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Code-Name: Iceman

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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.


Code-Name: Iceman Atari ST Falling in love with Stacy.
Code-Name: Iceman Amiga A boat is here to pick me up.
Code-Name: Iceman Atari ST Looks like paradise
Code-Name: Iceman Amiga Kissing Stacy.

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* (37914)
Codename: ICEMAN is a foray into techno-thriller fiction by Jim Walls. DOS vni VIC (20)
A ridiculous failiure? Not even. DOS Eurythmic (2581)
Interesting, varied, but also terribly hard DOS Nowhere Girl (1596)
Police Quest meets Military Quest? Pretty fun game, somewhat of a let down. DOS OlSkool_Gamer (99)
A ridiculous Sierra failure. DOS Tomer Gabel (4353)
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 (1088)
2 hours, Bull! DOS C W (6)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) DOS Jun, 1990 85 out of 100 85
The One DOS Apr, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1990 69 out of 100 69
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 61 out of 100 61
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 60 out of 100 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Apr, 1990 6.2 out of 12 52
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Feb, 1991 4.6 out of 12 38
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Mar, 1991 4.6 out of 12 38
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33
Adventure Gamers DOS Oct 19, 2007 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30


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Cancelled sequel

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


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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