One naked cyclist, one quest for love
Icycle: On Thin Ice
We’ve kissed a half fish, half woman in a dream about a Victorian gentleman on a penny farthing. And that’s only the third most weird thing that’s happened since we embarked on Dennis’s journey in Icycle.
So, to recap: Dennis is a cyclist naked but for a bobble hat, who is trying to find the head of his snowman beau...
You know what, trying to explain Icycle’s wacky dream-like narrative is as pointless as trying to explain just how brilliant this puzzle-platformer is.
Like so many classics before and since, Icycle has the simplest of controls – backwards, forwards and an action button that either jumps or opens your umbrella to stop you falling too fast.
This game just works. The puzzles never feel too taxing as you ride a gentle learning curve that introduces added complexities in a really clever way.
And the satisfaction from narrowly dodging a very deadly icy spike or squeezing through a rapidly-shrinking crevasse drives you ever onwards through this tale.
Which is all the better, because at least 80 per cent of our brains were being distracted by the strange world we're travelling through. And at least 10 per cent more was focused on the beautiful visuals, pitched somewhere between the end-sequence of a 70s cartoon and a Monty Python montage.
So can you help Dennis in his strange escapades? We hope you will – because bizarre japes like Icycle don't come along too often.