Earlier this week, Mode 7 Games announced (via Facebook and co-founder Paul Taylor's Twitter account) that Frozen Synapse [$9.99 (HD)] was coming to iPhones. The top-down tactical strategy game was well-received when it was released on PC and Mac a few years ago, and again when it made its iOS debut as an iPad-only game last year. Line of sight and adequate cover are one thing, but Frozen Synapse's real draw is the mental chess match that occurs between opposing players: the game is turn-based, but all of the action happens simultaneously, so you'll be guessing your enemy's strategy while devising your own. It's neat stuff.

If there's one early red-flag about the impending downsizing, it's that the interface — which we called "busy" and "confusing" in our otherwise glowing review — might be an issue for the dainty iPhone screen. In a follow-up tweet, Taylor mentions that Mode 7 are working on the interface issue. It's also unclear at this point if Mode 7 is making an iPhone-specific app or releasing a universal update.

Meanwhile, the "Red" expansion pack for Frozen Synapse iPad is still in the works. However, thanks to the game's cross-play functionality, "Red" content seems to be playable if you sign into the game from a PC or Mac account that's already purchased the pack.

Mode 7 hopes to have Frozen Synapse iPhone-ready before the end of the year, and we'll keep our ears to the ground for any new info in the meantime.

  • spader623

    I have this on PC And never got into it. Just didn't try enough. But I'd love to try it on my iphone. Also, question about the red Dlc. So... If you have it on PC/Mac, you can get it for free on iphone?

    • oooooomonkey

      If you own red on PC when you play on iPad/iPhone log into your same account that you use on PC as you'll have the red pack already.

      • spader623

        Ohhhh. Thanks. That's awesome. Just hope the game works with a smaller screen. It's got a lot of stuff.

  • Ramaz1234

    Woooooooo. Love games like this, like Arma Tactics and Breach and clear

  • joaquin_ondamoon

    This game was hella hard on PC. Don't know how it's gonna translate to iPhone; lots of pinching and zooming, I guess.

  • Sojourn

    I love this game! I have to admit, I don't understand how the Red thing works; if the content is available in-game if purchased on PC/Mac, why isn't it available independently in the iOS version? Porting the content would seem to be the tricky part.