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Windows - 1996

Also available on: Mac - 3DO

Year 1996
Platform Windows
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Puzzle elements, Shooter
Publisher Fox Interactive, Inc.
Developer Magnet Interactive Studios, Inc.
Perspective Top-Down
4.88 / 5 - 8 votes

Description of Icebreaker

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One of the best and most unique puzzle games ever made, Icebreaker is the brainchild of Andrew Looney (no, I'm not making his name up), eccentric puzzle game designer who has a penchant for all things pyramid-shaped.

Icebreaker is best described as an abstract puzzle/action arcade game in which you control a pyramid, and your objective in each level is to destroy all pyramids on a grid while enemy pyramids stalk you. Revolutionary games always defy adequate description. Probably 1995's most radically different game, Icebreaker is no different. Like Geoff Crammond's classic The Sentinel, Icebreaker defies all attempts at categorizing it, although elements of a puzzle game are most predominant. You have to guide a little pyramid around the screen, shooting and smashing into other pyramids before some "hunter" pyramids catch up to you. Sometimes you fight, and sometimes you lead your pursuers to their demise by tricking them into bottomless pits. One of the most fascinating things about the game is the variety of ways to get rid of enemy pyramids-- just when you think you've discovered them all, you'll find new surprises (and tougher pyramids) waiting on the next level. Easter eggs, hidden cheats, and many surprise items all add to the fun. Success in the game requires the combination of shooting skill, strategy, timing, and a lot of patience. With over 150 levels, fans of action or puzzle games, and just about anyone who enjoys a unique challenge, will be hopelessly addicted for days on end. Two thumbs up, way up!

Note: the game's designer offers an interesting history of the game: "I created the original game and controlled the design of all additional game elements. I also wrote virtually all of the software for original version of the game, which was published by Panasonic for the 3DO Multiplayer. Unfortunately, 3DO ultimately lost the battle of the 32-bit video game machine, and if no one was buying 3DO players, then no one was buying games for it either. Luckily, Magnet Interactive Studios ported Icebreaker to both the Mac and the PC, and those versions were published by 20th Century Fox. Unfortunately (again), Icebreaker was released just as the bottom was dropping out of the CD-ROM market, so it wasn't a success on those platforms either, despite critical acclaim."

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felicity 2024-04-01 0 point Windows version

Thank you for posting this! I used to play with my whole family and this is a blast of nostalgia.

I did have some difficulty getting it running, so I thought I'd post the steps that worked for me in case anyone else has issues (I'm on windows 10).

1. download and extract both the rip and iso versions (you will need both)

2. download winevdm from and run the "install" shortcut; it will only appear for a moment and then vanish, that's normal

3a. if needed, download an ISO mounting software such as WinCD (the ISO will not mount natively in windows 10)

3b. mount the ISO (right-click on the disc image file, click "open with...", and select your mounting software. you may have to choose a drive letter and some other options depending on your software

4. right-click the ICE.exe application, navigate to compatibility, and check the box to run at 256 colors (8 bit).

5. launch ICE.exe! you will likely get an error that the level grid and save are missing. simply select the level grid file from the icebreaker folder, and then overwrite the default save file when prompted.

6. finally you should be good to play! from this point on, you can simply run the ICE application.

J.C 2023-10-26 0 point

Dit was zo`n ontzettend leuk spel!! Ik ben het al jaren aan het zoeken, en nu kom ik het tegen.
Ik zou het heel graag weer willen spelen!

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