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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 Narackamous doesn't seem to like you
Prisoner of Ice DOS The Thing that used to be Hamsun runs amok in the Infirmary
Prisoner of Ice DOS Diane, the niece of John Parker (from Shadow of the Comet)
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".

Promo Images

Prisoner of Ice Screenshot
Prisoner of Ice Magazine Advertisement
Prisoner of Ice Screenshot
Prisoner of Ice Magazine Advertisement

Trailer


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!! MAT (224021) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Nazis, Norweigans with speech-problems and general weirdness. Joakim Kihlman (275) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Decent story, but doesn't quite cut it as an adventure game. Alan Chan (3618) unrated

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1995 91 out of 100 91
Gameplay (Benelux) Aug, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Joystick (French) Jun, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Power Play Jun, 1995 79 out of 100 79
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Jan 25, 1996 76 out of 100 76
The Retro Spirit Sep 03, 2010 4.5 out of 6 75
PC Player (Germany) Jun, 1995 74 out of 100 74
PC Format (UK) Dec, 1995 60 out of 100 60
Adventure Classic Gaming Apr 22, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
CD-Action Apr, 1996 Unscored Unscored

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Question about "Prisoner of Ice" game play 3 BostonGeorge (788)
Feb 25, 2009
Is there really Windows edition of a game? 11 Slug Camargo (589)
Jul 20, 2007

Trivia

This game is the sequel to Shadow of the Comet, although the continuity won't be apparent until the last 1/4 of the game. Two major characters from the first game show up about that time, and there's even a brief cameo by Lord Boleskine himself.

Prisoner of Ice is loosely based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story "Mountains of Madness" where an American expedition to the Antartic uncovers horrible creatures entombed in slabs of ice as well as a massive lost city beneath the Antartic snow. The game takes place several years after the story during WW II with Nazis having established a secret research base over the site of the lost city.

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Alan Chan (3618) added Prisoner of Ice (DOS) on Nov 04, 1999
Other platforms contributed by B.L. Stryker (23305), Sciere (741080), Kabushi (257404) and Scaryfun (17974)