5 thoughts on “Ice Climber Review

  • August 18, 1986 at 6:44 PM

    I am very excited for this game! I don’t have a video game console yet, but I am planning to get one for this Christmas, and Ice Climber seems to be perfect game for the holidays. It could be really fun to play with friends, help each other, or try to race ahead just to get more scores than the other player.

    What do you think, is Ice Climber better than Mario Bros. from the Arcade Classic series? Which game is more fun to play with friends in two-player mode?

    • August 18, 1986 at 11:15 PM

      There aren’t too many 2-player simultaneous co-op games available for the NES at the moment. As it stands, Ice Climber (I wonder why they didn’t name it Ice Climbers, since there’s two of them?) can be a fun time with another player helping out. It can also be frustrating waiting for the other person to catch up, or if they move too fast. I’d say it’s a fun experience and worth the purchase.

      Now, you’re wondering about whether Mario Bros. is a better game than Ice Climber. If I had to pick just one of the two to own, I’d lean toward Mario Bros. as I really enjoyed that game in the arcades and the NES Game Pak is a good conversion. I like the gameplay mechanics in Mario Bros. more as well. However, Ice Climber does pack in a bit more variety. So, really it can be a toss-up as to which one to purchase. Both can be had for as low as $19.99 if you catch a sale, so it’s not too terribly expensive to own both.

      If you’re really looking for a game to blow your socks off, you should check out Super Mario Bros., easily the best looking game on the NES at the moment. It’s packed with levels that scroll and huge animated characters. There are fun power-ups and the game is absolutely stacked with secrets to discover. This one doesn’t feature 2-player simultaneous play, but it’s a fun time nonetheless.

      Happy to hear you’ll be getting a NES soon. Do you know which package you’re going to get? The Deluxe Set or the Control Deck?

  • August 19, 1986 at 5:38 PM

    I want to get the Control Deck package, because it comes with the Super Mario Bros. Game Pak, and that is the game that I want to play the most.

    Thank you for your advice! I think I will choose Ice Climber for Christmas because it fits the winter mood more, but get Mario Bros. later.

    • August 19, 1986 at 7:22 PM

      I think that is the smart choice. It’s not only a cheaper option, but it comes with the best game on the system (so far). Ice Climber is also a good choice. You’ll have hours of fun with it!

  • December 30, 1986 at 6:00 AM

    This is my favorite game on my new Nintendo! I wouldn’t say that Ice Climber is the best game on the system, because the game isn’t as advanced as many others (like Super Mario Bros. and Ghosts ‘N Goblins), but there is still a lot to like about this game, from the simple, yet engaging gameplay to the fantastic level design, especially in the later levels.

    I see that many people struggle with this game, so here are a few tips that might be useful for new players:

    Don’t rush! Give yourself a few seconds to plan your next steps, and always be cautious!

    Avoid unnecessary risks: just like a real ice climber, always think before you act!

    Find the best route! There are usually multiple ways to get to the top, some of them are easier, some of them are harder. As the levels are constantly changing in the game, sometimes you have to wait for the Topis to build you the easy route.

    Let the Topis do their work! The levels are constantly changing in the game thanks to the hard work of the Topis. Once you reached a floor it is better to have solid ground under your feet, so you don’t fall down accidentally in a small hole after a bad jump. So do not disturb the Topis, but take advantage of their hard work instead.

    Take advantage of your environment! Things like moving floors and clouds can be both hazards and saviors: if you run to the opposite direction on the moving (conveyor belt) floor, you can build up momentum and jump much further. Clouds can provide a temporary solid ground under your feet when you are standing on a single floor tile next to a wall and have to break the floor above your head: just synchronize your jumps with the clouds and you won’t fall down.

    Don’t give up early! The game might seem difficult at first, but once you get used to the controls and learn the game mechanics it becomes much easier and much more fun to play.

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