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User Reviews

Ice Hockey is an excellent NES game for both one and two players. gakon5 (3) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.9
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.1
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall User Score (32 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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Power Play (May, 1988)
Dieses Modul ist eines der absolut besten Sportspiele und die spannendste Eishockey-Simulation, die ich je gesehen habe. Auf haargenaue Pässe, wuchtige Schlagschüsse und gekonntes Überzahlspiel muß man bei Ice Hockey nicht verzichten. Das superschnelle Scrolling sowie die sorgfältig gezeichneten und animierten Sprites tragen viel zur Qualität dieses Glanzstücks bei. Wer Mannschaftssport-Simulationen schätzt, muß sich eigentlich allein wegen dieses Moduls ein Nintendo-Videospiel kauten!
Video Games (Mar, 1991)
Ein eiskaltes Vergnügen: Ob gegen den Computer oder einen Freund – diese Eishockeysimulation bietet jede Menge Spaß, Spannung und Tempo.
Very few decent hockey games ever appeared on the NES. The only other game that immediately jumps to mind is Blades of Steel. Ice Hockey remains the first and still, even to this day, one of the absolute best. A quick pick up and play game that you NEED to play on a regular basis.
VideoGame (Jun, 1991)
Você disputa uma emocionante partida de hóquei sobre o gelo.
Great touches like humorous fighting, the Zamboni ice machine, and even penalty shots/overtime add a touch of authenticity and charm to the action. The light-hearted music soundtrack ingratiates itself quickly and fits the game like a glove. A lack of deep game features is something that can be somewhat overlooked, since the quick and energetic gameplay experience is what’s pushed to the forefront here, and it’s a cool blast.
Gamervision (Jun 19, 2008)
Ice Hockey may not be the most perfect gaming experience on the NES, or even the best sports game, but 20 years later, it’s still fun to play. It’s hard to imagine a time when Nintendo published first-party sports games that didn’t feature Mario and company, but that was once the case. Despite the simplicity in the controls and the lack of options when creating a team, it’s hard not to have a good time while playing this game. The good news is that this game is available via Nintendo’s Virtual Console, and well worth the $5 price tag. If you’re a fan of an era where sports games focused more on fun gameplay than realistic graphics, then chances are you will enjoy Ice Hockey.
Mega Fun (Oct, 1993)
Nintendo begehen mit der Neuauflage Ihres Ice Hockeys sicher keinen Fehler. Das Spiel hat zwar schon zwei Jahre auf dem Buckel, was durch die schlichte Grafik nicht zu verleugnen ist, aber damit erschöpft sich die Kritik auch schon. Vor allem zu zweit begeistert das Spiel ungemein, die comichafte Grafik und die excellente Steuerung lassen so schnell keine Langeweile aufkommen. Damals brüteten Nintendos beste Programmierer eben noch fürs NES gute Spiele aus und mußten sich nicht wie heute hauptsächlich um 16 Bit-Module kümmern. Weiterer Pluspunkt des Classic-Serie-Games ist natürlich der extrem günstige Preis, selten bekommt man für so wenig Geld soviel Spiel. Alle Sportspiel-Fans sollten hier unbedingt zugreifen.
ICE HOCKEY von NINTENDO hat eine bescheidene Grafik, einen mittelmäßigen Sound, eine nicht ganz verständliche Steuerung, aber ein vorzügliches Gameplay, das nicht nur die Eishockey-Fans begeistern wird! Die Vielzahl von Möglichkeiten, Feinheiten und realistischen Spielzügen machen das Programm zu einem Hit! Gerade die angesprochene ‚Realitätsnähe“ und die Möglichkeiten, exakt zu passen, Schlagschüsse oder Schlenzer zu spielen, sind ausgezeichnet. Und: Schaut Euch mal an, was der Torhüter für irre Paraden drauf hat! Ein empfehlenswertes, vorzügliches Game, das so manch anderen „Scheiben-Kleister“ in den Schatten stellt!
The Video Game Critic (Oct 18, 2004)
It's not in the same league as Blades of Steel, but Nintendo's Ice Hockey offers its own brand of entertaining gameplay. It's a kinder, gentler hockey game with simple graphics and small, cartoonish players. Before each game, you can customize each of your player's physiques to be skinny, fat, or medium. The skinnier guys are faster but less powerful, so you'll want to build a team that best reflects your playing style. The bright, attractive ice rink scrolls from side to side. Passing and shooting the puck is fairly easy, but it's hard to tell what players you control on the defense, since he only flashes faintly. Controlling your goalie is surprisingly easy, even in the midst of the frantic action. Ice Hockey's gameplay is wide-open and fast-paced, and the computer opponent is tough. The game is also famous for its catchy background music and zambonis that polish the ice during intermissions. It may take a back seat to Blades of Steel, but Ice Hockey is still a winner.
70 (Feb 01, 2004)
In writing this review, I think that I've discovered that which makes this game so gosh-darn charming: its simplicity. Most of your sports game today have so many buttons to use and so many choices to make that it's overwhelming; it's nice to be able to just pick up a controller and play a game of virtual hockey without having to memorize 500 different button combinations to merely make it past the title screen. It's nice to have choices, but in a world of ultimately customizable hockey games, it's refreshing to have a game like Ice Hockey for the NES in your collection. It isn't the best hockey game out there, but it's probably more fun than most of those games ending in '04. Check it out if you can.
67 (May, 2012)
I’m almost a hundred percent certain that this game plays as well as an early hockey game can, and yet the more I played, the more enraged I became. For those who can withstand the speed and ferocity coming from the micro-men’s hockey sticks, you will be well-rewarded.
RetroGame Man (Mar 10, 2018)
Overall, this is a slightly below average hockey game that while still playable, is not nearly a fun as Blades of Steel on the NES. Yes it has team customization, but the execution and control of the game just didn’t feel as fun as other hockey games I have played. The game is still very inexpensive, so you don’t have much loose to pick it up, but I personally think you would serve yourself better by grabbing a copy of Blades of Steel.