User Reviews

Decent mid-90s adventure game, but not without faults... Apogee IV (2331) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.0
Overall User Score (9 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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Adventure Corner (Mar 04, 2008)
Mit 'Prisoner of Ice' hat Infogrames in Kooperation mit Chaosium Inc. ein wirklich sehr gutes Adventure abgeliefert. Sämtliche Kritikpunkte von 'Shadow of the Comet' wurden konsequent behoben. Die eingebaute automatische Speicherfunktion vor dem Ableben des Protagonisten baut Frustmomente ab. Zudem ist die Sprachausgabe dieses Mal komplett in Deutsch vertont und zusammen mit der Musik richtig atmosphärisch. Die Geschichte wurde sehr glaubhaft umgesetzt und hat auch ein paar Verlinkungen zum Vorgänger 'Shadow of the Comet' parat. Das bedeutet aber nicht, dass Nichtkenner dadurch einen Nachteil erlangen. Einziger Kritikpunkt ist die relativ kurze Spielzeit von ca. 5 Stunden und die leichten Rätsel. Dafür ist das Spiel aber auch für Adventure Neulinge absolut Empfehlenswert! Auch die Grafik sieht heute noch ganz gut aus. Wer also dringend Nachschub braucht, macht mit 'Prisoner of Ice' keinen Fehler und wird mit dem Spiel über eine kurze Zeit blendend unterhalten.
Just Adventure (Apr 26, 2007)
Prisoner of Ice is another good game from Infogrames and another must have for Lovercraft fans. The sequel of the top Lovercraft game Shadow of the Comet might not be as atmospheric as its predecessor, but it is still worth a shot.
Adventure Gamers (Jul 21, 2006)
On the whole, I found Prisoner of Ice to be an enjoyable experience. It is easy to find faults with the plot, but if you accept those and just let the flow of the fast-paced, tension-heavy story carry you, you should have a good time. But enjoy it while it lasts: the game is not only easy, it is also rather short, and will be over before you can figure out how to pronounce "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn." An afternoon was what it took me to reach the ending on my first playthrough. But do not worry: a stalemate is the best you can hope for – this is after all a Lovecraftian story. Which means there is always room for more. More dark rituals! More power-hungry madmen! More weird stuff in capital letters! More IAEEEs! In short, more fun! Yes, isn't it a good thing that Cthulhu is not dead, but can eternal lie?
Game Zero (1995)
Prisoner is a flashback to the days when hint books were the new rage. There is essentially no skill involved other than patience. Really it is mearly a case of saving, guessing, and repeating that until you get it right (with a little necessary observation and creativety on the side.) This is definitely a once or twice through game which will be lost and forgotten as soon as completed. A few years back, when gamers were less demanding that there games have lots of depth, this title would have ranked higher. However, in today's demanding market, this title lacks the luster that would put it on top.
The game combines a really good story with decent gameplay, good graphics and decent sound. Patience and perseverance is the key to defeating Cthulhu.