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Game Boy AdvanceThunderbolt Games (Jun 21, 2004)
The original Ice Climber for the NES still holds a special place in my heart. It was the first multiplayer game that really drove my friends and I to spend hours glued in front of the TV, pounding Coca-Cola and wolfing down Gummi Bears in an effort to force our bodies up past 1 AM in the morning. During those extended gaming sessions we could be heard giggling like schoolgirls as we bumped and battled for position on the game's tiny moving platforms in a frantic attempt to be the first one up the mountain and to that elusive cache of bonus points. Now, 20 years later Nintendo has brought Ice Climber back, this time on the GameBoy Advance as part of their Classic NES series, and I'm happy to say that the game has still retained all the unique charm that made it so appealing back in the day.
NESRetroage (Apr 14, 2008)
Podsumowując produkt powiem, że gra Ice Climber pomimo swojego wieku, stosunkowo prostej grafiki i muzyki nadal cieszy. Ba! Po uruchomieniu ciężko się od niej odciągnąć, a sam byłem tego przykładem, kiedy to co chwilę mówiłem do siebie: „no dobra, jeszcze tylko jedna plansza...”, a była już trzecia w nocy... Osoby mniej cierpliwe ucieszy pewnie wiadomość, że gra umożliwia przeskoczenie z poziomu menu do dowolnej planszy. W pewien sposób rozwiązuje to problem przechodzenia gry od samego początku. Dzięki temu można potrenować przejście trudniejszych etapów. Moim skromnym marzeniem jest zobaczenie tej wciągającej gry w odświeżonej postaci na Nintendo Wii. Skoro postacie zostały już opracowane na potrzeby SSBB, to może doczekamy się kiedyś pełnoprawnego sequela, czego Wam i sobie życzę.
81 (Jul 24, 2007)
Finalmente, podemos concluir, que aunque Ice Climber queda lejos del podio de las plataformas de NES (algo que es bastante difícil, ya que la competencia es demasiado buena), el juego es una buena opción a la hora de jugar. Tiene la ventaja de un gran multijugador y, además, de ser lo suficientemente divertido como para mantenerte pegado a la consola jugando solo, buscando la mejor manera de escalar las 32 montañas. Todo un clásico.
NESTotal! (Germany) (Feb, 1997)
Ice Climber ist einer der Nintendo-Klassiker, dessen Qualitäten nie richtig gewürdigt wurden. Obwohl das Spielprinzip recht simpel ist, weiß das Modul aufgrund seines exakt ausbalancierten Schwierigkeitsgrades des und des Zweispieler-Modus auch noch heute zu überzeugen.
NESTilt (Dec, 1987)
Simple et amusant, ce jeu possède une réalisation de qualité mais se distingue avant tout par son accès aisé et par son côté peu agressif. Les amateurs de « space invaders » seront déçus mais les pacifistes endurcis apprécieront sans réserve.
32 montagnes vous sont proposées, escaladez celle de votre choix, accompagné éventuellement d'un co-équipier. Jeu bien sympathique, avec toujours la petite note d'humour fidèle à Nintendo.
Game Boy AdvanceGameZone (Jun 30, 2004)
This one will be a popular title in Nintendo's marketing campaign. I remembered it and so will a lot of other people. And they will play till they can't climb any more.
72 (Jan 06, 2006)
Overall, Ice Climber is a very addictive platform game in which no story is needed to have a good time. If you can get used to the slippery controls and if you don't mind dying often, you'll be playing for hours on end with it's catchy theme song embedding it's way into your gaming brain. I've been religiously playing it since I can remember, and with it's current re-release on the GBA I can now be an Ice Climber addict outside of my own home!
NESHonestGamers (Apr 22, 2013)
Ice Climber is a game with one flaw that keeps it just short of greatness. The level design is impressively varied, with a simple set of rules and obstacles that are put to great use and keep things interesting through all of the game's 32 levels. If not for the awkward jumping, Ice Climber would be a true classic. Even as things stand, Ice Climber is absolutely worth checking out, as long as you have the patience to adjust to its weird rules.
70 (UK) (Jun 09, 2007)
It's simple, it's cute and - with two players - it's undemanding fun. It's no surprise that Taito produced a very similar game just one year after Ice Climber debuted, in which two dinosaurs made a similar ascent using bubbles instead of bashing. While Bubble Bobble is the superior game, Ice Climber is still worth having on your console.
NESneXGam (2002)
Es erklärt sich von selbst, dass wenn man ein NES Spiel nach heutigen Maßstäben bewerten soll, nicht viel übrig bleibt. Das Spielprinzip macht jedoch nach wie vor Spaß und kann lange an das NES fesseln, da man jene Spiele immer wieder spielen kann - und wenn es nur für ein paar Minuten ist.
70 (Sep, 2004)
Mit der schlichten Präsentation und dem auf die Dauer etwas monotonen Spielverlauf kann Ice Climber nicht Tage und Nächte am Stück fesseln, sorgt aber kurzweilig für eine Menge Spaß. Wenn man das hohe Alter des Spieles berücksichtigt, erscheinen mir sieben Punkte angemessen.
Game Boy AdvanceGamePro (US) (Aug 02, 2004)
The concept is old-school arcade-simple: Guide a hammer-wielding Eskimo to the top of a mountain, then to the top of another mountain, and then another and another. Much like a modern office building, each mountain has eight ?floors? filled with various perils for the climber to avoid: white fuzzy things, high winds, birds, falling icicles, and the like. To reach the next floor, the climber often has to use his head to chip away at the ceiling, while workers above toil to seal the gaps. Beyond the top floor lies a large, timed ?bonus course? worth tons of bonus points if you?re really, really good with that jump button.
Game Boy AdvanceIGN (Jun 04, 2004)
Nintendo's classic Ice Climber is definitely no stranger to the Game Boy Advance. Not only was it hidden as a collectible in Animal Crossing for the GameCube (which, in turn, is downloadable into a linked-up Game Boy Advance system), but it was also among the third edition batch of NES e-Reader cards. The game has already established itself as a fun and challenging classic that retains its charm in handheld form, but the latest release of the game on cartridge in the Classic NES Series brings back a couple of elements previously lost in the portable translation.
Game Boy Advance64 Power / big.N / N Games (Aug, 2004)
Durch einen zweiten Spieler bekommt das Gameplay eine ganz andere Note: Aus einem simplen Hüpfspiel, das größte Vorsicht erfordert (Achtung, Eis!), wird ein packendes Wettrennen an die Spitze - im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes. Erstaunlich, was so eine kleine Änderung ausmachen kann. Somit ist Ice Climber für Einzelspieler nur begrenzt spaßig, erst zu zweit kommt zumindest ein wenig Freude auf.
67 (Apr, 2012)
Ice Climber is a moderately fun relic of the past. The game’s at its prime with an additional player helping (or hindering) your ascent, but even in one-player, there are some good times to be had. However, while each of the thirty-two mountains has a slightly different layout, you will begin to experience deja vu very quickly. Your tolerance for this game will vary depending on your love for well-timed jumps and how well you can master the unnaturally slippy controls. Yes, you are an eskimo standing atop sheets of ice, but that doesn’t mean every step you take has to mean instant death. Also, being able to select any stage you wish on the opening screen takes away some of the challenge. Still, for one of the first NES games ever released in the States, Ice Climber holds up surprisingly well.
WiiIGN (Mar 06, 2007)
Ice Climber was part of the recent series of NES classics chosen for re-release on the Game Boy Advance, back in 2004. It was also hidden in the GameCube game Animal Crossing a few years before that, and was one of the games released on the e-Reader card format around the same time. Through those three releases, or even with the original NES cartridge, it's entirely possible that you've already had the chance to experience Ice Climber. But for those who've missed out on it over the years, and for those who might be looking for another fun two-player co-op experience on the VC, it's definitely worth consideration. 500 Points, and you get the game nobody remembered. But they remember it now.
NESPower Play (Sep, 1988)
Putziges Hüpf-Kletter-Spiel für ein bis vier Spieler (gleichzeitig). 32 verschiedene Bilder.
Game Boy AdvanceGameSpot (Jun 04, 2004)
Though Ice Climber has seen a bit of a surge in popularity recently because its lead characters appear in the GameCube fighting game Super Smash Bros. Melee, the game didn't make too much of a splash when it was originally released on the Nintendo Entertainment System. This 8-bit game is seeing a rerelease, however, as part of Nintendo's new Classic NES Series. With link cable support to allow for the game's two-player simultaneous play, this Game Boy Advance version delivers the same experience that NES players first saw almost 20 years ago.
NESNES Times (Dec 09, 2006)
So while Ice Climber serves its purpose as a decent launch title, there's just not much to keep anyone's interest for a long time. It can be fun if you can get past the jumping problems and does serve as a decent battleground for two-player contests, but the repretitiveness and frustration keep this from being more than just above-average. Had the jumping controls been done better, this game would have scored higher and been more fun to play. Those that have the patience to weather the control issues will find a decent title, but others will simply leave this one in the cold.
WiiNintendo Life (Feb 13, 2007)
As with many of the NES games we've seen so far on the VC, the suitability rests on two key factors - if you were a fan of the game back in the day then you will probably want to play this. If you weren't, then we'd recommend that you try some of the other games out there before buying this.
NESAll Game Guide (1998)
If Ice Climber actually had some mountain climbing in it, it would probably be a better and more interesting game. Instead of just walking across and jumping on platforms, why not arm the Ice Climber with some mountain climbing tools and put him to work scaling Pike's Peak or Everest. What we've got is a sub par but challenging platform game with forgettable characters, less than mediocre game play, and a whole bunch of levels.
Game Boy Advance1UP (Jun 08, 2004)
In contrast to Nintendo's other NES Classic releases, Ice Climber isn't a timeless classic. It's one of those first-generation NES games that people bought because there wasn't anything else available besides Urban Champion, and who in their right mind wanted Urban Champion? It's not awful or anything, but it definitely shows its age. Still, as one of the first NES games to offer simultaneous cooperative/competitive play -- something Nintendo is absolutely obsessed with these days -- it probably makes the cut for offering a roadmap of the company's future, albeit a vague, imprecise one.
NES1UP! (May 18, 2002)
Si vous n'aviez jamais entendu parler des Ice Climbers avant leur arrivée triomphale sur GameCube, c'est que l'unique titre dans lequel ils avaient pris part n'est pas un chef d'oeuvre. Il fait partie des jeux moyens et méconnus des débuts de la NES et n'a pas apporté grand chose de neuf. Cependant, Ice Climber serait un jeu tout à fait recommandable de la période post-Donkey Kong, pré-Super Mario, si sa maniabilité n'était pas aussi mauvaise et les niveaux si durs (d'où sans doute la possibilité de choisir où commencer). Dommage, on n'est pas passé loin d'un classique.
NESThe Video Game Critic (Nov 17, 2004)
Ice Climber's bright graphics are cute and arcade-like, but the droning background noise is monotonous. Even more annoying are the unforgiving controls. Jumping straight up is no problem, but jumping sideways enough to catch the next ledge is hard unless you have some momentum. Maybe that's just how the controls were designed, but that doesn't mean I have to like them. Ice Climber does offer two-player simultaneous play, but I didn't find it to be any better than the single player mode.
Jumping horizontally is troublesome and inconsistent, as it’s tough to garner distance, and this is made up for by the player being able to seemingly jump through platforms/bricks above them. This lack of pinpoint jumping unfortunately provides most of the game’s challenge, rather than interesting enemies or level layouts. A simultaneous two-player mode can provide a small spark, but doesn’t add much really to the overall experience.
Game Boy AdvanceCheat Code Central (2004)
Ice Climber has never been one of my favorite games and if you've never played it before I doubt it will be one of yours. It's just too repetitive for today's gamers. It would have made a good mini game but that's about it. Unless you're a true fan leave this one out in the cold.