Brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre up-to-date and lets you give detailed, accurate orders to your squad.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,944 reviews)
Release Date: May 26, 2011

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"A multiplayer tactics game in which you plan your actions and they're all then executed simultaneously against the enemy. Killer soundtrack."
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“Ceaselessly thrilling.”
9/10 – EDGE
“Excellent and inventive...it's such an achievement.”
9/10 – Eurogamer
“The most moreish and brilliant game I've played in years.”
95% – bit-gamer

About This Game

Frozen Synapse is the ultimate tactical game on PC and Mac.
It brings 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:

  • Get a FREE full copy of the game for a friend with every purchase
  • 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
  • 15 Steam Achievements
  • 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

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: Netbook integrated graphics
    • DirectX®:
    • Hard Drive: 220 MB
    • Sound:
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: 1GHZ PowerPC (or Intel)
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics:
    • Hard Drive: 220 MB
    • Sound:
Helpful customer reviews
22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Frozen Synapse is phenomenal. I bought a multipack ages ago, and remember eyeing it with great interest before release. Finally got around to playing it, and being turn based, it can suck the hours away.

One of the major hooks is that you can simulate the actions you think the enemy will take before you complete your turn. This allows you test a bunch of potential outcomes in advance, and it ratches the tension up tenfold.

There are loads of features built into the client: a chat service (communicate with your opponents without needing Friends list functionality), piles of multiplayer modes, a built in IRC client so you can discuss strategies or find new opponents... There's play-by-email functionality, hotseat (aka pass the keyboard) multiplayer, full coop for the campaign, and I don't think I've even mentioned the DLC yet!

Add all that goodness on top of one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard and a cyberpunk inflected premise and story, and you've got a winner. Immense value for the money. If you have any love for turn-based strategy, be sure to pick it up!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
-Quick Review-
Frozen Synapse is a turn based strategy game where you utilize several different types of units to execute a variety of commands. Combat mechanics are based on: Direction, movement, cover, and weapon speed.
-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: I have yet to figure out what type of creature I am… in the campaign mode, I’m under the impression that I’m an artificial intelligence named “Tactics”, whoever had the bright idea of making me an AI apparently need to be shot in the foot, because I proceeded to fail the next ten attempts at the campaign.
The campaign has a total of 55 missions, this game’s appeal is in its competitive aspect, think of this game as a “modern” chess game, although the objectives can be changed from simply “capture the king” to, capture the flag, team elimination, etc.

Game Play: There are five basic units in the game: Machine Gun, Shotgun, Sniper, Grenade Launcher, and Rocket Launcher. Each have different abilities, for example the shot gunner can run fast and does is the fastest at weapon draw, while the Sniper is slow to shoot, but can shoot from almost across the whole map and moves very slowly.
As you get into the game the different units make more sense and you start to learn how to implement them accordingly. I practiced against the computer on campaign… which admittedly felt like bashing my face against a brick wall, but eventually strategies started to stick.

Achievements: There are 16 achievements for this game, one of those achievements requires beating a player named “bin” who is apparently no longer playing… Ergo, this achievement is broken in my book. The rest of the achievements are very straight forward and require either winning a game mode, or doing something specific in the game.
The two hardest achievements are probably “get to level 100” and “Beat the campaign”. Hardest might be the wrong term though, maybe “the most time consuming”? Regardless, there is a fair amount of activity in this game if you’re going after achievements.

Price: Frozen Synapse commonly goes on steam sales, so that is when I would suggest purchasing the game, at the time that I’m writing this review the game is actually 88% off for the next 43 hours. At the standard price of $24.99 that’s probably too high of a price for a strategy game like Frozen Synapse for most people, you can easily pump 20-40 hours into the game… again; if you already know you like strategy games and enjoy learning new ones.

Conclusion: Again to recap: the story/campaign wasn’t particularly intersecting for me, the game play is very precise (a requirement for strategy games), achievements are “meh”, the price is high unless on sale.
I’ve enjoyed playing this game, I would suggest it to people who *already know* they like strategy games. When you first jump into this game it’s definitely daunting to comprehend what’s going on. The game itself tries to help with a lack luster tutorial, but in the end it doesn’t prepare you for the cruel reality of “campaign”. (Unless you happen to be a young strategic genius, who in that case, go back to your business classes and leave my review alone.)
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
90.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Better controls than the prime version.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
86.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
I love it when a plan comes together, and Frozen Synapse is my favourite turn-based game.

It’s similar to ground operations of X-COM, for example, but in purer, simpler form. There’s no base management, inventory, RPG elements. All units of the same type have identical stats. And, unlike X-COM, RNG does not make much of an impact on outcomes of firefights, if any. The typical ‘chance to hit’ mechanic is replaced with ‘time to hit’. If enemy unit is in cover, your unit will need more time to hit him; if enemy units runs into your stationary unit, your unit will shoot first because he had a bonus to this timer, and the enemy had a penalty for running. Thus, if you can predict what your opponent is about to do, you can be 100% sure what will happen when they encounter one of your units. If.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=188303206
The best thing about this game is the ability to plot your opponent’s expected moves and run a simulation that will show what will happen if you do this, and they do that. You can run as many iterations of this as you like before submitting a turn.

In multiplayer FS becomes a game of psychology, misdirection, bluffs and double bluffs. You have to be able to make accurate predictions, but also behave unpredictably, be stealthy, feed misleading information to your foe. And make plans that account for every eventuality.

The maps are random and asymmetrical, but scoring takes this into account. Plus, you can use premade symmetrical maps or make your own. You can even play a flat version of cs_office if you’re so inclined.

There’s a long single player campaign with interesting missions and a cyberpunk-themed story. You can play it in coop, too. And it’s fairly hard. Only 0.6% of players have completed the campaign according to Steam achievement stats. But two of the missions at the end are somewhat glitchy and many people may have quit just because of these.

Downsides: I’m not too fond of the graphics. 3D perspective makes it hard to see whether you have line of sight sometimes, I would prefer to have a flat 2D mode. Thankfully, there’s a line of sight tool that works like a ruler. There’s no offline chat in multiplayer, which is disappointing for a game you can play via e-mail.

Red DLC adds shield units (really cool) and the ability to host coop games and play single-player campaign with a friend, among other things. You can use the new features in multiplayer even if your opponent/partner doesn’t have the DLC. So I’d get the Complete Pack while it’s on −88% sale.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=184591910
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
I like tactics games, but didn't think I would like this game, and so passed it over when I first saw it. I couldn't have been more wrong. My friend gifted me his bonus copy, and I have been playing it nonstop since. It seems like a sort of real time/turn based hybrid and can seem very intimidating at first, but at its core it really is just a turn based game that rewards careful planning. You give your soldiers orders that they then carry out over the course of a 5 second round, and you have a chance to revise the orders each round.

The controls seem complicated when you first start as well, but they are actually both remarkably simple and surprisingly powerful - you can give incredibly intricate orders to your troops with only a few clicks and drags. The asynchronys multiplayer lets you take pretty much all the time you need for your turn, and lets you juggle multiple games if your opponent does the same.

The soundtrack is pretty killer, too. If you're on the fence about this game and you like tactics games, you won't go wrong picking this up.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Can't recommend it enough. I love it! It's like chess with guns.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Frozen Synapse - Raymond K. Turcotte

I swear this may be one of the only darn games that you need to play the tutorial to understand how to play the game. But besides that, this game was and is excellent. I heard of this game from the PC Gamer magazine when it first came out. I won this game, I wouldn’t buy it. Over 20$ is too much for me (My opinion whtevr) Thanks to the 2014 holiday I was able to achieve this game I was looking forward to playing. It was exactly what I thought it would be.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
One of the greatest turn-based games I have ever played.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Absolutely fantastic title. Basically chess with guns. Rich with tactical possibilities and strategic depth. Great online play, whether looking for blitz or correspondence style games. Stellar soundtrack, something I actually listen to on my phone.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
81.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
The single player has an incredible story, filled with a unique world and interesting characters. The gameplay is quite unique, as you and your opponent input your commands at the same time to guide actions within 5 second increments. The interface however is clunky, and the multiplayer has a severe slippery slope effect in many modes, where losing even one unit can put you in too far a disadvantage to make a comeback.

The Red expansion adds more single player missions, a new unit type, more multiplayer modes, and most importantly allows you to play through the single-player campaign cooperatively.

This is a great game for the campaign (through singleplayer or coop), but fails as a reasonable multiplayer experience.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Simultaneous turn based tactical shooter, one of a kind, really good and fun.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Definitely a lot of thought went into this game, I'm looking forward to playing through it more later, at the moment it seems very interesting.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
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130 of 147 people (88%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
It's like playing chess with a SWAT team, combined with an RTS and a psychology game.
Easy to get into, hard to master, GREAT soundtrack.
Definitely worth it if on sale.
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121 of 156 people (78%) found this review helpful
264.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
A really original simultaneous turn-based tactics, set in a cyberworld of a distant future.
Even if usually I'm not too much into this kind of games, I really enjoyed it for its simple yet complex mechanics. The rules are really basic, but since the whole game is about predicting opponent's moves, and you can never, never know for sure what another human being is thinking, and that's why it shines in multiplayer more than anything else, even though it has a lenghty and worthy campaign.
Multiplayer is really versatile too, since you can just leave your turn and play another match (or even another game altogether) while you wait your opponent's; you can even set the game to send you an email when a new turn is awaiting you.
Also, is worth nothing that replay of your matches are automatically saved on the servers, and you can watch even other's really easily; and there's an amazing little option that uploads your matches to your YouTube channel.
Graphics are really simple, but they do their job, and the soundtrack is astonishing good.

Just try the demo and complete the tutorial, you'll get an idea if this is or not a game for you, you could be surprised.
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54 of 57 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
54.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
It's a shame when people have only AAA games in their mind and ignore hidden gems such as Frozen Synapse. The game is not for anyone - that can be said about any game out there. But in this case what I mean is that unlike other games where you just rush and kill everything in sight, in Frozen Synapse you must take a slower and more tactical approach. You are in command of a squad of soldiers, each equipped with different weapons, from shotguns through sniper rifles all the way to rocket launchers. The game has a good tutorial which can make a person understand the basic and more advanced tactics - from the standard take cover tactics to the more advanced search and destroy where each member of the squad covers the blind spot of the other and thus advance in their search for the enemies. Afterwards people can chose whether they want to advance to the campaign, practice against the computer in skirmish matches or go online against other people around the world. This is a game which would be more suited to the gamers which favor brains and strategy over the standard gamers which know only how to react and rely on reflexes while gaming ... If you are of the first type - I recommend buying this, if you are from the latter one - prove us wrong, joins us and show us ! :)
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78 of 100 people (78%) found this review helpful
149.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2014
Frozen Synapse is a game about raw tactics and learning from your mistakes.

Frozen Synapse is an asynchronous turn-based strategy game that puts heavy emphasis on strategy over probability during both single player and multiplayer matches. The game bares down to the raw basics of a strategy game while keeping elements of strategy that make the game absolutely splendid to keep playing even when you've struck out hard against your opponent.

The game features mechanics based around unit positioning and planning your actions via the simulation feature (a mechanic in game that allows you to run a simulation of what would happen if certain units moved around the battlefield) where a well planned move could win turn the match in your favor or conversely cause it to slip from your grasp.

Units in combat are rather simple to understand which makes them user friendly with a bit of practice. The interface is very user friendly (although it might be a bit overwhelming at first since there are a fair bit of options to choose for a unit).

The Red DLC adds an additional single player campaign, additional songs for the soundtrack (which is phenomenal), and a unique unit that can change a match if used correctly.

To summarize: Frozen Synapse is a phenomenal turn-based strategy game that will attract the attention of almost anybody looking for a strategy game based around tactics as well as those looking for a good multiplayer game that also happens to be a strategy game.
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Frozen Synapse is a great turn-based game with stirring tactical multiplayer battles that reward clever thinking. This game perfectly demonstrates the fact that looks aren't everything.
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32 of 42 people (76%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2013
Chess with guns!
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44 of 64 people (69%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2013
This is my favorite strategy game, probably ever. Even though I'm horrible at it and don't play enough.

It's a simultaneous turn based game in which you have soldiers and give them orders for the next 5 seconds of the fight, both players input orders, and not just move and shoot, move, crouch, aim direction, target priority, target ignore/fire on sight and time based things, so you can do "Move to this wall, take cover behind it, in 2 seconds, get up, look in front of you but do not engage anyone and crouch back down half a second later".

What you do then is try to simulate what your opponent would do, because yes, you are in control of enemy units during the planning phase so you can order them to do what you think the opponent would do, or even move the units around anywhere in the map if you have fog of war and they aren't seen.

That kind of strategy is what I really enjoy, and with a large campaign and multiplayer, the game is very well done.

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