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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October 11

Map Making Contest - Win a Frozen Synapse 2 Beta Key

The Beta-prelaunch period for Frozen Synapse 2 is slowly heating up. As part of our prelaunch activities and along other content we have coming up for you in the near future, we will hold a Frozen Synapse 1 tournament with some magnificient prizes and the chance for some lucky winners to grab some FS2 Beta invites!

However, before the tournament kicks off, you can win a Frozen Synapse 2 Beta key, by designing a Frozen Synapse 1 map that will be used in the elimination round of the tournament - so without further ado, I'll introduce our first Frozen Synapse Map Making Contest (Drawings, pictures and real life miniatures are valid submissions)!

You can find more info about the rules over in our official forums here -

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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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“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

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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This is no way this is worth full price. Get it 75% off and only if you are really into swat team tactics
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1 of 33 people (3%) found this review helpful
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This game is actually free. Steam is trying to make money. Once you've created an account you can continue to play it without steam. Don't Pay for it. The game itself has a few bugs. Some units die when they shouldn't, and some the of the calculations are off, but if you like rttbs (real-time turn based stradegy) games, this is very fun. The game itself has both people plan their turn on the movement of their army men. The turns play out in real time. So it's not one person's turn then the other, it's planning your turn without knowing what your opponent is going to do and both play out at the same time. I found it quite fun and sometimes a little annoying. 7/10
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150 of 172 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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126 of 165 people (76%) 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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60 of 66 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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 62 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
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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35 of 41 people (85%) 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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23 of 24 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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127 of 204 people (62%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
You know what makes chess the ultimate strategy game that has lasted for thousands of years? Its simplicity.

Frozen Synapse takes the turn-based strategy game genre to an extreme level of meticulousness. This is saying something in a genre that already resembles something like chess with more rules.

I am a long-time fan of turn-based strategy games, with the X-Com iterations holding a special place in my heart (well just the first two and the remake actually), so I am no stranger to intricate control over characters and exhaustive planning for each turn. However, there are two questions that must be answered in the affirmative for any TBS game to be considered "good":
First, are the controls efficient?
Second, is the game fun?

Unfortunately, Frozen Synapse fails on both accounts. The painstaking level of control over every minute movement of your troops is maddening and superfluous. You are the most anal-retentive military commander in all of history, and while the game provides a reasonable explanation for it, your troops are apparently mindless drones. Simply adding more controls over every little movement does not make a TBS game superior to others. Extraneous controls weaken a strategy game's enjoyability by obstructing its very purpose: strategy. Very often, you will find yourself losing rounds/games because you forgot to set a drone to look in a specific direction or to duck at the right moment, or walk quickly/slowly. Not because you didn't realize that those moves were necessary, no, because you FORGOT. There are so many options to set for each individual unit, that you can easily spend an hour just setting up a SINGLE TURN. I am not exaggerating, the multiplayer gives opponents a week to post their turn! This kind of burdening complexity removes the players ability to strategize and gives advantage to the player who is most able to memorize details. Strategy is about out-thinking your opponent's moves and countering them, or recovering from a weaker position with superior tactics, NOT micro-managing the user-interface.

So is it fun? Well, Frozen Synapse insists on you monitoring every sniffle and cough your troops make, so the majority of the time playing this game is spent staring at a screen of unmoving drones and identical walls, running simulation after simulation to determine the highest likely method of success. It would be just as fun to compare tax audits to determine which IRS agent was the most efficient!

Speaking of identical walls, the graphical quality of this game is terrible. I have never before claimed to need high quality graphics in a game, in fact in many ways the fight for ever greater graphics is ruining the industry, but if ever there was a game that needed better graphical design: this is it. The neon colors that honestly looked cool in the trailers and screencaps are horrendous to look at after only ten hours or so of gameplay. Every character looks the same, every wall is identical, you are a robot commander of a robot army killing other robots for no reason whatsoever.

Some of the positive reviews said the game was "easy to get into, but hard to master," and this is an outright lie. This game is hard to get into and hard to master. I will say it again: strategy games require simple controls so the only thing between you and victory is your tactics. Not fun.
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113.2 hrs
Posted: October 20
I was going to make a positive and negative list of this game but frankly I cannot think of many bad things to say about it so I'll just make a list of points why I recomend it:

- You can run it in almost any device, including laptos and tablets.
- regular matches (minus waiting time) are very quick plus you can stop and resume playing at any time.
- you can just play one game at a time or you can open many multiplayer games at the same time and just play your turn in the ones that are ready.
- because of the 2 previously mentioned points it is perfect either for a dedicated session or just for a quick play during a break, while commuting or when the boss is not looking.
- because the turns are executed simultaneously and calculated in the server there is no randomness or unfair advantages like in some games where players take alternate turns.
- Variety and options for custom matches look sufficient to me.
- the music is excellent.
- probably the best tactical only game out there. some have tried to copy it but this one is still the best.
- Frozen Synapse may scare new players with it's unattractive main menus and apparent complexity, however in my opinion it is a very simple game to play. You don't have to check stats, keep track of resources, memorise maps or abilities. Just give orders, press a key to simulate the results of those orders and once you're happy commit your turn.
- Regarding the price after all this time it still looks high however it is not very uncommon to find this game discounted somewhere or as part of a bundle. Still for the hours I've spent on in I'd gladly pay full price, especially considering I've paid > £40 for many AAA games so boring and generic that I couldn't spend more than 15 minutes in them.
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4.7 hrs
Posted: October 15
Can't get past the tutorial. Dragging the waypoint ends up with two disconnected lines. Tried Windows and OSX.
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25.7 hrs
Posted: October 9
Good game , very little cpu to run, great for small screens/long journeys/planes/trains/automobiles...
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0.9 hrs
Posted: October 2
It's very messy

Really, really messy

I don't like it
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1.2 hrs
Posted: October 2
Cannot recommend this game.
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Lonely Jester
1.3 hrs
Posted: September 27
kinda old but still holds up
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1.6 hrs
Posted: September 11
hate this game broken controlls cant even play normally :(
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