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Tommy's Icicles (DOS)

Tommy's Icicles DOS The game's start screen is much the same as the start screen for Tommy's other shareware games

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Tommy's Icicles is a single player, shareware game.

In this game the player takes the role of a character, pun intended - just look at the graphics, who's stuck in a cave with a hose pipe. To move in any direction the player has to point the hose in the opposite direction. The hose fires ice cubes which stick to the walls of the cave and to other ice cubes, hence any movement will gradually fill the cave with icicles. Staying in one place isn't an option either because an icicle will grow towards the character as soon as the game starts.
The object is simply to stay alive as long as possible which means avoiding all contact with ice which results in death and game over, the longer the player stays alive the more points they score.

As with most of Tommy's games it uses character graphics and is entirely keyboard controlled. It has nine levels of difficulty, basic sound effects and command line switches to start the game with sound turned off and to force either a colour or monochrome display

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Tommy's Icicles DOS The game's high score table
Tommy's Icicles DOS Game over.
There's a bright blue tip to one of the icicles, that's the player's character impaled on an icicle
Tommy's Icicles DOS The first screen of the in-game instructions. 
These are accessed via the F5 key
Tommy's Icicles DOS The star of a game.
At this point the player hasn't moved but the game soon fixes that with an approaching icicle

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piltdown_man (118669) added Tommy's Icicles (DOS) on Jan 21, 2015