An A.P.P.L.E. Review: Icy Escort from Donut Games

by Bill Martens

This past week, I began to look at games for my iPhone 3Gs and of course, there are plenty out there.  However, the distance between the good, the bad, and the downright ugly is tremendous.  One diamond in the rough was a game I ran across from Swedish Game Development AB, also known as Donut Games.  Icy Escort is a puzzle style game with a twist.

You are a mother penguin trying to gather up all your chicks in this game and between jumping from frozen platform to frozen platform and figuring out the pattern of the current screen, you have to gather the chicks while being aware of the ever present timer which is counting down to zero.

On each level, you try and gather the chicks while at the same time gathering all the ice creams on the level.  The ice creams and the chicks give you points, the chicks follow you around, and the obstacles present interesting results, sometimes making the levels even tougher than they appear to be.

We played through level 20 of the 30 levels in just about an hour of play.  while not the most difficult of games over all, there were a couple of levels that gave us a fit or two due to the pattern required to finish the level or the lack of time available to complete it.  One more than one level we finished the level right as the clock reached zero.  This type of game reminds me quite a bit of the old Flappy game on the Nintendo Gameboy in the respect that it required more than just the typical mindless game play.

The only aspect that I would like to see improve on the game is the number of levels included.  Hopefully the next release of the program will address this.  The fact that 20 levels took less than an hour and there are only 30 levels means that one would be finished the entire game in less than one day.

Summary
While Icy Escort is not the most original game or even the most advanced program ever produced, if you are looking for an entertaining game that will not only allow you to pass the time but make you use your brain with the puzzles, then Icy Escort is the game for you.  The best part of this game is that Donut games is offering the game for free for download from the Apple App Store.  There is also a flash version of the game which is very similar on their website.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Apples

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A.P.P.L.E. Chairman of the Board and Club president — Bill worked for the founder, Val J. Golding and A.P.P.L.E. from 1981 to 1982. In 1999, he began archiving the materials which were distributed and sold by A.P.P.L.E.. That project led to the group that remained of A.P.P.L.E. Bill was involved in the financial industry in Tokyo and has over 20 major office infrastructure projects to his name. In March 2001, he retired to write books and to spend more time pursuing personal interests. As the president of the users group, Bill is in charge of distribution of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine as well as the organization of this web site. Bill currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and Shelton, Wa splitting time between the places.