Icycle: On Thin Ice Review – Its freezing in here!

On January 24, 2014

App Type: Uncategorized

Icycle: On Thin Ice Review – Its freezing in here!

Our rating:

By: Chillingo Ltd

Version #: 1.0.3

Date Released: 2013-11-27

Developer: Icycle: On Thin Ice Support

Price: $2.99

User Rating:

Would you like to take an ugly naked guy on a bicycle ride? Yuck, me neither! Apparently, the editors at Apple think it would be pretty fun as Icycle: On Thin Ice was one of the featured apps of the week. Lets see if that holds up.

Icycle: On Thin Ice Review

It is either the next Ice Age or the post-apocalyptic era and our Earth is just a giant ball of ice. Our poor naked guy, Dennis seems to be the last man alive and has only a bicycle to survive the cold. Helping him get to some place safe if any, is your objective.

Each level gives you a path over the glaciers and you have to pedal your two-wheeler across. The surface is covered with cracks, ice spikes, broken glasses, posts and sharp ruins while other times, the glacier itself starts to slide over one another or gush like a volcano or even crumble into pieces. Not so easy for world’s last man!

Icycle: On Thin Ice Review

You have the right and left buttons for side scrolling and a jump button to you know what. But if you’re in the air, you can tap the jump button to bring out the sturdy umbrella and drift through the chilling breeze. This can be helpful not only in small cracks but also to fly between blocks and to take deep falls.

Collecting ice cubes on the way and using it to buy upgrades, roses, clothes, spares, new umbrellas and rides are in place too, along with an in-app store for getting more cubes. Roses can be used to skip an area while spares help to restart from a checkpoint.

Icycle: On Thin Ice Review

The controls aren’t as convenient as one would expect but I guess that is deliberate due to the cranky old bicycle. The animations are one of the coolest ever and starts impressing right from the intro video. They are not very intense or life-like but 2D cartoon styled with stunning and unique effects. The gameplay is original and harder than usual, but impresses us at almost all levels.
To conclude, we think Icycle: On Thin Ice is a steal for the one buck.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes

Learning Curve:Low

Who Is It For:Casual gamers

What I Like:The graphics

What I Don't Like:Spare wheels

Final Statement:Ever kissed a fish?

Read the Developer's Notes:
Ever kissed a fish?

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 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*

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.

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.

Game Details:
• 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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