Brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre up-to-date and lets you give detailed, accurate orders to your squad.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,776 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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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:
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
90.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Better controls than the prime version.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Great game and quite challenging. The main weakness is that the levels are very uneven in difficulty: some really rely on luck.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I recommend it because it's unique. It's not my thing, but it's definitely interesting.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Ima write a review for this ♥♥♥♥♥ because none of my friends are MANLY enough to try it (not that a review will change anything). Frozen Synapse is a lot of things, but first and foremost is it's a turn based simulation game where you plot out your turn against an enemy who does the same, and the game runs the scenario each turn. That in itself opens up a broad range of gameplay opportunities which Frozen Synapse utilizes but sometimes not to their full potential. The tutorial covers is very comprehensive though you'll find there's a lot to remember and you might have to go back to it to brush up your skillz. The game has a story but honestly it might as well not have one just as easily, though it does have a cool premise so why not. All in all I think this games pretty fun and if it's ever below 10 bucks git it!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Great turn-based strategy game
This game is one-of-a-kind. I love RTS, but there is something to be said about this game. At first glance, the game looks poorly made and of low quality. However, don't let the simple graphics fool you. This game is thoroughly enjoyable and offers indepth planning you wouldn't expect. You plan your turn the same time as the opponent and wait for the outcome. If you love strategy you have got to try this. You won't regret it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Those tactics gave me a cancer.
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5 of 12 people (42%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I love the idea of this game and its gameplay, but the interface drove me nuts. If akward interfaces don't bother you, you should get this game. If akward interfaces DO bother you, stay away.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Got so boring for me. I get that they were going for the strategical thing but nah not for me
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
You like indept strategy?
Want to think ahead of what could happen if i would just a few inches forward?

Good new this game if for you!
Just don't get you cover get blown away with those damm roket launchers :D
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
27.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Bad game. Not worth any money.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
91.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
BLOOD BLOOD BLOOD BLOOD BLOOD THIS GAME DONT GOT BLOOD. LOVE THIS GAME .THIS GAME HAS OK RESOLUTIONS. GREAT GAME GAME SUCKS. RECOMENT THIS GAME, TO IDIOTS.


naw jk great game. would recomend to everyone. needs stragey and attention to detail. great game overall!!!
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1 of 11 people (9%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
You play the game by blindly planing your squad's actions for every 5 seconds and then watching the outcome. I had high expectations but found it unbelievably boring and repetitive. History is way below meh and history telling is dismal, with no voice overs and a writing that's uninspired at best. I haven't tried it in multiplayer but I don't think it'll be much more interesting than this.

I can only recommend it if you get it for free.
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13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Unique and entertaining tactical/strategy/turn-based game. If you see it on sale don't hesitate to pick it up.
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114.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Very good game.

Turn based tactical game that can be played in a "Play By EMail" style or nearly realtime if desired.

All terrain can be destroyed, though maps are all on the same height level.
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6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Its like Civ but its actually good 10/10 would stratagize again
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1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
I pretty sure this game is too complex to actually enjoy.
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