Icebreaker Hockey Review – Slide, slide, goal

On March 21, 2012

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Icebreaker Hockey Review – Slide, slide, goal

Our rating:

By: Natural Motion

Version #: 1

Date Released: 2011-06-02

Developer: Natural Motion Games

Price: 0.99

User Rating:

Natural Motion entered the iPhone scene with a blockbuster: Backbreaker Football. Playing the offense, you had to  run down the pitch while evading vicious tacklers until the touchdown area. A great deal of the fun was watching the tacklers smack you down with NaturalMotion’s incredible animations (via their patented physical simulation algorithms).

Icebreaker offers the same fun, but in a hockey rink. You have to fight against increasingly harder threats to your scoring abilities, while racking extra points for doing backflips or timing slides. Graphically this is as good as the original Backbreaker, but controls are harder. Of course this is for a reason: ice is ice, grass is grass. So when you slide, you do it faster and it makes the game harder to control. Being so used to Backbreaker I found Icebreaker very hard but amusing.

Don’t get me wrong, this is an awesome game. It is just that compared to the original, does not offer that many new things. Slide and score, fun for a while.

If you are a hockey lover, for this price you should not doubt and just buy it: it is very fun, and if you are a challenge lover, there are plenty of challenges you can fight in this game.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Maybe

Learning Curve:Low

Who Is It For:Hockey or Backbreaker fans

What I Like:The smoothness of the animations, amazing

What I Don't Like:Control is very hard

Final Statement:If you enjoyed the Backbreaker franchise or hockey overall, this is for you

Read the Developer's Notes:
NaturalMotion Games, the makers of the million-selling hit Backbreaker Football, are proud to present: ICEBREAKER HOCKEY! Crushing checks, slick moves, and super-addictive gameplay combine to create an experience that redefines action on the rink!

Deke and spin your way towards the goal, dodging and skating past players on a mission to take you down. If you make it through, it's time to face the GOALTENDER: taunt him with your SHOWBOATING skills, and charge up a SUPER-SHOT to show him who's boss!

Developed by Digital Legends, Icebreaker Hockey pulls out all the stops in high-end iOS gaming: smooth, life-like skating based on motion capture data from professional ice hockey players; crushing sidewall checks and takedowns powered by NaturalMotion's endorphin simulation technology; advanced OpenGL ES 2.0 techniques (such as mirror ice reflections) for stunning graphics.

SKATE down the rink using the accelerometer. SPIN and DEKE past opposing players for extra points. SPRINT to storm forwards, or perform a HARD STOP to send your enemies into the wall. Press the SHOWBOAT button to really rack up the points, and finish it all off nicely with a charged-up SUPER SHOT. The goaltender won't know what hit him.

Icebreaker Hockey is packed with content:
CHALLENGE MODE introduces 50 original waves divided into 10 ever-tougher challenges.
ENDURANCE MODE lets you test your skills and stamina in a non-stop sequence of ever tougher waves. How far can you go?
Eight ORIGINAL TEAMS let you choose your favourite colours and looks.

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