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  • Summary: Frozen Synapse is a thrilling PC strategy game that brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre bang up-to-date and lets you give detailed, accurate orders to your squad. Plan your moves, test them out, then hit the "Execute" button: both you and your enemy's turns areFrozen Synapse is a thrilling PC strategy game that brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre bang up-to-date and lets you give detailed, accurate orders to your squad. Plan your moves, test them out, then hit the "Execute" button: both you and your enemy's turns are executed simultaneously. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Jun 29, 2011
    100
    I'm hardly a hardcore strategy nerd, so maybe it's the accessibility and surface-level depth I can get down with. I can't wait to dig deeper to see what else I'll enjoy about this topnotch turn-based masterpiece.
  2. PC PowerPlay
    Jul 10, 2011
    90
    Quite simply one of the most exciting strategy games to come out in years. [Aug 2011, p.58]
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 19, 2011
    90
    A fast-paced tactical game that is easy to approach but has depth in spades when you dig into it. The mix of randomness and determinism isn't quite optimal, but the end result is mostly excellent. Despite some lacklustre storytelling, even the single player side provides hours and hours of quality gaming. A cult classic. [Aug 2011]
  4. Jul 14, 2011
    89
    An elegant game of pure tactics and psychology, won by wits instead of reflexes. Good against AI, great with friends.
  5. Aug 3, 2011
    85
    Frozen Synapse is a great turn-based game with stirring tactical multiplayer battles that reward clever thinking.
  6. Jul 31, 2011
    80
    It's a fantastic way to scratch the strategy itch, and a damned relaxing one to boot.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 30, 2011
    50
    Hardcore, innovative and interesting strategy is spoiled by "old AutoCAD" visuals and overcomplicated controls. [July 2011]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 59
  2. Negative: 10 out of 59
  1. Jun 7, 2011
    10
    WOW! What a game. I wonder why it's taken so long to create a game like this? Anyway, the concept is simple, you make moves at the sameWOW! What a game. I wonder why it's taken so long to create a game like this? Anyway, the concept is simple, you make moves at the same time as your opponent and your goal is to pre-empt them. The controls are simple, the UI futuristic, soundtrack is worthy of an album and gameplay is up there with the best. It's war-chess and I love it. Expand
  2. May 31, 2011
    10
    Really nice tactical turn based game. Combination of chess and Defcon set in the Introversion world. Easy to learn how to play and veryReally nice tactical turn based game. Combination of chess and Defcon set in the Introversion world. Easy to learn how to play and very rewarding. Online and offline play. Nice community too! Expand
  3. May 30, 2011
    10
    Yep.. Its great.. Buy it.. What more can i say? Oh well, the community is great and even when i'm losing, and it happens a lot, they encourageYep.. Its great.. Buy it.. What more can i say? Oh well, the community is great and even when i'm losing, and it happens a lot, they encourage you and give tips how to avoid similar situations. And the thrill of pressing that commit button and waiting to see if your tricky plan worked is intense. Had a really hard time sleeping last night because i was rethinking my strategy and plans.
    Buy it or just try it.. If you ever loved tactical games you will love this one
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  4. Sep 13, 2011
    9
    One of the best tactical game i ever had, all you have to do is think what the enemy want to do and move accordly, you can simulate each moveOne of the best tactical game i ever had, all you have to do is think what the enemy want to do and move accordly, you can simulate each move (even the possible move of the enemy) before commit your turn, so the random factor is next to zero.
    The only bad thing is a poor communication with the developers, there are a few problems that could be easly fixed, but after that it's a very solid product. Buy it (on Steam) and send the extra copy to a friend who loves hard tactical games.

    P.S. the music is really amazing too..
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  5. Jan 19, 2012
    8
    Such a simple concept, yet so brilliantly executed. A superb comination between RTS and TBS, and one of few strategy games were strategySuch a simple concept, yet so brilliantly executed. A superb comination between RTS and TBS, and one of few strategy games were strategy really matters (as opposed to say multi-tasking, or memorising building orders). Expand
  6. Jun 17, 2011
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Frozen synapse has an awesome name by the way, but this game is starcraft 2, without aliens and put into a turn based game. This is RAW TACTICS, NO LUCK, RAW TACTICS. No idiots are aloud near this game. This game is for people who are smart, because this is a hard game to learn. But its good when you have learned the game. There is over 45 missions in the campaign and its got a half descent story line. But the main focus is the multiplayer. You are able to play loads of matches at once. Mabey over a thew minutes, or going over a thew days. You need to buy this game, its good, a great game! Expand
  7. Oct 15, 2018
    0
    L'indé de la semaine est une espèce de "jeu" en tour par tour mais également en temps réel avec pause et planification à la volée en avanceL'indé de la semaine est une espèce de "jeu" en tour par tour mais également en temps réel avec pause et planification à la volée en avance vers le retour vers le futur pas encore fait. En fait, ça ressemble plus à de la "programmation" de **** bonhommes pour zigouiller d'autres **** bonhommes avant de se faire repasser.

    On programme des points de passage et des ordres via une interface pensée en dépit du bon sens et aussi peu avenante qu'une vieille porte de prison rouillée. J'ai l'impression de "programmer" des comportements et ça me fout autant la migraine que ça me soûle à très grande vitesse. La même impression lorsqu'un TGV est en retard en somme.

    Ce n'est donc pas un vrai tour par tour ni un vrai temps réel avec pause mais un bordel foireux à clics et menus de points de passage. Or, je hais les points de passage, ça me rappelle les sauvegardes automatiques dans les jeux-couloirs et ça m'énerve.

    Les graphismes en 4 couleurs et la vue très (trop) aérienne donnent une mauvaise vue de la situation tandis que la musique Bontempi me les casse. Et le ton narquois des "tutorials" ne me plaît pas du tout. Ajoutons que le jeu est entièrement en anglais et se fout donc un peu trop de notre gueule avec ses mécaniques foireuses sorties d'une mauvaise foire à farfouille.

    Je fais donc un panier avec cet étron dans la poubelle virtuelle, direction la désinstallation immédiate et irrévocable.
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