Download of the Week: Two-for-one tactical squad-shooting splendor with Frozen Synapse

Platform: PC/Mac | Publisher: Mode 7 Games | Developer: Mode 7 Games | Price: £12/$20 | Size: 220Mb

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Disappointed by the near-total lack of tactical squad-based strategy-shooters these days? Don't worry, it's a problem that plagues us all. Oh yes, we're getting X-Com and Syndicate back soon, but one of those has definitely gone the FPS route and the other, well, let's just say we're worried that it's currently undergoing overly-sanitised ball removal surgery. No, what we need is something fresh, new, fast and brutal. Something manly and intelligent, which rewards tight thinking and cajones with swift victory, and faint-hearted errors only with rapid, bloody death. We need one with a badass soundtrack, and that looks a bit like Tron. Basically, we need Frozen Synapse.

In beta for a painfully long amount of time, but now fully released at downloadable retail, Frozen Synapse is a stunning modern rework of old-school values. Turn-based but lightning fast, deeply tactical, but streamlined and simple to understand, it's a brutally tense and utterly pure multiplayer experience. But then again, the single-player campaign is as varied, innovative and inventive as you could want. Both side's tactics are planned and executed simultaneously as you survey and try to pre-empt your enemy's movements in every situation. It's pure wits and free-flowing improvisation all the way. Oh, and you can play multiple online games at the same time, like a round of speed-chess, which is unbelievably badass.

And you get two copies of the game for the price-tag, so that you can send one to a friend and get cracking with multiplayer straight away. Which is just unbelievably generous, and more than a bit clever. And you get the Mac version bundled in to boot. Oh, and a quick note. That price-tag is currently £15.19 from Steam, but if you buy the game direct from the developer it comes in at $19.99, which translates to about £12. Just sayin'...

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May 27, 2011


  • Zudeo - May 29, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    This game totally reminds me of the original Rainbow Six.... but turn-based! Which is o.k. in my book! :-)
  • Y2Ken - May 28, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    Man, this game does look really nice. Might have to check it out.
  • MattCrinos - May 27, 2011 2:04 p.m.

    Go and watch Total Biscuit's video of it on YouTube, he loves it and it is a good example of gameplay.
  • HaVoK308 - May 27, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    I see deadly funnels. Flashbacks to my MOUT (Military Operations on Urban Terrain for you civilians) training kicking in.
  • Hdfisise - May 27, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    I would highly highly recommend this, best PC game for me so far this year!
  • philipshaw - May 27, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    Might check this out

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