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Frozen Synapse

11 months ago

Feature: Hit Parade

The 50 best strategy games on PC

An entirely objective ranking of the 50 best PC strategy games ever made, now freshened up to include our favourites from 2017 and 2018. From intricate, global-scale wargames to the tight thrills of guerrilla squads, the broad expanse of the genre contains something for everyone, and we've gathered the best of the best. The vast majority are available to buy digitally, a few are free…

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2 years ago

Feature: Keep your finger on the pulse without giving up sleep

The 23 best bite-size games for busy lives

I am dad, hear me whinge. Too many games, not enough spare time, for all my non-work hours are spent kissing grazed knees, explaining why you cannot eat the food in that cupboard, constructing awful Lion King dioramas out of toilet roll tubes and being terrified that the next jump from the sofa to the armchair will go fatally wrong. I'm lucky in that my…

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3 years ago

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Impressions: TASTEE: Lethal Tactics

I'm surprised it took the world this long to do a smash'n'grab on Frozen Synapse's extremely clever 'turn preview' approach to turn-based strategy. Mode 7 themselves are working on an open-world, slightly more singleplayer-focused follow-up to their 'simultaneous turn-based tactics' squad shooter, but in the meantime we get the rather more colourful, appallingly-named TASTEE. For once, I'm not going to hurl XCOM compari-bombs around the…

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Feature: Living cities, killer strategies

From Alpha Centauri To Apocalypse: The Design And Inspirations Behind Frozen Synapse 2

Frozen Synapse 2 [official site] is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting games I've ever seen. I've spent a long time considering how best to put my thoughts about it into words, having met with Paul Kilduff-Taylor, composer of lovely electronica and co-founder of Mode 7 Games, to see how development was progressing. The simple fact is, it ticks so many boxes in…

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4 years ago

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Have You Played… Frozen Synapse?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. It's bittersweet that so many games are doing the XCOM thing lately (not to mention that they're not doing the X-COM thing). The great thing about the great turn-based, squad-based strategy comeback was it picking up a ball that had been dropped years…

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5 years ago

Feature: What happens when a dev hates their own game's name

Mode Seven Explain Why Frozen Cortex Left The Frendzone

Frozen Synapse developers Mode Seven have been quietly talking about changing the name of their exceedingly clever but regrettably-titled strategic robo-sports game Frozen Endzone for some time now. Tired of all the friendzone puns and concerned about how much it overstated the American Football aspect, they've only gone and done it. Frozen Endzone is no more: as of today we have Frozen Cortex. Or, Frendzone…

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Feature: Hot action, cold bottom

Impressions: Frozen Endzone

Frozen Endzone is a primarily multiplayer turn-based strategy game about robots playing American Football. Calling it the result of XCOM and Speedball having one hot night together wouldn't be entirely inaccurate, but it has rather more in common with its acclaimed predecessor, Frozen Synapse. Its beta is out today. Yes, yes, Friendzone, Cold Arse, jolly good, we've all giggled about it enough times now. I'm…

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6 years ago

Feature: In the Frendzone with Mode 7

Frozen Endzone’s Influences, Singleplayer & Unsportiness

As well as pointing my tragically non-robotic eyes at robot futuresports / strategy game Frozen Endzone last week, I also had a long natter with Mode 7 founders Ian Hardingham and Paul Taylor about their follow-up to the splendid Frozen Synapse. Read on for its origin story, how it's not really like American Football, their roguelike-like plans for the game's singleplayer mode, inevitable comparisons to…

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Feature: Welcome to the Frendzone

Hut Hut Hut: A Frozen Endzone Preview

Frozen Endzone is a turn-based futuresports game from the creators of asynchronous strategy game Frozen Synapse. I went to see it last week. I drove there in a car and everything. I returned with the following words and thoughts. I was anxious, worried, scared: this I will admit. Me, a 5'6", nebbish man of words and screens whose strongest-ever investment in sport was playing badminton…

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7 years ago

Mulling Mode 7 Man’s Management-Centric Maia

Simon Roth is best known as the newest recruit to Frozen Synapse creators Mode 7, but he's also one of the most veteran developers in the entire history of the world, if my research is correct. And he's moonlighting on a side-project all of his own, the Bullfrog/early Maxis-inspired sci-fi management game Maia. This isn't a matter of keeping colonists happy with space ice cream…

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Saw Red: Frozen Synapse Expands, Gains Co-op

The indie darlings of yesteryear are back with a vengeance. I mean, with titles like Wrath of the Lamb and Red, what else could they possibly be out for? A pleasant stroll? A picnic? No, this is a declaration of war - or at least "Hey, we still exist. Notice us." And I have! So everything worked out. Thank goodness. And wow, Frozen Synapse: Red,…

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Feature: #changethegame

Frozen Synapse’s Changed Ending: A Mass Indie Effect?

All the important games are changing their endings these days, you know. If you want a high profile, that's the way to go - and as Mass Effect 3 teaches us, preferably after initially concluding your narrative with a last-minute bodgejob riddled with continuity errors, then subsequently bowing to fan ouctry. Frozen Synapse developers Mode 7 Games did no such thing, but have sensibly realised…

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A Fortnight Of IGF Demos Starts On Onlive Today

Onlive and the IGF are spooning for a fortnight. The sensual lovers are celebrating the Indie Gaming New Year by giving you access to 30 minute demos of 16 IGF finalists. The alphabetically sexy list of games is: Atom Zombie Smasher, Be Good, Botanicula, Dear Esther, Dustforce, English Country Tune, Frozen Synapse, FTL, Lume, Nitronic Rush, Once Upon a Spacetime, POP, SpaceChem, To the Moon,…

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Feature: 18 developers, 7 questions

The More Or Less Complete IGF Factor 2012

They said it would never end. And then, on Saturday, it did. We've been posting our series of chats with the many splendid finalists in this year's Independent Games Festival over the last couple of months, and, with the exception of English Country Tune (dev was worried about sounding boring), Mirage (dev didn't reply) and Fez (dev wouldn't confirm the possibility of a PC version)…

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Frozen Synapse DLC Mutates

The year is 1999 and the crazy chaps at Epic Games have just came up with the concept of mutators, little mods that you can use to tweak game types. But just as they're about to implement it, a cheap-looking wibbly effect appears in front of Cliffy A (Cliffy B is a clone) and a mysterious figure steals his PC! Mark Rein enters the room,…

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Feature: Mode 7 Games Do The Chat

IGF Factor 2012: Frozen Synapse

In 2010, we ran a series of cheerful chats with (almost) all of the lovely indie developers whose PC games had been nominated as finalists in that year's Independent Games Festival. In 2011, we forgot. In 2012, we haven't forgotten. We're the best! So, here's the first: Ian Hardingham and Paul Taylor from Mode 7 Games, whose high-speed turn-based strategy game Frozen Synapse is in…

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LittleBigBunchLaunchesAtLast

"What did you do during the great bundle wars of Winter 2011, daddy?" "I posted about them, sweetheart. I posted about them all. I... I've seen so much. I'll always carry that with me." We already know about pay-what-you-want charity bundle LittleBigBunch, but until 2pm today we weren't able to so much as look at its website. Now we can, for it lives and is…

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Good Grief: Yet Another Indie Bundle

Today I feel like the Sisyphus of games blogging. "You believe you have completed your trial of posting about a pay what you want indie games bundle, mortal? You fool. For now you must immediately post about another one! Ahahahahahaha. Yes, there are worse circles of hell to be in, but I trust you'll agree this one is slightly annoying." Oh well, c'est la news-vie,…

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8 years ago

Yay! SpaceChem Joins Humble Bundle

Hopefully this is happier indie price-experimentation news than the below... What began as really little more than pay what you want for one game - that being Frozen Synapse - has been slowly expanding to be some games, as appears to be Humble Bundle trends. You'll be very glad to hear that the very, very good Space Chem is the latest addition, joining Trauma which…

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Frozen Synapse Unfreezes Its Price

The 'Humble Bundle' tag by this point surely guarantees that any indie games blessed with it have the money hose turned on 'em. Latest is Mode 7 Games' most excellent tactical strategy affair Frozen Synapse, which has just now gone pay what you want under the trusty Humble banner - but only for the duration of the next 14 days. If you don't have FZ…

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