We all know the old joke, “I went to the fights and a hockey game broke out.” Well at least some of us do. Anyways, that was the first thing that popped into my head when Ice Rage Hockey by HeroCraft popped up in my review schedule. This insta-classic title features a one-on-one match with your opponent on some of the fastest ice ever seen.
The controls for Ice Rage Hockey couldn’t be easier to figure out, but could be quite a bit easier to execute. This could be due to the fact that the developers wanted to make the game a bit more challenging, or they just wanted to mess with us for a bit while we learned how to skate the river like Stevie Weeks. The simple controls use the lower left of the screen as the directional pad and the lower right as the shooting button. Something to note with the shooting button, press and hold it and then aim. To shoot, you just let go of the button. Very important to know.
Ice Rage Hockey starts out with the puck being slid onto the screen. Your job is to get the puck, or take it from your opponent and get it into their goal. It seems simple, and by all means it should be, but the action is fast paced and the multiple levels of difficulty take the game to all new heights of frustration-ville if you aren’t paying 100% attention to it. Goals can happen super quickly, or it can end up being a defensive battle if you spend more time going after your opponent than shooting goals. For a simple game, Ice Rage Hockey is about as good as it gets.
After a few minutes of mastering my sliding, I had the game pretty well figured out, at least on the baby level. Only allowing one goal in my first game was pretty impressive, but I will keep working on getting my first shutout. I’m not sure when it will happen, but I will make it. And when I say shutout, I mean on the hard level, not the first level.
Overall, the quick action and rocket-like pace of play makes Ice Rage Hockey a great way to kill some time and have fun doing so. While it’s not an NHL title from EA Sports, Ice Rage Hockey brings a different and fun flair to hockey on your Windows Phone. The $1.99 price tag might scare a few people off, but don’t let it. The download size is only 20MB and game play is ultra-smooth. Even the installed size of 27MB is more than manageable on even the smallest Windows Phone devices. My recommendation on this one is to sharpen up those skates, put some extra tape on those knuckles and download Ice Rage Hockey from the link below, you won’t regret it.
Download Link: Ice Rage Hockey