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Prisoner of Ice (DOS)

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Written by  :  Joakim Kihlman (270)
Written on  :  Apr 11, 2004
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

Nazis, Norweigans with speech-problems and general weirdness.

The Good

This is a good game. Not great, but good. The best part of it is that it is rather unique. The story is, although at times a bit confusing and rather silly, often good and the atmosphere is very unique and unnerving.The puzzles are ok, but rather easy. I ran into serious trouble only once, when I had to build a gun from to blast a rock into pieces. I don't mind the game being rather easy, though, because I was more into the atmosphere than the gameplay itself. The graphics were good for its time and although it looks a bit plastic nowadays it is still nice to look at (apart from the prisoner-monsters). The part I enjoyed the most, however, was the delirious Norwegian who actually spoke incorrect Swedish, and not Norwegian at all. Instead of saying "Jag har aldrig älskat någon", (I've never loved anyone), the scriptwriter has mixed up å and ä, and thus the Norwegian blurts out "Jag har aldrig älskat nägon" with a rather peculiar accent. Extremely comical if you're Swedish or Norwegian. I never get tired of the poor Norwegian with the bizarre accent.

The Bad

This is a game based on the eerie works of H.P Lovecraft. I am not very familiar with his work, and it is apparent when you play the game that you really ought to know a little about Lovecraft and his work in order to fully understand and enjoy this game. I like horror and mysticism when it is done right, as in Gabriel Knight, for example, but in this game the monsters are just silly and look like plastic toys making ridiculous hissing sounds, and the story is rather weird than mystical, at times it is just downright confusing and quite ill presented. The ending is a catastrophe. An anti-climax if I've ever seen one, without revealing too much. Also, the dialogue... it really isn't that good at all.

The Bottom Line

A H.P Lovecraft game mainly for Lovecraft-fans. I like the game, but I reckon I'd love it if I was into Lovecraft. So if you are interested in his books, read them and then play this game. It ought to be good.