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Prisoner of Ice

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
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3.2
Macintosh
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DOS
76
3.6
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Prisoner of Ice DOS The rather eerie title screen
Prisoner of Ice DOS Diane, the niece of John Parker (from Shadow of the Comet)
Prisoner of Ice Windows Run for your lives!
Prisoner of Ice DOS The final choice is between two slightly different, though equally brief, endings, which are titled "The survivor of Time" and "The one who never was".

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 (70038)
Decent mid-90s adventure game, but not without faults... Windows Apogee IV (2336)
Nazis, Norweigans with speech-problems and general weirdness. DOS Joakim Kihlman (270)
Decent story, but doesn't quite cut it as an adventure game. DOS Alan Chan (3645)

The Press Says

Coming Soon Magazine DOS Oct 31, 1995 94 out of 100 94
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jun, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Adventure Corner DOS Mar 04, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jun, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Adventure Gamers DOS Jul 21, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Adventure Gamers Windows Jul 21, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game Revolution Macintosh Jun 05, 2004 B- 67
Quandary DOS Dec, 1995 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide Windows 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Mac Ledge Macintosh Oct 15, 1996 4.8 out of 10 48

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Question about "Prisoner of Ice" game play 3 BostonGeorge (226)
Feb 25, 2009
Is there really Windows edition of a game? 11 Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590)
Jul 20, 2007

Trivia

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.

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Contributed to by B.L. Stryker (20706), Kabushi (119757), Alan Chan (3645) and Scaryfun (11600)