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Description

Another game in Infogrames' line of H. P. Lovecraft inspired games started by Alone In the Dark, Prisoner of Ice puts you in the role of Lt. Ryan, an American agent stationed aboard the submarine H.M.S. Victoria on a rescue mission to the Antarctic. The Victoria picks up two mysterious crates during the course of the rescue. Before you know it the Captain is eaten alive by the cargo, a horrific monster with whom you are trapped aboard the submarine. And that's just the start of your problems.

Prisoner of Ice features a very simplified version of the classic adventure game interface, where you can left click with the cursor to operate an object or right click to look at it. The program won't let you do anything with these objects, other than the few appropriate actions needed to advance the game.

Screenshots

Prisoner of Ice DOS Diane, the niece of John Parker (from Shadow of the Comet)
Prisoner of Ice DOS And in the confusion something escapes...
Prisoner of Ice DOS The rather eerie title screen
Prisoner of Ice DOS Close up of a Prisoner of Ice

Alternate Titles

  • "Gevangen in het ijs" -- Dutch title
  • "Call of Cthulhu: Prisoner of Ice" -- International title

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User Reviews

Do you wanna be a prisoner forever!? Set yourelf free!! MAT (132167) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Nazis, Norweigans with speech-problems and general weirdness. Joakim Kihlman (269) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Decent story, but doesn't quite cut it as an adventure game. Alan Chan (3479) unrated

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine Oct 31, 1995 94 out of 100 94
Gameplay (Benelux) Aug, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Joystick (French) Jun, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Play Time Jun, 1995 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Jun, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks May, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Jan 25, 1996 76 out of 100 76
The DOS Spirit Sep 03, 2010 4.5 out of 6 75
Adventure Gamers Jul 21, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Quandary Dec, 1995 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Question about "Prisoner of Ice" game play 3 BostonGeorge (682)
Feb 25, 2009
Is there really Windows edition of a game? 11 Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (580)
Jul 20, 2007

Trivia

There is a French cartoon book series loosely based on the game (the scenario isn't the same, but there are some common places and characters). The editor is Vents d'Ouest and there are 3 volumes : Le glaive du crépuscule, La geôle de Pandore and La cité des abîmes. The second volume of this series was given in bundle with the video game in a special edition made a few years later by the French magazine PC Soluces (game, comic book and walkthrough for 79 FF = 11 $).




There are indeed two version of the games, VGA and SVGA, but the savegames are not compatible.




The introduction scene could be used as a screensaver (!).




The 200 background pictures were hand-drawn then scanned. The 40 characters were made using Motion Capture.




The game was developed in 18 months and occupied 60 persons.

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Alan Chan (3479) added Prisoner of Ice (DOS) on Nov 04, 1999
Other platforms contributed by B.L. Stryker (20873), Sciere (373688), Kabushi (159026) and Scaryfun (13562)