[Beyond PlayStation] ICEY Review | PS4Blog.net
ICEY from Fantablade Network and X.D. Network is a fast-paced, fun and good looking 2D action game that has now been released on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about it in our ICEY review!
As soon as you start you’ll be thrown straight into the game with a short tutorial that will show you the basics. You can move around with the left analog stick and can jump with the B button, doing a double jp by pressing it again whole in mid-air. The Y button is for using light normal attacks while the X button unleashes slower and stronger heavy attacks. Combining the two in a sequence will allow you to combo your way through your opponents. The R button is for dashing which you can combine with your attacks. When an enemy has been weakened it will display a prompt for you to press the A button to break their core as you deal massive damage.
You also have a shield bar below your health bar, so be sure to keep an eye on it so that you can always know how much damage you can withstand before your enemies can start to actually hurt you. As you defeat enemies by breaking their core you will notice they leave behind some glowing crystals which you can absorb by holding down the Y button. Once you release the button, you will perform a flash attack to damage all the enemies on the screen, and the more crystals you absorb the more damage you’ll deal.
After you have completed the tutorial section, the game proper will begin, and you will get to meet the narrator, a voice which literally narrates over your adventure. You can follow the arrows in the game to carry on with your adventure… or you can go against what the narrator has to say and try to “break” the game’s sequence and find secret rooms, areas you’re not supposed to visit, and even spots that were not properly finished before shipping the game (wink wink nudge nudge). So if you want to see everything this 5-7 hour game has to offer, be sure to not follow the arrows at all times.
As you defeat enemies you will also get money which can be used at upgrade bots to improve your combos and skills, both while in the ground and in the air. You can also use the money to unlock new skills and combos. There are twenty options to upgrade, which will allow you to improve your character as you go so that you can keep up with the increasing difficulty curve. You should always aim to upgrade (or unlock) at least a thing or two as you go since you can only upgrade at the designates bots for it. The most valuable skill is the one that allows you to recover your shield bar and some of your health, which is great when you’re taking on a long battle with a mix of quick but deadly enemies.
The game’s trophy list from it’s PlayStation 4 release has found it’s way to the Nintendo Switch version, albeit as an in-game list not tied to a universal trophy system like on Sony’s home console. Sure, you’ll be awarded trophies for defeating each of the game’s bosses, but the rest of the trophy list is a bit more specifically ambiguos, so you’ll certainly be busy for a while as you try to obtain all of them. The more you try to “break” the game, the better the odds of you unlocking a new trophy.
ICEY is a fun 2D action hack and slash that feels great, looks great and is fun yo play. The overall experience is even more entertaining with how you interact with the narrator who will get angry if you don’t follow the arrows and end up reaching a spot where you shouldn’t be. Be sure to check it out on Nintendo Switch!
This ICEY review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by X.D. Network.