Synaptic Freeze

You can now pre-order the stylish turn based tactical squad puzzler Frozen Synapse.

The PremiumĀ  pre-order bundle includes the following:

  • A Chance to beta test the current build of the game
  • A FREE copy of the game to give to a friend
  • Lifetime support and updates
  • A FREE copy of their previous game Determinance

All for 22 whole british pounds. A very reasonable deal indeed.

The game itself will no doubt resonate with older gamers based on its predecessors such as the X-Com games, and Laser Squad, along with nods to Metal Gear Solid, Rainbow 6 planning phase and Tron in its style. The beta is very polished, and the pre-order allows you to take part in its evolution to a release product.

The game is all about the planning. You plan your units waypoints, you massage where they aim, how long they wait at each point, which targets are important, what cover you adopt to name a few options. Its all very easily managed and becomes very intuitive after a short period of time. If you’ve played any shooter or tactical game before, you’ll already have a grasp of what needs to be done. But, the beauty of it is, that you can take your time, think things through, plan it all out, and then set the time rolling and watch what happens. At the end of each Turn time chunk, you can re-assess your unit’s position, and tweak and alter to take in unforseen movements or outcomes made by the enemy.

There are set puzzles, the usual Vs AI mode, and a multiplayer mode where you can go head to head against other players. All bases covered. With a sniper.

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Ian Bowes / spelk