Starting off this review, I want to make a confession. I only played the game for a total of about 30 minutes. Why? Well, here are some things you might assume:
I was lazy.
The game was terrible.
The game didn’t work on my iPod.
I was too busy to put any time into it.
I got sucked in by another game.
To all of these, the answer is yeeaa-notsomuch.
I actually used a road trip to get in my gaming for this game. During that road trip, i spent as much time as i needed on this game. It runs beautifully, plays beautifully, and is a ton of fun. So why did I only spend 30 minutes on the game, you ask?
The answer is simple. There’s simply no content in the game.
Mountain Sheep is famous for their refined gameplay mechanics. And they really nail these here, with two players in the rink for each team, a goalie and the guy you shoot with. Forgive my knowledge of hockey terminology. But anyways, when playing easier difficulties, the goalie is computer controlled and you control the other guy. When you choose hard, the movements of both your guy and the goalie coincide with your movement of the stick. The controls are very refined. In fact, they’re the Minigore controls if you used autoaim. Aiming is conducted in the same direction as you’re moving. The A button (auto-aim if you’re still thinking of Minigore) either shoots or, if you don’t have the puck, checks the opposing player. The gameplay is short and quick, although it becomes clear quickly how to score every time. The goalie stays on the same side of the goal as you are, so just stay on that side, and shoot to the opposite side of the goal, and you will score every time. All this together creates a flawed, but fast-paced and fun gameplay style.
There is, to use this beautiful gameplay, 2 modes. A single player, scrimmage type of deal, and a local multiplayer mode. There is no online multiplayer, and no campaign or special modes to find. Even worse, there are no stats kept even, so this can’t even be regarded as a highscore game. Even worse than that, the iPod/iPhone are way too small for local multiplayer, even though it would be amazing on iPad. You’ll find yourself bored of the single player quickly, and the multiplayer will be little use if you’re using a smaller device.
Overall, I can not honestly recommend this game unless it gets a major content update.
get it here: http://toucharcade.com/link/http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ice-rage/id481028647?mt=8