Frozen Synapse is the ultimate tactical 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: a touch of X-Com and Laser Squad, with a striking sci-fi aesthetic.

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The Independent Games Festival (known on the web as IGF) is in full swing once again in 2012, with this years judges having just posted their picks for the honourable mentions and final placings.

With our end of year events having just wrapped up it is nice to see that our personal selections mirror some of the judges selections Dear Esther, Frozen Synapse, To the Moon and Atom Zombie Smasher making the final cut.

We will keep you notified once the winners have been announced but for now check out all the finalists below.

Excellence In Visual Art

Botanicula (Amanita Design)
Dear Esther (thechineseroom)
Lume (State Of Play Games)
Mirage (Mario von Rickenbach)
Wonderputt (Damp Gnat)

Honorable mentions: Beat Sneak Bandit (Simogo); Dustforce (Hitbox Team); Fader(Chris Makris); Proun (Joost van Dongen); Toren (Swordtales)

Technical Excellence

Antichamber (Demruth)
Fez (Polytron)
Prom Week (Expressive Intelligence Studio, UC Santa Cruz)
Realm of the Mad God (Wild Shadow Studios & Spry Fox)
Spelunky (Mossmouth)

Honorable mentions: Frozen Synapse (Mode 7 Games); Nitronic Rush (DigiPen Institute of Technology); Reflow (Xymatic); Super T.I.M.E Force (Capy); Tiny and Big - Grandpa's Leftovers (Black Pants)

Excellence In Design

Atom Zombie Smasher (Blendo Games)
English Country Tune (Stephen Lavelle)
Frozen Synapse (Mode 7 Games)
Gunpoint (Tom Francis, John Roberts and Fabian van Dommelen)
Spelunky (Mossmouth)

Honorable mentions: Faraway (Steph Thirion); FTL (Justin Ma & Matthew Davis);Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik); SpaceChem (Zachtronics Industries); Where Is My Heart (Die Gute Fabrik)

Excellence In Audio

Botanicula (Amanita Design)
Dear Esther (thechineseroom)
Pugs Luv Beats (Lucky Frame)
To The Moon (Freebird Games)
Waking Mars (Tiger Style)

Honorable mentions: Beatbuddy (THREAKS); Beat Sneak Bandit (Simogo); Fez (Polytron); Proteus (Ed Key and David Kanaga); Where Is My Heart (Die Gute Fabrik)

Best Mobile Game

ASYNC Corp (Powerhead Games)
Beat Sneak Bandit (Simogo)
Faraway (Steph Thirion)
Ridiculous Fishing (Vlambeer)
Waking Mars (Tiger Style)

Honorable mentions: Fingle (Game Oven Studios); Hundreds (SemiSecret and aeiowu); iBlast Moki 2 (Godzilab); Temple Run (Imangi Studios); Tentacles (Press Play ApS)

Nuovo Award

[Designed 'to honor abstract, shortform, and unconventional game development'.]

At a Distance
(Terry Cavanagh)
Dear Esther (thechineseroom)
Fingle (Game Oven Studios)
GIRP (Bennett Foddy)
Proteus (Ed Key and David Kanaga)
Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik)
Storyteller (Daniel Benmergui)
Way (CoCo & Co.)

Honorable mentions: Deep Sea (WRAUGHK); Four Letter Word (Terry Cavanagh);GlitchHiker (Aardbever); Hundreds (SemiSecret and aeiowu); POP (Rob Lach)

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

Dear Esther (thechineseroom)
Fez (Polytron)
Frozen Synapse (Mode 7 Games)
Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik)
Spelunky (Mossmouth)

Honorable mentions: Antichamber (Demruth); FTL (Justin Ma & Matthew Davis);Proteus (Ed Key and David Kanaga); SpaceChem (Zachtronics Industries); Where Is My Heart (Die Gute Fabrik)


Frozen Synapse Wins Two IndieVisibility Awards!

Frozen Synapse Wins Two IndieVisibility Awards!

4 years ago News 1 comment

We take home Strategy GOTY and RockPaperShotgun's Best Glowy Lines Award!

Frozen Synapse - iPad UI Part 2

Frozen Synapse - iPad UI Part 2

4 years ago News 0 comments

We start kicking some ideas around about the iPad UI...

Touch and Go - Frozen Synapse iPad Devblog

Touch and Go - Frozen Synapse iPad Devblog

4 years ago News 3 comments

An inside look at the early days of Frozen Synapse iPad development...

Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle!

Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle!

4 years ago News 56 comments

Frozen Synapse available on Humble Bundle! Along with Frozenbyte bundle if you pay more than the average.

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Frozen Synapse Demo

Frozen Synapse Demo

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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...

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Dredzik Dec 7 2011 says:

I purchased the game but it doesn't work - when I'm trying to launch it nothing happens. Linux version on Ubuntu 10.04 (lucid). Please help as I really really wanna play it!

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Dredzik Dec 8 2011 replied:

Everything works fine after upgrading Ubuntu to 10.10 - Amazing game!!!

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Dathknight Nov 15 2011 says:

The best Game I played this year. A ton of fun in single- and multiplayer and the soundtrack is awesome.
Sadly I only own the Steamversion so I can't add it to my Desuralist, but thank you anyway for the Linuxversion. :)

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stray-shadow Nov 9 2011 says:

There should be weasels.

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PeacefulPatriot Nov 6 2011 says:

So I hear you're bringing the game to iPad.

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icebrain-fs Oct 25 2011 says:

Hi guys, if you're new to FS here's a Guide to Basic Mechanics for Multiplayer at (I wrote it)

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KingDD83 Oct 19 2011 says:

Anyone have any issues launching this from inside Desura on 64bit linux?
When I try it fails to load and the log file is empty, but if I launch the script from a console it works fine.

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gim Nov 1 2011 replied:

I have the same problem. Ubuntu 10.04-3 LTS x64
If I try to launch it by the terminal, it says "Segmentation fault"

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Gruenerapfel Oct 19 2011 says:

du u need steam for this game?

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hardpenguin Nov 3 2011 replied:


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eNTi Oct 18 2011 says:

i bought the windows version a while ago. is it possible to get the linux version too without paying extra?

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Thats amazing! Very important tactical game! I like it! But i purchased in a bundle version and i cannot have a CD-key to play online, and the developers dont responding...

Apr 27 2012 by doncortio

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