Ice Climber: Age of Ice is a 3D platforming game developed by ZieStudios and is set to be released for the Nintendo 3DS and the ZieBox. The game serves as the direct sequel to the original NES Title Ice Climber. The game will be released in Winter 2013.
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Popo and Nana, as well as a new friend they made named Mako are relaxing in the beautiful Farcast Region, a beautiful place where many others live to also relax, it seems like Popo and Nana have nothing to worry about, that is until some strange creature approaches the region and spreads snow everywhere!
The creature, who is actually a wizard, introduces himself as Vetrice, an evil wizard who wants to freeze the world, he then uses his magic to spread 7 white stones and throw them to the top of the seven legendary tall mountains of the Farcast Region. Vetrice then laughs and tells the Ice Climbers and Mako that theres no way they can grab his powerful Snowstones and stop the whole Farcast Region and later the world from being filled with snow.
Popo and Nana get angry at Vetrice, and tell him that there is no way that the Ice Climbers can't climb a simple large mountain, they then run to their first target, Mossy Mayside, where the first Snowstone appears to have fallen in. The two go to save the world from being frozen, along with their new friend Mako.
The question is, will the three save the world from being frozen? Will they fail? What challenges await the Ice Climbers and Mako, the fate awaits them.
The players can play as three characters, Popo, Nana, or Mako, they three having different stats. They can be switched to a different climber any time in a level.
Unlike the previous title, players navigate through levels, not mountains, which means you don't usually climb Mountains until the later levels in each Area. It will take some skills to beat levels. The levels are mainly puzzle based, as there is many puzzles in the game, some involving finding a secret, navigating through mazes, and more.
Some levels don't involve climbing a Mountain, but mostly getting through obstacles and enemies along the way. However, later levels do involve climbing the Areas Mountain, and later fighting the Area Boss.
The Ice Climbers or Mako can collect Vegetables in each level, they need to be collected to those who try to get 100% in the game, these do not appear in Boss Levels though. There are also Climber Coins, they serve as wealth to the Ice Climbers, they can "level up" them and boost their strength for attacks, they do not count in order to get 100%. There are also rare items known as Glossy Gems, there are three in each level (not counting boss levels) and are another thing needed to be collected in order to achieve the 100% mark. There are also Crystal Eggplants, which warp Popo, Nana, or Mako in a bonus stage like level involving Condors, either they have to defeat them all, survive from them for a certain time, or hang onto one for a certain amount of time by using the gyro controls on the 3DS or Infinity GX to steadly stay and not fall.
There are Level Flags, which serve as checkpoints in the levels, since the levels are mostly long sometimes. To complete the level, Popo and Nana (or Mako) need to get to the Victory Pole, which ends the level. If you are in a boss fight though, you just collect the Snowstone to end the boss level.
The Combat System is quite useful in the game. Popo and Nana can wield different hammers that have different attack styles, such as one having less attack but allowing Popo and Nana (and Mako) to swing really fast at enemies. Collecting Climber Coins can boost up the power of the Ice Climbers and Mako. They can also increase their jump and walking speed.
The Ice Climbers have many forms of attacks like the normal Swing Attack that can just be performed using the Y button. They can also use combo attacks such as the Uppercut Strike by pressing Up + Y or moving the analog pad up and Y to strike upwards, this is specifically used to combat enemies in the air. The Ice Climbers can also use the Smash Attack that can be used by pressing Down + Y or moving the analog pad Down and pressing the Y button. This move is also specifically used like the Uppercut Strike attack to combat enemies that are in the ground, such as the Winter Worms.
Although the Ice Climbers have just a few attacks, they can learn new moves by collecting a certain amount of Glossy Gems in the game. These moves can be very useful dealing with powerful enemies and bosses.
This is another mode like feature added in the game, this can be used to earn Climber Coins and sometimes even Glossy Gems. Eventually, sometimes even you can unlock secret levels! Missions have ranks, from F (the easiest) to S (the hardest) The Missions are known as:
- Rescue Mission: Popo, Nana, or Mako have to rescue a certain Wayzer (the people of the Farcast Region) in a certain level.
- Lost Item Rescue: Popo, Nana, or Mako have to find a certain item that a Wayzer lost in a certain level.
- Wayzer Escort Mission: Popo, Nana, or Mako have to escort a Wayzer to a certain place in a level, but watch out, the Wayzers could run away sacredly if an enemy tries to attack them!
- Icebreaker Mission: Popo, Nana, or Mako must break a certain amount of icecubes before time runs out, these missions are mainly difficult, so you must be well aware of your area to find the icecubes needed to be broken.
- Condor Catastrophe: Condors! They have invaded certain levels, and the Wayzers do not like it! Popo, Nana, or Mako must defeat 3-5 Condors in a random level, but if you get a harder job, sometimes you are timed!
This is certainly interesting, players can create mountain like stages for you or other players around the world to climb, it is really simple to do, but could take some time if you want to make it great!
Players can share their custom Mountains on Nintendo Network or Infiniverse, players can like others' Mountains and they could possibly get on the Top Levels list.
Climbers (Playable Characters)Edit
|Popo||Popo is the blue climber who smashes through the ice in this epic adventure to save the world from being frozen! Can he stop the evil Vetrice?||
|Nana||Nana is the pink climber who also is trying to save the world from frozen, she won't let anything get in her way this time around!||
|Mako||Mako is a orange climber who loves climbing! He is a Wayzer who becomes friends with Popo and Nana, unlike those two, he just wears a sweater and other cold protecting clothes, he does not wear a hood like those two though.||
|Polar Bears||One of the main enemies in the game, they appear in most level, their claws deliver some severing damage, so watch out.||Land|
|Baby Condors||Probably one of the weakest enemies in the game, these Baby Condors are pretty easy to knock down, but their attacks are REALLY dangerous, they can make Popo, Nana, or Mako lose a lot of health, plus, they are fast too.||Air|
|Winter Worm||Ew, Worms. These Worms are very tricky, they can hide in the ground and appear out of nowhere to strike the Climbers, Smash Attacks are needed to bonk these worms.||Ground|
Area 1: Mossy MaysideEdit
|Level Name||Level Description|
|A-1: A Climb Of Beginnings||In this level, it introduces the basics of the game. Several common enemies appear like Topi's and Polar Bears. Popo, Nana, or Mako must use their hammer to find their way to the pole by breaking ice blocks and beating other enemies.|
|A-2: Batter Up||Vetrice isn't only just trying to make the Ice Climbers and Mako try to get the Snowstone, he also sent in a few Polar Bears who are hitting the ice on a straight path and trying to knock the heroes down and stop them, but this won't be easy.|
|A-3: Head Up In The Cliffs||You are getting close to the big mountain, where you will get your first Snowstone, but first you must make your way past some cliffs of ice. New enemies like Winter Worms and Frasks appear to try to defeat you on your way, and even giant snowballs appear to be falling down attempting to crush the Climbers...|