Simple game that can cure boredom without engaging higher levels of thinking
Windows XP / Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows 98 / Windows ME / Windows 7 / Windows 98 SE / Windows 95 / Windows 8
Free Lunch Design
Icy Tower is an action and arcade game designed by Free Lunch Design. Similar to classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, it might take you back to your childhood. Unlike those early video games, this computer game will keep you guessing and wondering what to do next. Player start at the bottom of a large tower and slowly work their way to the top of the tower. Many lovers of the game find themselves playing time and time again to improve their scores and do better than their friends.
Though it might seem like a basic and simple game at first glance, it quickly becomes clear that this is a game of skill. You must press the spacebar to jump from one floor to the next floor, and you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to keep your character moving. The more you press those keys, the faster your character moves, which is helpful when it comes to jumping across larger spaces. After you get to the fifth level in Icy Tower, the ledges and floors that you jump on start moving to make the game a little harder. On the upper levels, those floors will even move down, which requires you to move faster or risk dropping all the way down to the first level.
There are 1,000 floors in the game, and players must work hard and fast to get to those upper levels. They earn points based on how well they do on each floor, and the game gives players a total cumulative score when they complete the game. Icy Tower also offers players the chance to save a copy of their game play to watch their performance again in the future.
The main problem with Icy Tower is that it is a simple and basic game, which can feel boring and dull to some players. The background and flooring of the game remains the same for 100 levels, and many players will find that it gets fairly repetitive towards the end. There are only so many times that you can make your character jump and move across the floor before you want to take a break. If you have players of different ages sharing a computer though, this is a great choice. Younger and inexperienced players will love slowly increasing their scores and moving up with each play. While Icy Tower is a basic game, it is also a fun one that many love.