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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6 comments by lodle on Jan 12th, 2012

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)


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SirWallyWombat Jun 17 2011, 9:46pm says:

One of my friends who I gave a copy of this game to wonders if there will be any thing such as a campaign maker? Where a person could piece together levels from a custom scenario and add in text etc. to make a campaign?

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SirWallyWombat Jun 17 2011, 9:43pm says:

I was actually really surprised by how good this game is, I expected it to be a bland tactical game, but instead it slapped me in the face and showed me all it could do! I love this game and I wonder if you guys will keep updating this already fantastic game.

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IndieBase Jun 2 2011, 3:12pm says:

Fantastic game, with a deep and immersive story. It`s not afraid to have some humour in it either, and it doesn`t ruin the story at all. I`ve heard some people complain about the price tag, well. 55 mission, an epic as **** soundtrack and several multiplayer modes, i can`t really complain personally. The community is not dying either, infact im getting bombarded with invites to games. A fresh breath of air in an otherwise incredibly sad industry oversatured with bad fpses and ripoff dlcs.
Indie gaming!

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Mode7Games Jun 16 2011, 11:17am replied:

One of my fave comments! Thanks!

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avp2501 May 29 2011, 2:25am says:

This NEEDS to be on the 3DS, the ability to play this game using touchscreen and view all the action in real 3D would be amazing. Now go out there and make it happen :)

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KEVLAR60442 May 30 2011, 6:58am replied:

I've been thinking that for a while. This is the perfect kind of game for the portable market. And I can just imagine how awesome the hologram effect would be in 3D. These guys need licensing.

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kaneda31 May 31 2011, 5:22am replied:

You should also do a Nokia N8 port if you're considering mobile, it has dolby surround and a dedicated graphics chip. You can hook the phone up to a HDTV via the HDMI port & cable and play it on the big screen like with any of the games on it

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Darthlex May 29 2011, 10:07am replied:

This guy is actually right..

Now that I consider it, this gameplay would translate perfectly to both the DS and Iphone/Ipad.

But leave the Iphone/Ipad be >_> we dun likes dem.

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Chriz_86 May 28 2011, 2:35pm says:

I've been playing around 4h of the singleplayer by now. Congrats to the devs, amazing work! I'm totally hooked already.

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Tech|Rogue May 27 2011, 9:18pm says:

This woud be perfect for the Humble Indie Bundle 3. Can you work out a Linux version so I can give you my money? Please?

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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, 12:01pm by doncortio

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