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Fire 'N Ice
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Console: Nintendo NES
Year: 1993
RFG ID #: U-027-S-02300-A
Part #: NES-K2-USA
UPC: 018946110172
Publisher: Tecmo
Genre: Puzzle
Players: X
Controller: Standard Controller
Media Format: Cartridge
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Crabmaster2000's Review:

Many of you that are familiar with the NES library may already be well aware of Fire N Ice. Its often talked about for its rarity and value (more so when only licensed games are taken into consideration). But did you also know that its an awesome game too?

Like many NES games the story really plays second fiddle to the gameplay. Something about fire monsters attacking your peaceful ice covered land. The queen chooses you to do something about it because of your great magic skills and intellect. Now on to the good stuff.

The first thing that struck me as great is the option to play any levels you want in any order you want. The exception to this is every area has a fortress, or boss level, after completing the 9 regular levels. I'd recommend starting at the early stages as they teach you some basic tricks that become incredibly helpful later on. But the fantastic thing is that if you do get stuck, which is bound to happen on a puzzle game, your free to select a different level and come back later with a refreshed mind (and possibly a new idea to try!).

The goal of each level is to clear in completely of enemies. Your only ability is to create/remove a block of ice on either your lower right or lower left side. When a block is sitting in the open, and not attached to other blocks or walls, your character can slide it across the room until it hits something. These simple mechanics make the game incredibly enjoyable. Its quite easy to learn right away because of the simplicity (which is a must for puzzle games if you ask me). In the later levels they will add complexity through the level design and not through the gameplay mechanics. Sometimes its simple things such as moving enemies, but can be more complex things like , unbreakable black ice, tubes that transport your character or burners that destroy any ice that touches them.

The game consists of 10 areas, which each have 10 levels (9 regular and 1 fortress, which acts as a challenge type level) and even an epic boss battle at the end.

Your probably much more familiar with the early Tecmo game Solomon's Key, which plays very similar to Fire N Ice. I find Fire N Ice to be far superior, however. Its the same basic idea, but with a great level of refinement to the gameplay and level design.

This game is definitely not as easily found locally as many of the other games I've covered and definitely a bit pricier to order online, but in my opinion, its worth the price of admission.


Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo Famicom J S Solomon no Kagi 2: Coolmintou Kyuushutsu Sakuse Tecmo 1992 Action
Nintendo NES Spain S Solomon's Key 2 Tecmo 1992 Action
Nintendo NES DK, FI, NO, SE S Solomon's Key 2 Tecmo 1992 Action
Nintendo NES Germany S Solomon's Key 2 Tecmo 1992 Action
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