Metacritic (PC): 85/100
Metacritic (PC): 84/100
Release: May 2011
Reviewed on: PC

Frozen Synapse

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Good: Endless replay potential through robust multiplayer systems – Game setting
Bad: Loading times between turns – Many elements to master can be frustrating
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Frozen Synapse mixes turn based tactics, cyberpunk and real time turns together for one of the most unique games you’ll play in the genre. With a huge single player campaign to train you in the mechanics and provide plenty of challenge combined with the massive amount of multiplayer options the strategy never stops.


The backdrop of this tactical experience is a dystopian cyberpunk future where players are the tactical leader assigned to a growing faction of resistance fighters. These fighters war against the oppressive government regime which plays out across a story based campaign with individual missions where your objective is generally to eliminate the enemy units that are present.

In order to eliminate these government forces players must first come to grips with the asynchronous turn mechanics of the game. While you’ll have ample time to plan your moves in each turn once you’ve decided on your course of action you’ll play out your turns at the same time as your opponent in a similar manner to games such as Flotilla.

With options going beyond basic movement to include soldier stance, speed, line of sight and even delayed actions the array of choices are anything but basic. This is where the simulation part of the game shines and takes some of the guess work out of the equation. By using this system players can simulate what they think will happen in the next turn (by inputting what they expect the enemy to do) to determine what the results will be.


Encounters are generally kept fairly small with 3 or 4 troops for most encounters that are each armed with different weapons that perform different functions such as the shotgun that is devastating at close range or the rocket launcher that can destroy cover. This cover is randomly generated along with the starting locations of enemies to ensure endless variety.

With a wealth of multiplayer game modes, options and rankings to extend the life of Frozen Synapse well behind the initial campaign the challenge, discovery and fun simply never stops.


  • Turn based gameplay with asynchronous turns.
  • Experience a dark cyberpunk themed campaign with great length.
  • Jump into the multiplayer environment to prove yourself in the ranking system.
  • Randomisation and game mode variety ensures endless replay value.
  • Available on multiple platforms.

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Frozen Synapse, 7.6 out of 10 based on 8 ratings
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