Oct 25, 2013
IceBurgers is an environmental tale. Two ships collide in the Antarctic, spewing burgers and letters, and a penguin has to clean it up. Alrighty.
Interestingly enough, what makes this game unique is what probably is its best feature: the lack of frills. It rocks a simple motif and features even simpler gameplay, and, as such, can be a formidable time waster.
The gameplay is an atypical mix of crossword puzzle and Scrabble. A square grid of 25 tiled letters makes up the playing area, and words are supposed to be created via swiping a finger across letters in fairly liberal fashion. When a word is formed, it lightens up and explodes, and the tiled letters are replaced randomly by falling tiles from above.
Now, after the first word is formed, a penguin shows up as a placekeeper of sorts. It ends up at the tile that was occupied by the last letter of the last word formed. The kicker is that all subsequent word formed must start with a letter tile that is adjacent to the penguin. Since the penguin is almost always moving, this adds a degree of difficulty to the gameplay, as it isn’t possible to just spell a word anywhere at anytime; the places where a new word can emanate from in the grid are dependent on where the penguin is. On another level, this also opens the door to interesting strategy, as moving the penguin around to more optional spots can be quite the challenge.
The game UI is dressed in blue, with white accents. The animations are not explosive, but get the job done. As noted earlier, there are not too many visual distractions, and that helps with the gameplay to a degree.
All in all, the word that keeps popping up is “simple.” It’s easy to understand, and needs little prep to play. I say well done.