Bad Ice Cream

Bad Ice Cream game review

Bad Ice-Cream is another great flash game from hit producer Nitrome, famous for other flash-based video games like Turnament and Thin Ice. From the start screen where “Click to Lick” is flashing on the bottom, you know you are in for a humorous treat. It might not leave the same taste in your mouth as your favorite kind of ice cream, but there’s nothing especially bad about Bad Ice-Cream.

If you like Nitrome’s other flash games (which you probably do since they’ve been successfully producing them for more than 10 years) you’re going to love Bad Ice-Cream. It’s a fun game that’s enjoyable to play, which is more than can be said for many other flash games.

Another Nitrome game, Flightless, is up for nomination to be included on Steam. That’s a gaming platform where developers can make money selling their games to people who can then play those games on any computer, anywhere in the world. It’s pretty neat and if that does well, maybe you’ll be able to play bad ice cream on Steam too someday.

Is ice cream bad for you? It might be. Is Bad Ice-Cream bad for you? Thousands of happy gamers would tell you no, it isn’t. The game is based on two ice cream cones running around and collecting fruit for some unknown purpose. It’s clear that picking it all up gets a win and moves the player(s) to the next level though. Remind anyone of Bomberman?

The Bad Ice Cream game is fairly easy to learn. Using the keyboard to play and manipulate the character, you blow ice blocks to stop enemies and create safe paths for you to go and pick up the fruit you need for a victory. If four buttons to move around and one other button to shoot is too complicated for you, Bad Ice-Cream isn’t going to be your kind of game.

Really, no flash game is going to be your kind of game if this is difficult to learn. You might as well forget about Cat Warriors 2 or Bomb It. That’s because it’s just so easy to pick up and master! Even if you’re lactose intolerant and would never touch a scoop of ice cream in your life, this game is still plenty of fun. The music and gameplay together create quite a hook and will get your attention and keep it, if you let them.

 

The Game Mechanics

At first look, it might seem a lot like Bomberman or a similar game. You would be correct to make that correlation between Bad Ice Cream and other platformers where you blow up objects to make paths and pick up items. The Bombit series is also reminiscent of this, so if you’ve played any of these games before you already understand the mechanics behind Bad Ice-Cream very well.

The gameplay is simple; by destroying ice blocks to free up fruit or a usable path, or putting down ice blocks to stop enemies from getting to you, you win. There is no ammo or limit for the number of times you can pull this move so don’t be afraid to use it as much as you want.

What sets Bad Ice Cream apart from games like Bomb it and Bomberman is that you can build up blocks, too. Most of the time, pretty much all of the time, these games are about destroying as much as you can while getting all the items you can find. By giving the player the ability to make walls, block paths and create safe corners so he or she can take a break without closing the game, Bad Ice Cream does a few things few other flash games do.

You can play alone or with another person, but not with a computer-controlled teammate. That makes this a multiplayer game, even if you and your friend both need to use the same keyboard for play. Thankfully, Bad Ice-Cream’s developers put the controls for each player far away from one another.

Player one will use W, A, S and D to move and the space bar to shoot or break ice while player two uses up, down, left and right to move, along with the enter key to shoot or break ice. The controls are easy to learn. The first movement scheme is a popular setup for first person shooters like Counterstrike or Team Fortress 2 but don’t expect to see any gunfire here.

 

Conclusion

With different enemies to figure out how to beat, many kinds of fruit to collect and a kind of competitive edge when playing with (or against) another player, Bad Ice Cream gives you an awful lot while asking for nothing in return.

It’s really the perfect, free flash game if you’re into the block-destroying of games like Bombit, Bombit 2, Bombit 3 or any other similar title. The game gets more difficult every round and it would be an accomplishment to get past the 50 th and final level.









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