You've patched in to the enemy's security system: get ready to make your plan. Frozen Synapse is the ultimate strategy game: you have full control over your strike team, directing their every movement. At the same time, your opponent is plotting to defeat you. Plan your moves, then hit the "Execute" button: both you and your enemy's turns are executed simultaneously. Bite-size, hardcore strategy with a striking sci-fi aesthetic.

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We update you on the progress of Frozen Synapse, as well as "life", and offer you the chance to win five games of your choice from Good Old Games!

Posted by Mode7Games on Sep 21st, 2009

Busy is an understatement.

I'm going to drop our debris test video on you, first off.  This is just a simple implementation of the debris particle system - there's loads of work to do on this yet but let me show you where we're at currently...


Good stuff, nay?  Needs a lot of work to polish it but it's nice to have it there. 

Currently, our artist is working on improving the background, so we get some nice abstract shapes and parallax-style effects.  Then we need to polish up the explosions, get some lighting in there, sort the blur and glow shaders out, do a UI pass, start work on further animations, improve the models...there's a long way still to go on art.

Now we have an announcement - something we've been waiting to put out there for a long time.  Next month, we're going to be giving people a chance to play the current beta LIVE at Nottingham's Gamecity festival.

If you're in the UK and you love games, YOU HAVE to come to this festival.  It's all free, they have amazing speakers, hands-on demos, parties...the works.  It has the best atmosphere of any games festival I've ever been to, and we're proud to be showing off an early version of our game there.

We're running a competition at the festival where you can win a huge number of different prizes, from 10 current Warp Records releases on CD, to a Novint Falcon Pistol Grip bundle.

So that's that.

Just so you internet people don't feel left out, we're also running a competition for you!  Don't say we're not good to you..


Would you like to win any five classic PC games of your choice from GOG's catalogue?  Please take a listen to our podcast Visiting the Village and go here for the rules.  I've just extended the deadline to November 5th so you guys have a chance to enter.

I wrote an article about us for Spong recently - go check it out here.

Alright, that's out of the way, now it's time for an update on LIFE.


The eye of the Indie Game Man beholds the universe and declares that it is "acceptable in its current form".


This thing exists in Leamington Spa.  In my mind it is labeled as "sub-Mobius Public Sculpture".


At the weekend, I went back to my parents' to remove some things from their house that I'm storing there.  They're having my childhood bedroom redecorated.  This is the view I use to have when writing music there - doesn't look like much but it helped write some good tunes!


Won't make sense if you're not a muso, but finding a functional Yamaha DX100 in a bunch of stuff is an epic win.  Same sound chip as the Megadrive - there, games-related!


Ditto MicroKorg.  I once heard Calvin Harris slagging off this keyboard = +10 to hatred of Calvin Harris. I found some great games as well, hiding in the huge piles of terror...



I also found this awesome Guidebook to the land of the Green Isles from King's Quest Six...


Everyone always slates the King's Quest games - I loved them.  My whole family used to play them and collaborate on solving the puzzles - it was fantastic.  Proper family gaming, none of your Wii Cycling, Nintendo Sports Joust Horsey Match etc.  One of the reasons I wanted to be involved with making games was the great feeling of possibility they generated in me as a kid.

I had to throw out this huge spaghetti ball because I didn't have time to separate it all out:


Yes, I salvaged the Megadrive joypad though, don't worry.

Weird to see that room nearly empty now:


I saw this in Oxford - possibly my favourite bit of vandalism to date:


Finally, I came into the office today and saw official Mode 7 Dog Jasper working hard as usual...


More of this guff soon!  If you'd like to track our updates, we would like to give you love - remember not to click that if you're already watching: it'll make you UNwatch, which is bad!  Someone just unwatched!  Maybe they hate us!  Argh! Mmmn.

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bomblol
bomblol Sep 21 2009, 5:46pm says:

microKorgs DO suck. why buy one when you could get a better midi keyboard and a synth module for the same price or even less? or a little bit more and get a synthesizer that sounds better, has keys that weren't spawned by satan, and knobs, dials, and buttons that are useful for more than changing presets around

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bomblol
bomblol Sep 21 2009, 6:05pm replied:

heh. reading this made me go bring mine out and play it for a bit. I guess I was being too harsh on it, got my head up in the clouds after getting other synths. I remember why I used to like it so much, now.

Oh, and the actual game looks fantastic!

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Mode7Games
Mode7Games Sep 22 2009, 4:31am replied:

Ha ha ha, love your MicroKorg reconciliation in those two posts. People think it's CLEVER to bash the MicroKorg, but they are forgetting that when it came out, you were getting access to the synth engine used in the MS2000 AND a really awesome vocoder, AND a really awesome portable keyboard for not much money. If you fire it up and actually play one, it had some really good presets as well.

The game is progressing today!

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Herr_Alien
Herr_Alien Sep 24 2009, 1:20pm says:

Nah, I managed to unwatch this by clicking the link, but by accident, not because I hate you. But I clicked it again, so I am re-watching/getting all the updates.

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