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Fire & Ice (Amiga)

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Description

The background story of Fire & Ice is quick to tell: A coyote (you) runs, throwing ice cubes, through various worlds. In the levels you must jump on platforms and kill your enemies. The enemies (for example, birds and penguins) can be shot with your ice cubes; they become frozen, so you smash them. Sometimes they leave part of a key behind after they're destroyed. The complete key, assembled from all the pieces, opens the door to the next world.

In this "jump & run" you can also get some power-ups. You can find some coyote puppies; these puppies follow you, are invulnerable, and also shoot enemies. In higher regions you find some snow-flakes; enough of these and you get a great snowball for freezing more enemies on the screen.

Screenshots

Fire & Ice Amiga Title screen 1
Fire & Ice Amiga Underwater level map
Fire & Ice Amiga Title screen 2
Fire & Ice Amiga Game 1

Alternate Titles

  • "Fire & Ice: The Daring Adventures of Cool Coyote" -- Title on front of box
  • "Fire+Ice" -- Amiga CD32 in-game title
  • "Fire and Ice" -- PC in-game title
  • "Cool Coyote in Fire and Ice" -- Start Screen Title

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The Press Says

Amiga Mania Aug, 1992 92 out of 100 92
Amiga Action Jun, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Zero Jun, 1992 90 out of 100 90
CU Amiga May, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Format Jul, 1992 89 out of 100 89
Amiga Power Jun, 1992 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Computing Sep, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Joker May, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Power Play May, 1992 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1992 10 out of 12 83

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Trivia

DOS version

The PC version contains 16 colours only because it was written using Realms shell which had CGA and VGA 16 colour drivers.

Master System version

The Master System version was supposed to be released in Europe in 1994, but the development was aborted. Only later was the game picked up in a somewhat unfinished state for release in Brazil, where the Master System was still a successful console. There was also a Genesis version in development.

Shareware version

In 1995, the DOS version of the game was re-released as shareware by StreetWise Interactive. The shareware version was freely available and contained the first world. The remaining four worlds were only available in the registered version. This re-released version also gained some additional features absent in the original Graftgold/Renegade release: the ability to load/save game progress, user-definable keys, a jukebox for listening to the in-game music, an in-game manual, just to name a few. The actual game remained unchanged, however.

Xmas edition

There is a Xmas special edition with winter levels

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Action Game of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – Best Action Game in 1992
Information also contributed by Игги Друге and Blood
Rantanplan (1711) added Fire & Ice (Amiga) on Oct 07, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Bock (156), NGC 5194 (17314), Kabushi (126325) and Rantanplan (1711)