Publisher: Creative Sparks & Mastertronic
Developer: Creative Sparks
Release Date: 1985
Code: Paul Norris
GFX: Paul Norris
Music: Paul Norris
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 72%
Our Game Rating: 75%
Completed by Neil Collins, Inge Pedersen and Vinny Mainolfi
Reviewed by Neil Collins
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Ice Palace by Creative Sparks (re-released by Mastertronic MAD) is a game I remember seeing in my local computer store as a kid, but didn’t really like the look of it. I never played it back in the day, but in hindsight it may have been a game that I could have liked. There’s a mix of action and adventure, which I normally enjoy – although the game does suffer visually and has a lot of bizarre puzzles to solve.
The aim of the game is to collect the seven pieces of the ice-crown which are scattered around the seven levels of the palace – thus ending the ice queen’s reign. You have to navigate through hexagonal rooms, avoiding bad guys and collecting odd items which you will find essential when trying to solve the text based adventure sections of the game. It’s an unusual game with strange riddles and fairly repetitive action. Navigation is frustrating as you have to rotate rooms in order to link doorways to other rooms while trying to avoid energy sapping enemies. It’s not a great game, but it’s something different and quite challenging – but not impossible. It’s far better than I imagined it would be.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I poked about in the code to give my player infinite energy and a few extra items that saved a lot of wandering around.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you collect the final piece of the crown, it is displayed in full on the left hand side of the screen. A message appears which reads ‘WELL DONE, GOOD ADVENTURER. THE QUEEN IS VANQUISHED AND HER SPELL OF DARKNESS IS DESTROYED. THOU ART KING, NOW. THY QUEST IS OVER, MY LIEGE. PRESS SPACE TO RESTART‘. A short victory jingle also plays.
Neil: Another bland, generic C64 ending. Give this a miss. 1/10.
Vinny: So here’s the thing about this game ending… a few months back I hacked it just by jumping straight to location ‘$354B’. Then, a day before Neil submitted the ending, Inge Pedersen contacted me and said that we could see the ending by placing ‘$01’ in ‘$00D0’. And then, Neil turns up with the ending completed in the correct manner… well, with a few cheats 😉
Like Neil, I expected this kind of ending, but it’s good to finally see it after all the years of playing it! 1/10.
Andrew Fisher: You know, I’ve tried this in emulation a few times and never understood what was going on. At the end of the day it is a very simple end screen and hardly the icing on the cake…
Brendan Phoenix: We have seen worse from this genre, so it’s a little better (only a little) than the others we have seen. 1.5/10.
Andy Vaisey: This ending doesn’t even have the courtesy to loop back into the game itself. Press space indeed… 1/10.
FINAL SAY: I could see this one coming a mile off…
G.E. RATING: 1 / 10