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ICEY is a 2D side-scrolling action+META game. As you follow the narrator's omnipresent voice, you will see through ICEY's eyes and learn the truth about her world. “Alright, you caught me! This ISN'T really just a simple 2D action game, and you WON'T be seeing through ICEY's eyes... NOR will you learn the truth about her world.' says the narrator. “ICEY is a Meta game in disguise. The narrator will constantly urge you in one direction, but you must ask, 'Why? Why am I following his directions? Why can't I learn the truth about this world and ICEY's purpose here?' Fight against his tyranny, and uncover what's really going on for yourself! In fact, you can become ICEY, and let loose the shackles of your own identity. You are ICEY, and ICEY is you... if you want it that way. Feel free to keep hold of your own self, if you wish.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

A fun and clever hack 'n slash game that makes interesting narrative choices and where you don't care that not every point is completely successful? Then ICEY is for you.
Watch a short gameplay here:
ICEY is a special game that has much more to offer than appears at first sight.
Using the narrator to convey the story and the way it escalates is amazing,
as well as the excellent audiovisual presentation.
Add this to a nice combat system that gets more extensive and complex as ICEY progresses and you're left with a game that you don't come across every day.
However, you will just have to look for the secrets and get over some minor frustrations for it. However, the full experienced rewards enough to make the trip worth it.

Review from Steam

*Angry Narrator noise in the background*
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Review from Steam

It feels in a way a 2d mix of Metal gear rising and The stanley parable with the best aerial combat I've seen in a 2d Action game. The commentary can be hilarious as I laughed out loud multiple times while also managing to fill me with a deep existential dread at times.
Thanks so much to my friend Ludens for buying this for me. I hadn't heard of it beforehand but it was fucking incredible

Review from Steam

---{ Graphics }---
☐ You forget what reality is
☐ Beautiful
☐ Good
☑ Decent
☐ Bad
☐ Don‘t look too long at it
☐ MS-DOS
---{ Gameplay }---
☐ Very good
☑ Good
☐ It's just gameplay
☐ Mehh
☐ Watch paint dry instead
☐ Just don't
---{ Audio }---
☐ Eargasm
☐ Very good
☑ Good
☐ Not too bad
☐ Bad
☐ I'm now deaf
---{ Audience }---
☑ Kids
☑ Teens
☑ Adults
☐ Grandma
---{ PC Requirements }---
☑ Check if you can run paint
☐ Potato
☐ Decent
☐ Fast
☐ Rich boi
☐ Ask NASA if they have a spare computer
---{ Difficulty }---
☐ Just press 'W'
☐ Easy
☑ Easy to learn / Hard to master
☐ Significant brain usage
☐ Difficult
☐ Dark Souls
---{ Grind }---
☑ Nothing to grind
☐ Only if u care about leaderboards/ranks
☐ Isn't necessary to progress
☐ Average grind level
☐ Too much grind
☐ You'll need a second life for grinding
---{ Story }---
☐ No Story
☐ Some lore
☑ Average
☐ Good
☐ Lovely
☐ It'll replace your life
---{ Game Time }---
☐ Long enough for a cup of coffee
☑ Short
☐ Average
☐ Long
☐ To infinity and beyond
---{ Price }---
☐ It's free!
☑ Worth the price
☐ If it's on sale
☐ If u have some spare money left
☐ Not recommended
☐ You could also just burn your money
---{ Bugs }---
☑ Never heard of
☐ Minor bugs
☐ Can get annoying
☐ ARK: Survival Evolved
☐ The game itself is a big terrarium for bugs
---{ ? / 10 }---
☐ 1
☐ 2
☐ 3
☐ 4
☐ 5
☐ 6
☐ 7
☑ 8
☐ 9
☐ 10

Review from Steam

ICEY is one of those games that makes you wish you could do a "conditional yes" review on Steam. It's fun. The combat nails a lot of the high notes from a technical character action game - split second dodges, counters, a diverse moveset. The music's fantastic. The presentation is great.
That said, it is a very short game. That's not a bad thing, but this is where the conditional comes into it. ICEY is very much a metanarrative game, poking at the contours of game storytelling and design, trying to do interesting things in that context. So your mileage may vary.
If you're the kind of gamer who constantly tries to test the contours and boundaries of your games; going the wrong way when the game tells you to go in one direction, seeing if anything different happens when you say "no" to the mandatory "yes" dialogue prompt, seeing what happens if you idle somewhere when the game really urges you to move forward, etc - then ICEY is written for you.
If that's not you, then you're not going to get much out of ICEY, because it's a very short and linear game if you "follow the rules". In that case, you're probably better off playing something like FURI, with similarly complex and technical combat but without the metanarrative exploration needed to experience it in full.

Review from Steam

The narrator told me to put 5 stars

Review from Steam

Very reluctant to recommend, im just a sucker for anything thats like Stanley Parable.
Which this game does have that feel of, make a decision, see where it goes, and loop back and choose a new path, or just do exactly what narrator says if you like.
but the game has some issues, for example, as i just said with narrator, i swear the first set of "arrows" hes always guiding you with, just ends in a dead end with no commentary or reason? So you're forced to "burn your own path" which hes always complaining about since his path just flops.
Thats just one example of the logic of the game which isnt too terrible. The real rat in the bag for this one is its combat gameplay, I'm pretty sure ive seen $1 playstation 2 games do a better job with hitboxes, correct animations, and in the case of any kind of melee combat, an actual good feeling flow while you attack/dodge, this one is so rough around the edges, stiff and crude at times imo it was almost unbearable for me, and what makes it worse is the poor choice of comedy with the narrator talking about bad games selling... real salty taste when a big part of the game is bad and the creator has the audacity to joke about it, or just has no awareness for his project, im assuming the latter. and certain things may be to taste, however, getting your own character teleported 15 feet from a large monsters head, to their waist, is never to taste for anyone, ever, so i dont think thats the larger issue, lol.
but you can just bump down the difficulty or spam a certain move im told has more I-frames than a dodge, because reasons, and get to its strength which is the plot imo. Very enticing Cthulhu stuff i wasn't expecting mixed with sci-fi, big fan of that kinda spread and i found the ending satisfying.
So buy if you like occult sci-fi which is a treat it provides.
burn it with fire if you're expecting anything else from it.

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