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NHL Open Ice is the NBA Jam for ice hockey, with a 2 on 2 arcade action featuring a full NHL license including actual team names and logos and 120 actual NHLPA players with reflective stats for the 1995-96 season.

The game features power-ups that will aid the players along during a game including the "Hot Meter" which is filled with every score, body check and steals. Once the meter is full, the player will literally catch fire and their stats will max out for a brief period of time, allowing the player to score goals better, steal the puck more often, etc.

There is five difficulty settings and adjustable options such as period time times and cheat options such as "Big Head" mode and multiplayer capabilities for either head-to-head action or co-op play. Chicago Blackhawks announcer, Pat Foley, lends his voice talents to the game for in-game commentary.


NHL Open Ice: 2 On 2 Challenge Arcade Hot goal
NHL Open Ice: 2 On 2 Challenge Arcade Sharks vs Penguins
NHL Open Ice: 2 On 2 Challenge Arcade Between game periods coach's clinic offers tips
NHL Open Ice: 2 On 2 Challenge Arcade Big head mode, Sandis Ozoliņš about to score a goal

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Alternate Titles

  • "2 on 2 Open Ice Challenge" -- common arcade title

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
All Game Guide Windows 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jan, 1998 65 out of 100 65
Mega Fun PlayStation Mar, 1997 65 out of 100 65
Video Games PlayStation Feb, 1997 58 out of 100 58
PC Joker Windows Jan, 1998 57 out of 100 57
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
NowGamer PlayStation Nov 30, 1996 4.2 out of 10 42
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jan, 1998 27 out of 100 27


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