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.
- "Gevangen in het ijs" -- Dutch title
- "Call of Cthulhu: Prisoner of Ice" -- International title
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There is a French cartoon book series loosely based on the game (the scenario isn't the same, but there are some common places and characters). The editor is Vents d'Ouest
and there are 3 volumes : Le glaive du crépuscule
, La geôle de Pandore
and La cité des abîmes
. The second volume of this series was given in bundle with the video game in a special edition made a few years later by the French magazine PC Soluces
(game, comic book and walkthrough for 79 FF = 11 $).
There are indeed two version of the games, VGA and SVGA, but the savegames are not compatible.
The introduction scene could be used as a screensaver (!).
The 200 background pictures were hand-drawn then scanned. The 40 characters were made using Motion Capture.
The game was developed in 18 months and occupied 60 persons.