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Frozen Synapse

6 years ago

Frozen Synapse Ipad Vs Frozen Synapse PC

Crossplay used to be what happened to me when I played Team Fortress 2, but after a restraining order from my mouse pad and some anger management classes, I no longer feel the need to be angry at Pyros. Now the world has moved on, the word has taken on a new meaning: what happens when one gaming system and another defy all cultural boundaries…

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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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Frozen Endzone: The Frozen Follow-Up To Frozen Synapse

Juuuust a quick one, as I shall be returning on Tuesday with vastly more fulsome news on Frozen Endzone, Mode 7's next game after the wonderful Frozen Synapse. But they've just gone live with a trailer and a Greenlight page, so see what you think. It's a future sports game. It's a strategy game. In other words, it's a sports game that isn't really a…

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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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8 years ago

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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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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Frozen Trynapse: Frozen Synapse Demo

Frozen Synapse now has a demo, which totally demolishes any excuse you might have made to not try this turn-based combat thingum. Other reasons to pay attention to it include this preview essay by Gillen, this AAR by Gillen, and this review by Meer. Those are our endorsements. We stand by them. Also: Steam will be offering Frozen Synapse at 50% off from Thursday 11th…

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Frozen Synapse: Beating Mike Gapper

There is more to Frozen Synapse than beating fellow games-journalist Mike Gapper, but I figure that's as good an entrance point as any into its work of turn-based-tactical-manoeuvring. In lieu of a Verdict or a WIT or something, I figured I could try and explain some of the details of the game which make it so appealing to me, by yabbering over some video footage.…

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Spotlight On Biscuit – Frozen Synapse

I think the singular of synapse should be synap. What do you think? Ah, Saturday is no kind of day to be worrying about those things. This week's Spotlight On Biscuit sees PC gaming celebutante Total Biscuit talking us through indie tactics sensation Frozen Synapse. It's been released, you know! 55 mission single player campaign, comprehensive multiplayer, the whole bit. Meanwhile, I've been thinking (and…

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Frozen Synapse: Here, Reviewed By Meer

Mode 7's turn-based yet lightning-quick combat strategy game Frozen Synapse finally got a proper, big-boy release yesterday. A fair chunk of you will have played it already, as it's been in a purchasable beta form since the beginning of time or thereabouts, but if you've not glanced back at it since the early days, you're in for a meaty treat. In addition to a host…

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Frozen Synapse Thaws Soon – New Trailer

Kieron and Quintin's excitement about Mode 7's Frozen Synapse has been somewhat infectious, which means it's safe to say there's rather a lot of people looking forward to the imminent release of the fast-paced simultaneous turn-based action strategy-em-up. It's so soon! This Thursday! And it's found itself a publisher in Matrix Games. There's some new pictures, one of them moving, below.

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