Mode 7 is back with Frozen Synapse 2, a sequel two years in the making, and seven years demanded by the community. The original game was a throwback to classic tactics games that stripped away all the noise. Frozen Synapse 2 looks simplistic, but it’s color-coded gameplay bathed in neon and wire-frame gives all the visual information you need to make tough decisions in and out of combat. Commanding squads of clones to keep the city from self-destructing is spinning plates while riding a unicycle that has a flat tire. Frozen Synapse 2 is a well-executed game that improves on everything over the original, and is always satisfying when a plan comes together – and even when it doesn’t.
Mode 7 announces their second title to publish, The Colonists. The game draws inspiration from the Anno and The Settler series, and has such a clean look.
I have played Tokyo 42 for at least an hour every day for two weeks now. This game. I love it. I’m sure many other reviews will cite SMAC Games, the developers, references to their influences being GTA2 and Syndicate. Although I can see why they’d say that in an effort help new players understand, I do feel that Tokyo 42 falls confidently into a realm all of it’s own devising. Tokyo 42’s opening moments hold your hand just enough to show you the basics then back off and let you dig into the sandbox with all toys immediately available to you.
Frozen Synapse developers Mode 7 are proud to unveil their latest side-project: an independent web store for chiptune artists.
Chiptune is, traditionally, music made using the sound chips of vintage computers and game consoles. Over recent years, the term has come to encompass music that incorporates these sounds but is created on more modern hardware.
It’s a genre which attracts many game composers, Mode 7’s own Paul Taylor (aka nervous_testpilot) among them: his _ensnare_ chiptune side project features prominently on the store; proving decisively that you can never have too many silly aliases.
Also included in the launch line-up is the soundtrack to hit indie game Dustforce by Lifeformed, as well as much of Disasterpiece’s game soundtrack catalogue.
Even if you have no prior knowledge of chiptune it’s easy to take the plunge, as Chiptune Rush offers a free bundle in exchange for signing up for updates:
“As are probably not aware, lots of people in the world enjoy music on a daily basis,” blithered Paul Taylor, earlier today. “We aim to insert glorious square waves into their ears and then wiggle them about a bit until money falls out. Our plan is to create a one-stop-shop for amazing chip music and help to get some of these brilliant artists the recognition they deserve.”