Brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre up-to-date and lets you give detailed, accurate orders to your squad.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,737 reviews)
Release Date: May 26, 2011

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“Ceaselessly thrilling.”
9/10 – EDGE
“Excellent and'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

    • 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
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
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 ! :)
Posted: October 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
A friend described this game as a mixture between a small unit tactics shooter and chess, which is a good description. The problem is the graphical presentation and the gameplay, which gave me a hard time to get into. I sincerely wanted to love this game, but I couldn't get into it. I know that this is a very subjective explanation, but I can't express it more clearly.
Posted: October 24
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Frozen Synapse is a turn based squad tactics game set in a confuseing scify distopiea utopiea where digimon have guns. The game has a terrible habit of not telling you things you think you should probably know like that units cannot shoot while ducking behind cover, shotguns not being able to engage hostiles that are more than a rooms width away, and what the hell a "check" command is. other than that the game just seems flat out unpolished with poor AI. Sometimes units will try to engage an enemy with their gun clipping through the corner of a wall. He will then empty his gun into the wall he was hideing behind until he is killed by the enemy he was apparently engageing because your guy was still half exposed. Sometimes your shotgun unit will just stand infront of an enemy and recive a load of lead to his face because no one told you he wont even ATTEMPT to shoot people that are litteraly only farther than a small rooms width away. this is very confuseing because shotgun projectiles seem to travel the entire map with no problem. Units also cannot climb through windows or over low obstacles, leaving very little real tactics you can actually employ while entering a building. The game is also all on one plane, meaning that you cannot climb onto roofs or down into ditches, basements, ECT. Making all the maps just feel the same... The asthetic of the game is simple computery blue wireframe untextured simulation which Is alright for this type of game I suppose, but the world just feels empty with no doors to breach or any furniture at all in the buildings. Yes I know that you are fighting in the digital world net thing, but I would think that doors would be a nice thing to have in any building. The gameplay seems solid at first until you realize how shallow it is with the whole lack of doors thing going on along with the lack of being able to climb through windows. On the story side of things, you get mountains and mountains of text and exposition with what I would guess would be a gripping story. But with SO MUCH UNEXPLAINED JARGON in the lore and no voice acting whatsoever... it all just becomes skippable seeing that you wont be able to understand half the things the characters are talking about anyway. The only thing done right in this game is the sound track which if you are a fan of electronic music I would suggest buying. In the end, Frozen Synapes gets dragged down by poor AI, Shallow gameplay, and a boring story.
Posted: October 16
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Having played several tactical games before, I was very disappointed after playing this one after many users described it as being on the cutting edge of the genre. In truth, it comes down to a rock, paper, scissors blend of wits and guesswork.

Frozen Synapse is actually rather well-balanced. The variety of weapons, random placement of objects, and high amount of control over your actions add a lot to consider when taking your turn. But once you learn the rules, the game actually ends up very shallow. The simultaneous, locked-in turns limit the player to faking out his opponent rather than actually creating a strategy to suit the environment and adapting it to his opponent’s actions. In this way, the game is less about using tactics and more about being cheeky. Strategy, i.e. a plan of attack, is still important, but that is more about getting used to the game’s meta than actually developing tactical prowess.

Frozen Synapse is very stylish - it has a very entertaining sense of humor in its dialogue and narration, and the music is well-composed and nice to listen to, but the gameplay itself falls pretty flat. I do not recommend this game at all.
Posted: September 25
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Wird irgendwann etwas öde...
Posted: September 27
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Frozen Synapse is a turn based strategy game set in cyber space. It reminded me bit of TRON. It is all about out thinking your opponent whether that is another player or the games AI.

The story is captivating however the amount of text to read between each level can get annoying after a while.

The graphic are simple but effective. Any detail in graphics look smooth enough.

Sound effect are very effective and work well.

This game is easy to get into however very difficult to master. Because of this and the amount of text to read, I find it difficult to gather any motivation to play it. It is fun for a day or two but the game play does loose its interest quickly. I am afraid that I cannot recommend this game. There are many others like this which are a lot more fun.
Posted: October 4
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
After reading a ton of forums, I finally got it to work... but not thru steam, and I can only play in offline mode. So This is still so so SUPER BROKEN. Not sure how this would be aloud on Steam with it this jacked up as it is. Complete waste of money as is.... Stay far away... Atleast for now!
Posted: October 11
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
$25... Yeah no... If you really want it wait for it to go down to $1 at most.
Posted: September 24
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
I really wanted to like this game as its a great idea and looks good. BUT it doesnt seem to play out as smooth as I had hoped. Such as every move you make which can be just a few seconds long a turn comes a loading screen each time. So you see more loading screens than actually game play. Not good start. Second at the end of the battle when you want to reply the whole thing, it play it by turns, so you cant watch it as one video of the whole thing. Dont know if im just playing it wrong but too many loading screens and not enough flow. I would say only get this if its on sale if you still want to buy it.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Craaaaaap You Wanna Know Why? Theres No Mutiplayer Theres No Settings Theres No CRAP TO DO ALL YOU DO IS CLICK AND THEN YOU GET ♥♥♥♥♥ OKAY BULL ♥♥♥♥
Posted: October 9
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
person cannot shoot behind cover while ducking

0/10 would not recommend
Posted: October 8
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4.5 hrs on record
This is my first time reviewing a game on Steam, but I think this is the right game to review as I enjoy it so much. I was first exposed to this game through the iPad. I was looking around online for a competitive turn-based strategy game, one that would be fast-paced yet satisfying. Different names came up across the Web, but Frozen Synapse was consistently showing up throughout forums and blogs. I decided to give it a go.

At first, being that it was my first time ever being exposed to a simultaneous TBS, it took a little getting used to the concept. But that was accomplished after the first mission in the campaign. The trickier parts are predicting who wins a gun-fight in a given scenario and understanding all the orders you can give and when. These come with continuous exposure and practice.

The game definitely requires strategy and good planning, but it also allows for randomness to affect a match at times, such as when neither you nor your opponent know where the other is. The learning curve isn't anywhere near as steep as for other strategy or tactical games, which means you'll probably get the hang of it after the first couple of missions in campaign or matches online. Because each round online lasts a few seconds, you don't have to worry about wasting action points (there are none), rather, you get freedom to give as many orders to your units as you feel necessary to keep them safe and to ensure they are always in an advantageous position. And because there are only a few units in the game and you don't really need to worry about stats, everyone knows what to expect from the enemy in terms of units and capabilities.

The campaign mode seems legit. I played about 7 missions perhaps, give or take, and they vary from simple to challenging. The online mode, though, is where it's at. There are many game modes in online, from a simple team death match to hostage rescuing scenarios. It seems there's always someone to play against, and you and the other player can decide how fast-paced the game should be. I once played a match that lasted only a few minutes when we were both online and another time I matched with someone and we took almost a week to finish the match. You get notifications when it's your turn to make a move. And you can start a match on your iPad and finish it on your computer or vice versa. The only downside is that your progress on your PC or iPad for the campaign stays put - that doesn't transfer.

To summarize, the game is easy to get into, very addictive, requires strategy but leaves a little room for luck, has an excellent multiplayer system with diverse scenarios/modes, the gameplay can be rather fast, and it allows you to play between devices. Obviously I recommend this game to anyone who is even slightly inclined to tactical sorts of games.
Posted: September 25
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19.1 hrs on record
Chess meets Counter-Strike.
Posted: September 25
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6.0 hrs on record
Its not one of those "strategy games" where the strategist with the bigger gun wins, this one actually makes you think, makes every move count so you have to calculate every step so you dont waste it.
Posted: September 25
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24.8 hrs on record
Frozen Synapse is a simple to learn but deep tactical combat game. The main story is quite well written and engaging with challenging missions while the multiplayer is fun and brutal. If you like a good RTS or tactical game and want a challenge that will keep you coming back for more then try Frozen Synapse. It will be well worth your time.
Posted: September 25
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1.1 hrs on record
very good game :)))
Posted: October 19
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2.2 hrs on record
Fun strategic game to get wrecked on by TqsRemx!
Posted: October 20
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1.3 hrs on record
a good strategy game thats fun and sometimes has good music, so yeah, it's good, recommend it.
Posted: October 12
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5.1 hrs on record
I'm really glad I got this game, it's really fun to play, even if I have been loosing all my games so far. REALLY WORTH IT.

It truly is like chess meets counterstrike.
Posted: September 28
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