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Ice Hockey (NES)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Ice Hockey is an excellent NES game for both one and two players. gakon5 (3) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Overall MobyScore (29 votes) 3.5

The Press Says

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Power Play
Dieses Modul ist eines der absolut besten Sportspiele und die spannendste Eishockey-Simulation, die ich je gesehen habe. Auf haargenaue Pässe, wuchtige Schlagschüsse und gekonntes Überzahlspiel muß man bei Ice Hockey nicht verzichten. Das superschnelle Scrolling sowie die sorgfältig gezeichneten und animierten Sprites tragen viel zur Qualität dieses Glanzstücks bei. Wer Mannschaftssport-Simulationen schätzt, muß sich eigentlich allein wegen dieses Moduls ein Nintendo-Videospiel kauten!
Video Games
Ein eiskaltes Vergnügen: Ob gegen den Computer oder einen Freund – diese Eishockeysimulation bietet jede Menge Spaß, Spannung und Tempo.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Very few decent hockey games ever appeared on the NES. The only other game that immediately jumps to mind is Blades of Steel. Ice Hockey remains the first and still, even to this day, one of the absolute best. A quick pick up and play game that you NEED to play on a regular basis.
Ice Hockey may not be the most perfect gaming experience on the NES, or even the best sports game, but 20 years later, it’s still fun to play. It’s hard to imagine a time when Nintendo published first-party sports games that didn’t feature Mario and company, but that was once the case. Despite the simplicity in the controls and the lack of options when creating a team, it’s hard not to have a good time while playing this game. The good news is that this game is available via Nintendo’s Virtual Console, and well worth the $5 price tag. If you’re a fan of an era where sports games focused more on fun gameplay than realistic graphics, then chances are you will enjoy Ice Hockey.
Mega Fun
Nintendo begehen mit der Neuauflage Ihres Ice Hockeys sicher keinen Fehler. Das Spiel hat zwar schon zwei Jahre auf dem Buckel, was durch die schlichte Grafik nicht zu verleugnen ist, aber damit erschöpft sich die Kritik auch schon. Vor allem zu zweit begeistert das Spiel ungemein, die comichafte Grafik und die excellente Steuerung lassen so schnell keine Langeweile aufkommen. Damals brüteten Nintendos beste Programmierer eben noch fürs NES gute Spiele aus und mußten sich nicht wie heute hauptsächlich um 16 Bit-Module kümmern. Weiterer Pluspunkt des Classic-Serie-Games ist natürlich der extrem günstige Preis, selten bekommt man für so wenig Geld soviel Spiel. Alle Sportspiel-Fans sollten hier unbedingt zugreifen.
In writing this review, I think that I've discovered that which makes this game so gosh-darn charming: its simplicity. Most of your sports game today have so many buttons to use and so many choices to make that it's overwhelming; it's nice to be able to just pick up a controller and play a game of virtual hockey without having to memorize 500 different button combinations to merely make it past the title screen. It's nice to have choices, but in a world of ultimately customizable hockey games, it's refreshing to have a game like Ice Hockey for the NES in your collection. It isn't the best hockey game out there, but it's probably more fun than most of those games ending in '04. Check it out if you can.
The Video Game Critic
It's not in the same league as Blades of Steel, but Nintendo's Ice Hockey offers its own brand of entertaining gameplay. It's a kinder, gentler hockey game with simple graphics and small, cartoonish players. Before each game, you can customize each of your player's physiques to be skinny, fat, or medium. The skinnier guys are faster but less powerful, so you'll want to build a team that best reflects your playing style. The bright, attractive ice rink scrolls from side to side. Passing and shooting the puck is fairly easy, but it's hard to tell what players you control on the defense, since he only flashes faintly. Controlling your goalie is surprisingly easy, even in the midst of the frantic action. Ice Hockey's gameplay is wide-open and fast-paced, and the computer opponent is tough. The game is also famous for its catchy background music and zambonis that polish the ice during intermissions. It may take a back seat to Blades of Steel, but Ice Hockey is still a winner.