Theatre records all your multiplayer matches, friends battles and the world’s best face offs
  • Plus a huge amount of new content and improvements, balanced with feedback from the fans of the original. Check them all out in our community hub.

Overhauled Multiplayer Experience

  • Challenge players online, or compete asynchronously against friends around the world
  • A suite of new options for finding, joining, creating and customizing your own matches
  • Global leaderboards showcase you, your friends and the best of the Frozen Synapse Community
  • New scoring, match objectives and intelligent matchmaking promotes competitive and fair match-ups
  • Learn from the pros - Pick up tips and tactics, in specific match-types from the Replay Theatre’s pick of the top matches
  • Manage and make turns in multiple games at once, via your ‘Active Matches’ list

Frozen Synapse Prime Steam Edition

  • Exclusive new Arena Mode - Battle in unique and challenging scenarios, designed to empower you to strategize in new ways and utilize the terrain like never before
  • Play with keyboard and mouse, mouse only, or controller only
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Trading Cards
  • Soundtrack includes all music tracks from the original game, plus the ‘Red Pack’ expansion

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel i3 760 @ 1.2GHz (Dual Core)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5450 OR NVidia GeForce 7300
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 450 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 760 @ 2.6GHz (Quad Core)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 6770 1GB or Nvidia GTX 460 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 450 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
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101 of 123 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2015
There's no reason to buy this over the original Frozen Synapse. The menus and UI are all designed to be used with a gamepad, and arent very mouse friendly. I don't think there's any new content either, I've not seen any. No new units, No new dynamics to the gameplay or the maps / stages. You figure they could do something like add multiple floors to buildings and stairs to make the gameplay a bit more interesting but they just somehow couldnt come up with any new ways to improve the gameplay. The soldiers look like dumb G.I. Joe villians in this version too for some reason.

Buy the original Frozen Synapse and enjoy it.
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77 of 100 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2015
Very bad when compared to previous Frozen Synapse.

UI is awful, unintuitive and apparently they directly ported this UI from console counterpart. In other words, you're gonna have a bad time playing with KB/M - of which surprisingly good for Frozen Synapse.

The soundtrack is the same like before, so don't get the OST DLC, you're going to be disappointed.

I really, really want to give a heartfelt recommendation, but can't. This game is lacking in every aspect.

If you really want to play TBS, go with Frozen Synapse + Red DLC.
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61 of 75 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
112.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
I may be a bit biased, but I'm a big fan of Frozen Synapse and am biased toward liking Prime as well.

With that said, given the 50 percent off coupon, and two copies of the game, it is more than worth the price for anyone who is a fan of the original.

The primary improvements, in my opinion are this:
  • Units have "weight;" a feel that they are actually impacted by gravity. In other words, when you turn, it isn't some 180 degree in a millisecond trick. You have to actually turn. This requires more planning and thought for checks, rounding corners, etc.

  • In the original synapse (with the Red DLC, actually) were mutators. FS Prime has smartly integrated the Focus Aim and Double Kill ones. WIth Focus Aim (called Sweeping Aim in Prime, if I recollect correctly), every unit can choose whether to aim in the classic sense (facing in a direction and continuing to do so until orders change), or in the Focus fashion, which locks the aim to a single point rather than a direction, thus allowing units to move and remain aimed at the dictated point. This is a far better way of handling this feature than making it all or nothing as it was in the original. As for Double Kill, it is now the standard. All things being equal, two units squaring off will both die if there is no particular advantage.

  • Balancing the power of weapons: In FS, shotguns were unbeatable if coming around a corner against an MG. Not so much now. Now any unit will defeat any other unit, or both will perish, in more realistic fashion. If I'm an MG unit and I'm sitting in a room pointing at the door, and a shotgun rounds the corner, I am going to get the jump on him with my trigger, one would think. Now that is the case. I don't have to square off, look down my scope, etc. at that short range, so it only makes sense that I'd fire quickly from the hip and head home for glory. This does not mean that shotties aren't more deadly at close range, faster moving, etc.; they are. Now range just isn't the only factor.

  • Match creation has become much more straight forward. There are preset squad setups, as well as the expected random and player defined ones. Maps are easy to resize, and the amount of cover, windows, doors, and state of the walls on a map are all easily definable. Changes to these elements are reflected in a quick loading preview.

  • No more Global Elo! This is, unfortunately, both good and bad. The Elo system is brutal on high ranked players, and morever, nobody on the planet Earth fully understands how it calculates. However, while Prime keeps things much simpler, the one downside is that it is based purely on points from all matches played. So, the unemployed guy who plays all day, if good enough to win more than lose, will likely be king of the hill into eternity.

There are a number of very nice details and changes, and this review is long enough already I suspect. There are some bugs as well, but from my very brief experience so far, Double Eleven is listening to the community and attempting to address all feedback, concerns, and issues. Unlike Mode7, they seem to actually act on their words. I hope it stays that way and the various bugs get fixed in a timely fashion.

The final buy or don't buy is really very simple:
If you love Synapse and want the same game in a slightly updated and interesting fashion, this is a must, especially at the $10 for two copies price right now (until Nov. 21, 2014).

If you are not a real fan of the original game, and the reason is not because of the top-down only, dullish, graphics, then you won't want to spend your money on this either.

I personally enjoy it, and even though point rankings aren't that important, given the hope for upcoming patches, I'd have to offer up a 7.5 out of 10, maybe even an 8.

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126 of 187 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
♥♥♥♥♥ier UI, clunky controls, very minor gameplay tweaks that do not merit the pricetag.

Just stick with the original.
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53 of 77 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
I'm going split this review into two parts: First I will talk about the game, then I will compare it to its.. um predeccesor I guess? I have played the first one and so far from what I have seen the core gameplay and campaign havent varied from it, so I will just take my experience from there over here in matters of which I am sure have not changed.

The game is brutal stragety. No RNG. If you lose its not the computers or the games fault, just yours. Matches against the computer ar fair, the AI doesnt "cheat" and matches in multiplayer are always an interesting experience. The tutorial gives you the basics, but some things you have to figure out on your own. Playing against pros usually teaches you some new tricks, even if you have been in the game for a while. So how does this game work? You have a bunch of different units, all with unique skills (Sniper good at long range, shotgun good at short range, rocket guy goes BOOM! and so on). You give orders to these units, for example move there while aiming there. You can also give orders to the enemy units. Then you simulate what WOULD happen if the enemy moves exactly the way you expect it to. You can simulate and give orders to infinity until you are happy. Then you click on the button to actually activate your actions and once the enemy has done this as well (auto against AI) you see the actual results. The closer it is to what you expected and planned for, the more damage you usually do. You win if you kill all enemies or capture certain things, depending on which mode you are playing. All the modes also have a "Light" and "Dark" version. In Light you see the enemy units. In Dark you see them at the beginning and then after that you can only guess where they are (which can get your heart pumpin if its coming down to an all or nothing one on one hunt). The music is nice, I personally can't agree with the "OMG SO AWESOME!" that the others rate it though, it fits the futuristic style of the game though. The looks are also futuristic, but...I dont know why, but I kind of dislike the way the game looks. Its very subtle and experience will of course vary with others. There is a pretty lenghty campaign with a story that has rather confused me more than anything else so far, but I guess if I read every single text I probably would understand more of it, since the game gives a LOT of background information about its world. The campaign also contains some gameplay features that arent in the multiplayer, for whatever reason. Since the multiplayer matches are turn-based it sometimes takes weeks to finish a match because the opponent goes offline. Once you are in the game and while you are in the game you will be told if in one of the games you are playing a new turn has occured. The controls with the keyboard are a bit clumsy and I would reccomend using the mouse and maybe one or two keyboard buttons for functions that you use often. All in all, if you like a game that is really nothing more than simple strategy I can totally reccomend this.

Now to the comparison:
The game looks a lot different. While I dont like the new looks I like them more than the old ones. Sometimes the old looks were just TOO simplistic for my taste and left room for interpretation. With the new looks I know exactly whats going and to going to go on. There is also a killcam now, which is fun to watch so far, expecially since in the old game I sometimes had "how the hell did that kill me?" moments. the controls are...worse? better? I cant tell. I think they could have been done better in both games. I have to say that it is a lot easyer to give orders while waiting though. The best addition really is the new order. You can tell your unit to always look at a certain spot even when moving. So now you dont have to change the field of view every few steps, which in my opinion was a much needed update. One thing, that I am wondering though: where did the riotshielders go? I never figured out how to use them in the old game anyway, but they could have at least used them here as well, without DLC. I havent quite figured out the new arena mode yet, so far it just seems like a normal match on a pretty large map to me. One thing I am uncapable of finding is the chat in multiplayer. If they removed: MY GOD WHY? If they didnt: where is it? A change of look that I am liking is the.. I'm just going to call it interface, of the campaign. Where you view background information and talk to people. I just..looks better in my opinion. Now to the main question: "Should I buy it if I already own the original?" Cant answer that one, I know I am glad I did it, but that is, hoping, that there will a couple of updates on this game.

played again after a while and from I have seen the multiplayer is ♥♥♥♥ing dead. so if ya buy it, do it for local play and singeplay
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2015
If you're going to play for the multiplayer mode i'd assume you'd be better off with the original, it has a larger playerbase as far as i know.
But If you're going to play for the singleplayer mode and like the revamped artstyle of prime however, there's only improvements to be found here!
I never completed the original Frozen Synapse due to frustration. I don't remember what it was exactly that caused me to run out of patience, but i guess i just didn't find the combat system detailed and reliable enough.
Fortunately, this has been adressed in Prime, Now you have more options on how to control your vatforms and there's dynamic cone vision as well. It improved the experience indeed, the frustration was gone and i was able to complete the campaign.
So if you're playing Frozen Synapse for the Singleplayer mode, i'd say Prime is the superior experience in that regard.
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30 of 41 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
I have very mixed feelings. It's a fine game, turn-based, tactical, futuristic and stuff. But it's nothing new for the gameplay. I recommend this game if you haven't played the original or prefer newer graphics or have a device with touchscreen.
It's 7.5/10 as standalone,
It's 6/10 as "HD"-ish remake.
P.S. Oh, I forgot. After 4,5 hours of playing there are two things that I really like in this remake: optimized outcome calculation (MUCH faster) and grenade's bouncing physics.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2015
Want a graphical stylish tactical squad turnbased game? Continue reading!..

Gamemodes included with the game is: A singleplayer campaign, Multiplayer and Skirmish.

So what about the story? Well you are a hired elite soldier for the rebels. your goal is to overthrow a powerfull coperation.The story progress through a city map screen where you can click to progress or hear what characters have to say through potraits with a text window.

You controll a team of elite soldiers and you need to outsmart the Ai on the battlefield. You must plan carefully every move for your soldiers. If it goes wrong? Restart and change tactics. The Ai will and can change tactics on the battlefield. (Note! I recommend playing through the 2 tutorials so you get a hang of the game and mechanics before starting a game.)

Gfx, interface and levels ingame is clean and stylish. Levels are clever and tactical and fun to play, They will surely give you a challenge but they can be beaten. Iam counting myself as newbie tactical but i havent found a level yet that have been unbeatable. My only complain is the campaign wich is a big city map wich you click to progress your game. Nothing wrong with the map but you can only read what characters want to say but not really talk to them. Also you can not setup your team weapons and outfitt, those are premade for each missions instead.

The sound effects are good and music does what it should. Some speech for the text screens would have been nice.

When you have beaten campaign you can play skirmish. I think the game will be enjoyable for a longtime in skirmish because you can change almost every aspect of the rules, soldiers weapons and generated maps or why not use the pre-generated maps with other settings.

The game also includes multiplayer. And i can imagine myself the game can be alot of fun with friends for a laugh or two. Sadly i wont include a multiplayer review due to litle time online.

GFx 8,5/10
SFx 7,0/10 (Music included)
Interface and game mechanics 9/10 (Slick, stylish and clean. Great controlls)
Story 5,0-10 (Story feels like last thought, its not bad but feels a bit cheap with no animated story that is progressing through campaign.)

So do i recommend this game? YES!.. Price is a bit high so buy it on sale. Its a game every tactical gamer should have in library.

End notes!
I have read that some reviewers complaining about Ai and windows? Just have a guard and have him sweep it and he will kill what comes in front of it. And if you want to move in front of window just click knee and then dash to not to be seen. It was fully explained in the tutorial howto do it. I have done it in my missions and it worked alltimes. Sometimes i did misstakes and the Ai got the upper hand but just restart untill you know what you did wrong in frist place. Or better press space so the timeframe can show what will happen if you end turn. It will only show seconds but it will give a glimps view what can happen. Use it often and wisely. ;)

As allways english is not my main language. But i have tried my best to get it readable. Cheers
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 20, 2015
My feelings on this game are mixed, since I never played the original I have little to no point of reference to compare the two. It's hard when playing against the AI, I'd go so far as to say it's a puzzle game. You basically replay a map over and over in the campaign until you've mapped out the AI's moves because you are usually under gunned and pressed for time which the AI digs in and runs down the clock.

It's difficult to get the drop on the AI because it seems to anticipate your every move. Difficult - frustrating. There's a decent selection of game modes for skirmish and the multiplayer scene isn't as dead as smaller niche games out there so you'll probably find someone to play with depending on the time of day.

I'm still a bit confused as to why you can't change the name of the protagonist which appears hard coded to appear as 'Tactics' for some confusing reason. The UI is clunky and controller support will leave you at a disadvantage over people who play with a mouse. There are a couple bugs yet to be worked out and the game crashed once during my play test, since the game auto saves after every turn it was no big deal.

This is a turn based game where you can easily invest ten plus minutes in each turn but if that's your forte it's worth your time.

My YouTube Review: https://youtu.be/JKMZdF-WAk8
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
"A Reimagined Frozen Synapse Experience"

Not sure what was wrong with the original Frozen synapse but this is the first game remade with updated visuals and models , while it does look better than the first game. The Reimaging brought in a ton of bugs and issues , It also lacks the expansion dlc the first game had.

The mechanics are pretty similar to the first game , The devs are fixing the bugs and issues but was hoping for more sweeping changes.

Its not a terrible game but i would recommend getting if you have played the first game and liked it.

- Better visuals give a feeling that you are fighting in a realstic location
- Retains most mechanism of the first game and adds some
- Kill cam

- Imperfect ui its not as smooth and fast to do stuff as before
- Bugs
- no new content
expect to find bugs like this
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2.3 hrs
Posted: September 28
dont buy the second! this ones the way to go |oh~naff
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2.1 hrs
Posted: September 22
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0.9 hrs
Posted: September 13
This game is awesome, I do spend the majority of the time in this game on my PS Vita though.
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18.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
I had good fun playing it!
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173.9 hrs
Posted: July 25
Short version: Get the game and give it a little patience. Come join the ones who are playing and stick with it for a bit, it's worth it.

Long version: The game is great - it's in the top five for me - but it has a struggling multiplayer base, which can be fixed if you join in :)

One of the great features of this game is that it's turn-based and the players in a match don't need to be online at the same time, as a lot of time can pass in between turns and the match is still active.

Meaning that you could have, say, ten active matches at a certain point, that's twenty cycles (two hours' worth game-time) which you can prime without any the other players being online. If one day you don't have the time, no problem, the match will be waiting when you find the time.

All this game needs at this point is for players to come in and have some PATIENCE.

I started playing 8 months ago and I have managed to play many good matches, but it is a shame that many players come in and don't get that it's turn-based, and they leave thinking the game is completely dead.

You can read what other people think are good or bad aspects of the game, but ultimately it's up to you to try it out for yourself.
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4.5 hrs
Posted: July 14
its ok
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Sarah Hawke
7.1 hrs
Posted: July 13
A bit small but never dull.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: July 7
too old
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75.0 hrs
Posted: June 25
Visually a lot better than the predecessor, but still nothing but micro. While the idea is great, the execution is shoddy. Frozen Synpase isn't deep and complex, it is meticulously tedious and at times infuriatingly unintuitive.
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Demonic Goldfish
9.2 hrs
Posted: June 21
Get if and only if you have a friend who will play with you. Otherwise, no.
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