Here we have Icy Tower. A game that on the surface could not look any more simple and basic. However, Icy Tower is one of those very addictive games that gets its hooks right into you and you keep saying “just one more go” for about an hour! This was a bit of a phenomenon a couple of years back and it is very easy to see why once you have played it for just five minutes.
What’s Up, Homeboy?
The premise of Icy Tower is that you are playing as Harold The Homeboy and he wants to showcase his sick jumping moves by getting to the top of the tower. That is all there is for a backstory on the game, but to be fair for a game like this that is actually more than I would expect.
Run, Jump, Land, Repeat
The gameplay of Icy Tower could not be any more simple. You control Harold with the arrow keys and the space bar is your jump button. Those are the only controls that you have to worry about so anyone can play this game. You need to jump and get as high as you can. The level will move faster and faster and the platforms will start to move the higher you get up. You can also jump off the walls to get to a higher platform. The game has a score system and to get the highest score you will have to do combos.
Check This Sick Combo Bro!
The way that you do these is by clearing multiple floors in one leap. If you build up your meter on the left side of the screen enough you can do super jumps and cartwheels. This can make you leap the length of the screen in a single leap. This is great in theory, but I found that this tended to happen at random times and more often than not I would do one of the super jumps by accident and it would throw my rhythm off and I would fall to my death!
One And Done!
The biggest challenge of Icy Tower is that this is a one life kind of game. If you fall, it is game over and you have to start over from the beginning. This is to be expected with a game like this, but sometimes when you die, you feel it is because of the game and not because you made a mistake this can be frustrating.
While it is frustrating there is just something that tells you to have one more go and in that regard, Icy Tower is super addictive. For me, it is the kind of game that I played and played until the point the frustration grew to be more than the fun I was having.
You can download some “add-ons” for Icy Tower that allow you to use custom characters. I found this to be a major chore and hard to do as you do not do it through the actual game. To be fair this could be my lack of technical ability. Also when you download the game, watch that it does not try to install this weird toolbar on your computer as well!
Icy Tower can be a fun game for what it is. I think that it is the kind of game that you will either get addicted to or rage quite. I kept going back to try and beat my high score and I did have a lot of fun with the game. At the same time though, I did get frustrated and this led me to shut the game off.
- The platforms change after ever 100
- It is very easy to learn the basics of
- The game is very addictive
- The high score system is fun
- You always want to have just one more go
- It can be very frustrating
- It wants to download other stuff to your computer!