Frozen Synapse - Laser Squad meets Tron?

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  • Katsumoto 19 Apr 2010 09:40:51 1,358 posts
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    http://www.frozensynapse.com/

    "Laser Squad meets Tron" is Richard Cobbett's summary, anyway. Anyone else excited by this? Apparently an embargo is lifting today so we should be hearing more about it soon. If you're not familiar with Laser Squad, think top-down Rainbow Six, or simultaneous turn-based UFO Enemy Unknown (just the combat bits, mind).

    Looks rather promising - if you pre-order you apparently get access to the beta and also a spare beta key to give to a friend so once I get paid at the weekend i'm definitely going to give it a go. Used to love having play-by-email rounds of Laser Squad Nemesis with my mates, hope this is at the same level.


    Here's the most recent trailer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXbsSLeINhg&feature=player_embedded

    And some old coverage on RPS: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/01/19/turning-test-frozen-synapse/

    More recent (i.e. today's) coverage at Resolution: http://resolution-magazine.co.uk/content/preview-frozen-synapse/
  • jellyhead 19 Apr 2010 09:55:06 24,350 posts
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    Is this the fan project revealed in the wake of the XCom FPS announcement?

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  • Katsumoto 19 Apr 2010 10:06:35 1,358 posts
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    Nope, that's a more direct X-Com remake called Xenonauts (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/04/16/xenonauts-the-x-com-anti-apocalypse/) - which also looks awesome! This Frozen Synapse thingy focuses on the combat/tactical side of things.
  • Mr-Brett 19 Apr 2010 10:18:20 12,676 posts
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    This looks pretty good. It looks like it might suit a tablet/iPad quite well too.

    Portable view - Never forget.

  • binster 19 Apr 2010 10:46:28 495 posts
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    Looks ace to me. I love things that look like Tron. :)
  • Normski 19 Apr 2010 10:54:54 27 posts
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    I just gave it a quick go, just did the tutorial and played a single player game. It's sufficiently different from Laser Squad/X-Com to stand alone, but sufficiently similar to stir the same "Oooh, I'm a tactical genius" feelings.

    17 quid for two copies (one for you, one for a friend, effectively) - worth a punt if it's your sort of thing.
  • Deleted user 19 April 2010 10:55:49
    I've got Laser Squad (complete: pen and paper) in my attic and used to play it loads, so I'm interested in this. Hope it turns out as good as its looking like it might.
  • Lukree 19 Apr 2010 19:31:07 155 posts
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    Preordered earlier today. A bit disappointed though. The demo seemed more like proof of concept to me than a game demo. IMO there should be more units, different building blocks (now only walls, half-walls and "tables") and different levels would be nice too.

    Hopefully this will turn out great as I love turn based strategic games a lŠ Silent Storm.
  • El_MUERkO 19 Apr 2010 19:45:54 16,831 posts
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    Lukree wrote:
    Preordered earlier today. A bit disappointed though. The demo seemed more like proof of concept to me than a game demo. IMO there should be more units, different building blocks (now only walls, half-walls and "tables") and different levels would be nice too.

    Hopefully this will turn out great as I love turn based strategic games a lŠ Silent Storm.

    it's not a demo, it's a beta, it's a very early beta too, as for more units, open the editor and click 'add unit' there are loads of units with unfinished functionality and graphics including flashbangs and smoke

    so far so awesome in my opinion :D
  • Lukree 19 Apr 2010 19:52:00 155 posts
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    El_MUERkO wrote:[
    it's not a demo, it's a beta, it's a very early beta too, as for more units, open the editor and click 'add unit' there are loads of units with unfinished functionality and graphics including flashbangs and smoke

    so far so awesome in my opinion :D

    Ah damn, I meant beta! Anyway, looking forward to this!
  • El_MUERkO 20 Apr 2010 00:38:09 16,831 posts
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pglOB8xWpSk

    bastard final nade!!!
  • Cerzi 20 Apr 2010 05:18:03 69 posts
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    Always guard the hostages: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9DOcsDuPiU
  • El_MUERkO 20 Apr 2010 12:37:15 16,831 posts
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    Cerzi wrote:
    Always guard the hostages: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9DOcsDuPiU

    good work, my first game of that i was a guard and ran off having no clue what I was supposed to do
  • Bremenacht 20 Apr 2010 12:43:11 15,741 posts
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    EG hands-on

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • jellyhead 20 Apr 2010 12:46:06 24,350 posts
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    Neat, I don't think i could stare at those neon gfx for any length of time though :(

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  • sunjumper 20 Apr 2010 16:01:43 2,990 posts
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    The game looks quite promising and suitable for some Eurogamer combat...
  • jellyhead 20 Apr 2010 16:14:14 24,350 posts
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    Yup but can we avoid 'EG Game 3' syndrome? :)

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  • sunjumper 20 Apr 2010 17:33:05 2,990 posts
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    It is not my fault that we lack a turn.


    Anyone here allready got the beta?
    We might get a game or ten running.
  • y2rich 20 Apr 2010 17:57:51 1,388 posts
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    Aye I'm on there as y2rich.
  • sunjumper 20 Apr 2010 20:32:12 2,990 posts
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    Cool anyone else?
    If there are enough people around here with the game I feel very tempted to give into temptation and buy the beta.
  • y2rich 20 Apr 2010 20:37:28 1,388 posts
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    Well 2 copies for £17 will sell it for a lot of people. Went halves with a mate and haven't looked back since...or fought eachother come to think of it.
  • Oh-Bollox 20 Apr 2010 22:06:55 5,093 posts
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    Okay, playing the beta now and it's actually quite good.
  • jellyhead 20 Apr 2010 22:19:39 24,350 posts
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    If you want to go halfsies, sunjumper, i'll throw in for the other copy. At 8.50 it's got to be worth a go while we wait for Hell to freeze over so the turns can be delivered.

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  • Deleted user 20 April 2010 22:22:44
    It typically has a 5 turn limit (unless you go to the advanced set up) so they shouldn't take too long to finish. The PBEM mode is extremely good too - all games are stored on the server so when you next log in you just click on the game to download it and set your move up. It emails you when it's ready for your move.

    Apparently there is also a mac beta download somewhere on their forum but I can't find it anywhere.
  • AaronTurner 20 Apr 2010 22:25:26 7,521 posts
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    I'm interested in paying half for a copy if anyone is getting it.
  • Lukree 20 Apr 2010 22:50:00 155 posts
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    Mac beta, what, where!? Cannot find it, but great if mac version is also on it's way!
  • no 20 Apr 2010 22:52:26 297 posts
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    Looks pretty good! Does £17 get two copies of the full game and two beta keys? Or just one full game and two beta keys?
  • Deleted user 20 April 2010 22:54:29
    FAQ on their site says that the Mac version is "Coming soon"
  • y2rich 20 Apr 2010 22:55:58 1,388 posts
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    no, gets you two beta keys and two full copies.
  • sunjumper 21 Apr 2010 10:32:32 2,990 posts
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    And I have joined the fray as Sunjumper (surprisingly)

    You might also want to join 'The Strategy Game Group' which is quite fabulous and the easiest way to set up multiplayer games without spaming all over the main forum.
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