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Ice Climber

by J.P. Corbran - May 4, 2013, 10:22 am PDT
Total comments: 4


Climb every mountain.

Ice Climber is an early NES game, and it shows. It’s a simple mechanic, repeated over and over again, with a bare bones presentation. And yet I can’t stop playing it. Maybe it’s just my love of arcade-style gaming, but the simple act of breaking through layers of ice to climb to the top of a mountain keeps me hooked for all 32 mountains available.

Because of how archaic this game is, though, I can’t in good conscience recommend it to most people. If you buy this game, you need to have a high tolerance for primitive game design. The collision detection doesn’t always work the way it seems like it should, and that can cause what feel like cheap deaths at times. But if you can stomach the antiquated design, this is an underrated game from the early NES days that’s worth playing. 


  • High amount of content
  • Simple yet addictive mechanic
  • Collision detection a little wonky sometimes
  • Weak presentation


UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorMay 04, 2013

Ice Climbers seems like the perfect game for a Digital-only download remake.

It really is. It's a simple, fun arcade concept with room to be fleshed out

TJ SpykeMay 04, 2013

I think even a 6/10 score is generous, the game quickly gets tiresome after about 10 mins. The controls just kill the game. Maybe re-making it as a $5 3DS eShop game could make it good. As for the VC version, I would not recommend it at all.

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterMay 04, 2013

its decent for two player just messing for five minutes but thats it.

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Genre Action
Developer Nintendo
Players1 - 2

Worldwide Releases

na: Ice Climber
Release Apr 26, 2013
jpn: Ice Climber
Release Apr 27, 2013
RatingAll Ages
eu: Ice Climber
Release Apr 27, 2013
aus: Ice Climber
Release Apr 27, 2013

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