Features & Use
Test Device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android version 4.2.2
Ice Rage is made up for 36 MB, so it's a good idea to perform the download via Wi-Fi. The required permissions aren't unusual, however it's not very clear why it requires access to the SD card. There aren't even scores that can be stored. Since this developer is well-known from making Herocraft, I'm assuming I don't have to worry too much about this.
Now let's get started on the game itself. Rage features both single- and multiplayer; both have similarities but also some differences. Singleplayer has two ice hockey teams, each consisting of a field player and a goalkeeper that play one-on-one. That being said, you can only move your field player around. There are three different game types in single mode:
- Quick Match
In Quick Match, two players from the chosen team will compete in a game that lasts 1:45 minutes. If there isn't a winner after the time has elapsed, then there will be overtime, which ends with the first goal.
In tournament, the player needs to go up against an entire row of various opponents. The tournament follows the K.O principal, meaning that you should try to decide every game tactic before the action gets started. In this mode, all of the same rules apply like in a normal game, except that it only lasts 45 seconds. If you win a game, you might get the option to improve the player's skill. After each game you've won, you'll get a point, which you can put towards speed, power or technique.
Rage-Off is very different than the other modes. All you need to do is score as many goals as possible, while trying to minimize your opponent's life points so that when they're all gone, they've lost. Life points are removed by scoring goals and also by tackling your opponent. That being said, you should be careful because your opponent can also be a hard hitter. Three consecutive games must be completed in total, during which your life points will not regenerate. If you lose most of your points in the first game, you might lose by a single blow in the end game.
Multiplayer on the other hand has two different game types: Quick Match and Rage-Off. In this case, it doesn't mean that you're playing up against other players online, but rather compete directly with an opponent using a control unit where the game is shown on both screen. The camera angles will also change accordingly. During singleplayer, you'll have a side view, while in multiplayer you're watching from above. A disadvantage for those smaller screens is that everything gets a little squished and the game isn't that fun anymore, since you basically cover the whole game with one finger.
Regardless of what type of game you choose, there's a fairly wide selection of teams. Some of the characters need to be purchased for 0.99$, which is a shame since the game already costs about 73 cents. It would be way better in my opinion if collecting trophies would unlock more characters.
Ice rage is, all in all, a very good quality hockey game. Fun is guaranteed, especially since the muliplayer option allows you to play against a friend. I can't really tell you how long the fun will last, but I don't really think it has what it takes to become addicting. To attain this level, it would've needed to have the option of unlocking new features and characters by collecting trophies or something similar. Though it does have three different difficulty levels, it didn't change the games that much. Ice Rage is more of a quick game to pass the time. In conclusion, Ice Rage is nonetheless the best hockey game that I've ever come across.
Screen & Controls
Ice Rage does a good job in this category. The graphics are really good and fit well with the comic-like concept. The controls are also really easy to use. All you do is choose between two different steering types, either one or two buttons. The two buttons allow you to shoot and steer. One button only allows you to shoot, while the app steers you around. Choosing the button options is especially helpful with multiplayer, since your fingers might get all twisted during the fast action.
Speed & Stability
Ice Rage worked very smoothly and without hang-ups or crashes during the course of our three day test. There's nothing to complain about regarding the speed and stability.
Ice Rage costs 73 cents in the App Center and is ad-free. The game was overall well made and will offer some good fun for a little while, therefore the price is totally justified.