From: Melbourne Australia
I haven't visited Matrix for a long while and on doing so the other day was surprised to see this title at the top of the New Release list.
I had no idea what it was so ventured to the Product Information thread. It was somewhat helpful - turn based, infantry, tactical action, man on man. campaign, theme etc. $25.00 AUD made for very little risk. Finding reviews via the other thread here was easy... and the video gameplay review from the Cynical Brit sealed it for me! Is that the most enthusiastic review ever?
Well, the download was easy to arrange and wow. What a truly well thought-out game this is. Full of action. Immediate tactical problem solving. 1-click skirmishing. The ability to play off-line easily and folks - there IS an in-game manual included via a menu.
One thing that baffled me was the marketing of the game once purchased. I don't know exactly how long it has been up on the Matrix site but next day, it was buried below a host of bumped-up Close Combat titles that really have no right to be at the top of any New Release list. They're old games, old Matrix releases and from what I gather - still broken.
So Matrix, do give Frozen Synapse the attention it deserves. I've yet to plumb its depth but it looks to be great alternative to an old Avalon Hill boardgame I was planning to pick up mint sometime - Firepower.
Once again, it does come with a how-to/strategy-type manual - and for the life of me, I've been trying to drag myself away from the game for a couple of hours now. Definitely, one more play stuff. Useful video/interactive tutorials too.
Quick request - it would be great to be able to ESC through the title screens on loading. A minor thing but once seen, there's no real reason to view the developer's credits each time
More on game play later I hope - but for now, Kudos on a very innovative and solid design. Frozen Synapse deserves the rave reviews it has been getting so far imo. When you have a gem like this Matrix, you really should push it!