PS Vita Review: Frozen Synapse Prime

I told you to stay out of my room!

I told you to stay out of my room!

By: Uma Smith

Frozen Synapse Prime is no stranger to the realm of mobile gaming. It first came out in 2011 for both the iOS and Android devices. Subsequently, Frozen Synapse Prime made another set of appearances on the personal computer. Finally, it has made it over to the PlayStation Vita complete with improvements, additional content and a few trophies. Will it turn out to be a “prime” game for Vita owners to add to their collection or will it simply end up “frozen” in its tracks?

CONTROLS (4.5/5)

Making effective use of the Vita’s touch screen, Frozen Synapse Prime allows you to zoom in and out by using a pinching motion with ease. Additionally, making your selection with just a tap on the screen makes the game accessible and intuitive. But wait, there’s more! Using the Vita’s buttons, including the shoulder ones, you’ll be able to switch between control schemes. Such autonomy really makes Frozen Synapse Prime more user-friendly and approachable.


Visually, the game’s futuristic style gives it a clean look. There is enough detail and color to produce a wonderful appearance. And with the nice blood splatter effects, killing never looked more appetizing.

On the other hand, the sound effects seem to be limited. For instance, the gun shots sound pretty much the same all throughout, and there is no voice acting. Because of that, the audio can grow monotonous in time. Still, the music gives a good touch to the somewhat tense atmosphere.

GAMEPLAY (4.25/5)

Taking place in a futuristic city called Markov Geist, Frozen Synapse Prime will have you defending against the Blue Sunlight. Each mission has you take command of a number of shooters in an effort to fight off the rebels. Considering that this is a turn-based strategy game, Frozen Synapse Prime is pretty deep in terms of the available options for players to choose from. You’ll be able to get your shooters to do such things as run, wait and focus on specific opponents and areas.

There are a variety of shooters that vary in terms of attributes. You have the one with the machine gun that offers a well-rounded approach in range and effectiveness in attacks. If you need units for close attacks, then the shotguns would be ideal. Conversely, for the long-range approach, then the snipers would be the answer. Finally, there is the Rocketeer, who deals explosive damage not just to the enemies but to the environment as well.

Depending on the mission, you’ll be given a certain mix of shooters to command. Therefore, Frozen Synapse Prime manages to keep itself from being monotonous as it encourages players to change up their strategies as they progress further in the game. While this can prove to be pretty tough at times, you do have the opportunity to try out your tactics before actually implementing them during your turn. However, this is not by all means a way to cheat as the enemies are unpredictable, which can lead to unexpected results.

A variety of modes are offered in Frozen Synapse Prime. The main campaign mode consists of 40 missions, which includes objectives like escorting a civilian, breaching a certain section of the map or killing off your enemies. Then there’s the skirmish mode that pretty much serves as a practice for players to try out. Finally, the multiplayer is where you can add some diversity in challenges as you can take on other live players to test your skills out.

With quite a lot of content offered by this Vita game, you’ll quickly lose yourself in all the strategy that you have to figure out and implement coupled with the intense action.

OVERALL (4.25/5)

While Frozen Synapse Prime is very addicting, it’s also appropriate for casual plays, thus making it an ideal title on the go. As such, this is one of those titles that acts as a “synapse” for players to be stimulated with their PlayStation Vitas.


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