Icycle: On Thin Ice Review
- The visual flair is incredibly impressive.
- Clever use of collectibles as a path-finding tool.
- Shop is an addition, not the focus of the game.
- Stiff controls can cause problems.
- Three-lives system seems arbitrary.
Despite its stiff handling, Icycle: On Thin Ice is a gorgeous, bizarre, and often humorous game which demands your attention.
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As iOS gamers, we've been exposed to some weird scenarios over the years. Narky birds with porky vendettas; hungry green monsters which subsist entirely on dangling sugar lozenges – to us, these things are just another day in the App Store.
Icycle: On Thin Ice is game about a naked man named Dennis, who finds himself riding a tricycle through ever-shifting landscapes. Originally we thought the game might be showing us a dream or nightmare scenario. Then Dennis gets hit by a fish, and start having actual hallucinations.
And we thought we'd seen it all.
Right off the bat, you will notice the presentation. Some stages, like the crystal caves, are more simplistic, featuring morphing shapes and only a couple colours. Other landscapes live somewhere between complete abstraction and a hyper-stylised reality, with buildings floating in mid-air and . Accompanying these visuals are a collection of deep, rich sound effects, which combine with the unusual imagery to seriously striking effect.
If only your time guiding Dennis through this space was as pleasing as the visuals. Icycle: On Thin Ice provides on-screen buttons to guide the peddling nudist left and right, and a jump button that doubles as a parachute toggle. Movement is quite stiff, making some of the pop-up obstacles difficult to traverse, and causing more restarts than we would like. And, considering that you're kicked to the start of the level after three deaths, you'll be wishing that Dennis' ride was a bit smoother.
But, overall, Icycle: On Thin Ice is an experience worth having. Some of the art-inspired ideas presented as you travel from one location to the another are captivating, and reaching each imaginative new level makes any control-related frustration worthwhile. It's rare to see a game with this degree of stylistic wit and visual polish, so we'd recommend seeing past its shortcomings and hopping on Icycle chilly saddle.
DescriptionEver kissed a fish?
Cult of Mac's Best Damn iOS Games of 2013!
Games and art become one in the masterfully crafted and visually stunning Icycle: On Thin Ice. Play as the cold naked hero Dennis, and pedal, jump and glide through each beautiful but deadly post-apocalyptic frozen wonderland.
"A wonderful game from start to finish" – Touch Arcade, 5/5
"One of the most bizarre games I have ever played." – Game Informer
"One of the most beautiful visual styles I've ever seen in an iOS game and is addictive from the first moment." – The Examiner's Holiday Gift Guide 2013
"Icycle is the most engaging journey I’ve taken in a game in a long time, and you owe it to yourself to go along for the ride." – Slide To Play, 4/4 "Must Have"
"A fantastic and imaginative adventure that's ripe with challenge and humor" – JayIsGames
"Icycle's colorful, clever and a great example of just how far a little imagination can go in the world of indie mobile development." – Modojo
"An enchanting flagship title that belongs on every iPad" – Stromstock, 9/10
"An extraordinary journey…Icycle is the most bespoke game I've ever played" - Eurogamer
"Take note, everybody: Icycle: On Thin Ice is a game to watch out for." - 148 Apps
*Into The Pixel artwork winner and Develop Indie Showcase finalist*
FIND LOVE IN THE MOST UNLIKELY PLACES
Help Dennis find love in an icy world that’s not as frozen as it first seems. Ride through collapsing cities and fairgrounds, hop over dormant battlefields and explosive wedding cakes, float down dark ravines, through hostile shopping centres and over a skyline of legs, while poor Dennis is teased and taunted to the fringe of despair.
AN ADVENTURE INTO MADNESS
From its jaw-dropping scenery to bizarre creations plucked from Dennis’s sub-conscious, award-winning studio Damp Gnat draws inspiration from art, film, and comedy to deliver an experience that is beautiful, sad, hilarious, compelling, and fun all at once.
• A thrilling platforming adventure from award-winning studio Damp Gnat
• Breathtaking worlds that are as beautiful as they are dangerous
• Stunning soundtrack and unique surrealist visual design
• Unlock a wardrobe full of garments to dress and humiliate Dennis
• Upgrade vacuum cleaners and umbrellas to reach hidden items
• Complete 80 missions to unlock bonus features including the original Icycle game!
PLEASE NOTE: This game features non-compulsory In-App Purchases. If you do not wish to use this feature please disable In-App Purchases in your device settings.
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