Classic NES Series - Ice Climber Reader Review
The original launch game with the NES console in most of Europe. Ice Climber. No, not Super Mario Bros.
The game is a sort of vertical puzzle platformer where you as either the blue (player 1) or the pink (player 2) eskimo characters must climb to the top of the mountain armed only with a club and a jump button. The mountain itself is inhabited by blue seals (these are white trolls in the european version), red birds, falling icicles and a bear that comes out if you take too long climbing to bump the screen up a few levels. This is not all you'll have to face though as the mountain itself is made out of different propertied surfaces ranging from brown stuff and white/blue slippery ice to ice that pulls you to either side of the screen with even a range of intensity on the pull.
As you climb through the enemy part of the puzzle you ultimately get to the second part of the mountain, the bonus stage. You're still supposed to jump on the platforms to get higher but this part is void of enemies and is instead timed. You can collect vegetables for extra points if you want to, but raking up more seconds on the clock when you reach the bird at the top is worth more than these lousy couple of thousand points. You'll still move on to the next level if you suicide at the bonus stage by the way.
Through 32 mountains this is easily the biggest and most challenging first generation NES game. Together with Super Mario Bros it's among the very few of these games that still holds up well today. The controls will take some getting used to, but once you know them they're not going to be the reason you die.
10 / 10