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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 A survivor escapes into the past with baby Ryan
Prisoner of Ice DOS The rather eerie title screen
Prisoner of Ice DOS A poor Mayan peasant is sent back in time as a Great Old One snack
Prisoner of Ice DOS John Parker is reunited with the sorceror Narackamous (and undoubtedly thinking 'didn't I kill you already?')

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 (139045) 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
Play Time Jun, 1995 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Jun, 1995 85 out of 100 85
High Score Nov, 1995 4 out of 5 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
Jeuxvideo.com May 05, 2011 14 out of 20 70
Quandary Dec, 1995 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adventure Classic Gaming Apr 22, 2010 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

This game is the sequel to Shadow of the Comet, although the continuity won't be apparent until the last 1/4 of the game. Two major characters from the first game show up about that time, and there's even a brief cameo by Lord Boleskine himself.

Prisoner of Ice is loosely based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story "Mountains of Madness" where an American expedition to the Antartic uncovers horrible creatures entombed in slabs of ice as well as a massive lost city beneath the Antartic snow. The game takes place several years after the story during WW II with Nazis having established a secret research base over the site of the lost city.

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Alan Chan (3479) added Prisoner of Ice (DOS) on Nov 04, 1999
Other platforms contributed by B.L. Stryker (20872), Sciere (377681), Kabushi (161417) and Scaryfun (13571)