Meet Nya Koori, a friendly Ice Mage who is living harmoniously inside the enchanted tree until a group of dinosaurs infested the town and wreck havoc nearby which ruined her peaceful life. Now, to end this craziness, she went to stop these dinosaurs and put them back from where they actually came from and this is where your journey will take place. Ice Story is an indie game created by CastPixel as part of their entry for a game jam competition. Your main objective in this game is to get the highest score possible by reaching the highest level you can.
Ice Story, at some points, will remind you of those classic acade games like Snow Bros and Bubble Bobble which follows almost the same gameplay. However, what really makes Ice Story more distinctive is the complexity of the game itself. In order to eliminate the dinosaurs, there are processes to be follows. Using your Ice Magic, you have to freeze the dinosaur completely and after doing so, you have to break the ice by dashing through them. While being unstable (will last of only few seconds), you must carry the dinosaur and throw them in the portal. Only when all the dinosaurs were thrown to the portal will clear the game.
This game requires a lot of great timing and a lot of getting used to. In addition to that, you are encouraged to do it faster because if you spend too much time on a stage, huge blocks of stone will start to fall. Another thing that makes this game more challenging is the fact that you only have three lives to spare all through out the game and there is no other way to restore them. Therefore, you must be very clever and must come up with a strategy to keep you in the game. Appearance wise, Ice Story is presented wonderfully with its pixel art environment and accompanied with great sounds and music. The game can sometimes be very buggy though but not in a way that it ruins everything. Overall, this game is wonderful and easy play!