Thin Ice

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Follow this link for info about the review system. 1 = Terrible, 5 = Awesome!

Nice game, reminds me of Qix.

Thin IceGraphics: 5
Sound: 5
Replay Value: 4
Notes: 1- or 2-player game
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Thin Ice is a blast. The title theme is one of the best little hooks I've ever heard in an Intellivision game, and if you check the Intellivision Lives! site, you can learn the fate of the composer of that nifty little ditty. The graphics of this game are cute, and the gameplay a lot of fun. Reminds me of Qix in many ways. The official site has quite a history of the origins of this game, as well as a slew of info about what happens when Marketing runs amok. Check it out here.

I stumbled across a brand new copy of the early pressing of this game some time back that has the yellow Thin Ice logo (both boxes are pictured above). According to the Intellivision Lives! site, the box was changed to have a white logo in order to make the game's title stand out more clearly.




ROM No known ROM variants were released in cartridge form, but variants do exist as ROM images.
Box So far, two variations have been found.
Manual No variations have been found.
Overlays Custom overlays have been designed and distributed by Psycho Stormtrooper.
Label No variations have been found.
Easter Eggs No known Easter eggs exist outside those buried in the reported ROM variants.




A total of two Thin Ice box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Thin Ice Box (INTV Corporation 8300) INTV Corporation 8300 None   The 'THIN ICE' sign has yellow characters; no origin or copyright date; game title on bottom flap—title is upright when box lays face-up
Thin Ice Box (INTV Corporation 8300) INTV Corporation 8300 None   The 'THIN ICE' sign has white characters; no origin or copyright date; game title on bottom flap—title is upright when box lays face-up




There's a whole slew of information at the official Intellivision Lives! site about the various renditions of this game. Actually, in cartridge format, only one version was ever released. The game was developed toward the end of Mattel's ownership of the Intellivision system, and was being spruced up possibly as a tie-in into the 1984 Winter Olympics. That never happened as far as actual released product goes. However, nowadays, when you get your hands on a ROM image of Thin Ice from the official folks, you get the jazzed up 16K version instead of the released 8K version. The extra memory is taken up by the spiffier title screen, a large graphic of our friend Duncan and his friends. See the official site for the full poop on this.

For fun, here are images of the extra screens in the ROM that's floating around now.

Title Screen
Title Screen Featuring Duncan the Penguin

Duncan
This is Duncan

Duncan's Friends
These are Duncan's Friends





Only one version of the manual has been found for Thin Ice.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Thin Ice Manual (INTV Corporation 8300) INTV Corporation 8300 None   Accordion-style folding




A total of two Thin Ice overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Image not available. Psycho Stormtrooper 8300-04 None   Custom overlay designed by Psycho Stormtrooper
Image not available. Intellivision Productions N/A None   Part of the Supplemental Overlay Pack for Intellivision Flashback; reissue of the Orphan Overlay by Psycho Stormtrooper; note the addition of the Intellivision Productions copyright and modified Psycho Stormtrooper logo




Only one version of the label has been found for Thin Ice.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Thin Ice Label (INTV Corporation) INTV Corporation N/A None   Large label, square corners; game title in large bold font




Title Screen Get ready for fun! Thin Ice is a great game—with another excellent bit of music from 'The Fat Man'!
The Perils of Skating on Thin Ice! Although graphically there isn't much happening, the gameplay is rock-solid. The Zamboni between levels is a great touch.




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