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Another game in Infogrames' line of H. P. Lovecraft inspired games started by Alone In the Dark, Prisoner of Ice puts you in the role of Lt. Ryan, an American agent stationed aboard the submarine H.M.S. Victoria on a rescue mission to the Antarctic. The Victoria picks up two mysterious crates during the course of the rescue. Before you know it the Captain is eaten alive by the cargo, a horrific monster with whom you are trapped aboard the submarine. And that's just the start of your problems.

Prisoner of Ice features a very simplified version of the classic adventure game interface, where you can left click with the cursor to operate an object or right click to look at it. The program won't let you do anything with these objects, other than the few appropriate actions needed to advance the game.


Prisoner of Ice Windows Main menu.
Prisoner of Ice Windows Look, we've got something on radar.
Prisoner of Ice DOS And in the confusion something escapes...
Prisoner of Ice Windows Dive!

Promo Images

Prisoner of Ice Screenshot
Prisoner of Ice Screenshot
Prisoner of Ice Screenshot
Prisoner of Ice Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Gevangen in het ijs" -- Dutch title
  • "Call of Cthulhu: Prisoner of Ice" -- International title

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User Reviews

Do you wanna be a prisoner forever!? Set yourelf free!! DOS MAT (140894)
Decent mid-90s adventure game, but not without faults... Windows Apogee IV (2331)
Nazis, Norweigans with speech-problems and general weirdness. DOS Joakim Kihlman (269)
Decent story, but doesn't quite cut it as an adventure game. DOS Alan Chan (3476)

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) DOS Jun, 1995 86 out of 100 86
PC Joker DOS Jun, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Macintosh May, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Corner Windows Mar 04, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
High Score DOS Nov, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Power Play DOS Jun, 1995 79 out of 100 79
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jun, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Adventure Gamers Windows Jul 21, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Quandary DOS Dec, 1995 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Mac Ledge Macintosh Oct 15, 1996 4.8 out of 10 48


Topic # Posts Last Post
Question about "Prisoner of Ice" game play 3 BostonGeorge (682)
Feb 25, 2009
Is there really Windows edition of a game? 11 Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (580)
Jul 20, 2007


Concerning the three graphic novels published by Vents d'Ouest and mentioned in another trivia item: they were actually part of an experiment to expand the storyline of the games through comic books. Each volume chronicles the story of a particular character and sheds light on the back-story of the video game.

La Geôle de Pandore (Pandora's Jail) tells the tale of Jorge, the head librarian of Buenos Aires. For players of the game, this is probably the most important of the three books as it relates the final fate of the villain of the game, Ernst Dietrich (which was left open after the game's ending).

Le Glaive du Crépuscule (The Dagger in the Dusk) is about the past of Sears and gives more depth to his role in the storyline.

And last but not least, la Cité des Abîmes (City of the Depths) tells the story of the explorer Bjorn Hamsun and his father, and their discovery of the City of the Old Ones in Antartica. It is also directly linked to the H. P. Lovecraft short story At the Mountains of Madness.

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