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  • Summary: [ABOUT THIS GAME]

    ICEY is a 2D side-scrolling action game. As you follow the narrator's omnipresent voice, you will see through ICEY's eyes and learn the truth about her world. "Alright, you caught me! This ISN'T really just a simple 2D action game, and you WON'T be seeing through ICEY's
    [ABOUT THIS GAME]

    ICEY is a 2D side-scrolling action game. As you follow the narrator's omnipresent voice, you will see through ICEY's eyes and learn the truth about her world.

    "Alright, you caught me! This ISN'T really just a simple 2D action game, and you WON'T be seeing through ICEY's eyes... NOR will you learn the truth about her world." says the narrator.

    "ICEY is a Meta game in disguise. The narrator will constantly urge you in one direction, but you must ask, "Why? Why am I following his directions? Why can't I learn the truth about this world and ICEY's purpose here?" Fight against his tyranny, and uncover what's really going on for yourself!

    In fact, you can become ICEY, and let loose the shackles of your own identity. You are ICEY, and ICEY is you... if you want it that way. Feel free to keep hold of your own self, if you wish.

    Now Is the Time For You to Discover the Truth.

    [FEATURES]

    Fast-paced Combat:
    Crush enemies in the palm of your hand.
    Attack! Dodge! Counterattack! Do not hesitate.
    This is the only way to survive!

    Incredible Combos:
    With simple controls, amazing combos are easy to unleash, even for beginners.
    Every skill is special in its own way. Master your favorites and create your own fighting style!

    Massive Cyborg Bosses:
    Can you withstand the onslaught of attacks from terrifying cyborg bosses?
    Every boss unleashes flurries of different attacks. It's up to you to find their weak spots and tear them apart!

    -Nominated, Tokyo Game Show 2016 DENGEKI PlayStation Best Indie Game
    -Official Selection, 2016 Gamescom Indie Arena Booth
    -Most Promising Game 2nd Prize, Taipei Game Show 2016
    -Official Selection, Casual Connect Asia 2016
    -Official Selection, IGF China 2015
    -Best Technology Award, Indieplay 2015
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jun 26, 2018
    85
    ICEY on Switch is a great port. While I may sound like a broken record for wanting touch screen support for the UI, the real big missing feature here is video recording. Games like this that have you feeling like a badass in combat should have video recording so those special moments can be shared easily.
  2. Jun 18, 2018
    80
    ICEY successfully joins 2D platforms, RPG elements and some amazing combat moments. Thanks to its humour-filled narration and to a fluid an intense combat system and marvelous visual environment, Icey manages to stand out in a very good way within the Nintendo Switch catalogue. While its lifespan could certainly be longer, the game's humorous interactions help offsetting this flaw.
  3. Jun 6, 2018
    80
    Battling your way through screens of mechanical enemies to reach the final boss won’t take very much time at all, but exploring the compact yet detailed world around you is enjoyable. Hidden are some thought-provoking snippets of narrative that touch on the hardships of developing games, for example, and the clever delivery of its storytelling is, at times, ingenious. However, the simplistic approach to battle and a confusing and convoluted story plot could prove bothersome for some who are looking for something a little more in-depth.
  4. May 6, 2019
    80
    ICEY is an excellent action game with a great combat system. Although it doesn't last many hours, its incredible story will surprise you.
  5. Jun 18, 2018
    75
    Assuming that limited playtime isn’t enough to dissuade you, ICEY is a good game that balances its ambitions and its gameplay very well so it manages to stand out in an increasingly crowded eShop.
  6. Jul 4, 2018
    75
    Furiously choreographed battles embedded an interesting story questioning the relationship between developer and player. The pacing is off sometimes, though.
  7. 60
    If you like meta-commentary in your video games, ICEY might be right up your alley, but I found the narration to be overdone, overlong, and overly aggressive. I appreciate ICEY’s attempt to differentiate itself but…not like this. Not like this.

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  1. Sep 10, 2019
    8
    Icey is a great game to get lost in with great combat and skills you can level up. The games play time is very short compared to most games,Icey is a great game to get lost in with great combat and skills you can level up. The games play time is very short compared to most games, combat is great, enemies are challenging, art design is very good. My few gripes are this the whole narrator saying things like As Icey descends down to find nothing or Icey comes up on upon a abandoned area, etc this narration takes away momentum from the game and to me slows down the game, overall it's a great sci-fi hack n slash to get lost in and preform some fun and tantalizing combos with your scythe. If your in the market for a cheap hack n slash game put icey on your must plays the game will keep egging you on to keep going knowing that the next boss is around the corner. This game isn't super polished but this game is a must play for switch owners like myself Expand