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Code-Name: Iceman

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
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2.9
Atari ST
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3.6
DOS
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3.2
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Description

In the beginning of the 21st century, Earth is experiencing a global oil shortage. Surprisingly, Tunisia remains one of the few countries still in possession of large quantities of high-quality oil. USA and Soviet governments race each other in their attempts to purchase as much oil as possible. Finally, the Soviets take a step further and kidnap the US ambassador, hoping to provoke an international incident. Naval Officer Johnny Westland is sent to Tunisia with the order of rescuing the ambassador and preventing further escalation of the conflict.

Code-Name: Iceman is primarily an adventure game similar to Sierra's other works in that genre. The player navigates the protagonist in eight different directions from third-person view, and types text commands to interact with the environment. The command "Look" may be typed separately and lead to different text descriptions depending on where on screen the protagonist is positioned. The game is similar to Police Quest series in that it relies on realistic procedures, in this case military instructions, first aid, etc. The player may reach dead ends and resort to restoring an earlier save if some of these procedures are not followed properly. In addition, a considerable portion of the game consists of submarine simulation, requiring the player to navigate a submarine and fight enemy craft.

Screenshots

Code-Name: Iceman DOS At the controls of the sub
Code-Name: Iceman Atari ST Swimming
Code-Name: Iceman Amiga Outside the hotel.
Code-Name: Iceman DOS Walking around town.

Alternate Titles

  • "Codename: Iceman" -- Media title

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User Reviews

So Jim Walls was also a submarine captain as well, eh? DOS *Katakis* (37494)
Codename: ICEMAN is a foray into techno-thriller fiction by Jim Walls. DOS vni VIC (20)
A ridiculous failiure? Not even. DOS Eurythmic (2612)
A ridiculous Sierra failure. DOS Tomer Gabel (4416)
Interesting, varied, but also terribly hard DOS Nowhere Girl (1408)
Police Quest meets Military Quest? Pretty fun game, somewhat of a let down. DOS OlSkool_Gamer (99)
A brave, innovative Sierra adventure that ultimately doesn't accomplish much. DOS Lucas Schippers (59)
Great promise, good begining, and terrible everything else DOS William Shawn McDonie (1152)
2 hours, Bull! DOS C W (6)

The Press Says

Power Play DOS Jun, 1990 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Amiga Oct, 1990 72 out of 100 72
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1990 69 out of 100 69
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 18, 2009 4 out of 6 67
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 61 out of 100 61
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 60 out of 100 60
Adventure Gamers DOS Oct 19, 2007 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30

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Trivia

Cancelled sequel

A sequel was mentioned as forthcoming in Sierra's news magazine, but it was never released.

Comic

There was a comic based on the game published in Sierra's magazine. A page of it can be seen at SierraPlanet.

Information also contributed by Giygas 8

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Contributed to by Eurythmic (2612), POMAH (31330) and tbuteler (3026)