Icey is a fun hack and slash game that won't take you much time to beat but offers a unique story with challenging enemies.
Icey was released August of last year for the PlayStation 4 and PC and now it’s coming to the Nintendo Switch which is the version we played for the review. In this game, you take control of Icey. A girl with no memory and is instructed to do what the narrator says. Your mission is to kill Judas who is terrorizing the city of Ultimopolis. During your adventure, you will come across various enemies and boss fights in this side-scrolling action game.
Like I said, there is a narrator that will guide you along the way throughout the whole game. While this is helpful, there is still much more to the world than it seems. If you decide to stray from the path the narrator has set you on, he gets very angry. But straying from the path will let you uncover more about Icey and how she came to be. You will find more money which you can use to upgrade or unlock moves which in turn can give you the upper hand in combat.
Speaking of combat, Icey is a beat-’em-up/slasher kind of game. There really isn’t a whole lot to the combat system but there are a vast amount of moves that you can unlock that will make the battles easier for you. You use the Y and X buttons for combat, some are quick attacks while others are slower but deals more damage. The combat controls feel great and it doesn’t take long to get used to. This makes for a nice experience.
Defeating enemies will reward you with money/points that you can use to unlock different combos or upgrade the ones you have. Upgrading your combos will increase the damage dealt. Using these combos at the highest level will make some very nice multi-kills. Using the R button will have Icey warp in the direction that you aim. This works very well for aerial combat and lets you unleash some devastating combos.
The enemies that you encounter each have their own unique attacks. It won’t take long for you to figure out the rhythm and attacks each enemy has and the best way to deal with them. There are some mini-bosses that you will encounter on your way to killing Judas that are more challenging. I found that there was one or two that gave me some trouble while most of them were pretty easy. Killing Judas was probably the easiest to kill and therefore the most disappointing. By the time you get to Judas, your attacks are level up to the max, which makes for a pretty quick battle.
Overall the game is a fun experience but very short for the price tag it carries. It took me no more than a couple of hours to only beat the game but also unlock all the trophies that come along with it. The backdrop for the game is very well done and you can maneuver through most of it to explore more of the world. While helpful, the narrator tends to become annoying after a while if you don’t follow his exact directions. The combat is very flush and easy to use while the upgrade system is a nice touch. If you like a challenge I would recommend going on the highest difficulty.