Icycle isn’t your typical post-apocalyptic game. You aren’t fighting across an irradiated nightmarish wasteland, and you aren’t quite saving a princess. No, in this case you play as a naked guy on a bicycle who must navigate a surreal ice age in order to rescue his snow-woman love interest. The atmosphere is a combination of a Magritte painting, a Monty Python sketch and an intro to an old Bond movie. Lest it be unsaid: this game is insane.
PERFECT FOR: a dry English sense of humor, bowler hat enthusiasts, intellectual Mario fans
PLAY TIME: Short
THIS WEEK ON KILL SCREEN
We find out how Hinterland is celebrating their culture and bringing Canada to videogames.
Explore The Wrong, a 30 pavilion collection of Digital Art that exist entirely online.
Jon Irwin sits down with three Boston studios to examine the history and future of the Boston gaming scene.
A look at the uses and psychology of the female AI voice in games.
We talk to the developers of Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime and illustrator Chris Ware about the game’s artistic formation
Zack Kotzer interviews artist Andrew Strasser, the producer of Dyad’s music video.
We investigate Microsoft’s plan to blur the line between reality and fantasy.
Betty White and Mega Man might have more in common than you thought.
Reviews: Resogun, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW, Icycle: On Thin Ice, Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas, Fjords
There are waterfalls blocking every navigable path. You are bottlenecked to a computer terminal, just like the one you dismissed at home, but after a little tinkering, a little typing, you discover you can, in fact, turn off the waterfalls.
Even I know that Betty White had a killer 2010. Why did she suddenly become so important? Some say that she never really stopped being important. She’s worked pretty consistently since Golden Girls ended in 1992 and she’s been nominated for a few Emmys in that span. The real reason is that in this era, a strong fan base can have a voice that cracks like a whip, and in 2010 it did in favor of Betty White. So why do I care? I care because I love Mega Man.
If Landstalker is a game which failed to understand the limitations of its hardware, Oceanhorn is a game which caters to its platform to a fault.