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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tommivs Sep 30 2011 says:

What is difference beetween frozen synapse and frozen synapse hib edition? I though i was getting the full game.

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SirPrimalform Sep 30 2011 replied:

I'm guessing that it's because the normal editon comes with an extra copy for a friend?

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burp_ Oct 1 2011 replied:

Looks like the HiB version on desura has no soundtrack included, so you have to download it from yourself :(

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burp_ Oct 1 2011 replied:

Ah well, I think the soundtrack is not for playing ingame anyway.

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TheUnknownM Sep 9 2011 says:

Wen i click on top left to go to IRC chat my game freezes how to fix?

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parhana Jul 4 2011 says:

amazing game guys great work. Soundtrack kicks *** and so does the gameplay. Just got it two days ago from the steam sales and i cant stop playing it :D

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Flash112 Jul 1 2011 says:

Finally a game that you can really call "strategy" :D

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Hell_Diguner Jun 30 2011 says:

This is getting excellent scores on Metacritic, from both critics and users.

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jezcentral Jun 21 2011 says:

So when do we get an X-Com re-skin of this? :)

I hope 2K give you some cash to get this done. This game is the closest I've come to recreating that X-Com tension.

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SlickMcRunFast Jun 17 2011 says:

No Linux no love.

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Tech|Rogue Sep 28 2011 replied:

I'm so glad this comment is no longer relevant. :D

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Eddward Sep 28 2011 replied:


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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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