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Code-Name: Iceman (DOS)

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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 You just set an explosive charge on the oil rig, now it's time to run!
Code-Name: Iceman DOS The weapon room.
Code-Name: Iceman DOS It's time to free the ambassador, and do some cool hero stuff.
Code-Name: Iceman DOS Plotting your course.

Alternate Titles

  • "Codename: Iceman" -- Media title

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User Reviews

So Jim Walls was also a submarine captain as well, eh? *Katakis* (37801) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Codename: ICEMAN is a foray into techno-thriller fiction by Jim Walls. vni VIC (20) unrated
A ridiculous failiure? Not even. Eurythmic (2610) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
A ridiculous Sierra failure. Tomer Gabel (4388) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars
Interesting, varied, but also terribly hard Nowhere Girl (1494) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
Police Quest meets Military Quest? Pretty fun game, somewhat of a let down. OlSkool_Gamer (99) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A brave, innovative Sierra adventure that ultimately doesn't accomplish much. Lucas Schippers (59) unrated
Great promise, good begining, and terrible everything else William Shawn McDonie (1152) unrated
2 hours, Bull! C W (6) unrated

The Press Says

Power Play Jun, 1990 72 out of 100 72
The DOS Spirit Dec 18, 2009 4 out of 6 67
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 61 out of 100 61
Adventure Gamers 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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Eurythmic (2610) added Code-Name: Iceman (DOS) on Nov 15, 1999
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