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Nice game, reminds me of Qix.
Replay Value: 4
Notes: 1- or 2-player game
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
|No known ROM variants were released in cartridge form, but variants do exist as ROM images.
|So far, three variations have been found.
|No variations have been found.
|Custom overlays have been designed and distributed by Psycho Stormtrooper.
|No variations have been found.
|No known Easter eggs exist outside those buried in the reported ROM variants.
A total of three Thin Ice box variants have been documented.
|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
|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
|Reported by Soulbuster, this version has a barcode on the bottom; white logo; image provided by BSRSteve
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
Title Screen Featuring Duncan the Penguin
This is Duncan
These are Duncan's Friends
Only one version of the manual has been found for Thin Ice.
A total of two Thin Ice overlay variants have been documented.
|Image not available.
|Custom overlay designed by Psycho Stormtrooper
|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.
|Large label, square corners; game title in large bold font
|Get ready for fun! Thin Ice is a great game—with another excellent bit of music from 'The Fat Man'!
|Although graphically there isn't much happening, the gameplay is rock-solid. The Zamboni between levels is a great touch.
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