Brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre up-to-date and lets you give detailed, accurate orders to your squad.
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Release Date: May 26, 2011

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June 20

Proposed UI Changes in FS2 and thanks!

Many thanks for the recent feedback on the UI - has been really helpful and is much appreciated.

Thought I would update you about some changes we're thinking of making based on your feedback and our own appraisal of the situation.

None of this is final; all of it may not happen! That's the end of the caveats. Here's what we're planning on doing:

- A fundamental mechanics change to aiming and shooting which will be announced soon! This adds a new level of depth to the game and is very fun to play with. It may not feature in every mode but early tests are encouraging - Ian will be explaining this system soon when some issues have been worked out.

- Time handles replaced with wait orders. Wait orders are issued using the dragging functionality from time handles, but you do not place orders directly on the handles; you simply create a wait, then place your order in the stack after it. Time handles have always sucked to interact with directly, but dragging left to right is still the best way of defining an amount of time quickly; this should alleviate the former while retaining the latter.

- Units will have a "selection handle", which is a larger clickable element attached to the unit by a line. Selection handles will avoid overlapping with other UI elements meaning that you won't have the problem of trying to distinguish between two overlapping units.

- Probably something to make "check" less terrible to use

- Hopefully some better scaling of the aim handle so it's less tiny when zoomed out

- Probably some other things I haven't figured out yet

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June 15

Frozen Synapse UI Discussion

Hi,

We're looking at trying to make some improvements to the Frozen Synapse UI in FS2.

This is a difficult topic: Frozen Synapse is a very complex game; some elements of UI design are subjective; making changes to our UI is difficult and time consuming.

So, please don't take it as a negative if we don't manage to incorporate your feedback.

I'd like to know what you find difficult to do in the game, both in-game and in the menus, what you find fiddly especially. Feel free to post anything you want, but in general flagging up problems is a lot more useful to us than suggesting solutions.

Thanks for taking the time to do this.

If you wanted to me AMAZINGLY helpful, a video demonstrating your problems would be great but any notes or comments are more than welcome.

Paul

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Reviews

“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:
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Rywen
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
If you think it's bad, you're just not smart enough
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Posted: July 21
It is a unique game, with an interesting combination of shooter and strategy
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Para
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Posted: July 11
Good Game
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[KF05] Dorvog - Bird Aficionado
( 25.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Simple yet complex. Both assault and micromanagement are winning strategies.
Love the way the turnbased gameplay allow you to play against other people who might be busy at the moment.
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Flashmaster185
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
Great game, but not for me, because I dont like this type of games.

-/10
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RedWormCharlie
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
Uninstall it.
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Gorkzillah
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
Pure tactical experience! 5 stars
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Dex
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
The game is challenging but extremely fun and rewarding - I suggest taking the time to understand how each of the different units work.
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<OASE> Aqua
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
After some time of cool and challenging planed based combat, I got sick of it. It is a nice game though. It is better if you understand properly how the combat system works, so do some reading on it, otherwise it is just boring. ;)
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time lord lord
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
this is one of the hardest games i have ever played, no, its THE hardest game i have ever played, yet its so interactive and its moving is fairly hard to figure out without help and seems a lot like what a cod game would call conducting a mission, my type of game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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25.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Simple yet complex. Both assault and micromanagement are winning strategies.
Love the way the turnbased gameplay allow you to play against other people who might be busy at the moment.
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3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
It is a unique game, with an interesting combination of shooter and strategy
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
The game is challenging but extremely fun and rewarding - I suggest taking the time to understand how each of the different units work.
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141 of 162 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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125 of 163 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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57 of 62 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
132.5 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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56 of 61 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
268.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
This is one of the most intelligent games ever created. Like chess, it requires careful planning and predicting the moves of your opponent. Unlike chess, it does not require years of training to play at the world-class level.

Don't buy if you dislike thinking.

Definitely buy if you're looking for a fun challenge for your brain.
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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2015
Frozen Synapse is a game where player input is taken in turns but the actual outcome is played out simultaneously. In game matches, each player is given several soldiers and has to complete a certain objective, like getting to a certain location or killling the enemy's units. Players then give orders to their units to try to outmaneuver their opponent. Every plan can be tested ahead of time and will always play out the same way; there is no luck or randomness in the combat. After both players confirm their moves, soldiers on both sides will execute their commands. The entire game is about predicting the moves of your opponents and trying to counter them. It also has great music and a pretty good single player campaign (although the multiplayer is much more enjoyable IMO). I would definetely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of tactical gameplay.
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